Political Agency in the Digital Age conference programme

The final programme for the Communication and Democracy section’s 2015 conference is ready. It promises to be an interesting and timely event, and we look forward to stimulating discussion and new insights.

The final programme is available here: Political Agency in the Digital Age programme

The full programme is available here: Political Agency in the Digital Age full programme incl abstracts

Information on the venue and the rooms http://www.tilmeld.dk/ECREAcommunicationanddemocracy2015/venue.html

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Political Agency in the Digital Age Conference

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September 6, 2015 · 2:50 pm

Preliminary programme

Political Participation in the Digital Age. Media, Participation and Democracy

ECREA Communication and Democracy Conference 2015

9-10 October 2015, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Remember to register before 1 July for the reduced early bird fee.

We have received a high number of quality submissions. The overall conference programme is now ready:

Friday 9 October
9.00–9.30 Coffee and Registration
9.30–10.30 Keynote session: Nick Couldry
10.45–12.15 Parallel Paper Session
12.15–13.15 Lunch
13.15–14.45 Parallel Paper Session
15.00–16.30 Parallel Paper Session
16.30–17.00 Coffee
17.00–18.00 Keynote session: Anastasia Kavada
18.00–19.30 Reception
Saturday 10 October
9.15–10.15 Keynote session: Guobin Yang
10.30–12.00 Parallel Paper Session
12.00–13.00 Lunch
13.00–14.30 Parallel Paper Session
14.45–16.15 Parallel Paper Session
16.15–16.30 Coffee
16.30–18.00 Parallel Paper Session

Special events:

Young scholars workshop. Politics in Academia: On the (im)possibility of activist scholarship and scholarly activism. In this interactive session senior and junior address challenges that arise when academics are overtly politically normative in their research and dissemination, including institutional and societal reactions and hands-on engagement with social and political practice.

DigAct workshop. This session inaugurates the DigAct network (Digital Activism in China, Scandinavia and USA) that brings together American, Chinese and Scandinavian scholars of a vivid and striving field at the intersection of media and communication studies, sociology, cultural studies and political science focusing on the role of digital media and its most important predecessors for political mobilization and organization.

Civic Engagement and Social Media book launch. In this session the contributors to the book Civic Engagement and Social Media. Political Participation Beyond Protest present cases of civic engagement in relation to business and society.

The detailed conference programme will be available after the registration deadline.

Registration for the conference is open here http://www.tilmeld.dk/ECREAcommunicationanddemocracy2015

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Call for Papers ECREA Symposium “Political Agency in the Digital Age: Media, Participation and Democracy”

ECREA Communication and Democracy Conference 2015 9-10 October 2015, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Abstract Deadline: Friday 1 May 2015

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Anastasia Kavada, University of Westminster
  • Guobin Yang, Annenberg School for Communication

Theme Research on media and politics has traditionally tended towards separating the sphere of politics from political processes in other societal spheres, focusing on parliamentarian politics and formal, institutionalised interest group politics (e.g. unions). At the same time, there has been a tendency to focus on elites, whether political, corporate, media or cultural. With the emergence of digital media, the research agenda within the field of media and politics research is shifting towards exploring interrelations between institutionalised politics and political processes in other societal spheres, and moving beyond elites to also include “ordinary” people. The personalization of digital media and the rise of user-generated content have led to an increased interest in personal self-expression of citizens at an individual level as a political act. While this represents an important development, it also warrants fundamental questions about what counts as politics and who count as political actors. At the same time euphoric accounts of the potential of digital media for political agency are questioned critically both in terms of actual potential and the wider structures in which they are embedded. The conference aims to gather papers that provide a differentiated analysis of political agency in the digital age.

We are seeking contributions that address questions of shifting agency in connection with changing media technologies, while considering a dialectical relationship between social and media-related change. Contributions could address – but are not limited to – the following topics •    Social movement/radical/alternative media  • Digital activism •    Materiality of media participation •    Spaces of participation and protest •    Civic resilience in times of crisis •    Digital media uses in extra-parliamentarian and non-institutionalized politics •    Digital media representations of extra-parliamentarian and non-institutionalized politics •    Digital media at the intersections of traditional politics and social movements •    DIY citizenship and digital media •    Performance and political agency •    Everyday life and civic culture •    Popular culture and civic engagement •    Digitization and individualisation

Submission details Individual presentations  Please submit a 300 word anonymised abstract.

Panel proposals Panel proposals should include a 300 word panel rationale plus individual 200 word abstracts from a minimum of four speakers.

Please submit your abstract here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cd2015

Deadline for submission is 1 May 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be issued by 1 June 2015.

Registration and Fees

Early bird registration €50 (until 1 July 2015)

Early bird reduced student fee €30 (until 1 July 2015)

Full fees €75

Reduced student fee €40

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Conference Programme Istanbul, October 2012

Dear All,

As you all might know the official program of the ECREA 2012 conference “Social Media & Global Voices”, 24 to 27 October 2012 in Istanbul, is now published at the ECREA webpage.

Here you may see our panels: ECREA_2012_Istanbul_programme_C&D_section (PDF)

We are looking forward to meet you all there!
Best wishes,

Jeffrey, Iñaki and Bart

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Conference Programme “The Mediation of Scandal and Moral Outrage”

It’s less than a month to go for our conference on “The mediation of Scandal and moral outrage” jointly organised by the Ecrea sections communication &  democracy and gender & communication with the collaboration of Yecrea at the LSE, London (16-17th December 2011)

You can download the programme here (pdf):


You can register here following this link

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Call for papers ECREA Symposium ‘The Mediation of Scandal and Moral Outrage’ (LSE – 16-17 December 2011)

Organised by the Communication and DemocracyGender and CommunicationYECREA sections


* Call for Papers *

‘The Mediation of Scandal and Moral Outrage’

16-17 December 2011 at the LSE (London – UK)

The mind conscious of innocence despises false reports: but we are a set always ready to believe a scandal. (Ovid, Fasti – IV, 311)

The mightier man, the mightier is the thing That makes him honored or begets him hate; For greatest scandal waits on greatest state. (William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece – l. 1,004)

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. (Oscar Wilde)

Scandals and the moral outrage they invariably provoke are not new, but the networked synoptic viewer society that we have become, makes scandalitis more permanent, more global and above all a highly profitable business for media organisations. The advent of crowdsourcing, web 2.0, blogging, CCTV, mobile phones with video capacity and an ever more hungry media eager to produce scandal and direct moral outrage, has made that not only celebrities and politicians are the object of scandal, but ordinary people caught doing something morally condemnable are increasingly thrown into the media frenzy as well, while police brutality has become easier to expose through so-called sousveillance or ‘inverse surveillance’ – watching those that watch. In politics, the fostering of a culture of scandal and the mobilisation of moral outrage has very much become a core activity in political journalism and an essential part of (negative) campaigning by political parties/candidates and civil society. Unsurprisingly, sex scandals involving male or female politicians or other celebrities remain of particular interest to the media and the public at large. These are often based on a moralistic agenda advocating heteronormative monogamy whilst constructing a sense of normality. A gender divide can also be observed in moral standards being projected on women and men. This symposium aims to bring a critical perspective to the way scandals are mediated, produced, consumed, and how they increasingly feed a polyoptic society whereby everybody is watching and watched by everybody.

We invite paper and panel proposals related to the central theme of the symposium, including (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • News international and the ethics of journalism
  • Political journalism and scandal
  • Mediation of political scandals through new media
  • Political campaigning and scandal
  • Privacy and the surveillance society
  • Celebrity, scandal and moral outrage
  • Violent protest and moral outrage
  • Sex, morality and scandals
  • Gendered scandals
  • The political economy of scandals
  • Peer2Peer surveillance and micro-scandals
  • Individual meaning, appropriation and the audience of scandals
  • Methods and strategies of mediated scandalisation
  • Historical accounts of scandals and mediated moral outrage

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor John B. Thompson, Dr. Jo Littler

Deadline for abstracts is: 15 th August 2011

Abstracts can be uploaded here

Contact: ecrea2011@hotmail.com

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