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[Commlist] CFP: ECREA POLCOMM conference: "Transforming Communication – Old and New Borders"
Sun Feb 17 15:11:03 GMT 2019
Subject: CFP ECREA POLCOMM Interim Conference 2019: EXTENDED DEADLINE -
FEBRUARY 25th, 2019
Call for papers
ECREA Political Communication Section Interim Conference
12-13 September 2019 in Poznań, Poland
*"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 should be made via confrerence website
http://ecreapolcomm2019.amu.edu.pl/ no later than **25 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
(up to 5 presentations), as well as the names and affiliations of
* Submission will undergo scholarly peer-review.
* Only one proposal per first author can be accepted.
* Notifications of acceptance will be issued at the earliest
Agnieszka Stępińska (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland)
E-mail: (agnieszka.stepinska /at/ amu.edu.pl)
<mailto:(agnieszka.stepinska /at/ amu.edu.pl)>
*Section Management Team*
Andreas Schuck (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Chair)
Melanie Magin (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway;
Vaclav Stetka (Loughborough University, United Kingdom; Vice Chair)
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