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[Commlist] CFP: PSA Media and Politics Group panels at the PSA Annual Conference
Fri Aug 23 18:36:34 GMT 2019
Political Studies Association, 70th Annual International Conference
6 - 8 April 2020, Edinburgh International Convention Centre and Sheraton
Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, #PSA20
Deadline for abstracts and panel proposals: Monday, 7 October 2019
The PSA Media and Politics Group invites members to submit paper
abstracts or panel proposals for the PSA Media and Politics stream at
the PSA Annual International Conference 2020.
Papers may be related to the conference theme, Re-imagining Politics,
but other topics from across the disciplinary and methodological
traditions are also welcomed.
Please submit abstracts (max. 300 words) and panel proposals by email to
James Dennis: (James.Dennis /at/ port.ac.uk) <mailto:(James.Dennis /at/ port.ac.uk)>
by Monday 7 October (please note that this is an earlier deadline than
the direct individual submission to the PSA). We also welcome emails
earlier than this date to ask for our advice on potential panel proposals.
On all submissions, please include an email address for the
corresponding and the institutional affiliation. Please also indicate if
you are a postgraduate student.
If you wish to propose a panel, please note for following stipulations
from the organising committee:
·Panel proposals should include a panel overview (max. 300 words),
outlining the title, synopsis, and chair details.
·Panels usually consist of three to four papers and a chair. A
discussant is optional.
·Panels should aim to reflect the diversity of the profession, and
all-male panels will not be considered.
·Paper-givers are required to register and physically attend the
conference and only in exceptional circumstances will this be waived,
such as for health- or mobility-related issues.
Theme and further details:
*PSA AT 70: RE-IMAGINING POLITICS*
As the PSA turns 70, politics faces multiple uncertainties. The
international liberal order is being challenged by new security threats
and domestic nationalist resurgences. The nation-state has lost its
normative supremacy, facing authority claims from above and below.
Established party systems are disintegrating as trust in representative
democracy diminishes. Confronted with a climate emergency, traditional
policies of growth and consumption are under increased scrutiny. Ours is
also a time of democratic institutional innovation, path-breaking
constitutional experiments and vibrant bottom-up practices of inclusive
Against this backdrop of change, falling back on well-tested theories
and practices seems less and less productive. Radical and accelerating
transformations call for new ways of understanding, explaining and
intervening in the political world.
PSA's 70th anniversary provides us with a double opportunity: to take
stock of these transformations and to re-imagine both the study and
practice of politics. Revamping concepts and methodological tools can
help us to grapple with multi-layered, highly complex and dynamic
political processes. Held in the Scottish capital, itself a site of
democratic innovation and mobilisation, the 2020 meeting of the PSA aims
to provide a propitious arena for kickstarting processes of re-imagining
While the main theme of this conference is Re-Imagining Politics, the
Media & Politics
Group operates an open and inclusive policy, and empirical, theoretical,
and practice-based research dealing with any aspect of media and
politics is welcomed. This may include areas of political communication
and journalism, but also includes a broader view of the political within
such areas as online media, television, cinema and media arts, both
factual and fictional.
Possible areas include:
·How have our understandings of media and politics been changed by
recent political and economic crises?
·How useful are seminal theories for understanding contemporary
·The methodological challenges of researching media and politics in a
·The role of affect, emotion, and authenticity within political
·Disinformation, misinformation and threats to democratic health
·The opportunities and challenges of digital campaigning
·The media's changing role in political communication practices and/or
·Datafication and challenges to democracy
·The rise of alternative political media and changing public attitudes
towards mainstream media
·The media's role in reporting terrorism
· Identifying discourses of authoritarianism/populism/racism
·Regulation possibilities for social media platforms
·Climate change and the media
·Activism, social movements and the media
·The power of political satire, cartoons and memes
·The politics of representation across media genres
·The role of political communication scholars in a changing world
·Media, communication and inequality
·Political fandom and re-imagining citizen engagement
Further information on registration fees and conference location can be
Further information on the PSA Media and Politics Group and details on
how to join can be found here:
Follow the PSA Media and Politics Group on Twitter:
PSAMPG Convenors Dr Jen Birks (University of Nottingham), Professor Alec
Charles (University of Winchester), Dr James Dennis (University of
Portsmouth), Dr Emily Harmer (University of Liverpool), Dr Katy Parry
(University of Leeds)
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