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[Commlist] cfp: Passionate Europe. An expressive turn in European parliamentary election campaign communication and media discourses.
Sat Sep 21 14:53:51 GMT 2019
*CALL FOR PAPERS - Passionate Europe. An expressive turn in European
parliamentary election campaign communication and media discourses. *
A thematic issue of /Intersections. East European Journal of Society and
Politics/ (IEEJSP) to be published in May 2020.
Editor: Gabriella Szabó (Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy
*Deadline of abstract submission: *September 30, 2019.**
*Deadline of manuscript submission: *January 15, 2020.**
Although passions have always been part of politics, so far scholars
have claimed their presence exceptional and being harmful to a healthy
democracy. But what if emotional appeals are becoming mainstream ways of
campaigning and discussing politics in democracies? During the campaign,
prior to the recent European Parliamentary elections, one could
frequently see politicians talking about Europe in an emotionally
overwhelmed tone, or ignoring political correctness and good manners
when attacking opponents. Journalists also tended to leave neutrality
behind by declaring enthusiastic adherence to specific political leaders
or political program. Last but not least, citizens seemed to eagerly
express their positive or negative feelings and specifically in their
online communication voters often use disrespectful tone toward the
discussion forum, its participants, or its topic.
There is a growing concern among scholars that new discursive practices
shattering traditional norms and decorum have moved to the center of
politics. The new ‘normality’ has brought, among others, the widespread
use of verbal and visual vulgarity and emotionally overwhelmed
communication. That is an especially valid claim in the case of Central
and Eastern Europe where populist sentiments have become the mainstream
of politics, and where political history shows that specific emotional
strategies have proved extremely successful; the xenophobic,
anti-semitic and anti-Roma campaigns seem to have been efficient in
arousing fear and public anxiety.
The Thematic Issue aims to bring together media and communication
scholars and provide a broader and deeper understanding of the
expressive turn in campaign communication. We call for conceptual and
empirical papers that will make it possible to describe the main forms,
explain the reasons, and assess the impact of emotions in the EP
election campaigns. We invite contributions dealing with public
incivility and obscenity, publicly expressed feelings and emotions
regarding politics, emotionally biased media coverage of EP campaigns,
affect-driven motivated reasoning and character assassination.
Cross-country comparisons and single case studies are equally welcome,
reflecting either quantitative or qualitative approaches. Papers
proposing computational methods are particularly encouraged to be
submitted. Any investigation on the visual manifestations of feelings
related to EP election campaigns is within the scope of our interest. In
this Thematic Issue, we hope to highlight new possibilities for theory
development, methodological innovation and cross-national approaches to
the study of electoral campaigns and emotions.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Expressivity in campaign communication;
Strategic use of emotions in election campaigns;
Effects of expressivity;
Exposure to emotional political messages;
Single case studies or cross-national comparisons of elite or popular
Audience reception of emotionally biased media coverage;
Visual depictions of feelings in politics
Please submit your paper proposal (not more than 300 words) to Gabriella
Szabó < (szabo.gabriella /at/ tk.mta.hu) <mailto:(szabo.gabriella /at/ tk.mta.hu)>>
until September 30, 2019.
In case of a positive editorial decision, full papers will be due on
January 15, 2020, to be sent to double-blind review. Accepted papers
will be published in issue No. 3 of the journal.
Intersections is a peer reviewed journal which promotes
multidisciplinary and comparative thinking on Eastern and Central
European societies in a global context. The journal publishes research
with international relevance and encourages comparative analysis both
within the region and with other parts of the world. The journal was
founded by the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences in Budapest and provides an international forum for scholars
coming from and/or working on the region. It is ranked as Q2 by Scimago
and indexed by CEEOL, ERIH and Google Scholar. The evaluation process is
at an advanced stage with: ProQuest Sociological Abstracts, EBSCO,
JSTOR, Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index, Index Copernicus,
DOAJ and Scopus.
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