Program of the eighth conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics (Loughborough University, 21-23 September 2022)

On 21-23 September, seventy scholars from many different countries and disciplines will present research on the relationship between media and politics in an international perspective at Loughborough University during the eight conference of The International Journal of Press/Politics, which I am honored to serve as Editor-in-Chief. I am delighted to share the conference program. Apart from the keynote speech, the conference will be held at the Holywell Park Conference Centre at Loughborough University. Registration is required to participate in the conference. The conference is hosted by the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture.

Wednesday, September 21

17:00               Brockington Building, room U0.20
Keynote speech by Maria Repnikova (Georgia State University)
Advancing Research on Communication under Authoritarianism

19:00               Burleigh Court Hotel
Conference inaugural dinner

Thursday, September 22

8:00-8:45        Holywell Park Conference Centre
Coffee and refreshments

8:45-9:00        Stephenson room
Welcome and opening remarks

9:00-10:30      Brunel / Murdoch room
Panel 1A: New theories and concepts for political communication in a changing world
Chair: Ariadne Vromen (Australian National University)

Speaking of Africa: Sociology and the Study of Media in ‘Majority World Countries’
j. Wahutu Siguru (New York University), Zhuoru Deng (New York University), Osman Osman (New York University)

The dynamic journalistic intermediary model (DJIM) of communicative transaction in a networked public sphere
Jakob Ohme (Freie Universität Berlin), Anna-Theresa Mayer (Freie Universität Berlin), Timothy Charlton-Czaplicki (Copenhagen Business School), Christoph Neuberger (Freie Universität Berlin)

A theory of cultural resonance process in political and media communication
Cristina Monzer (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

9:00-10:30      Pascal room
Panel 1B: Social media and election campaigns
Chair: Kari Steen-Johnsen (Institute for Social Research)

Between anger and love: Comparing citizen engagement with party posts during election campaigns across three countries
Hedvig Tønnesen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Márton Bene (Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence, Eötvös Loránd University), Jörg Haßler (LMU Munich), Anders Olof Larsson (Kristiania University College), Melanie Magin (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Eli Skogerbø (University of Oslo), Anna-Katharina Wurst (LMU Munich)

Populist Political Communication Style and Personalization on social media: The case of Greek MPs
Amalia Triantafillidou (University of Western Macedonia), Georgios Lappas (University of Western Macedonia) *presenting remotely

Framing candidate image from a strategic perspective: A visual communication analysis on Instagram in 2019 Spanish Elections
Rocío Zamora (University of Murcia), Marta Rebolledo (University of Navarra), Shahira S. Fahmy (American University of Cairo)

10:30 – 11:00  Holywell Park Conference Centre
Coffee break

11:00-13:00    Brunel / Murdoch room
Panel 2A: Understanding and limiting the impact of misinformation
Chair: Hossein Kermani (University of Vienna)

Political Scandals, Fabricated Evidence, and Journalistic Fact-Checking
Viorela Dan (LMU Munich)

It’s all in the Measurement: Varying Association of Subjective vs. Actual Social Media Usage with Reaction to Misinformation Exposure
Waqas Ejaz (University of Oxford)

“I love reading fake news. Don’t always believe what you read”. How Social Media Users React to Political Online Misinformation by Commenting
Sophie Morosoli (University of Antwerp)

Assessing the impact of disinformation narratives in a polarized electoral campaign: the case of 2021 Catalan elections
Jaume Suau (Ramon LLull University), Elena Yeste (Ramon LLull University)

11:00-13:00    Pascal room
Panel 2B: Communication and propaganda on the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Chair: Sabina Mihelj (Loughborough University)

The Dissemination of Russian-backed content in European Alternative News Environments
Jakob Bæk Kristensen (Roskilde University), Frederik Møller Henriksen (Roskilde University), Eva Mayerhöffer (Roskilde University)

The Image War as a significant fighting arena: Evidence from the Ukrainian battle over perceptions during the 2022 Russian invasion
Moran Yarchi (Reichman University)

A place to rally around the flag or hub of subversive information? Telegram during Russo – Ukrainian war
Tamara Grechanaya (University of Milan) *presenting remotely

Crowd intelligence: Exploring the epistemic role of OSINT communities
Timothy Charlton-Czaplicki (Copenhagen Business School), Anna-Theresa Mayer (Freie Universität Berlin), Jakob Ohme (Freie Universität Berlin)

13:00-14:00    Holywell Park Conference Centre
Lunch

14:00-16:00    Brunel / Murdoch room
Panel 3A: Media, pluralism, and democracy
Chair: Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki (University of Tsukuba)

Understanding the role of the Colombian media in a peace process during a ‘political wave’: the 2014 escalation of the conflict
Jose David Ortega Chavez (University of Leeds)

Modi Media? Heteronomy and Autonomy in the Indian journalistic field
Rohit Dasgupta (University of Glasgow), Debasreeta Deb (University of Hyderabad), John Downey (Loughborough University), Bhargav Nimmagadda, (Manipal Institute of Communication), Vinod Pavarala, (University of Hyderabad), Madhavi Ravi Kumar (University of Hyderabad)

What can we learn from the short history of independent media in Serbia? George Soros, Radio B92, and new models of media development
Janet Steele (George Washington University)

Vive la petite différence! The business of gender in the production of financial news in the Arabian Gulf
Jairo Lugo-Ocando (University of Sharjah),.Faisal AlAqeel (King Saud University) *presenting remotely

14:00-16:00    Pascal room
Panel 3B: Media and political information
Chair: j. Wahutu Siguru (New York University)

Journalism and the Center-Periphery Cleavage: How national and local news media covered the 2021 municipal elections in Denmark
Mark Blach-Ørsten (Roskilde University), Mads Kæmsgaard Eberholst (Roskilde University)

Local News in National Elections: Assessing News and Information Provision During a Critical Democratic Event
Martin Moore (King’s College London), Gordon Neil Ramsay (University of Akureyri)

Trump Kissing Pence, Clinton Leading the Waltz: The Role of Gender Stereotypes in Saturday Night Live Portrayals of Presidential Candidates
Caroline V. Leicht (University of Southampton)

Supporting the spread: the role of heuristic thinking in the proliferation of online propaganda
Valentina Nerino (University of Trento)

16:00 – 16:30  Holywell Park Conference Centre
Coffee break

16:30-18:30    Brunel / Murdoch room
Panel 4A: Political elites and information flows
Chair: Danielle K. Brown (University of Minnesota)

How and why do anti-establishment and mainstream politicians share news on social media
Risto Niemikari (Tampere University)

Authoritarian regimes and defusing Twitter threat: the case of transforming Iranian Twittersphere to a less challenging space
Hossein Kermani (University of Vienna)

Policy actors’ struggle for attention in the migration discourse. The role of semantic, ideological and attributional diversity on Twitter
Sara Schmitt (University of Stuttgart), Hakan G. Sicakkan (University of Bergen), Pierre-Georges Van Wolleghem (University of Bergen), Raphael H. Heiberger (University of Stuttgart) *presenting remotely

Vertical disinformation: a comparative analysis between Trump and Bolsonaro’s communication strategies during the COVID-19 outbreak
Rose Marie Santini (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Heloísa Traiano (Leiden University), Débora Salles (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Fernando Ferreira (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) *presenting remotely

16:30-18:00    Pascal room
Panel 4B: The flow of political information in contemporary media environments
Chair: Caroline V. Leicht (University of Southampton)

International News Flow in a Digital Era: A Network Analysis of Online News Websites’ Mentions and Hyperlinks
Diyi Liu ( University of Oxford)

Political Influences on News Distortion in Professional News Organizations
Doron Shultziner (Hadassah Academic College)

Political agenda setting in the digital public sphere – an actor centered approach
Rune Karlsen (University of Oslo), Kari Steen-Johnsen (Institute for Social Research)

20:00   Peter Pizzeria – 17-18 Baxter Gate, Loughborough LE11 1TG
Conference dinner

Friday, September 23

8:30-9:00        Holywell Park Conference Centre
Coffee and refreshments

9:00-10:30      Brunel / Murdoch room
Panel 5A: Audience perspectives on media and politics
Chair: Eran Amsalem (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

What in The World Is Newsworthiness? Evaluations of News Interest and Informativeness by International Audiences
Lilach Nir (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Stuart Soroka (University of California Los Angeles), Patrick Fournier (Université de Montréal)

Examining Urban/Rural Gaps in Trust in News across Four Countries
Nick Mathews (University of Minnesota) Benjamin Toff (University of Oxford, University of Minnesota), Camila Mont’Alverne (University of Oxford), Sumitra Badrinathan (University of Oxford), Amy Ross Arguedas (University of Oxford), Richard Fletcher (University of Oxford), Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (University of Oxford)

Mediated polarisation: An intergenerational analysis
Ssu-Han Yu (London School of Economics and Political Science) * presenting remotely

9:00-10:30      Pascal room
Panel 5B: Media, politics, and the fight for social justice
Chair: Doron Shultziner (Hadassah Academic College)

Cross-national patterns in the protest paradigm: An analysis of Black Lives Matter protests across Europe
A. Maurits van der Veen (College of William & Mary) *presenting remotely

Repertoire of Contention in Authoritarian China: Framings, Contentious Performances and Culture
Xijing Wu (University of Oxford) *presenting remotely

Australian and American unions’ storytelling about essential workers during the pandemic
Ariadne Vromen (Australian National University), Michael Vaughan (Frei Universitet), Filippo Trevisan (American University)

10:30 – 11:00  Holywell Park Conference Centre
Coffee break

11:00-12:30    Brunel / Murdoch room
Panel 6A: Challenges and opportunities in computational research on media and politics
Chair: Diyi Liu ( University of Oxford)

Beyond Mere “Toxicity”: A Multi-label Classifier for Uncivil and Intolerant Discourse on Twitter
Patrícia Rossini (University of Glasgow), Stefanie Hills (University of Stirling), Federico Bianchi (Stanford University), Sarah Shuggars (George Washington University), Dirk Hovy (Bocconi University), Rebekah Tromble (George Washington University)

A problematisation of research with citizen-produced political text: Inequalities in access, ethics, languages and resources
Amanda Haraldsson (Audencia Business School), Shota Gelovani (Technical University of Munich), Bente Kalsnes (Kristiania University College), Karolina Koc-Michalska (Audencia Business School), Yannis Theocharis (Technical University of Munich)

Characterizing Registered U.S. Voters’ Exposure to Political Content on Twitter
Assaf Shamir (Ben-Gurion University), Jennifer Oser (Ben-Gurion University), Nir Grinberg (Ben-Gurion University)

11:00-12:30    Pascal room
Panel 6B: Media and politics in and about contemporary Russia
Chair: Václav Štětka (Loughborough University)

Reviving Eternal Russia: U.S. Media Representations of Democracy and Human Rights in Post-Soviet Russia
Heather L. Tafel /Grand Valley State University)

‘State narrative’ construction on Twitter. A case study around news stories on LGTBQ in Russia
Daria Dergacheva (University of Bremen), Anna Tous-Rovirosa (Autonomous University of Barcelona) *presenting remotely

12:30-13:30    Holywell Park Conference Centre
Lunch

13:30-15:00    Brunel / Murdoch room
Panel 7A: Political advertising in contemporary media systems
Chair: Jakob Ohme (Freie Universität Berlin)

Political Advertising on Facebook India: Punjab and Uttar Pradesh 2022 Assembly Elections
Holli A. Semetko (Emory University), Kiran Arabaghatta Basavaraj (University of Exeter), Anup Kumar (Cleveland State University)

Is there a permanent campaign for online political advertising?: Investigating partisan and non-party campaign activity in the UK between 2018-2021
Junyan Zhu (University of Sheffield), Kate Dommett (University of Sheffield), Tom Stafford (University of Sheffield), Nikolaos Aletras (University of Sheffield), Samuel Mensah (University of Sheffield)

New Political Actors in the Electoral Process: Japan’s Election Management Boards Online
Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki (University of Tsukuba)

13:30-15:00    Pascal room
Panel 7B: Patterns and consequences of political incivility
Chair: Lilach Nir (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Online participation and the role of incivility in the context of an illiberal public sphere
Sabina Mihelj (Loughborough University), Václav Štětka (Loughborough University)

Candidate Incivility and Affective Polarization in Comparative Perspective
Chiara Vargiu (University of Lausanne), Diego Garzia (University of Lausanne), Frederico Ferreira da Silva (University of Lausanne) * presenting remotely

Cross-cutting disagreement in opposition online community within non-democratic context: the case of Alexei Navalny’s YouTube channel
Aidar Zinnatullin (University of Bologna) *presenting remotely

15:00 – 15:30  Holywell Park Conference Centre
Coffee break

15:30-17:00    Brunel / Murdoch room
Panel 8A: New perspectives on media effects
Chair: Holli A. Semetko (Emory University)

Do People Learn About Politics on Social Media? A Meta-Analysis of Seventy-Six Studies
Eran Amsalem (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Alon Zoizner (University of Haifa)

Reinterpreting the Relationship between News and the “Most Important Problem”
Benjamin Toff (University of Oxford, University of Minnesota), Ruth Palmer (IE University)

News Media’s Coverage of the 2021 Global Climate Summit and its Effects on Public Opinion
Per Oleskog Tryggvason (University of Gothenburg), Adam Shehata (University of Gothenburg) *presenting remotely

15:30-17:00    Pascal room
Panels 8B: Political behavior on social media
Chair: Junyan Zhu (University of Sheffield)

Voice and deliberation in partisan Twitter-spheres
Albert Padró-Solanet (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Joan Balcells (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Rosa Borge (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)

Abortion war is not a war: Who is driving incivility and intolerance in abortion discourse in the United States (2020) and Ireland (2018)?
Dayei Oh (Loughborough University and University of Helsinki), Suzanne Elayan (Loughborough University), Martin Sykora (Loughborough University)

Spectating in the public sphere: investigating political lurking practices among young adult social media users
Elizabeth Solverson (Nord University) ** Cancelled

17:00-17:30    Stephenson room
Concluding remarks

17:30-19:30    Holywell Park Conference Centre
Farewell reception

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