Videos of the IJPP Special Issue Symposium on Visual Politics

On 27 January 2021, The International Journal of Press/Politics hosted a symposium to present a discuss a special issue on “Visual Politics”, guest-edited by Erik Bucy and Jungseock Joo, which features an outstanding selection of international and interdisciplinary articles on the role of visuals in contemporary political communication. Together with the authors of the published manuscripts and the guest editors, we were delighted to host a keynote speech by Professor Betsi Grabe (Indiana University).

Below you can find the video recordings of the event in all its parts.


Welcome and General Introduction
Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough University)

Grand Collaborative Programs: An Overview 
Erik Bucy (Texas Tech University)
Jungseock Joo (University of California Los Angeles)

Roundtable 1: Visual Politics and the Global Pandemic

  • Moderator: Cristian Vaccari
  • Panelists: Scott Brennen (Duke University), Viorela Dan (LMU Munich), Thomas Powell (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research), Damian Trilling (University of Amsterdam)
  • Paper summaries from the IJPP special issue on visual politics.
  • Discussion: How can we apply visual politics research approaches to the Covid-19 pandemic and what insights could they generate?

Roundtable 2: Visual Politics and Populism

  • Moderator: Erik Bucy
  • Panelists: Xénia Farkas (Corvinus University of Budapest), Jenny Lindholm (Åbo Akademi University), Ricardo Mendonça (Federal University of Minas Gerais), Felix Simon (University of Oxford)
  • Paper summaries from the IJPP special issue on visual politics.
  • Discussion: How can we apply visual politics research approaches to better understand the rise of populist politics—currently, historically, and looking ahead?

Keynote Address: The Social Side of Sight

Betsi Grabe (Indiana University)
Introduced by Erik Bucy

Roundtable 3: Visual Politics and Social Justice  

  • Moderator: Jungseock Joo (UCLA)  
  • Panelists: Stephanie Geise (University of Münster), Patrick Stewart (University of Arkansas), Susana Rogeiro Nina (University of Lisbon), Yilang Peng (University of Georgia)
  • Paper summaries from the IJPP special issue on visual politics.
  • Discussion: How can we apply visual politics research approaches to the analysis of protest and social justice movements to provide a better understanding of the public mood and demands for change?

Videos of the ICA Virtual Preconference “Visual Politics: Image Production, Perception, and Influence” (20 May 2020)

ica_full_wordmarkI am pleased to share the video recordings of the whole ICA preconference “Visual Politics: Image Production, Perception, and Influence”, that I co-organized with Professor Erik Bucy (Texas Tech University) on the 20th of May.

Session 1.1

Erik Bucy (Texas Tech University) and Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough University)

Lo-fi Politics: Images of the Leader, Tactical Movements and Counter-Participative Cultures (Sardine versus Salvini)
Nello Barile (IULM University, Milan)

French Contemporary Populism: The Building of a Specific Aesthetic and Mode of Representation? An Analysis of Campaign Posters
Morgane Belhadi (Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle University)

Trump’s transgressive debate style and the televised performance of populism
Dhavan Shah (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Keynote Address — Visual Politics: Potentials and Challenges for Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Roland Bleiker (University of Queensland)

Session 1.2

Visual Misinformation in Comparative Perspective
Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough University)

‘I Spy with My Eye’: Influences of Camera Shots and Voters’ Party Affiliation on Candidate Evaluation in Televised Debates
Isabella Glogger (Technical University of Dortmund)

Factors Influencing the Journalistic Circulation of Traumatic Images: The Case of Alan Kurdi
Maria Kamal (University of Melbourne)

Session 2.1

@Everydayclimatechange and Three US Daily Newspapers: Comparing the Visual Representation of Climate Change
Alison Stieven-Taylor (Monash University, Melbourne)

The Strategic Visual Communication of Protests: Citizen Diplomacy? The Romanian Protests from 2017
Alina Dolea (Bournemouth University)

Kek’s Memes War on Instagram
Ahmed Al-Rawi (Simon Fraser University)

The Dictator’s ‘Screenplay’: Photographs of the Leader and Political Legitimation in East Asia’s Communist Regimes
Olli Hellman (University of Waikato)

Session 2.2

Visual framing of coronavirus coverage: The frame construction process
Erik Bucy (Texas Tech University)

Memetic Protest: The Visual Political Aesthetics of Death, Injustice and Resistance in Digital Activist Cultures
Kelly Lewis (Queensland University of Technology)

Comparing Two Unsupervised Approaches of Clustering Political Visuals
Yilang Peng (University of Georgia)

The Visual Strategy of National Identity Appeal in Election Campaign Videos: Taiwan’s 2020 Experience (via YouTube)
Chung Jung-Chun (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Concluding Remarks
Erik Bucy (Texas Tech University) and Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough University)