Call for Panels and Papers – Deadline: 15 February 2018
Digital Politics and Politics of the Digital
Section S23 at the ECPR General Conference, endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group on Internet and Politics – 22-25 August 2018, Hamburg
Jasmin Fitzpatrick, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany
Meryem Marzouki, CNRS and Sorbonne Université, Paris, France
What are the remaining “non-digital” areas of Politics? Citizenship and collective action today are digitally organized, online and offline. Electoral campaigns are affected by the extensive use of social media. Voting became electronic in several countries. Journalism faces changes in the production and dissemination of news. What was once the sole government affair, such as diplomacy, norm- and policy-making, is profoundly transforming with demands for more democracy and inclusiveness.
Conversely, who could still claim that digital technologies’ design and uses are neutral? In an era of big data and algorithmic learning, profiling and predictive decision-making, governments and increasingly private actors are imposing norms and exercising power – through surveillance, censorship, and subtle or less subtle political influencing and manipulation – over citizens, organizations and institutions, including (other) governments.
The section will host panels addressing, inter alia: (1) Political Organisations and the Digital; (2) E-Diplomacy – How the digital age shapes international and security affairs; (3) Populism Online: Entering Politics through the Digital Door; (4) Governing the Digital in an Era of Platforms and Big Data; (5) Digital Media and Politics; (6) State of Digital Democratic Theory; (7) Political Participation and Deliberation Online – Contributions from Social Computing. The section also invites further panel and paper submissions exploring all dimensions of the relationship between Politics and the Digital, whether they focus on empirical or theoretical perspectives of before mentioned fields and other. Comparative analyses and focus on non-Western geopolitical areas are most welcome. This includes also methodological contributions on new teaching and research challenges.
This section on Digital Politics and Politics of the Digital is described more in details in the ECPR General Conference Academic Programme as Section S23.