ICA Pre-Conference: Global Perspectives on Populism and the Media
This pre-conference aims to introduce global perspectives on the study of media, communication and populism, welcoming conceptually innovative submissions that examine populist communication and culture from all around the world. Recognizing the location of the preconference, the Hungarian capital of Budapest, the conference will also dedicate an open-to-the public panel to the rise of populism in East-Central Europe. The venue of the conference, Central European University, is rich in symbolism, as this university has recently been attacked by the populist government of Hungary. This symbolism will hopefully add to the liveliness of the discussions, which we expect to be relevant to academics in a diverse set of disciplines and fields (communication studies, sociology, political science, cultural studies, history, among others) and to non-academics as well.
The pre-conference also aims to be inclusive in perspectives and methodologies. As John B. Judis, author of The Populist Explosion, recently argued, political scientists often make the mistake of focusing on a restrictive definition of populism. In contrast, our aim is to analyze populism’s manifestations and connections to media and communication in the broadest possible sense.
Relevant communicative processes of populism may include studies of populist symbols, music, time and memory, political advertising campaigns, social media groups, protest cultures, the narration of political myths, mass media attitudes, the relation of populism to media ownership patterns, among others. We particularly welcome unorthodox approaches, ambitious social theories, and debunking of popular myths in relations to populism and communication.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Professor Liviu Matei, School of Public Policy, Central European University
Professor Natalia Roudakova, Department of Media and Communication, University of California San Diego
Professor Michael Schudson, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
Professor Katherine Cramer, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor Marwan Kraidy, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Dr Bilge Yesil, Department of Media Culture, City University New York
All speakers and attendees must register and pay the pre-conference fee. Participation fee (including coffee breaks and lunch buffet) is €50 for presenters and non-presenters.
To register for this pre-conference, participants need to go to www.icahdq.org and register online as part of their main ICA conference registration, or as a stand-alone registration.
Register to the conference here
Julia Sonnevend (The New School for Social Research, USA), Emily Keightley, James Stanyer, Vaclav Stetka (Loughborough University, UK), Aswin Punathambekar (University of Michigan, USA), Marius Dragomir, Eva Bognar (Central European University, Hungary). The pre-conference is co-sponsored by the Political Communication, Journalism Studies and Philosophy, Theory & Critique divisions of the International Communication Association and by Media, Culture & Society.
We are very grateful to the international peer-reviewed journal Media, Culture & Society for supporting this conference in solidarity with colleagues at Central European University.