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[ecrea] CfP: Conservatives and Strategic Communication Conference

Sat Jul 14 11:08:09 GMT 2018

*Call for Papers: Conservatives and Strategic Communication Conference *


PSA Political Marketing Group

PSA Conservatism Studies Group

*Conference Location:* Edge Hill University, Ormskirk (near Liverpool), UK

*Conference Date:* Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Following the success of last year’s Political Marketing conference that examined the Labour Party, please see the below call for papers for the Conservatives and Strategic Communication Conference – in association with academics from four North West England universities: Liverpool Hope, Edge Hill, Salford and Chester; and the Political Studies Association (PSA) Political Marketing and Conservatism Studies specialist groups.


*Call for Papers*

This interdisciplinary conference seeks 300 word abstract proposals for papers that examine conservatives/conservatism - broadly defined to include UK and international contexts, conservative parties, conservative leaders, capitalism, economic liberalism, anti-socialism, and conservative movements. In the context of changing technocultural trends in elections, referendums and voting, topics/analyses might include:

·Political campaign strategy

·Strategic communications

·Political party branding

·Marketing and communication


·Corporate/PR democracy

·Adopted business marketing techniques

·News organisations

·Data uses

·Big data

·Data harvesting

·Data-driven marketing

·Information and misinformation

Please submit 300 word (approx.) paper abstracts to: ( /at/ <mailto:( /at/> no later than 12 noon, Friday 7 September 2018, and include your title, name, affiliation, email and whether you are a student/non-student. Applicants will be notified in mid-October.

There will be no conference fee thanks to support from PSA specialist group funds. Lunch will be provided. Keynote speaker - TBC.


Recent political events like the election of Donald Trump and Brexit, and trends towards populism and more polarised political landscapes, are driving scholarly curiosities about how conservatives are adopting and developing strategic techniques in the context of wider advances in the uses of personal data, big data and technologies. Following the recent Facebook Cambridge Analytica story; allegations of ‘Fake News’/misinformation; efforts to court potential voters in a period of political divergence; and notable fractures within conservative movements and parties, it seems timely to consider how conservatives have responded to contemporary trends in political marketing.

*Guiding Questions*

In terms of strategic communication and political marketing, have new strategies for targeting voters emerged? If so, how have these been manifested in political activity and the lives of voters? Does conservatism as an ideological brand retain a sharpness of meaning and convey a cohesive identity in both national and international contexts? Have certain political marketing strategies and techniques used by conservatives proven particularly successful? If so, how? Are there normative and ethical considerations?

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