Jan Zienkowski has a long-standing research interest in the transdisciplinary field of discourse studies. He recently published Articulations of self and politics in activist discourse (Zienkowski 2017) and co-edited Imagining the peoples of Europe (Zienkowski and Breeze 2019).
His books and articles focus on issues of reflexivity, critique, discourse, politics and metapolitics and propaganda, ideology and hegemony as articulated in large-scale debates on migration, populism and neoliberalism.
Jan Zienkowski aims to re-articulate linguistic pragmatic, critical and poststructuralist approaches to signification in order to understand how human beings deal with hegemony with varying degrees of awareness. He has a background in communication sciences, international relations and linguistics.
He currently teaches ‘Communication Science’, ‘Corporate Communication and Public Relations’, 'Analysis of Media Institutions' at the Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles (USL-B). At the USL-B, he is associated with Engage: Research Centre for Publicness in Contemporary Communication.
Jan Zienkowski also works as a post-doctoral researcher at the ILC (Institut Langage et Communication / UCLouvain) / Social Media Lab. Here, he works on a methodology for analysing the sequential unfolding of debates and controversies on online forums in an interdisciplinary environment.
Jan Zienkowski has organised various DiscourseNet events and is a member of the DiscourseNet Board. He is also an associated researcher of DESIRE (Centre for Democracy, Signification and Resistance).