Political Communication


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Political Communication is concerned with the interplay of communication and politics, including the transactions that occur among citizens, between citizens and their governments, and among officials within governments.

The plurality of this substantive focus is similarly reflected in the rich variance of theoretical perspectives and methodological orientations of Division members. These research interests are pursued, moreover, within individual political communities and across communities comparatively.

The Division regularly publishes the journal Political Communication and the newsletter Political Communication Report. ICA members can access the journal directly through the Members Only section of the ICA web site.



29 October 2014

Canterbury Christ Church U

MeCCSA Social Movements Network

'Sites of Protest' is the fourth event organised by the MeCCSA Social Movements Network since its foundation in 2013. This conference, organised in conjunction with the Canterbury Media Discourse Group, will be held in Canterbury on 29 October 2014.

The role of social media in the development of contemporary social movements, such as the 'Arab spring' or the Indignados, has been decisive. Social media are useful instruments to coordinate national and international actions, and they have become essential to keep up with the latest news about different movements. Nevertheless, we should take a step back from the focus on social media and think about it as yet another available tool in the development of social movements.

While Castells (2009) states that recent technological changes have allowed new actors to enter the global network society, other authors argue that we need to pay attention to the physical and emotional aspects of social movements. Collins (2001), for instance, points out that the level of critical mass involved in social movements depends on emotional dynamics, and that it is in the physical assembly of people where a sense of collective awareness develops.

After all, the digital divide is still a reality and, as activists involved in the 15M actions in 2011 point out, the initial web-based operation turned into a vast street-based campaign which included the use of posters, debates and word of mouth (Gerbaudo, 2012: 89). The need to become visible in the streets came from the fact that millions of citizens are still cut off from the online campaigns carried out on social media.

We welcome 250-word abstracts from academics, postgraduate students and activists for 15-20 minute presentations, exploring the concept of 'sites of protest' broadly, from street assemblies to creative work, including theoretical and empirical analyses. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

     * Online and offline sites of protest

     * Social media: opportunities and limitations

     * Mobilizing people: following, liking, joining

     * Uses of public space

     * Building collective identities

     * Sites of protest and the State

     * Street assemblies

     * Occupy

     * Researching social movements on social media: methods and approaches


Please send your 250-word abstracts to Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido at ruth.sanz-sabido@canterbury.ac.uk by 1 July 2014, including your name and affiliation, email address, a paper title and any technical requirements to deliver your paper. Any queries about the Network should also be sent to the same email address.

While academic study of cult cinema can be traced back to the 1980s, there has recently been a surge of scholarly interest in – alongside an increasing popular awareness of – the field. In particular, the advent and development of digital networks has led to an increasing awareness of a variety of cult followings and access to unprecedented cult films from around the world. Research addressing the changes wrought by increased digitization and global connectivity has, however, been relatively scant, as have sustained attempts to discuss and debate these issues. The aim of this conference (organised in association with the AHRC Global Cult Cinema in the Age of Convergence Network) is to bring together scholars to engage in a sustained dialogue addressing the role of technologies in different areas of cult film culture.

If you have any queries relating to the conference, please email: cncstaff@aber.ac.uk

Jamie Sexton, Kate Egan, Matt Hills, Emma Pett and Rebecca Edwards (conference organisers)


  • Jesper Stromback, Chair
  • Peter Van Aelst, Vice-Chair
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