[Previous message][Next message][Back to index]
[ecrea] Call for Papers for the Second Issue of the journal Communication and Culture Review published by Pondicherry University, India
Sun Oct 14 13:07:27 GMT 2018
Theme of the Second Issue: Researching Political Communication and
Citizenship in the Digital Age
Digital media enable individuals to share knowledge, experiences,
opinions, and ideas among each other. The means of participation that
social media afford has significantly enhanced democratic ideals by way
of allowing citizens to articulate their voices impacting political
structures. Globally, an estimated 2.5 billion people use social
networks on a daily basis. With their tremendous growth, social media
have become an indispensable space modern political campaigning
leverages for propaganda. It has created new ways of mobilizing public
opinion and inspiring participation in political and civic activities.
While public addresses by politicians mobilise citizens as a collective
around a specific location, the networked architecture of the digital
space produces congeries of fragmented yet networked collectives across
varied spatio-temporal dimensions uniting on issue-based political
Politicians have begun to appropriate these media spaces as it is easy
to govern the target audiences by calibrating and crafting propaganda
messages through quantitative metrics. The abundance of digital tools
has ensured that citizens as data bodies could be tracked, measured,
quantified and reached more effectively. The rise of algorithms, what
Napoli (2014) identifies as 'algorithmic turn', inflects political
communication altering the situated practices of poll campaigning into a
public relations endeavour. For instance, the use of bots to facilitate
interaction between candidates and citizens instantiates the fusion of
human and nonhuman agents posing critical questions to understanding the
domain of political communication.
Further, platforms like Facebook and Twitter enable candidates to
directly reach out to voters, mobilize supporters, and influence the
public agenda. These fundamental changes in political communication
therefore present election candidates with a widened range of strategic
choices. Over the last decade, changes in the communication environment
due to innovations in digital technologies (Castells, 2009; Chadwick,
2014), which themselves accompanied a process of modernisation and
professionalisation of electoral competition have forced political
parties to adopt and integrate in their campaigns increasingly
sophisticated digital communication practices. Although academic
research on digital media campaigning has flourished in the past several
years, the scenario is still unclear and deeper insights are necessary
to understand how political communication is shaped by digital media.
Research has extensively documented the integration of new media tools,
and Twitter and Facebook specifically, in election campaigns held in
Western democracies (see Gibson, 2013; Jungherr, 2015), whereas the
underpinnings of digital technologies in elections could be captured
quite profoundly in the Indian and other democracies.
Researchers have an important opportunity to contribute to
theory-building and revisit underlying key questions such as: How has
social media and other forms of digital media use by political
candidates evolved over time? Is there any conclusive evidence that
politicians’ use of these tools increases their favourability or
strengthens citizen engagement? What are the key factors that may
mitigate the effects of social media on voters? Do these effects hold
true in different contexts and for different platforms? Most
importantly, does stronger reliance on social media/digital media
motivate voters to retain higher levels of political knowledge or
political participation, and if so, what are the underlying mechanisms?
Given the evolution of social media/digital media use over time and
their growing importance for political communication, this issue of
Communication and Culture Review seeks empirical research articles as
well as theoretical reviews that will strengthen and add to the
knowledge base of political communication literature. Combining a number
of articles under this research umbrella could lead to important
theoretical and methodological contributions, and also bridge several
disciplinary domains including journalism, mass communication, new
media, sociology and political science.
The forthcoming issue welcomes papers on topics including but not
Digital media/social media and democracy
Digital media/social media and citizen participation
Digital media/social media and the (im)possibility of public sphere
Algorithms and political communication
Factors impacting poll campaigning strategies in the digital age
New media technologies and their effects on socio-political matters
Articulation and shaping of ideologies by political parties through
Memes as visual tools for activism and propaganda in modern politics
Platforms, algorithms and their role in shaping public attention
Democratic subjectivity and the politics of digital space
Subaltern voices and political participation in digital media
Castells, M. (2013). Communication power. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Chadwick, A. (2017). The hybrid media system: Politics and power. New
York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Gibson, R. K. (2013). Party change, social media and the rise of
‘citizen-initiated’ campaigning. Party Politics, 21(2), 183-197.
Jungherr, A. (2015). E-campaigning in Germany: A net revolution? Essex:
Napoli, P. M. (2014). Automated media: An institutional theory
perspective on algorithmic media production and consumption.
Communication Theory 24(3), 340-360.
Full Paper submission: January 3, 2019 (Full paper should not exceed
Notification of selected papers for peer review: January, 15, 2019
Intimation of final acceptance/correction/rejection: March 5, 2019
Publication of the issue: March 30, 2019
M. Shuaib Mohamed Haneef, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Head i/c
Department of Electronic Media and Mass Communication
Puducherry, India - 605014
Visit the journal on: http://communicationandculturereview.in
This mailing list is a free service offered by Nico Carpentier. Please
use it responsibly and wisely.
To subscribe or unsubscribe, please visit http://commlist.org/
Before sending a posting request, please always read the guidelines at
To contact the mailing list manager:
Email: (nico.carpentier /at/ vub.ac.be)
[Previous message][Next message][Back to index]