Corina Filipescu

Postcolonialism in EU enlargement policies seen from a Critical Discourse Analysis perspective

Supervisors: David Bailey and Nicola Smith

The starting point for my thesis is the argument that European political language continues to display a significant difference in how discursive constructions of Europe and the Other are articulated. Most importantly, the thesis suggests that the Western idea of Europe has remained the measurements of what it means to be European, often attaching features of superiority to it. On the other hand, the creation of the Other is demarcated as an inferior and unstable community. What is noticeable is that these European discourses are employed as much on actors close to Europe, such as Eastern Europe and on actors geographically and culturally located far away from Europe, such as Afghanistan. In order to do this, I employ a postcolonial theoretical framework and I also draw on a Critical Discourse Analysis approach.


I joined the Department of Political Science and International Studies in 2007 as a PhD student. Previously I had finished studies in International Relations, European Studies and Sociology. Additionally I have worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool, Aberdeen and Birmingham. In 2007 I established the UACES Study Network for Central and Eastern Europe, Enlargement and EU, for which I am the convenor.


  • BA International Relations and European Studies (Nottingham Trent)
  • MA International Relations and European Studies (Kent)
  • BA Sociology (Lund University)
  • MA Sociology (Lund University)

Research interests

  • Idea of Europe
  • Discourse Analysis / Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Orientalism / Postcolonialism
  • Eastern and Central Europe

Professional memberships

  • UACES, The University Association for Contemporary European Studies
  • EUSA, the European Union Studies Association

Teaching responsibilities

  • POLS105 Introduction to International Relations

Conference papers

I have attended a high number of conferences and workshops, in which a range of papers have been presented.

Further details on request.


Filipescu C (May 2011) “Representation of Palestinians in the News: A Discourse Analysis of Israeli Media News Reporting”

Alramahi C and Filipescu C (2010) “E-surveillance, UK Government and Liability: Assessing the legal responsibility towards personal data loss” in The International Review of Law Computers & Technology.

Alramahi M and Filipescu C (2009) “UK Data Loss: The Government's Liability”, in Privacy & Data Security Law Journal August 2009.

Filipescu C (2009) “Revisiting Minority Integration in Eastern Europe. Examining the Case of Roma Integration in Romania”, in Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe.

Alramahi M and Flipescu C (2008) "Government Surveillance & the Right to Privacy. An analysis of the recent data loss incidents in the UK" in Sylvia M. Kierkegaard ‘Synergies and Conflicts and Cyberlaw’.

Filipescu C (2010) Book review Constitutionalizing the European Union, edited by Thomas Christiansen and Christine Reh (London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) in Journal of Contemporary European Research.

 Filipescu C (2009) Book review Denisa Kostovicova and Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic “Transnationalism in the Balkans”. Abingdon: Routledge. 114pp, £70, 978-0 415 46446 8, in Political Studies Review.

Filipescu C (2009) Book review “When Culture Becomes Politics: European Identity in Perspective, edited by T. Pedersen (Aarhus, Aarhus University Press, 2008), in Journal of Common Market Studies volume 47, number 4, September 2009.


Filipescu C (2009) Book review Agnes Batory (2008) “The Politics of EU Accession: Ideology, Party Strategy and the European Question in Hungary”. Europe in Change. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2008, in Europe-Asia Studies.