Welcome to politicalcommunication.org

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.

Shannon McGregor

Shannon McGregorTuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 3:32pm

In search of: the wonderfully kind gentleman who took photos of all our award winners at the ICA Political Communication business meeting ... if you're him, or you know who I'm talking about, shoot me a message or email! thanks!!

Björn Buß

Björn BußSunday, June 25th, 2017 at 2:28am

***CfP: Global Digital Media Cultures and “Extreme Speech” Workshop at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, February 23-24***

Deadline for extended abstracts (1,200 words): August 31


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Björn Buß

Björn BußSunday, June 25th, 2017 at 2:15am

***CfA: 1 Postdoc and 2 PhD positions in project on "Political Cultures of New Media in India and the Diaspora" at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany)***

Deadlines: August 31

"The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty for the Study of Culture invites applications for fully funded

✓ one postdoctoral and two doctoral positions for the ERC project ONLINERPOL

ONLINERPOL (www.fordigitaldignity.com) is a five year research project (2017-22) on political cultures of new media in India and the diaspora. The project is funded by the European Research Council Starting Grant.

ONLINERPOL explores new media practices in India and the diaspora in Europe, and examines the relationship between expanding Internet media and the politics of national belonging mediated by secular-religious-liberal fissures. The project is carried out by a core team of researchers based at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, in cooperation with the Department of Communication and Media Research, LMU Munich, and a global network of collaborators.

We seek energetic and committed applicants who can design projects on new media and political cultures, and creatively connect with the objectives of ONLINERPOL.

PhD positions (3.5 years)

✓ PhD position 1:

Ethnography of online media, political cultures and Hindu identities among the Indian diaspora in the UK and Germany

The project will carry out an ethnographic study of online practices and narratives around national belonging/Hindu nationalism among the Indian diaspora in the UK and Germany. The project will closely follow particular social media sites and user groups (Facebook/Twitter or website/online discussion group).

✓ PhD position 2:

Ethnography of online meda, poltiical cultures and Muslim identities among the Indian diaspora in the UK and Germany

The project will carry out an ethnographic study of online practices, Muslim identities and narratives of national belonging among the Indian diaspora in the UK and Germany. The project will closely follow particular social media sites and user groups (Facebook/Twitter or website/online discussion group).

The broad objective of the doctoral positions is to understand the dynamics of online use cultures as they mediate diapora experiences and political cultures of national belonging, and how they bring about new, real-time connections between diasporic locations and homeland politics. In both the projects, ethnographic fielwork among online users will be supplmented with an analysis of the design and organization of sampled Facebook groups, Twitter handles or websites, and the social texts and activities they have generated.

Candidates with a background in anthropology, media and communication studies, or cultural studies with regional interest in South Asia are invited to apply. PhD researchers will participate in specially designed reading courses on anthropology of digital media; media and religion; and digital media activism, with opportunities to enrol for other courses at the university.They will also have an opportunity to assist/offer undergraduate courses on media anthropology. Candidates will take part in various project related activities, including workshops, conferences and social media contributions.

Doctoral positions are funded (TVL E13 50%) for 3.5 years. The project will cover fieldwork expenses and participation in international conferences.

✓ Postdoctoral position (2 years)

New media and political Islam in India

The study will map and analyze online media engagaemets of a major organization for political Islam in India (for eg., /Jamaat-i-Islami/) using ethnographic techniques and discourse anlaysis. How does the organization engage, organize and regulate its online presence? How does it engage online debates on national belonging and what are the implications for historically configured politics of religious difference? How is authority affirmed and reconfigured in light of the emerging online Muslim publics?

Candidates with a background in anthropology, media and communication studies, cultural studies, or Islamic studies with regional interest in South Asia are invited to apply. The posdoctoral researcher is invited to co-design and co-teach the courses on media and religion, and digital ethnography, and actively participate in planning and organizing project related offline and online activities.

Postdoctoral position is contracted with TVL E13 100% salary for 2 years. All fieldwork expenses will be covered, and participation in international conferences will be fully funded.

Successful applicants are expected to begin on or by 1 January 2018.

Proficiency in English is needed. Net savviness is highly desired.

Successful candidates will be part of an exciting multidisciplinary conversation on new media, with opportunties to partner with the core research team based in Munich and a global network of collaborators.

Our offer

The university is centrally located in Munich and can be reached very easily by public transport. We offer a stimating work atmosphere with opportunities for further education and growth. Differently abled people are given a priority.

Send your application (cover letter, 2 page proposal with a clear research plan and timeline, updated CV, 2 writing samples , names of two referees and copies of degree certificates as a single pdf) by email to ONLINERPOL@ethnologie.lmu.de with the subject line ˊApplication for doctoral/postdoctoral position ONLINERPOLˊ or by post to

Prof. Dr. Sahana Udupa

Professor of Media Anthropology

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Ludwig Maximilian University

Oettingenstr. 67

D-80538 Munich


+49 (0)89 2180-9614

*Deadline for submission: 31 August 2017. *

Queries may be addressed to onlinerpol@ethnologie.lmu.de sahana.udupa@lmu.de. For more on the project visit www.fordigitaldignity.com"

Björn Buß

Björn BußSunday, June 25th, 2017 at 1:58am

***CfP: Conference "Bridging Gaps: National Identity in Persona, Branding, and Activism", The University of Western Australia in Perth (Australia), December 8-10***

Deadline for abstracts (250 words): August 1

"With the rise of Web 2.0, people brand themselves through social media as a singular person. The online visibility of their brand often takes precedence over social contributions. Their *online presentation*, however, is a reflection of how they want to be perceived in a collective setting. How does this kind of branding differ to a local business service or an international celebrity who also brands themselves online? What impact is *persona branding* having on society and the way people view themselves?

A focus on the*persona of activists *shows the particular impact of branding in society. An activist’s voice, like that of a political leader, is often heard if they have a strong brand. Yet, the perception is often specific to their national contexts. How are socialist actions in North Korea viewed in the Western world? How does having a female political leader change the perception of a country? How are immigrants seen around the world? What role does media play in creating these *constructed views in national and transnational contexts*?

We encourage scholars and industry practitioners to question, explore, and problematize the notion of national identity in persona, branding, and activism. We ask: *how is a country reflected through its celebrities, popular history, stereotypes and myths*? Often one individual can have global fame, which can result in branding a nation or city and develop a country’s cause as well. Their persona becomes the basis of how a place is perceived internationally. For example, American born icon Elvis Presley is used to represent Las Vegas and Memphis, while George Clooney has attached himself to Darfur through his activism. Similarly, Steve Irwin became a symbol of Australian culture through his philanthropy and his fame as “The Crocodile Hunter.” A decade since his death people still create the association between him and the nation’s identity, while overlooking how race, gender and class affect one’s overall brand identity.*Myths surrounding national identity* are also evident in beauty pageants and the Olympics. How do these stereotypes affect our understanding of culture?

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) /Bridging Gaps/ conference, in association with sponsors Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and WaterHill Publishing, invites papers and films that explore the relationship among four key themes – persona, branding, activism, and national identity. We invite academics, filmmakers, journalists, publicists, designers, advertisers, marketing specialists, charity organizers, and guests to explore and connect themes from a range of interdisciplinary fields and generate a valuable discussion and practice that will inspire change.

Attendees may present papers, take part in a workshop or create a roundtable discussion on the themes of persona, branding, activism and national identity. *We already have one roundtable on Elvis Presley and another on Heath Ledger, which people can apply for. *

Extended versions of *selected papers will be published in an edited book* by WaterHill Publishing, while others will be invited for the opportunity to publish work in the CrossBridge Journal.

We also invite people to send in *videos for the /Celebrity Chat/ Award*. The idea for /Celebrity Chat / was born in Melbourne and the first recording took place in Perth. We are proud to be bringing it back home. The best video/documentary will be selected based on its ability to draw attention to a significant matter, be relevant to the conference theme and/or inspire change.

Registration includes: Your printed conference package, catered lunch, coffee / tea breaks, evening drinks, professional development workshop, access to evening receptions, eligibility to publish in edited book, and consideration for the $100 best paper and screen awards.

Submission guidelines:

✓ 250-word abstract or workshop / roundtable proposal
✓ Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
✓ Submit to conference Chairs Dr Jackie Raphael and Dr Celia Lam at celeb.studies@gmail.com
✓ Deadline for abstract submission: August 1, 2017
✓ Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2017
✓ Full text due: November 1, 2017
✓ Pre-Conference reception: December 8, 2017
✓ Conference presentations: December 9-10, 2017
✓ Publication of edited book: 2018

Celebrity Chat Video Submissions:

✓ Video length should be 10-20 minutes
✓ Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if
✓ Submit to conference Chairs Dr Jackie Raphael and Dr Celia Lam at celeb.studies@gmail.com
✓ Deadline for submission: August 1, 2017
✓ Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2017
✓ Conference screening: December 9-10, 2017

Topics include but are not limited to:

✓ National Identity and Persona
✓ Activism and Philanthropy
✓ Fandom and Audiences
✓ Endorsements and Advertising
✓ Branding and Graphic Design
✓ Tourism and Promotion
✓ Politics and Leadership
✓ Persona and Online Presence
✓ Mass Media and Social Media
✓ Public Relations and Publicity
✓ Journalism and Newsworthy Topics
✓ Fame and Fortune
✓ Gender and Power
✓ Icons and Status
✓ Beauty Ideals, Pageants and Culture
✓ Models as Role Models
✓ Olympics and Representing Nations
✓ Sporting Identities
✓ Literature and Photography
✓ Film and Television
✓ Laws and Policies
✓ Theory and Methods
✓ Research Agenda and Business Models
✓ Ethics and Morality
✓ Cognition and Memory
✓ Social Innovation and Change
✓ Education and Advocacy
✓ Community Building and Community Partnerships

Conference Chairs: Dr Jackie Raphael and Dr Celia Lam


Björn Buß

Björn BußSunday, June 25th, 2017 at 1:41am

***CfA: Professor of Digital Media and Communication QUT (Queensland University of Technology) (Australia)***

Deadline: July 28


Björn Buß

Björn BußSunday, June 25th, 2017 at 1:33am

***CfP: Congress "Smart_internet_18 / Digital Society", Pula (Croatia), March 15-17***

Deadline: tba

"The aim of the congress is to bring together scientists and professionals in the interdisciplinary presentation of new communication technologies and new ways of digital communication in the service of citizens and public interest. Congress participants will be able to learn more about the processes, technologies, procedures, resources and conditions of media convergence, as well as the processes of convergence of interest, which implements the obligation of new media policy, new legislation and new education of experts.

Digital media and the Internet have a significant, wide and complex impact on the entire society and culture and smart_internet_18 will bring together all the interested professionals who can present the impact and
challenges of the Internet, mobile services, smart devices, robots, personal computers and telecommunications technologies in the field of journalism, entertainment, culture, education, politics, commerce and everyday life.

We invite you to contribute your knowledge and experience to one of the planned sections of the congress:

✓ Media Communication Aspects / Media Convergence
✓ Marketing aspects of the Internet, mobile marketing and social networks
✓ Technological aspects, mobile devices and Internet of Things (IoT)
✓ Application of Digital Technologies in Economics (e-business, e-commerce, digital money)
✓ Internet in the Service of Public Interest / Participatory Culture

The congress smart_internet_18 is largest regional gathering of this kind. Participate as a researcher, a marketing expert, a public relations expert, an educator, a creative industry representative, a journalist, a media expert or aknowledgeable end user of new technologies. Exchange your knowledge and new information on a digital society in planned workshops. Take part in panels, present your projects or expose your scientific research.

Founders of the Congress are Department of Communication Studies of the Centre for Croatian Studies University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing University of Zagreb (aka FER), Department of Communication and Information Sciences of the Faculty of Humanitis and Social Sciences University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics Varaždin University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science of Zagreb University, HUB 385, NEM Initiative, Faculty of Economics at the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Infobip, Skira / Dean Skira, Stromatolite / Michela Magaš, and PCO agency ATI as the main organizer."