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22Oct 2021

Book announcement


Ofer Feldman (Doshisha University, Japan) announces his just-published edited book entitled When Politicians Talk: The Cultural Dynamics of Public Speaking (published by Springer, Singapore. DOI 10.1007/978-981-16-3579-3)


This book details the relationship between culture and the language used by politicians, political candidates, and government officials, in the broad context of political behavior and communication. Employing a variety of perspectives, theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and analytical approaches, chapters focus specifically on the question of HOW cultural factors (such as religion, history, economy, majority/minority relations, social structure, and values) shape the content, nature, and characteristics of the rhetoric that public figures utilize in selected countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East.



1 Introduction: Assessing Cultural Influences on Political Leaders’ Discourse, By Ofer Feldman 

Part I Religion 

2  Deep Culture: The Hebrew Bible and Israeli Political Speech, By Sam Lehman-Wilzig 

3  Qur’anifying Public Political Discourse: Islamic Culture and Religious Rhetoric in Arabic Public Speaking, By Ali Badeen Mohammed Al-Rikaby, Thulfiqar Hussein Altahmazi, and Debbita Ai Lin Tan 

4 The Role of Culture in Turkish Political Discourse: President Recep Tayyip Erdog ̆an and The Justice and Development Party, By Ays ̧e Deniz Ünan Göktan 

5 The Symbolic Construction of a Messiah: Jair Bolsonaro’s Public, Christian Discourse, By Eduardo Ryô Tamaki, Ricardo Fabrino Mendonça, and Matheus Gomes Mendonça Ferreira 

Part II History, Economy, Climate/Geography, and Majority/Minority Relations 

6  Rationality and Moderation: German Chancellors’ Post-War Rhetoric, By Melani Schröter 

7  Talking Politics: The Influence of Historical and Cultural Transformations on Polish Political Rhetoric, By Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska and Agnieszka Kampka 

8  A Tale of Two Prime Ministers: The Influence of Greek Culture in Post-Crises Political Speech, By Christos Kostopoulos 

9  Rhetoric, Culture, and Climate Wars: A Discursive Analysis of Australian Political Leaders’ Responses to the Black Summer Bushfire Crisis, By Nicholas Bromfield, Alexander Page, and Kurt Sengul 

10  The Core Socio-Cultural Building Blocks Underlying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speeches to the United Nations General Assembly, By Yuval Benziman 

Part III Social Structure, Values, Popular and New-Culture Elements 

11  The President as Macho: Machismo, Misogyny, and the Language of Toxic Masculinity in Philippine Presidential Discourse, By Gene Segarra Navera 

12  Decoding Japanese Politicians’ Rhetoric: Socio-Cultural Features of Public Speaking, By Ofer Feldman 

13  Culture and Politics in Contemporary China: A Cultural-Rhetorical Analysis of Xi Jinping’s Three Speeches in 2019, By Xing Lu 

14  Popular Culture in the Service of Populist Politics in Spain: Pablo Iglesias’ Parliamentary Speech as Leader of the Podemos Party, By Francisco José Sánchez-García 

15  Donald Trump: Dividing America Through New-Culture Speech, By Michael Alan Krasner 

Part IV Cultural Convergence and Discourse Divergence 

16 Commentary: Choice and Innovation in the Interaction of Political Discourse with Culture, By Richard Anderson 



18Oct 2021

RC22 New Board

Dear members of the RC22-Political Communication community,

As many of you may already know from our blog and social media channels, the RC22 has a new management team. We wish to thank the outgoing leadership and team for their support. 

In the following years, we wish to create lively information sharing and diverse events related to the research committee. Therefore, we invite you to follow RC22 on social media platforms and encourage you to share, send us, or even poke us with your calls, job postings, and every information which may interest the RC22 community.

These are our channels, where all of us can disseminate the information:

Facebook: IPSA-RC22 Political Communication

Twitter: @IPSA_RC22

Blog: http://rc22.ipsa.org

Send your mails directly to secretaries of the committee or if you plan an event with RC22, ask the chair and the vice-chair. Availabilities can be found here:


We are excited about the forthcoming years and hope to meet many of you. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.


Best wishes,

Norbert, Magda, Marta, Andrea and the board of RC22. 

15Jul 2021

A new leadership team for RC22, and our thanks for your support since 2012

We thank the leadership and team at IPSA for their support. But mostly our sincere thanks go to the diverse membership who have supported the RC, shared their research and who make the work of the RC stimulating. We thank you for enriching our lives for the last nine years and look forward to supporting the new team taking on our roles. Our very best wishes to your all, Darren and Oscar

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01Jul 2021

IPSA (Virtual) 2021 - Come join our panels

If you are attending IPSA next week do come along to the panels organised within RC22 Political Communication. The panels were originally organised for the face to face event planned for 2020, we then had to do a number of revisions to get to where we are now.

Our panels, with times in UTC, are as follows

Saturday 10 July 10.00am: Nationalisms, Populisms and the Media in the Post-Representative Democracy (exploring the radical transformation caused by post-representative politics)

Saturday 10 July 1.30pm: Communicating National Identity (studies of Brazil, Croatia, Mexico and the Spanish region of Catalonia focus on the question of positioning the nation)

Sunday 11 July 10.00am: Populism and Conspiracy Beliefs: Theory, Discourses and Practices (the relationship between populism and conspiracies in comparative perspective)

Sunday 11 July 10.00am: Populism and Ideas of the Nation (Case studies explores populist perspectives of the nation across Europe)

Sunday 11 July 1.30pm: Media Systems: Theory and Practice (Revisiting Hallin and Mancini (2004) to explore systems from across the globe)

Sunday 11 July 1.30pm: Populism as Communication in a Comparative Perspective (Following De Vreese the panel aims to understand populism as a communicative style across various contexts)

Monday 12 July 10.00am: Social Movements and Social Media (This panel approaches questions relating to 'organisation without organisations' from a range of contexts)

Monday 12 July 10.00am: Digital Platforms, Political Parties and New Forms of Re-politicisation (research explores pop-socialism, e-voting in Poland, incivility in Italian politics and digital activism)

Monday 12 July 1.30pm: Nationalist Strategies and the ICTs (This panel discusses the increasing importance of new information and communication technologies within nationalist movements)

Tuesday 13 July 10.00am: Social Media Narratives as Political Communication (How parties balance informing, mobilising and interacting covering African nations, China and taking a global perspective)

Tuesday 13 July 10.00am: Elections and Participation in a Digital Age (research explores social media campaigning in Brazil, Spain, Portugal and Turkey)

Wednesday 14 July 10.00am: Social Media Campaigning in Europe: EP2019 (covering different aspects of campaigning based on research from the 2019 contest)

Wednesday 14 July 10.00am: Communication Public Policy (how are policies sold, exploring case studies from across the globe)

Wednesday 14 July 10.00am: Media Discourse, Democracy and the Public Sphere (can media support an informed public, inclusive debate and disperse power within democracies?)

Wednesday 14 July 1.30pm: Role of Political Public Relations as a Discipline and Practice in an Open World (The panel aims to establish a regular forum for PPR scholars to share and discuss research)

Thursday 15 July 10.00am: New Nationalisms and Right-Wing Populism in Digital Communication (The panel explores new nationalisms and right-wing populism in digital communication)

Thursday 15 July 10.00am: The Image of the Desired Future World as the Basis for Building of Trusting Relations between States in the Context of New Neo-Nationalisms

We hope you can join us for some of these panels. RC22 is not responsible for the timings or clashes, which are unfortunately but unavoidable due to the schedule.

20Apr 2021

CFP: After the “Summer Of Migration”: Right-Wing Populism, Media and Affects

Conference Title: After the “Summer Of Migration”: Right-Wing Populism, Media and Affects


Organizers: Peace Institute (Slovenia) and University of Vienna (Austria)

Date: 16–17 September 2021

Abstract deadline: 7 June 2021

Location: Ljubljana, (online or hybrid)

Link: https://www.mirovni-institut.si/en/after-the-summer-of-migration-right-wing-populism-media-and-affects/ 

Contact: mojca.frelih@mirovni-institut.si



The conference focuses on the nexus between political parties, media, and right-wing populism since the so-called 2015 summer of migration in Europe with an affect perspective. The historical background is the erosion of party democracy and the rise of populist democracy. Classical political leadership is declining, giving centrality to personalisation and mediatisation of politics, and above all, populist leaders who exploit social media as new opportunity structures that are becoming a substitute for political debate. On the upswing are right-wing populist actors who aim at mobilising against the elite and internal and external others. The growing number of refugees fleeing to European countries along the Balkan route from war-torn and economically devastated zones fuelled the populist upsurge across Europe, as refugees were increasingly regarded as dangerous, culturally deviant, and a threat to the national security and the welfare system. The COVID-19 period has appeared as yet another crisis that deepened social inequalities and accelerated the invisibility of minorities. The conference intends to debate the populist production of politics of fear and securitisation, which addresses the emotions and affects of people and converts fear of economic and social decline into anger against migrants. The dynamic interplay between political strategies and media practices—the media-political parallelism—is of central concern, i.e. how the policy frames of the political field and the media are distributed and become common sense. The focus is also to understand how affective populist appeals shape public opinion on migration and how they mobilise people’s political and voting preferences. This conference is the final event of the Slovenian-Austrian research project POP-MED.



We welcome papers addressing one or several of the issues mentioned above. We wish to attract a diverse range of participants from a variety of countries and backgrounds. There is no fee for attending and participating at the conference. The conference language is English.

Proposals for papers should include the author’s/authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation, email address, together with a paper title, abstract of 300–500 words and a short biographical information.

Proposals should be sent by 7 June 2021 to Mojca Frelih:


Notification of acceptance by 25 June 2021.


Key note speakers:

prof. Zizi Papacharissi, University of Illinois Chicago, Department of Communication prof. Lance Bennett, University of Washington, Center for Communication & Civic Engagement


Organizing committee:

Mojca Pajnik, Associate Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Ljubljana and Researcher at The Peace Institute, Ljubljana; Birgit Sauer, Professor of Political Science at University of Vienna; Iztok Šori, PhD in Sociology, Researcher and Director of the Peace Institute; Otto Penz, Sociologist at the University of Vienna; Mojca Frelih, MA in Sociology, researcher at the Peace Institute.

29Apr 2020

CFP: RC10 and RC22 supported workshop:“Journalism and Artificial Intelligence”


IPSA RC10 and RC22 supported workshop:

“Journalism and Artificial Intelligence”

Interuniversity Centre Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Sept 28th– Sept 29th2020

25thAnnual International Conference on Information Technology and Journalism: “Internet in the Era of Disinformation” 

Interuniversity Centre Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Sept 30th –  Oct 2nd 2020


The workshop is organized in Dubrovnik from Sept 28th– Sept 29th2020, as a part of the The 25thAnnual International Conference on Information Technology and Journalism: “Internet in the Era of Disinformation”.  

The workshop focuses on the relationship between journalism and Artificial Intelligence, as well as the impact AI generated content and AI controlled bots can have on public discourse and the shaping of public opinion. We especially welcome papers addressing the following questions and topics:

  • The Rise of Data Driven Communication accelerates ever-changing Media Environment
  • Strategic communications and Open data (social media theories, analytics, sources, tools and techniques)
  • “Social editors” as origins of (dis)information on social media
  • Media, social media and artificial Intelligence
  • Artificially generated content: a threat to democracies?
  • Algorithms, bots and artificial Intelligencein steering online communication
  • Reconstructing privacy with Big data: Big Brother on steroids
  • Microtargeting and personalization of content in journalism and political communication
  • Ethical challenges and Regulatory framework
  • The ways AI is transforming the media industry
  • The impact of AI on communication and collaboration
  • When AI and Communication meet: a love story?


We are also welcoming submissions for the Conference which address the following topics:

  • e-democracy vs e-manipulation
  • Internet and hybrid war
  • Information, disinformation, misinformation…
  • Virtual deconstruction of liberal democracy
  • Trust and mistrust
  • Attention economy and wireless journalism
  • Media profession and ethic
  • Like or hate in the bubble
  • Information ecology


Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words and should include:


  • Title
  • Author and Affiliation
  • Core theoretical premise of the paper
  • Methodology and relevant information on data collection and analysis
  • Key findings or questions that analysis will address in an ongoing or future research


Abstract deadline: June 15th2020.

Notification of acceptance sent out July 6th2020.

Send your proposal to: info@edemokracija.hr


Registration and Conference Fees:

All participants (presenters and non-presenters) must register to be able to attend the conference.

Paper presenters and co-authors: 120 Euros

Students and non-presenters: 70 Euros



A number of selected full papers will be submitted for publication in special issue in indexed journal Media Studies. All conference papers will be eligible for this issue. The selection will be based on peer reviews and it will be carried out by the special issue Guest Editor Dr. Domagoj Bebić in collaboration with the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.

Medijske studije (Media Studies) is an interdisciplinary journal published by the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb. Articles published in Media Studies are indexed in: Emerging Sources Citation Index of  the Web of Science Database and Social Science Premium Collection and are available in the open access data bases: Hrčak – The Portal of Scientific Journals of Croatia, DOAJ – the Directory of Open Access Journals and CEEOL – Central and Eastern European Online Library.



Our workshop is supported by IPSA RC10 and RC22 and organized by the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb (http://fpzg.hr/) and InMed Institute (http://www.edemokracija.hr/) .

Annual International Conference on Information Technology and Journalism (ITJ) conference has been organized for 25 years now. The joint RC10/RC22 workshop was first launched in 2010 and has been organized as part of the conference since then.

Conference venue: Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia (http://iuc.hr/)

Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik is an independent international institution for advanced studies structured as a consortium of universities with a mission to organize and promote contact and exchange through projects, study programs, courses and conferences across a wide range of scientific concerns. Program directors and resource persons coming from about 170 member universities worldwide cooperate in organizing the activities. IUC is open to new member institutions as well as to new programs.


Members of the organizing committee of the workshop are:

Domagoj Bebić (IPSA RC Liaison Representative; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb)

Mato Brautović (Department of Communication Science, University of Dubrovnik)

Óscar G. Luengo (Facultad de Ciencias Politicas y Sociologia, Universidad de Granada)

Marijana Grbeša Zenzerović  (Faculty of political Science, University of Zagreb)

Božo Skoko (Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb)

Milica Vučković (Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb)




  • Abstract deadline: June 15th, 2020.
  • Full paper: September 1st, 2020.
  • Full paper of selected papers for publication in Media Studies, special issue: October 15th, 2020.


If you have any questions about the conference please contact the organizing committee at: info@edemokracija.hr

28Feb 2020

7th Milan International Summer School "Political Communication and Electoral Behavior

WHERE:  Milan (Italy) University of Milan (www.unimi.it)

WHEN:  06 - 11 July 2020


The Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan (Italy) (http://eng.sps.unimi.it/ecm/home) and the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) (http://politicalcommunication.org/ica-division/).


The School addresses theoretical and empirical questions at the intersection of political communication, political science, and political sociology, with a special focus on the relationship between political communication, media, political participation and democracy.


The lecturers are internationally renowned academics:

-Patricia Moy (University of Washington and past President of the ICA),

-Kimberley Gross (GWU and Chair of the PolComm Division at ICA),

-Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (Cardiff University),

-Toril Aalberg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology),

-Claes de Vreese(University of Amsterdam and President of the ICA),

-Marco T. Bastos(City University London),

-Fabio Giglietto(University of Urbino),

-Sophie Lecheler(University of Vienna),

-Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck(University of Mannheim),

-Stuart Soroka(University of Michigan),

-Regina Lawrence(University of Oregon).

Course Director:  Gianpietro Mazzoleni (University of Milan)

*International Network*

Participants of the previous editions came from around the world: USA, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Russia,  Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the  Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, among  others.

*Who should apply*

Building on the experience of the last 13 years, the 2020 Summer School offers another unique opportunity for 30 PhD candidates and early career academics in Communication, Sociology, Psychology and Political Science to attend an intensive, 6 day-long Program that consists of lectures, master classes, paper presentations and discussions.Workshops on Big Data and Computational Analysis and on writing for peer-reviewed journals will be offered during the week.

*How to apply*

Participants will be admitted on a competitive basis. Candidates should submit a 3-page research proposal or an extended abstract of a research paper on issues broadly related to political communication subfields. Submissions should include name, email address, institutional affiliation, a brief bio (max. 200 words) mentioning main research interests and ongoing projects, and a recommendation letter.  An international selection committee will review the applications.


Application: 1 March
Notification of acceptance:27 March
Registration deadline:30 April

*Enrollment fee*

Euro 750 (covers accommodation, lunches, welcome and farewell dinners).    A limited number of travel grants is also available.

APPLY ONLINE AT: https://polcomm.unimi.it/application-2020/

MORE INFORMATION: www.polcomm.unimi.it 
WRITE TO: summerschool.polcomm@gmail.com 

26Mar 2019

Call for Papers: Armenia's transformation in comparative context


18Sep 2018

New publication available

The Jounal "Communciation & Society" has recently published a Special Issue on Political Communication. The publication is the result of a selection of the most relevant papers presented in the IPSA Joint Conference RC22 and RC10 with CICOM held in Pamplona, Spain (2017)

Communication & Society, 2018, 31(3); ISSN 0214-0039

Political Communication in Uncertain Times. Digital Technologies, Citizen Participation and Open Governance
Political agenda on Twitter during the 2016 Spanish elections: issues, strategies, and users’ responses
Writing graffiti on the Facebook wall: Understanding the online discourse of citizens to politicians during the 2016 Spanish election
Domagoj BEBIC y Marija VOLAREVIC 
Do not mess with a meme: the use of viral content in communicating politics
Populist parties in Western Europe. An analysis of the three core elements of populism
Norbert KERSTING, Abel REIBERG y Phillip HOCKS 
Discourse Quality in Times of Populism: An Analysis of German Parliamentary Debates on Immigration Policy
Measuring Political Attitudes in New Democracies: The Case of Chile
Civic Participation and Independence from Political Power: two requirements of Public Service Broadcasters in Spain
Violent Conflicts and the New Mediatization: The Impact of Social Media on the European Parliamentary Agenda Regarding the Syrian War
“Nobody Can Take Our Story”: Competing Representational Narratives of Immigrants without Legal Status
The Use of Supervised Learning Algorithms in Political Communication and Media Studies: Locating Frames in the Press


18Sep 2018

New Chair and Board

After the last IPSA World Conference in Brisbane, a new chair and board has been elected. The present Board Members of IPSA - RC22 Political Communication (July, 2018) are:


Darren G. Lilleker (Bourneouth University, UK)


Óscar G. Luengo (Universidad de Granada, Spain)


Dominic Wring (UK) 

Philippe Maarek (France)

Marta Rebolledo (Spain)

Susana Salgado (Portugal)

Eli Skogerbo (Norway)


07Dec 2016

New publication

The Centre for Politics and Media Research and Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community are very pleased to announce the publication of “US Election Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign”, edited by Darren Lilleker, Einar Thorsen, Daniel Jackson and Anastasia Veneti. 

Featuring 83 contributions from 90 contributors. Leveraging the extensive networks of the editors the volume includes important contributions from leading US-based academics (Pippa Norris, Robert, McChesney and Richard Perloff) and emerging scholars across the world, this free publication captures the immediate thoughts, reflections and early

research insights on the 2016 US Presidential election on from the cutting edge of media and politics research.

Published 10 days after the election, these contributions are short and accessible. Authors provide authoritative analysis of the campaign, including research findings or new theoretical insights; to bring readers original ways of understanding the election and its consequences. Contributions also bring a rich range of disciplinary influences, from political science to history, journalism studies to advertising.

The publication is available as a free downloadable PDF, as a website and as a paperback report. Website URL: http://www.electionanalysis2016.us

Direct PDF download: http://bit.ly/USElectionAnalysis2016-Lilleker_Thorsen_Jackson_Veneti-v1

Thanks to all of our contributors and production staff who helped make the quick turnaround possible. We hope it makes for a vibrant and engaging read!


Introduction (Darren G. Lilleker, Einar Thorsen, Daniel Jackson, Anastasia Veneti)


1. The question of objectivity in the 2016 Presidential Election (Matt Carlson)

2. After Objectivity? (Brian McNair)

3. Journalism and the illusion of innocence (Jay Rosen)

4. Did election results trump frames of newspaper endorsements? (Kenneth Campbell)

5. Trump and mediatization (Geoffrey Baym)

6. The 2016 election and the success of fact free politics (Peter Van Aelst)

7. Trump, truth and the media (Denis Muller)

8. Rise of Donald Trump: media as a voter-decision accelerator (Miloš Gregor)

9. The new normal? campaigns & elections in the contemporary media environment (Michael X. Delli Carpini)

10. Did the media create Trump? (Gianpietro Mazzoleni)

11. Trump, Media, and the oxygen of publicity (Sarah Oates)


12. The #LolNothingMatters election (David Karpf)

13. Evidence for the powerful roles of polarization and partisanship (Judd Thornton)

14. The emotional brand wins (Ken Cosgrove)

15. Donald Trump's slogan betrays a renewed political fixation on the past (Alexandra Paulin-Booth)

16. Dog whistles and dumpster fires (Merrill Perlman)

17. How Donald Trump bullies with his body language (Geoffrey Beattie)

18. Analysing debate questions: is it time to rethink the town hall? (Pete Vernon and Carlett Spike)

19. Image bites, voter enthusiasm, and the 2016 Presidential Election (Erik P. Bucy)

20. Air war? Campaign advertising in the 2016 Presidential Election (Matthew Motta)

21. US election: what impact do celebrity endorsements really have? (Nives Zubcevic-Basic)

22. The backlash of the loose cannon: musicians and the celebrity cleavage (Domagoj Bebić and Marijana Grbeša)

23. The curious case of Jill Stein (Per Urlaub)

24. The Green Party effect in the US 2016 Election (David McQueen)

25. US presidential candidate selection (Toby Harper)


26. Trump-Clinton was expected to be close: the economy said so (Andrew Gelman)

27. Picking up the pieces: the 2016 US Presidential Election and immigration (Jamie Winders)

28. A bilingual campaign: Clinton's Latino political communication (Juan S. Larrosa-Fuentes)

29. How the wall with Mexico symbolizes the Utopia of Trumps' supporters (Marc Hooghe and Sofie Marien)

30. After the election: Trump's wall (Lise Nelson)

31. Trump's Global War on Terror (Stephen D. Reese)

32. Will Trump continue Obama's legacy of drone strikes? (Sam Coates)

33. Loose cannons: or the silent debate on drones (Kevin Howley)

34. Guns return to American elections (Robert J. Spitzer)

35. President Trump and climate change (Marc Hudson)

36. Dark days ahead for our climate (Constantine Boussalis)


37. Hillary Clinton's evolving gender appeals (Lindsey Meeks)

38. Madam President and the need for a historical contextualization of the 2016 Race (Liza Tsaliki)

39. The nasty politics of risk, gender and the emotional body in the US Presidential election (Shelley Thompson and Candida Yates)

40. Why Trump's male chauvinism appeals to some voters more than others (Lynn Prince Cooke)

41. Trump's promised land of white masculine economic success (Omar Al-Ghazzi)

42. Attempting to understand Hillary Clinton's favourability ratings (Alistair Middlemiss)

43. A very queer Presidential election campaign: personal reflections from an LGBT perspective (Richard Scullion)

44. Love didn't trump hate: intolerance in the campaign and beyond (Cherian George)

45. The blue-collar billionaire: explaining the Trump phenomenon (Richard M. Perloff)

46. Belonging, racism and white backlash in the 2016 US Presidential Election (Deborah Gabriel)

47. The theology of American exceptionalism (Eric McDaniel)

48. Organizing in Trump's America: the perspective of the disability community (Filippo Trevisan)

49. Why are the German-Americans Trump's most loyal supporters? (David Huenlich and Per Urlaub)


50. Media coverage of the US election in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian media (Randolph Kluver)

51. US Presidential campaign 2016 in a metaphorical mirror of the Russian media (Evgeniya Malenova)

52. The Greek perspective (Eleni Kioumi)

53. The richest Slovenian son-in-law: the Slovenian perspective (Uroš Pinterič)

54. Trying to avoid Trump: a Canadian experience (Alex Marland)


55. Did Russia just hand Donald Trump the Presidency? (Ryan C. Maness)

56. Taking Julian Assange seriously: considering WikiLeaks role in the US presidential campaign (Scott A. Eldridge II)

57. Social media did not give us Donald Trump and it is not weakening democracy (Daniel Kreiss)

58. Trump and the triumph of affective news when everyone is the media (Alfred Hermida)

59. Tweeting the election: political journalists and a new privilege of bias? (Svenja Ottovordemgentschenfelde)

60. The dissolution of news: selective exposure, filter bubbles, and the boundaries of journalism (Seth C. Lewis and Matt Carlson)

61. Fighting the red feed and the blue feed (Bente Kalsnes)

62. Two tribes go to vote: symbolism on election day (Darren G. Lilleker)

63. Ideas are for sharing (G. R. Boynton)

64. In the age of social media, voters still need journalists (Jennifer Stromer-Galley)

65. Dark magic: the memes that made Donald Trump's victory (Ryan M. Milner and Whitney Phillips)


66. Donald Trump, reality TV, and the political power of parasocial relationships (John H. Parmelee)

67. New roles in the presidential campaign: candidates as talk show comedians (Alexandra Manoliu)

68. Farage's Trump card: constructing political persona and social media campaigning (Bethany Usher)

69. Does Twitter humanize a politician's campaign? (Liam Richards)

70. TrumpDASHIAN – The US election as an extension of The Apprentice? (Dawid Pekalski)

71. What is Trump? (John Street)

72. Out of touch, out of ideas? The American Presidency in film and television (Gregory Frame)

73. It's never just a joke: pop culture and the US Presidency (Rodney Taveira)


74. Trump and the populist earthquake in American politics (Pippa Norris)

75. Democracy Trumped (W. Lance Bennett)

76. The narcissistic capture of American nationalism (Barry Richards)

77. With a mainstream politics seemingly devoid of answers, many vote for the previously unthinkable (Peter Bloom)

78. Irrational beliefs matter (Panos Koliastasis)

79. The politics of de-legitimacy (John Rennie Short)

80. There are six types of ugly American and Donald Trump is all of them (Brendon O'Connor)

81. Reflections on the 2016 US Election (Robert W. McChesney)

82. The Wørd: stupid power (Kirk Combe)

21Nov 2016


Joint Conference RC22-RC10-CICOM

Political Communication in Uncertain Times: Digital Technologies, Citizen Participation and Open Governance


University of Navarra

Pamplona, Spain

7th and 8th September 2017


Application deadline: 30th January 2017

Contact: ipsacicom33@unav.es


We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the forthcoming International Conference of Political Communication organised jointly by the Research Committees for Political Communication (RC22) and Electronic Democracy (RC10) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) with the CICOM 33rd, International Communication Conference, a yearly event organized by the School of Communication of the University of Navarra (Spain), under the title of “Political Communication in Uncertain Times: Digital Technologies, Citizen Participation and Open Governance”. The conference will be hosted by the University of Navarra in the city of Pamplona, Spain.


The unexpected British exit from the European Union, the migration crisis, the rise of Isis, conflicts in countries as Syria, the emergence of populism and unpredicted citizens’ reactions (such us the rejection of Colombia Peace Plan or the election of President Trump) are only some of the events that are taking place nowadays; they all have in common the uncertainty that brings with them and that characterize the current era.


The purpose of this conference is to consider the state of media and communications research in a political period marked by a variety of events that take place within an uncertain context. The conference theme focuses on the intersection between the role of political communication and digital technologies, both understood as potential pillars that may enhance democracy in a communication context characterised by continuous crises and their transnational consequences.


Papers should make a contribution to the development of theoretical or empirical studies regarding digital political communication conducted by diverse actors that range from governments, political parties, media organisations, to non-governmental actors, citizens and social movements. Scholars, researchers and professionals are encouraged to submit paper proposals that either broadly or specifically deal with the aforementioned issues, be it by addressing national or comparative studies, theoretical or empirical ones.


We welcome submissions that cover one or more of the following questions:

  • New challenges for journalism and communication in a digital society: What changes have journalists and the media in general gone through? Do digital technologies change traditional concepts of media power? Do media and communication technologies support the formation of community?

  • Media coverage and journalist behaviour during moments of political turmoil: What role can media play at times of crisis? Which frames appeared repeatedly while media reported about an event? Is there any danger regarding the empowerment of certain voices while others are ignored?

  • Digital technology in election campaigns: How have election campaigns changed in styles, strategies, tools and with what impacts on voter engagement? What factors are shaping election outcomes in the digital age, and to what extent?

  • Relationship between representatives and citizens: How do governments and institutions deal with the opportunity and challenges introduced by digital technologies? Do they help to promote a real conversation between both sides? To what extent do they reduce the gap between them?

  • New parties in the political scene: Are new technologies promoting the emergence of populist parties? To what extent communication from a new party is different to those from traditional parties? Is there any visible pattern shared by new political actors?

  • Political actors and new technologies: To what extent are new technologies shaping political parties? Can we distinguish different practices and uses depending on the countries? Are those different practices somehow driven by any ideological perspective?

  • Digital Technology in public diplomacy: How digital media are shaping international political communication? How should international political actors adapt communication to the new digital audiences? Do digital media allow dialogue and interaction with international publics?

  • New voices, a multiplicity of agents in the public sphere: Can digital technologies transform the characteristics of the traditional public sphere? Is it possible to have an online public sphere? Will an online public sphere enhance democracy? Do media technologies constitute a new public sphere?

  • Mobilization and participation: Are digital technologies really able to empower citizens' political participation? Do they empower specific voices in detriment of others? To what extent social media play a relevant role on social movements? Can we talk about social media echo chambers in some results of recent political events?



Deadlines and submission process:


Monday 30th January 2017: 

Proposal submission deadline

Monday 13th March 2017:

Notification of acceptance and registration opening

Monday 31st July 2017:

Registration and full paper submission deadline




The submission of abstracts should contain the following requirements:

  • Title

  • Author, position and institution affiliation

  • Email address

  • Abstracts should include aspects as core theoretical premise, methodology and relevant information on data collection and key findings

  • Four key words

  • Abstracts should not exceed 350 words


Abstracts should be in English and the deadline for their submission is 30th January.


Key note speakers

JAN ZIELONKA (University of Oxford)

ANDREW CHADWICK (Royal Holloway University of London)


Further information at:



26Apr 2015


Title: ‘Digital Politics: Mobilization, Engagement and Participation’

Research Question: In what ways and under what conditions does political communication via digital platforms lead to increased and enhanced levels of engagement on the part of citizens?

Rationale: A wealth of studies have explored online political communication since the early 1990s, parallel to this research significant interest has been given to how digital technologies offer pathways to participation. We have learned from a range of studies that there are indications that digital technologies, and particular the spaces that permit social interaction, may facilitate forms of political engagement and lead to greater citizen mobilisation and participation in some forms of civic life from the very local to the supranational. While political participation on social media have been dismissed by some as lacking meaning, others propose that political participation should not be understood as a one-dimensional but as a multidimensional activity encompassing a range of activities. These activities include those that take place in the domain referred to as the ‘electronic republic’ or ‘digital agora’ where opinions can be expressed, understandings gained, alliances built and influence exerted vertically and, potentially, horizontally so realising the democratic ideals of collective participatory and semi-deliberative decision-making. 

There is much evidence that the conditions for and circumstances of political participation are adapting, however research shows a politics of disconnection with and re-alignment from electoral politics. Online tools can enhance learning, build communities or groups of online advocates, and facilitate a range of forms of engagement and participation but seldom, the notable exception being Barack Obama in 2008, are those tools utilised to their full potential by parties or individuals who seek votes or gain election to the chambers or loci of power. Rather we find that controlled or faux interactivity is the norm with little opportunity for influence and visitors required to work for the political actor or organisation rather than work with them. 

This special issue will explore the nexus between the use of the digital environment by political actors and organisations and the extent that their colonisation of the social web enhances engagement and participation. Articles will be theoretically driven analyses of empirical data and should focus on key questions arising from studies to date. For example: To what extent and under what conditions do political actors mobilize citizens and does this facilitate the emergence of new participation patterns? Does the social communication facilitated by digital technology create the conditions for new patterns of engagement with political actors and organisations or does their use for political communication just replicate longstanding paradigms? To what extent to we find political communication, political platforms or policy to be co-created and how can the forms of participation which lead to co-creation be understood, defined and measured? 

Our aim is to explore whether use of the Internet, particularly the features associated with the second digital wave of social media, which allow access to both pluralist and polarized information, but also facilitates interaction with texts, artefacts, is likely to enhance engagement with electoral politics or increase patterns of disconnection in this realm of politics while increasing greater engagement with non-electoral, issue politics. We will extend academic understanding of existing theoretical and empirical debates on the future of representative democracy in order to develop new understandings, applications and developments of theory to aid us to explain how the all-pervasive use of digital technology impacts upon democratic processes. Theoretical approaches that would seem appropriate are those surrounding theories of democracy and representation; public sphere approaches as well as theories concerning the cognitive and behavioural dimensions of political participation.

Guest Editors
Darren G. Lilleker, Bournemouth University, UK 
Karolina Koc-Michalska, Audencia Nantes School of Management, France 

10 April 2015 launch for the general call for papers
1 November deadline for submission of full papers

All submissions should be submitted via the journal’s website. All submissions will be reviewed.

20Jan 2015


The deadline for abstract submission for “Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology” conference organised by IPSA’s RC 34, RC 22 and RC 10 in Rovinj, Croatia on 2 and 3 October 2015 has been extended to 31 January 2015.


12Nov 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology", Rovinj, Croatia, 2 - 3 October 2015

The conference is organised by a committee formed from IPSA RC10 (Electronic Democracy), RC22 (Political Communication) and RC34 (Quality of Democracy). The conference is going to take place in cooperation with the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb.

The conference theme focuses on the intersection between the work of three strands of political science, all of which ask questions of vital importance for the well-being of democracy globally. These questions revolve around measures, standards and analyses of the quality of democracy, the role of political communication in enhancing democracy and the extent that information and communication technology offers potential for a richer, interactive and co-created politics. Without imposing any normative ontologies onto the discussion we enquire how communicative acts, particularly but not exclusively those which take place using digital technologies, contribute positively or negatively to the quality of the democratic experience for citizens and to sustaining active democracies.

We therefore invite papers which contribute theoretically and empirically to this and relevant debates. Papers should have the concept of democracy (political participation, engagement and deliberation) at their heart and make explicit links to the contribution from theory and practice of digital political communication either by governments, political parties or candidates, media organisations, citizens, non-governmental actors or social movements. Papers focusing on cross-national comparative analyses are particularly welcome.

Selection will be based on the submission of abstracts which should contain the following information:

• Title

• Author and Affiliation

• Core theoretical premise of the paper

• Methodology and relevant information on data collection and analysis

• Key findings or questions that analysis will address if ongoing research

Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words.

Abstracts should be emailed to ipsa2015@fpzg.hr and must be received by 20 January 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 1 March 2015.

Event fees

Conference fees include participation, conference packs, coffee breaks and welcome event.

Standard fee €120.00

Student fee €80.00

Please note that all participants wishing to attend need to pay a conference fee.

Key dates and deadlines

20 January 2015 Submission deadline

1 March 2015 Notification of acceptance

1 June 2015 Booking and registration deadline

1 September 2015 Full paper submission


Organising committee: ipsa2015@fpzg.hr

Local organiser: grbesa@fpzg.hr

About the venue

Hotel Lone is a unique design hotel in Croatia. Featuring an impeccable blend of luxury, beauty, style and cultural heritage, the five star boutique hotel is a perfect leisure and business destination. For more information check http://www.lonehotel.com/en/


Preferential rates have been negotiated in hotels Lone and Eden for the participants of the Conference. Hotels are located next to each other and are within a 10 minutes walk from the beautiful city centre. For more information about hotels check http://www.lonehotel.com/en/ and http://www.maistra.com/Eden_Rovinj.

For exquisite preferential rates and additional early birds discount please keep checking our conference website


Rovinj is only 30 minutes away from Pula airport which is very well connected with several European airports. Rovinj can also be easily reached via Trieste, Zagreb and Ljubljana. Special conference shuttles will be organised at all times from all these airports to Rovinj and from Rovinj to these airports.

16Sep 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: ECPR Joint Session: workshop “Political Engagement in the Web.2.0 era. Co-Production in Election Campaigning”

We would like to invite you for submitting a paper proposal for our workshop “Political Engagement in the Web.2.0 era. Co-Production in Election Campaigning” supported by Standing group on Inte... organized within the ECPR Joint Session conference in Warsaw. The conference will take place at the Warsaw University from 29 March to 2 April 2015.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is 1st December 2014 at http://ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=90 Please find below the short Call for papers and attached the longer version. Should you have any questions please contact us at ecpr2015@gmail.com no submission Our aim is to select the best papers, with a further purpose of publication (for those interested) in a special issue of a good journal or edited book.

Karolina Koc-Michalska, Communication School at Audencia Business School, France Darren Lilleker, Media School at Bournemouth University, UK

ABSTRACT Political engagement is at the center of political science research, especially concentrating on traditional and non-traditional web based forms of political participation. Debates are emerging surrounding new forms of participation offered by new digital wave era technologies, especially through the participatory opportunities offered by new communication platforms (such as social networks and microblogs). The aim of the workshop is to cover both aspects of political communication: the supply side - offered by political actors and the demand side – how audiences-citizens are interacting, or indeed want to interact with political actors. The workshop will focus on key questions arising from current studies. How do political actors communicate with their supporters and adversaries within the new communication environment created by platforms allowing for wide dissemination of information? Is there an emergence of new participation patterns among citizens or do digital technologies simply reinforce existing practices? Are traditional forms of political engagement challenged by new online participatory behaviors? Have any new forms of political engagement and participation emerged or are they just replicating longstanding paradigms? If new forms of engagement or participation are emerging, how can they be defined and measured, is the division between traditional and non-traditional, offline and online artificially sustained, or do they now overlap? Alternatively, are the new online engagement possibilities attracting different groups of citizens previously excluded?

05Jan 2013

Call for Papers IPSA-RC22 International Conference

12Dec 2012

2013 RC22 Conference in Granada, Spain.

Confirmed the dates for the next conference in Granada: 12th-13th September, 2013. We will publish the final call for papers very soon...

03Nov 2012

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01Nov 2012

Final program RC22 Political Communication Sessions

Final program Brno Conference

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