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Call for Papers RC22, RC10 "Political Communication in Uncertain Times: Digital Technologies, Citizen Participation and Open Governance", Pamplona, Spain, 7-8 September 2017


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

7th and 8th September 2017

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?


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Panels of the RC10 at the next IPSA World Congress in Madrid

The 22nd World Congress of the IPSA will take place in Madrid (Spain) from 8 to 12 July 2012. You will find below the 8 panels organized by the RC 10 on Electronic Democracy.

Panels in RC 10: Electronic Democracy

Chair RC 10 Norbert Kersting (Uni. Muenster) norbert.kersting@uni-muenster.de
Co-chair RC 10: Stephanie Wojcik (Univ. Paris-Est Creteil) stephanie.wojcik@u-pec.fr

1. E-democracy and deliberation: Government and Parliament
Convenor: Prof. Norbert Kersting
Chair: Dr. Domagoj Bebić
Co-Chair: Dr. Raphael Kies
Discussant: Dr. Raphael Kies
Wednesday, July 11 - 11:00-12:45
School of Journalism / Facultad de Ciencas de la informacion - classroom 4

• Citizens deliberating in a government website: What difference does it make? - Azi Lev-On
• ePetition systems and political participation - Knud Boehle, Ulrich Riehm
• Facebook usage by city mayors in Central and Southeastern Europe - Domagoj Bebić, Milica Vuckovic
• Parliamentarian Blogs and Deliberative Democracy in Malaysia - Rosyidah Muhamad
• Political representation and the quality of democracy – the use of ICT by members of Brazilian parliament - Marcus Abilio Pereira, Flavio Cireno Fernandes
• The use of web 2.0 to improve political participation: how legislatures use the web to offer online political discussion - Santiago Giraldo Luque

2. E-democracy and deliberation: Political parties and Civil society
Convenor : Prof. Norbert Kersting
Chair: Dr. Raphael Kies
Co-Chair: Dr. Domagoj Bebić
Discussant: Dr. Domagoj Bebic
Wednesday, July 11 - 13:00-14:45
School of Journalism / Facultad de Ciencas de la informacion - classroom 4

• Debate the (French) Primary Round Online - Anaïs Théviot, Marino de Luca
• New Media and Democracy: political engagement through e-participatory experiences in education - Ursula Maier-Rabler, Stefan Huber
• Supporting young people's political participation through distributed discussion – lessons obtained from an EU pilot - Simone Kimpeler, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Ella Taylor-Smith, Ralf Lindner
• The effects of the Internet on political participation: the role of the Internet as a source of political information and a sphere for political discussion - Kakuko Miyata

3. e-Revolution and Pluralism in Countries of the 2011 "Arab Spring:" Egypt and Tunisia (joint panel RC10/RC16)
Convenor: Prof. Krzysztof Jasiewicz
Chair: Dr. Rainer Eisfeld
Co-Chair: Prof. Norbert Kersting
Discussants: Prof. Philip G. Cerny and Dr. Jason Abbott
Sunday, July 8 - 15:00-16:45
School of Pharmacy/Facultad de Farmacia - classroom 234

• Al Jazeera and Citizen Journalists: The Intersection of Broadcast and Social Networks in the Arab Spring - Muzammil Hussain
• Beyond ‘Renaissance’. The complex field of Islamism in Tunisia - Francesco Cavatorta
• Civil Society Players with Different Political Projects in Egypt’s Mubarak and Post-Mubarak Periods: Implications for Gender Politics and the Demands of Womens’ Rights Groups - Nicola Pratt
• Worker Mobilization and the Trade Union Movement in Egypt and Tunisia: A Comparative Analysis - Francoise Clement

4. Electronic Administration, Innovations in Government-Citizen Relations
Convenor: Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik
Chair: Dr. Hal Colebatch
Co-Chair: Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik
Discussant : Prof. Jill Tao

Wednesday, July 11 - 15:00-16:45
Medicine - Lain Entralgo

• Citizen privacy online – beyond the limits of government policymaking? - Scott Brenton
Cyberdemocracy in Brazil: ways to increase the representative democracy - Heloisa Bezerra, Vladimyr Jorge
• Designing the state: governments and citizen in the inherently digital era - Helen Margetts, Patrick Dunleavy, Jane Tinkler, Scott Hale
• E-government benchmarking in Brazil: indicators of e-gov in the greater ABC region - Jarbas Almeida
• Electronic Regimes - Mauro Santaniello, Francesco Amoretti

5. Electronic voting re-vitalized
Convenor: Dr. Josep M. Reniu Vilamala
Chair: Dr. Josep M. Reniu Vilamala
Co-Chair: Prof. Richard Niemi
Discussant: Prof. Alexander Trechsel
Monday, July 9 - 15:00-16:45
School of Journalism / Facultad de ciencas de la informacion - classroom 11

• Election Observation and Electronic Voting - Robert Krimmer
• Internet Learning, Internet Voting: Using ICT in Estonia - Thad Hall
• Internet voting in Norway 2011. Democratic and organisational experiences - Harald Baldersheim
• Public dispute on electronic voting in Poland – near or far future? - Arkadiusz Zukowski
• Testing e-participation : A case of e-voting system in Belgium - Nicolas Rossignol, Céline Parotte
• The Road to Internet Voting in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Vanja Malidžan

6. Open government
Convenor : Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik
Chair: Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik
Co-chair: Prof. Richard Engstrom
Discussant: Prof. Robert Smith
Wednesday, July 11 - 9:00-10:45
School of Journalism/Facultad de ciencas de la information - classroom 4

• Government 2.0: Problems and Prospect - Peter John Chen
• How to govern open data? Analysis of the modes of liberated data’s governance - Antoine Courmont
• Learning to be more open and proactive: lessons in open government - Mary Francoli
• Opendata as new commitment of governments : from injunction of transparency to coproduction of services - Sarah Labelle, Jean-Baptiste Le Corf
• Tracking the diffusion of open data policy in the EU - Francesca De Chiara

7. Scrutinizing mobilisation in networked politics
Convenor: Mr. Jorge Luis Salcedo Maldonado
Chair: Ms. Marta Cantijoch
Co-Chair: Dr. Mayo Fuster Morell
Discussants: Mr. Camilo Cristancho, Mr. Jorge Luis Salcedo Maldonado
Wednesday, July 11 - 15:00-16:45
School of Journalism/Facultad de ciencas de la information - classroom 4

• Cloud protesting. On dissent in times of social media - Stefania Milan
• Demonstrations as Hybrid Media Events: A Comparison of the Occupy Wall Street and Indignados Movements - Michael Jensen
• Empowerment in Organization and Communication - A study of Hong Kong's anti-express rail link movement - Jie Ying Wang
• Networked Politics in Action: The Advocacy of Net Neutrality in the United States - Burcu Baykurt
• Organizations and initiatives: different models of activism in a Facebook referendum campaign - Matteo Cernison

8. Social media revolution
Convenor: Dr. Jason Abbott
Chair: Dr. Jason Abbott
Monday, July 9 - 11:00-12:45
School of Pharmacy/Facultad de Farmacia - classroom 223

• A Campaign Perspective on Social Media Motivation and Use by Congressional Candidates - Jeff Gulati
• Democratizing Potential in Social Media: A Facebook Analysis - Callie Spencer, Jeff Rose
• ICTs and Democratisation in South Korea: Digital Citizens Pushing Analogue Politicians - Heike Hermanns
• Internet user and political trust in Europe - Norbert Kersting

RC10 Programme Madrid July 2012PROGRAMME IN PDF