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[ecrea] Twitter and the European Elections 2014: conference CFP

Fri Jul 03 21:21:41 GMT 2015

Call for Papers

Twitter at the European Elections 2014: International Perspectives on a
Political Communication Tool

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – University of Burgundy – Dijon – France


In recent years, Twitter has imposed itself as a major political
communication tool in many European countries, offering politicians
permanent real-time access to the public sphere, and thus becoming a
privileged tool for public and private interactions with colleagues,
sympathisers and journalists. Constraints on length and formatting,
along with a medium-specific “communication system” based on 4 major
operators (@, RT, # and http://) and embeddable media contents have
helped shape the way in which the tool is used both by politicians and
the publics who seek to interact with them or react to them.

During the European Parliamentary Elections held in May 2014, candidates
and voters in all of the countries within the European Union expressed
themselves on Twitter in the run-up to the elections and after the
results were made public. Although certain trends appear to be common to
the various countries, use of the medium is also influenced by different
national political and media contexts, as well as by the events which
marked the election campaign. The aim of this conference is to bring
together researchers from several European countries in order to compare
and contrast the use of microblogging in political communication. The
conference will thus showcase research carried out within the framework
of the “TEE2014” research project which collected and studied data from
six countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK), but
is also welcomes contributions from researchers with similar datasets or
analyses of other national contexts.

Among the themes studied, special attention will be paid to the following:

1.         Twitter as a communication tool: “Twitter styles” and
communication strategies (or lack of) from candidates in different countries

2.         Twitter in the public sphere: media ecology and the
circulation of tweets in relation with events during the election campaign

3.         Political discourse on Twitter: forms of expression and the
grammar of political tweets from a cross-national standpoint

Participants are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations or
posters, either in English or in French. Proposals will be subjected to
double-blind peer-review.


Following the conference, a selection of papers will be published as
book chapters.


Full attendance and conference
materials:                                     150 €

Special rate for PhD students / members of the scientific
committee:        75 €

Fees include midday meals on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th November,
reception and conference dinner on Thursday evening, coffee breaks and
conference materials.

Staff and students of the University of Burgundy may attend the
conference sessions free of charge.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts on the website:


25th August 2015: Deadline for paper proposals (600-800 words)

25th September 2014: Participants notified of acceptance

Scientific Committee:

Mario Anastasiadis (Uni. Bonn)

Marcel Broersma (Uni. Groningen)

Elena Cebrian Guinovart (Uni. CEU, Madrid)

Barbara De Cock (UCL, Louvain)

Evelien Dheer (Uni. Ghent)

Jessica Einspänner-Pflock (Uni. Bonn)

Alexandre Eyries (Uni. Nice)

Laurent Gautier (UB, Dijon)

Roberto Gelado Marcos (Uni. CEU, Madrid)

Todd Graham (Uni. Groningen)

Thibaud Hulin (UB, Dijon)

Pierre-Paul Gregorio (UB, Dijon)

Fabien Liénard (Uni. du Havre)

Darren Lilleker (Uni. Bournemouth)

Arnaud Mercier (Uni. Metz)

Nanta Novello Paglianti (UB, Dijon)

Sandrine Roginsky (UCL, Louvain)

Caja Thimm (Uni. Bonn)

Maurice Vergeer (Uni. Nijmegen)

Marina Villa (Uni. Catt., Milan)

Simeon Yates (ICC, Liverpool)

Sami Zlitni (Uni. du Havre)


Conference organised by Alex Frame (TIL, EA4182) & Gilles Brachotte
(CIMEOS-3S, EA4177), University of Burgundy, in collaboration with the
Human Sciences Centre (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme) in Dijon.

For any further information or enquiries please contact:
(tee2014 /at/

Conference website:

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