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For those interested in the study of political communication.

From the International Communication Association (ICA) and the American Political Science Association (APSA) Political Communication Divisions!


Political Communication

Official Facebook group of APSA Section and ICA Division on Political Communication.

The Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) and the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) foster thought at the intersection of political life and communication.

The group is curated by the Editor of their joint newsletter, the Political Communication Report, currently Björn Buß (Leuphana U of Lüneburg & U of Greifswald, Germany).

People who are interested in this area of research can follow us and meet other members through various other (social) media:

Website: politicalcommunication.org
The Political Communication Report (PCR) is published here three times a year, featuring short articles of current interest on thinking in the field along with grant opportunities, books released, and more; post conference activities and minutes; link to the joint research journal Political Communication; host a blog; and keep records of current leadership and past activities and history.

Twitter: twitter.com/poli_com
Followers keep abreast of news and opportunities like calls for papers, conferences, and job postings of interest to the political communication research community.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups/PoliCom-Political-Communication-2787353
More than 5,000 members engage in discussions, post and search for jobs, announce promotions, and build networks for research.

Björn Buß

Björn BußWednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 5:38pm

***CfA: Postdoctoral Fellow (analysis of government, economic, and media data from China), 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy in La Jolla (CA)***

Deadline: asap


Björn Buß

Björn BußWednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 10:33am

***CfP: IAMCR Pre-Conference "Mapping New Perspectives and Debates on Digital Divide in Africa"; Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores - Regional Caribe. in Cartagena (Colombia); July 15***

Deadline for abstracts: May 15

"Social media platforms are being considered new podiums for political transformation as political dictatorships supposedly convert to overnight democracies as more and more people are not only able to gain access to information but also gather and disseminate news from a perspective of their own. When looking at the situation in several sub-Saharan African countries, it becomes clear there are several challenges standing in the way of social media and its palpable yet considerably constrained ability to influence political and social changes. Access to the Internet or lack of it thereof, is a recognized social stratification causing “digital divide” thanks to existing inequalities within African and several other societies throughout the world. Despite issues associated with the digital divide, mobile telephony is growing on the continent and the rise of smartphones has given citizens easy access to social networking sites. But the digital divide, which mostly reflects on one’s race, gender, socioeconomic status or geographical location, stands in the way of digital progress. What opportunities are available to tame digital disparities? How are different societies in Africa handling digital problems? What innovative methods are being used to provide citizens with access to critical information that can help improve their lives? This call will be seeking original contributions focusing on experiences from various locations in several sub-Saharan African countries with the aim of providing an updated, critical account on the digital divide and its impact in Africa. We seek theoretical and empirical contributions exploring these or any related themes:

✓ Defining and redefining digital divide with specific reference to Africa and its Diaspora
✓ Theoretical interpretations of the concept
✓ Exploring the Afro-centered relationships between digital divide and digital inequalities
✓ Differences between the first, second and third levels of digital divide
✓ Protest cultures in Africa and how they have fallen prey to digital divide

All submissions will be considered for inclusion in an edited collection and a special journal edition that we are currently putting together.

Please send your abstracts or any enquiries to mutsvairo.bruce@uts.edu.au or massimo.ragnedda@northumbria.ac.uk

✓ Abstracts due: May 15 2017 (In English only please)
✓ Decisions on proposals: May 20, 2017
✓ Paper drafts: July 10, 2017


The pre-conference will take place at the Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores on Saturday July 15, from 9:00 am.

Calle 31 No. 19 - 51 Barrio Pie de la Popa (Cartagena)

Bruce Mutsvairo is an Associate Professor in Journalism Innovation at the UTS: University of Technology Sydney. His two latest books (Palgrave, 2016) are Digital Activism in the Social Media Era: Critical Reflections on Emerging Trends in sub-Saharan Africa and Perspectives on Participatory Politics and Citizen Journalism in a Networked Africa: A Connected Continent.

Massimo Ragnedda is a Senior Lecturer in Mass Communication at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK where he conducts research on the digital divide and social media. He has authored seven books with his publications appearing in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and book chapters in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. His books include: Theorizing the Digital Divide (co-edited with G Muschert), Routledge (forthcoming); The third Digital Divide: a Weberian approach to Digital Inequalities (2017), Routledge; The Digital Divide: The Internet and Social Inequality in International Perspective (co-edited with G Muschert) (2013), Routledge."

Björn Buß

Björn BußSunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 2:04am

***CfP: Polish Communication Association Central European Journal of Communication Issue 11 No. 1 in 2018***

Deadline for articles: August 31
Deadline for book reviews: August 31

"Central European Journal of Communication is an international forum for empirical, critical and interpretative, quantitative adn qualitative research examining the role of communication in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. The journal welcomes high quality research and analysis from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, as well as reviews of publications and publishers notes on a wide range of literature on media and communication studies.

Submission of original articles is open to all researchers intrested in communication and media. We welcome contributions examining the role and position of mass media and communication from theoretical, empirical and critical perspectives and using all forms of inquiry, as well as reviews of books other scientific publications.


We ask scholars and researchers intrested in publication to submit manuscript of must be no longer than 45000 characters (notes and reference list inclusive) by 31 August 2017. Maximum eight papers for the publication will be selected by 31 September 2017. Full-length papers shall be submitted online.


Book reviews and other scientific publications on media and communication studies in Central and Eastern Europe (maximum 7000 characters) should be submitted to reviews@ptks.pl by 31 August 2017."

Björn Buß

Björn BußSaturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 3:11am

***CfP: Conference "Corporate Social Responsibility and Citizen's Activism in times of political disruption"; Universidad de Málaga (Spain); February 1-2, 2018***

Deadline for abstracts (500 words): August 15

"The Organizational and Strategic Communication Section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) is proud to launch hereby a Call for Papers for the Conference on "Corporate Social Responsibility and Citizen's Activism in times of political disruption" to be held at the University Málaga (Spain), on the 1st and 2nd of February 2018.

Abstract deadline: 15 August 2017 (send your 500 words proposal to OSC2018Conference@uma.es)

1. DESCRIPTION OF THE TOPIC: "Corporate Social Responsibility and Citizen's Activism in times of political disruption"

This topic allows contributors to challenge and join in discussions and thinking about the role of Public Relations (PR) and corporate communication in times of political disruption. This can be manifested in citizen and corporate activism - for instance when businesses, brands, citizens and NGOs take political sides (as has been seen recently with Uber, Starbucks, Facebook, AirBnB and the National Park Services positions over political events such as President Trump’s anti-Muslim Ban and immigration policies) and also citizens having to find their spaces of action and claims both in front of organisations that openly ignore their demands (for instance, the case Amazon in Scotland ) and of governments that do that too (Trump, Corbyn, May, Rajoy, …). These three actors (companies/brands; public institutions/political parties and their supporters); and citizens (who may be protesting as workers, refugees or immigrants or because they are denied citizenry) create a strategic-communicative hot spot which is ripe for research and discussion, not only for PR but for all areas of communicative disciplines.

Also relevant for discussion and exploration is the lived experiences of internet activists in these spheres - particularly in relation to trolling/harassment, issues of diversity. Papers could also explore whether online spaces allow and empower diverse groups to protest or whether protest is still a middle class and privileged occupation which essentially protects majority interests through the guise of radical activism.

Our aim in this conference is to open up the discussion about the role of communication and digital tools as a proponent of real spaces for dialogue and citizen’s participation in today society.

We welcome abstracts that apply this approach and we will invite submissions adopting topics which include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
✓ Citizen’s participation and activism
✓ Political disruption
✓ Business and politics
✓ Stakeholder approach to business
✓ Participatory communication processes
✓ Online activism
✓ Diversity and digital platforms for participation

2. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Miren Gutiérrez and Dr. Øyvind Ihlen

Miren Gutiérrez is the director of Expert in Analyse, Research and Data Communication Programme and professor of communication at the Universidad de Deusto (Spain). She is also the Communications Director of the Climate and Environmental Program of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) from London. With twenty years of experience as a journalist, editor, correspondent and reporter around the world, she has been the Executive Director of Greenpeace Spain and Editorial Director of the news agency Inter Press Service (IPS).

Dr. Øyvind Ihlen is full professor in the Department of Media and Communication (IMK) at the University of Oslo (UiO). He is co-director of POLKOM – Center for the Study of Political Communication; President of EUPRERA, European Public Relations Education and Research Association; Regional editor of Public Relations Inquiry and Norwegian editor of Rhetorica Scandinavica. His research focuses in particular on strategic communication of political issues. Ihlen has received several international prizes, published over 60 journal papers and book chapters, as well as nine books.

500 words required, following this structure:
✓ Introduction (purpose and literature review)
✓ Methodology
✓ Results and conclusions
✓ Social implications

Abstract deadline: 15 August 2017. Notification of acceptance sent out 10 October 2017. Send your proposal to OSC2018Conference@uma.es.

4. PUBLICATION: An edited book will be published.


An international group of academics from University of Malaga (Malaga, Spain) and Sheffield Hallam University University (Sheffield, UK):
✓ Isabel Ruiz-Mora (University of Málaga, Spain) – Contact person (isabelruiz@uma.es)
✓ Silvia Olmedo-Salar (University of Málaga, Spain)
✓ Paloma López-Villafranca (University of Málaga, Spain)
✓ Joan-Ramón Rodríguez-Amat (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
✓ Liz Bridgen (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
✓ Ruth Deller (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
✓ Russell Jackson (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
✓ Carmel O’toole (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)"

Björn Buß

Björn BußFriday, April 21st, 2017 at 7:01pm

***CfA: Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the “Responsible Terrorism Coverage” (ResTeCo) project; Mannheim Centre for European Social Research at Universität Mannheim - University of Mannheim***

Deadline: May 1

"The ResTeCo project is directed by Prof. Hartmut Wessler in collaboration with Prof. Scott Althaus (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Prof. Wouter van Atteveldt (University of Amsterdam / Universiteit van Amsterdam)." http://mkw.uni-mannheim.de/english/prof_dr_hartmut_wessler/research/

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Björn Buß

Björn BußFriday, April 21st, 2017 at 6:47pm

***CfA: Professorships at the Department of Political Science at Københavns Universitet***

Deadline for applications: June 1

✓ Tenure Track and/or Temporary Assistant Professorship(s) http://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/?show=901492
✓ Associate Professorship(s) in Political Science http://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/?show=901529
✓ Professorship(s) with Special Responsibilities in Political Science http://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/?show=901559
✓ Full Professorship(s) in Political Science http://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/?show=901545

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