Call for abstracts

Please remember that the deadline for submissions for the 6th European Communication Conference in Prague (9-12 November) is 29 February

The Political Communication Section invites empirical and/or theoretical contributions on the changing nature of the relationship between citizens, political actors and the media, old and new. We welcome papers that address issues such as: the implications of mediated and mediatized politics on the quality of modern democracy; the European political communication deficit; the link between political communication and media policy, new journalistic practices, but also rising antagonistic civic communicative inputs, and populist political communication. Similarly, we invite papers on communication strategies and news management of political elites; campaign communication; citizenship and public sphere; media effects on political orientations and participation; as well as interpersonal and online political communication. Papers that take a comparative view on political communication in Europe are particularly welcome. The section aims to bring together and encourage critical and interdisciplinary approaches, while creating dialogue between a broad diversity of methodological and theoretical approaches.

For more details on the submission process, please see the guidelines here:!submission-guidelines/wkzgh.

Proposals can be submitted here:!online-submission-system/zyj6q.

PhD Scholarship in Political Communication

The Centre for Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, announces a call for applications for a PhD scholarship to be filled in spring 2016 or as agreed. Applications are invited from candidates with a Master’s degree (a three-year PhD programme). Also, candidates who, in addition to their BA/BSc, have passed the first year of their Master’s programme are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship within the 4+4 programme (a four-year PhD programme).

The PhD position is connected to the research programme “Communication and Public Engagement”, which focuses on how different kinds of political news may engage different groups politically (principal investigators: Professor Erik Albæk, University of Southern Denmark, and Professor Claes de Vreese, Amsterdam School of Communications Research). A short version of the research programme can be read here.

The PhD student will work at the Centre for Journalism in Odense, Denmark together with the principal investigators, two other PhD students and a postdoc. The announced PhD project will rely on a series of experiments.

The Centre is part of the Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark. The PhD student is expected to participate in the Centre’s various activities and spend regular hours at the Centre. In recent years, both the Centre and the Department have developed into vibrant research milieus and managed to attract young academic staff from, for example, the Netherlands, Germany, Palestine, China, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Greece and Sweden. The PhD student is expected to spend one semester at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research.

A recipient of a PhD scholarship is enrolled as a PhD student in the PhD programme in Journalism Studies at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, University of Southern Denmark. The PhD programme in Journalism Studies covers the following areas: journalism in comparative perspective, journalism practice and its effects, political communication, media language and rhetoric and news organisations.

When enrolled, an individual work plan must be drawn up and followed, including PhD courses, seminars and participation in conferences and workshops. In addition, the PhD student will obtain teaching experience and competence in other forms of communication and presentation. The PhD training, including courses, teaching and thesis, must be completed in three years.

Motivated applications are invited from candidates holding a Master’s degree in relevant fields, for instance journalism studies, communication, political science or sociology. Applications must include a max five pages long reflection of the research programme leading to a definition of a research question and a design of an experiment addressing this research question.


On Friday, June 17th and Saturday, June 18th, 2016, the Institute for Communication Sciences of the French National Research Center (ISCC, CNRS-Paris-Sorbonne-UPMC) organizes in Paris an international conference with the help of the Center for Comparative Studies in Political and Public Communication headed by Philippe J. Maarek on:

Social Networks and political Actors: what political communication today?

Scientific direction: Philippe J. Maarek, professor at Paris East – UPEC University, member of ISCC
Scientific co-direction : Arnaud Mercier, professor at Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas Unviersity, member of CARISM

The progressive integration of electronic social networks by political leaders and parties to their repertoires requires scholars to revisit the traditional investigations of political communication. The appropriation by the political sphere of digital technologies and the reconfiguration of political behavior and habits to the Internet age have led to new research and renewed questioning, with the idea of identifying the contours of a possible or potential “electronic democracy”.

The conference will particularly look into the specific use of electronic social networks like Twitter, Facebook, etc., by institutional political forces (parties, leaders, elected officials …). The overall challenge is to understand what is changing because of the so-called “Web 2.0” apparatus. Is it adopted by politician personnel as a plain additional tool among the range of what constitutes the political Internet, or are we facing a new transformation of political communication, due to the specificities of these new devices and to their mass appeal, particularly among the younger audience?

We already know that these tools are powerful vehicles of social and political mobilization, transforming the logic of “collective actions” to “connective actions” according to the useful distinction advocated by Lance Bennett. Or how do staff and political institutions manage to react, if not to put to use, these new vectors, which for the first time, stop their positional monopoly of being the sole transmitters of political communication in the public sphere? This has been obvious all over the world, from Occupy Wall Street to Los Indignados, via young Chinese from Hong Kong, or the Iranians in 2009 and Tunisians or Egyptians two years later. A kind of new militant ecosystem has developed, involving bloggers, citizens, aspirations for more democracy, along the street protests that social networks and mobile telephony have often helped coordinate and mobilize and against which staff and political institutions have been forced to react, in order not to keep being on the run.

Are we therefore witnessing changes for staff and political institutions in their way of communicating and acting on politics? Are these socio-technical devices already fully integrated, digested by these actors, or still only being integrated? Are politicians exploiting all their potential, which explains their massive success, or do they choose only certain aspects? What is the role of these networks in the politicians’ communication? To what extent are these networks now integrated into the campaign repertoire? How does political governance adjust to this development? Do local political institutions manage to appropriate these networks that often strengthen proximity? What changes do these networks induce on parliamentary work?

One of the many challenges that this conference intends to address is whether the participatory and collaborative mythology associated with socio-technical features offered by social networks is reflected in the facts: are political professionals borrowing these tools or not? If so, do they use their potential or do they incorporate them minimally, as an additional communicational support, without any intention to communicate collaboratively with citizens? Similarly, is the possibility for the citizen of contacting politicians directly frequently put into use? Does it change the nature of the relationship established by their candidates, their elected representatives, their activists, with voters, citizens, sympathizers?

On the campaign level, the integration of these tools is both manifest and at the same time seems incomplete. Some candidates still have no social network accounts, or hardly use them, and badly at that. Amateurism sometimes seems to reign supreme. Is it because their usage is not quite stabilized? Is it the nature of the tool itself to cause this lack of control? Or does the problem come from the difficulty to articulate with the usual campaign techniques?

The same questions arise on the side of political institutions, including governments and local institutions. Can social networks constitute an additional tool at their disposal, or is it already the case? Are they integrated into public communications devices on a par with the other means? Does the adoption of these devices form an opportunity for substantial transformation for these institutions’ communication or for the elected politicians who run them?

Any or all of these major central interrogations will be on the floor of the debates during this conference through different approaches. With the help of the Center for Comparative Studies in Political and Public Communication, the CNRS Institute of Communication Sciences intends to analyze this important part of the current evolution of political communication during the conference on comparative political communication which will bring together researchers and professionals from the field on June 17th and 18th 2016.

The conference will be bilingual French-English. Colleagues wishing to present a paper are invited to send an application before March 15th to: Proposals should include an abstract of 250-500 words (one or two pages) and short Vitae (one page).

Populism in, by, and against the media

Populism in, by, and against the media
ICA 2016 Preconference on 9 June 2016 in Fukuoka, Japan
Co-sponsored by the Political Communication Division. Organizers: Benjamin Krämer, Nayla Fawzi, & Sven Engesser

Researchers interested in the relationship between populism and the media are invited to submit extended abstracts for the ICA preconference “Populism in, by, and against the media.” The relationship is at least threefold: populism in the media (how and with what effects do the media cover populist actors and discourses?), populism by the media (do the media themselves act as populist actors?), and populism against the media (has media criticism become an integral part of populist ideologies and discourses?). We are interested in submissions covering one or several of the above aspects or related questions, on both traditional and new media, and investigating the relationship between them and populism from all relevant perspectives.

The preconference will take place on 9 June 2016 (9a.m. to 5.30 p.m.) in Fukuoka, Japan. Extended Abstracts (800 to 1,200 words plus references) should be sent to Benjamin Krämer ( The deadline for submission is 30 November 2015. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors before 15 January 2016.

Business Meeting

The next business meeting of our section takes place at the upcoming ECREA Political Communication Section on Thursday, 27 August from 13:00 to 13:45 in Room O 100. For more information read here.

ECREA Political Communication Section Conference

The programme for the upcoming ECREA Political Communication Section conference 2015 has now been published online and can be downloaded here.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Odense!

Reminder: Submission deadline is 1 April

Remember the upcoming deadline for this year’s ECREA Political Communication Conference 27-28 August in Odense. More information on how to submit can be found here:

Your ECREA Political Communication Section team

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!

For more details see:

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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Populist Political Communication in Europe: New Website

Comprehending the Challenge of Mediated Political Populism for Democratic Politics
The COST Action IS1308 brings together researchers to investigate populist political communication and its impact on democratic political life across Europe. This is necessary not only in light of recent populist backlashes in many democracies against governments and political and economic developments, but also in respect to changes in national media and communication systems.

In order to comprehend this poorly understood aspect of contemporary political communication this Action will examine three interconnected, but distinct aspects of populist political communication: First, populist political communication actors and their communication strategies. Second, the media and populist discourses and frames. Third, citizen’s engagement with populist political messages and the effect of these messages.

This Action will provide a thorough critical review of existing knowledge, much improved research co-ordination, widen co-operation between scholars, bridge gaps in existing knowledge and strengthen dialogue with various societal stakeholders, benefiting media organizations, NGOs and policy actors as well as the wider scientific community.

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