CfP – Digital Media and the Spatial Transformation of Public Contention

Please see below for the call for papers of the ECPR Joint Sessions
Workshop on “Digital Media and the Spatial Transformation of Public
Contention”. The full description of the workshop can be found here:
https://ecpr.eu/Events/PanelDetails.aspx?PanelID=4836&EventID=104

CFP: The proposed workshop explores and theorizes how the rise of online
platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr, is affecting the
spatial configuration of public contention. The goal is to create a
cross-disciplinary network of scholars to develop a new dynamic conception
of publicness. Rather than simply situating contentious politics within a
specific ‘sphere’ that serves as their container, we are interested in
examining how contentious politics unfolds across different geographical,
cultural, political and material configurations. The workshop specifically
calls for papers that investigate and conceptualize how in contemporary
protests relations of publicness are constantly redrawn across the ‘local’,
‘national’, and ‘transnational’. Moreover, it aims to stimulate research on
how the technological infrastructures of the emerging hybrid media system,
in which digital platforms, broadcast media, and face-to-face communication
are deeply entangled, shape the spatial trajectories of public contention.
Finally, the workshop hopes to attract papers that critically examine how
the intense use of digital media in public contestation, often in
combination with alternative media, further confuses the traditional
distinction between ‘public’ and ‘commercial’ space. In combination, the
papers should enable a lively debate on how to research and theorize public
contention in the new communication environment. Do we have to revise or
even abandon dominant conceptualizations of publicness, like the public
sphere, which are very much predicated on the nation state? And if so, what
new concepts do we need to understand how the rapid development of digital
platforms is transforming the spaces of public contestation?

Joint Session Workshops of the European Consortium for Political Research
(ECPR) include 15-20 participants and allow in-depth discussion on a
specific topic. The 2017 Joint Sessions will take place in Nottingham
between 25-30 April 2017. The deadline for submitting paper proposals is on
the 1st December 2016.

To submit your paper proposal please follow this link:https://ecpr.eu/Login.
aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fMyEcpr%2fForms%2fPaperProposalForm
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aspx%3fEventID%3d104&EventID=104

For any questions about this workshop please contact Anastasia Kavada (A.
Kavada@westminster.ac.uk) and Thomas Poell (Poell@uva.nl)


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