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Call for Papers for ECREA’s Political Communication Section Interim Conference, Poznań, 12-13 September 2019

“Transforming Communication – Old and New Borders”

The Political Communication Section of ECREA welcomes the submission of abstracts for presentation at the next Interim Conference to be held in Poznań on 12 to 13 September 2019. Local host will be Agnieszka Stępińska from the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.

The organizers call for proposals in all sub-fields of political communication research but particularly invite conceptual, empirical, and methodological proposals on changes, shifts, and developments in political communication and their consequences. Experience of transformation in the Central and Eastern European countries as well as the current situation in other parts of Europe clearly stress the important role of communication in the fall of old borders as well as in creating new ones. Undoubtedly, communication was and still is used to overcome borders within and between countries in Europe (e.g., in the context of the peaceful revolution in East Germany and Roundtable negotiations in Poland in the past, or with regards to establishing and strengthening European integration and a European Public Sphere). The most recent digital transformation of the media has resulted in an environment where political actors, journalists, and citizens may easily and quickly disseminate messages across borders in order to achieve their goals. Undoubtedly, these new communication channels are often used to intensify communication accross borders, to solve problems and to fight for demoractic values. At the same time, however, communication is used to build new borders between (e.g., in the European debate on refugees) or within countries (e.g., when populist parties and politicians aim at mobilizing support for their goals at the expense of polarizing and dividing society). Communication clearly can cause problems when it is used to spread misinformation and hate speech or when it is used to discriminate against certain groups in society, thereby contributing to new borders.

How can the mechanisms of using political communication for building or tearing down borders be described theoretically and empirically, referring to examples from the present and the past? Which kinds of communicative tools and strategies do different political actors use to build or tear down borders? Which transnational, cross-border patterns of such forms of political communication do we find around the world? Which contextual conditions favor or hinder the use of political communication for building or tearing down borders? Which methods do we need to investigate questions like these?

The conference will feature both individual research papers and thematic panels. Paper submissions will be grouped in sessions of 4-5 papers by the conference program chair. A limited number of slots will be available for coherent panels where one topic is addressed in four to five presentations, followed by a respondent. Preference will be given to panels with presenters from diverse backgrounds and affiliations.

SUBMISSIONS:

  • Submissions should be sent to poznan.polcomm[at]gmail.com no later than 15 February 2019.
  • Paper submissions: Please include in the email (a) the title of your paper, (b) an abstract of no more than 400 words, and (c) names and affiliations of the authors.
  • Panel submissions: To submit a panel proposal, a 300 words rationale should be sent alongside a 150 words explanation per presentation, as well as the names and affiliations of presenters and respondent.
  • Submission will undergo scholarly peer-review.
  • Only one proposal per first author can be accepted.
  • Notifications of acceptance will be issued at the earliest appropriate time.

Call for Papers (pdf)

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New Mentoring Program for Young Scholars in Political Communication Research

ECREA’s Political Communication Section is starting a mentoring program for young scholars in political communication research. The program aims to promote young scholars in the field and increase the integration of young and senior scholars in our section. We plans to start a new round every two years, and the pilot round (2018-20) will start around this summer.

Please find attached the call for applications. If you are a young scholar and member of the PolCom Section – please consider applying for it. If you are a young scholar and interested in the program, but not member of the section – please consider becoming a member 😉 and applying for the program. If you are a senior scholar and interested in becoming a mentor, please don’t hesitate to contact the section management team.

You can find the Call for Applications here.

Deadline for applications is 1 July 2018.

We are looking forward to getting it started!

Volunteers to review abstracts for the ECC 2018 needed!

Dear Political Communication section members,

Happy New Year 2018! We hope you all had a nice and relaxing break. As you know, this year awaits the 7th ECREA European Communication Conference which will take place in Lugano, Switzerland, between 31 October and 3 November 2018, and we would like to take this opportunity to kindly ask you to volunteer as reviewers of abstracts and/or panel proposals for our section. Given that the deadline for abstracts is 28 February, the reviewing process will start on 1 March and finish on 30 April.

We hope we can count on your help! If you agree to be a reviewer please send a response to v.stetka@lboro.ac.uk by 15 January.

Many thanks in advance, and best wishes,
Andreas, Melanie & Vaclav,
ECREA Political Communication Section management team

Invitation to ECREA PolComm Conference 2017 in Zurich

We would like to invite you to our section’s Interim Conference 2017 on ‘Political Communication in Times of Crisis: New Challenges, Trends & Possibilities’ which will take place on 22-23 November 2017 in Zurich and will be organized by Frank Esser, Florin Büchel and Benjamin Fretwurst. You can check out the program here.

The keynote speaker will be Homero Gil de Zúñiga (U of Vienna) who will talk about ‘Social Media and Democracy: Evidence from the Digital Media Influence Around the World Project’. As part of the social program, all registered participants are invited to a conference dinner in the old town of Zurich.

Our Business Meeting is scheduled for November 22 from 5:20-6:00 pm in the Aula. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to provide us with ideas for additional items that you would like to have addressed at the BM in Zurich. And we encourage everybody to come to the Business Meeting and become a more informed and more engaged member.

See you in Zurich!

​Best wishes,
Andreas Schuck (Chair)
Melanie Magin, Vaclav Stetka (Vice Chairs)

Extended deadline: ECREA’s Political Communication Section Interim Conference 22-23 November 2017 in Zurich

Conference Call: ‘Political Communication in Times of Crisis: New Challenges, Trends & Possibilities’

Extended deadline for abstract submissions: 10 March 2017

The CfP with the extended deadline can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE: The correct email address for submissions is conference.zurich@gmail.com. Unfortunately, there was a wrong email address on our blog first. If you used any other email address for your submissions, we kindly ask you to submit it again to conference.zurich@gmail.com. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Call for Papers: ICA Preconference: Media Performance & Democracy – the Debate Continues

Sponsored by the Journalism Studies Division & the Political Communication Division

Organizers: Josef Seethaler, Linards Udris
Time: May 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront (Conference hotel)

Keynote Speakers:
Gianpietro Mazzoleni, Professor at the Università degli Studi di Milano
Silvia Pellegrini, Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Deadline for submissions: January 20, 2017

According to many programs and initiatives launched by supranational institutions like UNECSO and the European Commission in recent years, the definition of “quality indicators for journalism is a way to strengthen democratic functions of the media” (as it is stated in a 2010 UNESCO report on Brazilian media). Nevertheless, opinion is divided on whether there is a fixed set of principles across countries that would allow measuring and evaluating the quality of democracy and media performance in an etic way, or whether the extraordinary diversity of democratic configurations throughout the world as well as the diversity of media types call for a more culture- and media-specific, emic approach. Connected to this, scholars working on media performance are particularly concerned with the main question of the 2017 ICA Annual Conference of how research could (or should) contribute to the “good life” and how scholars could (or should) make “communication interventions” in public.

After the great success of last year’s ICA preconference on “Media Performance and Democracy”, the 2017 preconference aims at intensifying the discussion by focusing on the two aforementioned challenging dimensions:
(1) Do different concepts and practices of democracy in various parts of the world or different perceptions of democracy within a society call for different conceptualizations of the role of journalism, and thus for different principles of media quality, or do we need an internationally valid framework to assess media performance in a comparative way?
(2) Do different types of media fulfill different functions within a democratic society, thus facing different quality demands, or are there normative claims to be made about the democratic quality of public communication across all media types?

  • The preconference therefore places special emphasis on
    contributions from countries around the world, particularly from countries or areas that have been insufficiently represented in international literature until now,
  • studies dealing not only with mainstream “legacy” media, but also with all kinds of social and “alternative” media and their role in the overall media environment,
  • concepts that focus on the relationships between the various levels quality should be measured (policy and regulatory frameworks, media system structures, newsroom investment, organizational standards, journalists’ role perceptions, content characteristics, and user preferences), and
  • reflections and practical examples of why scholars should seek, or not seek, to “intervene” in public debate with their research findings in order to support good practice in journalism.

The preconference would like to bring together researchers from different backgrounds, including theoretically, methodologically, and practically oriented researchers both inside and outside academia, in order to exchange innovative ideas for the further development of research on democratic media performance.
Abstracts of 500 words (without any identifying information) must be uploaded to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mpd2017 (“MPD 2017”) by January 20, 2017. All submissions will undergo blind peer review and acceptance notifications will be sent out on February 15, 2017.

The preconference is open both to presenters and non-presenters, but authors of accepted abstracts are expected to attend the preconference and present their work. Registration opens on January 15, 2017 (http://www.icahdq.org). The participation fee (including lunch and coffee break) is $50 USD.

Contact: Josef Seethaler, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies (josef.seethaler [at] oeaw.ac.at); Linards Udris, University of Zurich, Research Institute for the Public Sphere and Society (linards.udris [at] foeg.uzh.ch)

Conference Call: ECREA’s Political Communication Section Interim Conference 22-23 November 2017 in Zurich

‘Political Communication in Times of Crisis: New Challenges, Trends & Possibilities’

Extended Deadline for abstract submissions: 10 March 2017

PLEASE NOTE: The correct email address for submissions is conference.zurich@gmail.com. Unfortunately, there was a wrong email address on our blog first. If you used any other email address for your submissions, we kindly ask you to submit it again to conference.zurich@gmail.com. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Political Communication Section of ECREA welcomes the submission of abstracts for presentation at the next Interim Conference to be held in Zurich on 22 to 23 November 2017. The program schedule will allow participants to arrive on Wednesday morning and leave again on Thursday evening – should they wish to do so. Local host will be Frank Esser from the University Zurich.

The organizers call for proposals in all sub-fields of political communication research, but particularly invite conceptual, empirical, and methodological proposals on new challenges and trends in media, politics and society that we are witnessing at the moment in Europe and beyond and that political communication research can provide new insights on. We not only see the emergence of new forms and modes of political communication but also a crisis of political institutions in and across countries. Public debate has become more polarized, populist parties are on the rise, as are media skepticism and uncivil comments on social media, and new trends such as fake news have become a widespread matter of public concern in no time. What are the answers that political communication research can provide to make sense of these new trends and challenges? And what are the new possibilities and innovative approaches for political communication research to inform public debate regarding these ongoing developments? Do we need new methods and new approaches to answer new questions, and which are these – or how much (dis)continuity is there really in the developments we are witnessing at the moment? In which respects does the current situation differ from former crises, and which similarities can be found with former crises that might help to identify solution possibilities?

The conference will feature traditional papers and thematic panels. Paper submissions will be grouped in sessions of 4-5 papers by the conference program chair. A limited number of slots will be available for coherent panels where one topic is addressed in four to five presentations, followed by a respondent. Preference will be given to panels with presenters from diverse backgrounds and affiliations.

 SUBMIT:

  • Submissions should be sent to conference.zurich@gmail.com no later than 10 March 2017
  • Paper submissions: Please include in the email (a) the title of your paper, (b) an abstract of no more than 400 words, and (c) names and affiliations of the authors.
  • Panel submissions: To submit a panel proposal, a 300 words rationale should be sent alongside a 150 words explanation per presentation, as well as the names and affiliations of presenters and respondent.

Submission will undergo scholarly peer-review. Only one proposal per first author can be accepted. Notifications of acceptance will be issued at the earliest appropriate time.