Dr Bernhard Forchtner

Associate Professor

Postgraduate Research Tutor

Office: 2.08 Astley Clarke Building, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Email: bf79@le.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2829


Personal details

My research interests fall within the areas of the discursive construction of social identities through social memories, environmental communication and/or by the far right.

I have previously taught in a number of areas, including qualitative methods (critical discourse analysis, narrative analysis), media, sociological theory and environmental sociology as well as memory studies.


Here at the University of Leicester, I have taught a variety of modules at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

As module leader

  • MS1001: Introduction to Media and Communication
  • MS3030: Dissertation
  • MS7006: Global Affairs – Actors, Communication and Culture
  • MS7310: Strategic Communications Management
  • SY3099: Identity Troubles: Nationalism, Jihadism and the Far Right
  • SY7006/SY7045: Philosophy of Social Science
  • SS7200: Research Philosophy

As contributor (selection)

  • MS2002: Analysing Communication Processes
  • MS3003: Science, Environment and Risk Communication
  • MS7004: Media and Communication Research Methods
  • MS7306: Advertising Research Methods



My PhD research looked at different ways in which claims to know the lessons from the past can be utilised very differently, thus constituting a range of subject positions. During my PhD, I was also involved in a major research project on multilingualism and identity in the European Union (funded by the European Commission under its Sixth Framework Programme, contract number: 028702).

Since then, my interests have shifted and I am now primarily working on the far right in Europe and environmental communication. Here, I am interested in particular in how issues such as global warming and/or biodiversity (to name only two) are playing their part in far right communication.

I am furthermore increasingly interested in how mainstream discourses about the environmental position subjects and enable inclusion and exclusion. My research has been funded by the European Commission (2013-15, Marie Curie Action, FP7/2007-2013, grant agreement no. 327595), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2009-11) and the Economic and Social Research Council (2007-2010). I have also received smaller grants by the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester (2017) and by the College here in Leicester (Research and Development Grant, 2016).





  • Political communication (in particular but not restricted to communication by nationalist/far-right actors across Europe as well as communication by and about the European Union)
  • Environmental communication (in particular but not restricted to how environmental communication might facilitate inclusion and exclusion)
  • Discursive construction of the past/collective memories and research drawing on multimodal (critical) discourse analysis

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