Monthly Archives: January 2014

Reminder: 2014 ECREA Conference in Lisbon

Kindly notice that deadline for abstracts is 28 February 2014.

Full information at

• Deadline for abstracts: 28 February 2014
• Notification of Acceptance: 30 April 2014
• End of Early Bird Registration Fee: 31 August 2014
• Deadline for Online Registration: 31 October 2014

Call for Papers: Conference in Comparative Political Communication on the European Parliament Elections

On June 27th and 28th 2014, the Center for Comparative Studies in Political and Public Communication (Ceccopop) headed by Philippe J. Maarek, convenes a 2 days conference in Paris:

“Political Communication for the 2014 European Parliamentary Elections:
which Europe for the Europeans?”

Since the beginning of the 21st Century, it clearly looks like the political communication during the European Parliament electoral campaigns has been less and less focused on “European” stakes, but rather on various national issues specific to each country of the European Union. This has been clearly established by the two previous books edited by Philippe J. Maarek for Ceccopop in France after the 2004 and 2009 previous European Parliament elections.

The context of the 2014 European Parliament political campaigns appears to very possibly increase the risk of similar bias for most of the European Union countries. With the present economic crisis, which has exposed the discrepancies between many countries of the “North” and those of the “South”, with the polemics about intra-European immigration from the new members of the Union towards the older ones, with the surge all around of populist political parties, attacking the influence of Brussels in their respective nations, or plainly surfing on today’s difficulties to contest the supremacy of the ruling parties, could it be that the 2014 campaign issues are going to be even further distracted from the European perspectives which should theoretically be dominant? Will European citizen cast their vote according to their lassitude about unsolved economical and political problems and therefore follow a rejection process which would endanger the viability of the next European Parliament composition? Will the use of Internet social networks substantially change the deal, or on the opposite increase the populist and nationalist tendencies already present in 2004 and 2009? Will the European Institutions communication be more visible than previously and change the deal?

As in 2004 and in 2009, the Center for Comparative Studies in Political and Public Communication will analyze the Political Communication of the 2014 European Parliament Elections right after they have happened, and these are some of the questions which will be addressed by European political communication specialists, scholars and professional from the field, at the Paris Conference on Political Communication which will take place on June 27th and 28th, 2014.

The conference is hosted by Philippe J. Maarek, Professor in Political Communication, former Chair of IPSA and of IAMCR Political Communication Research Groups, within the frame of the Center for Comparative Studies in Political and Public Communication (Ceccopop). It will be held in French and English.

Collegues interested in presenting a paper should send an application, before February 22nd to Proposals should include a 200-500 words abstracts and a 1 page vitae.

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Call for panel and paper proposals for the 5th ECPR Graduate Student Conference 3-5 July 2014, Innsbruck

S13 Section: Media and Politics–New Horizons in Political Communication

The media are one of the, if not the, most important source of information for both voters and political actors. They enable the public sphere within which the involved actors can interact and are an essential part of numerous political processes in a broad sense. However, in recent years more research has been conducted that aimed at understanding the influence of the media also on the political process as a whole, policy outcome and the individual political actors. This section aims to cover the wide range of aspects of the media-politics interaction under the umbrella term of “Media and Politics”. For example in the following areas:

  • Media effects on voters and politicians, as well as policy outcomes
  • Influences of the new (social) media on voters and politics in a broad sense
  • Campaigns and Voting Advice Applications (VAAs)
  • Agenda-setting and framing research
  • Personalization and mediatization of politics

Panel and paper proposals should not be limited to the above areas of research. Submissions advancing the field, for example by taking on a comparative perspective or taking a new (methodological) approach to studying the media-politics relationship, are strongly encouraged. We welcome empirical as well as a theoretical proposals which inform our discussion of the relationship between media and politics. Deadline: 20/01.

More info here.