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[Commlist] New book: Visual Political Communication

Wed Jun 26 19:21:32 GMT 2019

We are pleased to announce the publication of “Visual Political Communication”, edited by Anastasia Veneti, Daniel Jackson, and Darren G. Lilleker (Bournemouth University) by Palgrave Macmillan.

This edited volume offers a theoretically driven, empirically grounded survey of the role visual communication plays in political culture, enabling a better understanding of the significance and impact visuals can have as tools of political communication. The book is intended as a specialist reading and teaching resource for courses on media, politics, citizenship, activism, social movements, public policy, and communication.

The publication features 14 contributions from 21 academics across the globe. It presents a range of disciplinary perspectives on visual political communication, including the fields of computer science, (digital) media studies, journalism studies and political science.

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Book endorsements include:

“This book is an innovative and timely collection that will soon become central to research and teaching on visual, digital and political communication. Through an original combination of theoretical reflections, methodological recommendations and empirical findings, this volume offers an usually well-rounded approach to exploring the relationship between visual images, digital technologies, and political practices. The collection’s cutting-edge case studies make for an especially exciting read and convincingly demonstrate the power of the visual in top-down and bottom-up politics alike.” (Giorgia Aiello, Associate Professor in Media and Communication, University of Leeds, UK)

“At a time when political communication is increasingly dominated by visual imagery, this ground-breaking volume makes an essential intervention. It provides a comprehensive, engaging, provocative and wide range of contributions that advance knowledge in this sorely neglected, but increasingly vital area of research, and help us understand everything from the rise of Donald Trump to the strategies of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.” (Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Cardiff University, UK)

“The theme image vs. substance is still questioning today’s scholars in the digital age. In /Visual Political Communication/, the contributors respond with a mighty effort to explore the dynamics of visual communication and the political process. The result is an in-depth analysis of the various ramifications of the visual in political communication, in campaigns and in government that sheds light into many disquieting phenomena we notice in modern politics worldwide.” (Gianpietro Mazzoleni, Professor of Political Communication, University of Milan, Italy)


1.     Introduction
Anastasia Veneti, Daniel Jackson, Darren G. Lilleker, all Bournemouth University

Part I: Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Visual Political Communication
2. The Digital Transformation of Visual Politics
Paul Messaris, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania 3.     The power of visual political communication: pictorial politics through the lens of communication psychology
Darren G. Lilleker, Bournemouth University
4.     The Interdisciplinary Roots and Digital Branches of Visual Political Communication Research
Roman Gerodimos, Bournemouth University
5. Visual Methods for Political Communication Research: Modes and Affordances
Luc Pauwels, University of Antwerp

Part II: The Use of Visuals in Political Campaigning
6. From Analogue to Digital Negativity ‒ Attacks and Counter-Attacks, Satire and Absurdism on Election Posters Offline and Online Bengt Johansson, University of Gothenburg & Christina Holtz-Bacha, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg 7. Political parties and their pictures. Visual communication on Instagram in Swedish and Norwegian election campaigns Uta Russmann, FHWien der WKW University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication, Jakob Svensson, Malmö University, Anders Larsson, Kristiania University College, Westerdals Institute for Communication and Design
8. Visual Political Communication in Italian electoral campaigns
Edoardo Novelli, University of Roma Tre

Part III: Visual Governance
9. The Visual Presidency of Donald Trump First Hundred Days: Political Image Making and Digital Media
Ryan T. Strand and Dan Schill, James Madison University
10. Greek Political Leaders on Instragram: Between ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ personalisation
Stamatis Poulakidakos and Iliana Giannouli, University of Athens
11. The political power of smiling. How politicians’ displays of happiness affect viewers’ gaze behavior and political judgments
Michael Sülflow and Marcus Maurer, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Part IV: Citizen-led Forms of Visual Political Communication
12. #MoreInCommon: Collective Mourning Practices on Twitter and the Iconisation of Jo Cox
Katy Parry, University of Leeds
13. Picturing the political: Embodied visuality of protest imagery
Bolette B. Blaagaard, Aalborg University
14. Connective Politics, Videos and Algorithms: YouTube’s Mediation of Audiovisual Political Communication Andrea Medrado, Simone do Vale, Adilson Cabral (all Federal Fluminense University)

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