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Call for papers

2015 ECREA Political Communication Conference

27-28 August 2015 in Odense, Denmark at the Centre for Journalism, Dept. of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark

Call for papers

The theme of the upcoming conference is “Changing political communication, changing Europe?”. Currently, we are witnessing massive changes in media and political systems all over Europe. To mention a few of these changes, the number of communication channels, in particular social media continues to grow, making media diets more and more individualized. Media organizations around the Europe have been hit hard by the economic crisis, and newspapers struggle to reinvent their business model. These changes make journalists vulnerable to economic and political pressures. Politically, the global economic crisis and sociodemographic changes put pressure on governments for structural reforms. We see that trust in institutions and elites as well as social cohesion are under pressure, while EU scepticism and populism are on the rise. At the same time new social movements are emerging, transforming the dissatisfaction and ideals of citizens into new forms of political participation. Technological developments have simultaneously given governments more means of surveillance of their citizens and made them more vulnerable to information leaks.

This conference will address these diverse changes. We will discuss how and under which conditions changes in the political and media systems reinforce, but also counteract each other. We will discuss the normative and empirical implications of these changes for the functioning of our democracies and their political communication practices as well as the implications for our scholarly research and teaching. We welcome new empirical studies as well papers presenting new theoretical approaches relating to the theme “Changing political communication, changing Europe?”, in the broadest sense. Among the many possible approaches to the conference theme, some questions that submitters may want to address could be:

  • How do social media, media polarization and fragmentation of news use affect social cohesion and political participation?

  • Is media logic particularly suited for populist politicians and anti-EU messages?

  • How do new demands of transparency and surveillance techniques affect government communication?

  • What is the role of social and traditional media in new modes of citizenship and political activism?

  • How has the economic crisis affected the power balance between journalists and politicians?

Submission details

  • You are asked to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words.

  • Submission will undergo scholarly peer-review.

  • When submitting, you will be asked to specify who will present the paper. Only one presentation per presenter can be accepted.

  • Deadline for submission is 1 April 2015.

  • Notifications of acceptance will be issued no later than 1 May 2015.

Please send your submissions to: ecrea [at]—thank you!

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Call for papers

First annual International Journal of Press/Politics conference
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
Wednesday September 16th-Friday September 18th 2015

September 16th-18th 2015, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford will host the first annual International Journal of Press/Politics conference, focused on academic research on the relation between media and political processes around the world.

A selection of the best papers presented at the conference will be published in the journal after peer review. The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 27th 2015. Attendees will be notified of acceptance by April 27.

Professor Frank Esser from the University of Zurich will deliver a keynote lecture “When news logic meets politics. A cross-national and cross-temporal investigation of key changes in public affairs coverage.”

The conference brings together scholars doing internationally-oriented or comparative research on the intersection between news media and politics around the world. It aims to provide a forum for academics from a wide range of different disciplines and countries to discuss the theoretical, methodological, and substantial challenges and opportunities for research in this area.

It is open to work from political science, political communication, journalism studies, media and communications research and many other fields, and is especially interested in providing advanced doctoral students and junior researchers an opportunity to meet fellow scholars in a good environment.

Examples of relevant topics include the political implications of current changes in the media, the relative importance of new forms of digital media for engaging with news and politics, studies of the role of entertainment and popular culture in how people follow current affairs, studies of relations between political actors and journalists, research on political communication beyond the electoral context (including of government, interest groups, and social movements), all with a particular interest in studies that focus on under-researched parts of the world, develop comparative approaches, or represent substantial theoretical or methodological advances.

Titles and abstracts for papers (250 words max) are invited by Friday March 27th 2015. Please send submissions to the email address with the subject line “IJPP conference submission” and with the full title, abstract, and your name and professional affiliation attached in a word document.

Please contact the conference organizer, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (RISJ Director of Research and IJPP Editor-in-Chief) with questions at

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