I was recently (2013-15) working on a Leverhulme Trust funded project, ‘Affective Strategies in Political Rhetoric’, which drew upon the fields of rhetoric and psychosocial studies (and psychoanalysis generally) to explore repertoires employed in politics to persuade publics. Some of the findings from the project can be found in an article ‘Capturing Desire: Rhetorical Strategies and the Affectivity of Discourse‘, published in The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.
In the aftermath of the project, I have begun to work on a short book (provisionally titled The Psychopolitics of Speech, to be published with Transcript) which reflects on rhetoric in light of Lacanian ideas about subjectivity. Here I am especially interested in the relation between speech and violence, hate, and other kinds of ‘excessive’ rhetoric.
I also plan to write a short book on Hegemony (with Polity Press) that explores the value and significance of that concept for political theory and analysis.