Pablo Iglesias will return to research at the university from September. The former vice president of the Government has obtained a place to be part of a group that investigates political communication in Spain, one of the lines that has most interested the founder of Podemos both before and after his passage through institutional politics. In fact, this same month he gave the inaugural lecture of a summer course at the Complutense University that dealt precisely with the subject, as reported by elDiario.es.
Farewell in two acts of Pablo Iglesias, the man who proposed to storm the skies and managed to be vice president of the Government
Iglesias will thus be hired by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), part-time, in the project “Analysis of ideological discourses in social networks. The case of political communication in network in Spain”, according to has advanced the newspaper Ara.cat and has confirmed elDiario.es.
The UOC opened a public call to which Iglesias presented his extensive curriculum and won the place, which will be limited exclusively to this research and for which he will receive a salary of 8,400 gross euros per year. In addition to a degree in Law and Political Science from the Complutense University of Madrid, where he received a doctorate with a thesis on post-national collective action. He also has a master’s degree in humanities from the Carlos III University of Madrid and another in Arts in Communication from the European Graduate School (Switzerland). He has published around thirty articles in academic journals since 2002.
Since his incorporation, scheduled for September 15, he will stop collecting the severance pay that corresponds to him as former vice president. Exact six months after leaving the Government and with the right to collect it for one more year.
Pablo Iglesias had expressed on multiple occasions that his intention when leaving politics would be to return to university teaching and research, to which he was dedicated before founding Podemos in 2014. The former secretary general of Podemos lost his interim position in the Complutense at the jumping into politics and distance private university is an option to rejoin the market.
“I feel very honored to have been selected by the UOC to work as a researcher as of mid-September. One of my priorities was to return to university work,” Iglesias said in statements to this medium.
The project, whose expected duration is one year, aims to identify different political speeches on social networks, analyze their meanings and key agents, ideologically situate these speeches and analyze their transformations and relationships over time.
His reincorporation with this investigation fits into the future that Pablo Iglesias has outlined for himself after leaving all institutional political positions on the same election night on May 4, and which will not be limited to this project, not even to the university world. Iglesias analyzes other scenarios. And he maintains his intention of recovering his status as a teacher, although perhaps with a figure such as that of associate that would allow him to make it compatible with other professional activities, which he also probes.
In the recent conference he gave, and in which elDiario.es was present, the former vice president stated that the main problem of the political space that he articulated between 2014 and 2016 is the lack of media support.
Iglesias suggested to the students of the course that the only option for the progressive field is to “rebalance the media power structure.” With the current one they can “win Cup games, but the regular League will be won by whoever has more power.” “In the blitz we can win. In the orderly movement of troops, whoever has the most power wins. And the media cannons of power are strong, “he said, to ensure that they have tried to” burst. ”
In the beginning “they were clumsy,” he said. “Then there were media, judicial, and state resources … What they have done to us has no name,” he concluded. “Without a related media power structure, what you can do is buy time,” he said.