Dr Mirko Demasi

Mirko looking at camera

I completed my thesis in the summer of 2016, titled Debating the European Union – Dynamics of Argumentation in Political Debates, at Loughborough University before joining York St John University in January 2017.

My approach is rooted in social and discursive psychology. My work focuses on the contested aspect of political discourse in broadcast debates. Specifically, how politicians argue for or against the European Union in the presence of an ideological opponent who will challenge them and argue the opposite.

Working with the idea that political talk is about ‘facts and values’, as they seem to be a central aspect in contemporary political discourse, I’m is interested in analysing the transfer of information, displays of knowledge statuses, orientations to these, and so forth, as a particularly fruitful way to explore argumentation in broadcast political debates.

Further Information

Teaching

  • 1PY400 – Exploring Social Psychology
  • 2PY400 – Social Psychology
  • 2PY402 – Qualitative Research Methods
  • 2PY408 – Psychology in Practice
  • 3PY348 – Critical Social Psychology
  • 3PY340 – Dissertation
  • MPY100 – Psychological Research Methods
  • DCP121 – Research Methods in Counselling Psychology

Research

My area of interest is in the field of social, political and discursive psychology, and, in general, the use of qualitative research methods and their place in psychology.

  • Political discourse, specifically in Finland and the UK
  • Debates regarding the European Union
  • Racist discourse
  • Use of ‘knowledge’, ‘facts’ and ‘morality’ in discourse
  • Brexit discourse(s)
  • General expression and management of disagreement in communication.

Professional Activities and Memberships

Professional Activities

Founder and organiser of the Fourth Political Discourse Day (PDD4) at York St John University on the 8th of June 2018.

  • Keynote speaker: Dr Stephen Gibson (York St John University) – “From Denial to Counter-accusation: Exploring how Populist Politicians Manage Accusations of Racism”.

Founder and organiser of the Third Political Discourse Day (PDD3) at Loughborough University on the 28th of October 2015.

  • Visiting speaker: Dr Jovan Byford (Open University) – “The Saw, the Knife, and the Severed Head: the Visual Rhetoric of Atrocity in the Balkans, and Beyond”.
  • Workshop trainer: Professor Charles Antaki (Loughborough University) – On the application of Discourse Analysis and Conversation Analysis on Political Data.

Founder and organiser of the Second Political Discourse Day (PDD2) at Coventry University on the 30th of January 2015.

  • Visiting speaker: Dr Cristian Tileagă (Loughborough University) – “Language and Politics: Cognitively Complex or Rhetorically Astute Politicians?”

Founder and organiser for the Political Discourse Day at the University of Sheffield on the 20th of August 2014.

  • Visiting speaker: Dr Simon Goodman (Coventry University) – “Political Discourse: Developing an Understanding of Race Talk” 

Memberships

  • Member of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP).
  • Eligible for membership in the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Publications and Conferences

Publications

Burke, S. & Demasi, M.A. (forthcoming). “I’m not Before but I become Racist”: Extreme Prejudice as Reasoned Discourse. In Demasi, M.A., Burke, S. & Tileagă, C. (Eds). (forthcoming). Political Communication: Discursive Perspectives. Palgrave, UK.

Demasi, M.A., Burke, S. & Tileagă, C. (Eds). (forthcoming). Political Communication: Discursive Perspectives. Palgrave, UK.

Demasi, M.A. & Tileagă, C. (2019). Rhetoric of Derisive Laughter in Political Debates on the EU. Qualitative Psychology.  

Burke, S. & Demasi, M.A. (2019). Applying Discursive Psychology to ‘Fact’ Construction in Political Discourse. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 13(5), e12449. 

Demasi, M.A. (2019). Facts as Social Action in Political Debates about Great Britain and the European Union. Political Psychology, 40(1), 3-20.  

Conferences

2020

Demasi, M.A & Burke, S. (forthcoming). Symposium chair. “Political Communication: Discursive Perspective”. 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), Maritim Hotel, Berlin, Germany, 14th – 17th July.

2019

Kirkland, C. & Demasi, M.A. “What’s at Stake? Exploring the Rhetorical Styles of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage on the Context of Brexit.” Ancient Rhetoric and Contemporary Society, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, 13th of September.

Demasi, M.A. Symposium chair: “Brexit and Political Discourse: Discursive Psychology Perspectives”. BPS Social Psychology Annual Conference, Park Inn by Radisson, York, United Kingdom, 28 – 30th August.

Demasi, M.A. “EU Discourse and Fact Construction”. BPS Social Psychology Annual Conference, Park Inn by Radisson, York, United Kingdom, 28 – 30th August.

Burke, S. & Demasi, M.A. “I’m not Before but I become Racist”: Extreme Prejudice as Reasoned Discourse”. BPS Social Psychology Annual Conference, Park Inn by Radisson, York, United Kingdom, 28 – 30th August.

Burke, S. & Demasi, M.A. “I’m not Before but I become Racist”: Extreme Prejudice as Reasoned Discourse”. Online Hate Talk Seminar – Race & Religion. BPS Seminar Series, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 22nd of July.

2017

Demasi, M. (2017). “Contested Political Discourse – Debates on the European Union in Britain.” BPS Social Psychology Annual Conference, College Court Conference Centre, Leicester, United Kingdom, 31st of August – 1st of September 2017.

Demasi, M. (2017). “Contested Political Discourse – Debates on the European Union in Britain.” ISPP Annual Meeting, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburg, United Kingdom, 29th of June – 2nd of July 2017.

2016

Demasi, M. (2016). “Epistemic and Rhetorical Action in Politicians’ Disagreements”. Populism as Movement and Rhetoric, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 17-19th of March, 2016.

2015

Demasi, M. (2015). “Epistemic and Rhetorical Action in Politicians’ Disagreements”. Political Discourse – Multidisciplinary Approaches, UCL, London, UK, 26-27th of June, 2015.

2014

Demasi, M. (2014). “Overlapping Talk and Escalation: Voicing and Inviting Disagreement”. 4th International Conference on Conversation Analysis (ICCA-14), UCLA, Los Angeles, 26-29th of July, 2014.

Demasi, M.A. “Overlapping Talk and Escalation: Voicing and Inviting Disagreement”. Loughborough University Department of Social Sciences Postgraduate Annual Conference 2014, Loughborough University, UK, 29th of May.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Criminology & Psychology
  • MSc (Hons) Psychology
  • PhD Social Psychology & Social Sciences
  • FHEA
Cookie Settings