The Great Mediation: Perspectives on Politics and the New Media conference has extended its deadline to receive abstracts to Monday, March 15th 11:59 pm CST.
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"The Great Mediation: Perspectives on Politics and the New Media"
Graduate Student Virtual Conference: May 6 and 7, 2021
University of Chicago Department of Sociology
Call for Papers
DEADLINE EXTENDED: 15th March 2021
Abstract: 500-1000 words + CV
Recent populist movements have heavily relied on online mobilization. While there is a consensus that the new media environment is implicated in their success, theories and especially empirical research into the connections between populism, political affiliation and digital mediation often remain astoundingly superficial. In what ways is the media environment of the 21st century recasting the political? How does digital mediation, as through contemporary social media, transform notions of statehood and political leadership, reconfigure voting blocs and political alliances, and provide new avenues of mobilization and resistance? How, if at all, is the new information environment reshaping the organizational structure through which politics operates, as in parties and movements? And ultimately, how does it shape how people conceive of, relate to and feel about politics and political leadership?
We invite individual papers from graduate students engaged in scholarly projects focused on these questions primarily, but not exclusively, employing qualitative methods. Sociology has attended to such radical transformations through online communication. Most of this research has been conducted within a computational paradigm—often drawing on large data sets and focused on the online medium itself, such as Facebook or Twitter. While these studies have yielded great insights, we think that qualitative approaches are well-equipped to answer the questions raised above. It is our hope that bringing into conversation theoretically-driven, empirically grounded scholarship across a variety of disciplinary contexts will promote deeper understanding and richer theorization of the social processes undergirding the contemporary populist and authoritarian surge. We seek paper proposals from graduate students whose research questions the relationship between digital media and political mobilization.
The conference, to be held on May 6th and 7th 2021, will feature keynotes from Prof. Francesca Polletta (UC-Irvine) and Prof. Chris Bail (Duke), and discussant commentary from amongst our faculty.
Graduate students are invited to submit an extended abstract of 500-1000 words, along with their CV, to email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15th, 2021. Approved presenters will be notified by March 19 , 2021.
Anna Berg, PhD Candidate, Sociology UChicago
Nisarg Mehta, PhD Student, Sociology UChicago
Nicolás Torres-Echeverry, PhD Student, Sociology UChicago