Social media and European politics: Rethinking power in the digital era

Asimina Michailidou and Mauro Barisione organise a workshop on social media and European politics in Oslo on 10-11 March 2016.

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Workshop conveners:
Asimina Michailidou, ARENA and Mauro Barisione, University of Milan

The workshop will bring together established and up-and-coming scholars researching social media and political power in Europe across several disciplines. The aim is to discuss if and how a power shift is taking place at a communication and/or a politics level in the European Union due to digital mediatization.

We look at politics not only from the perspective of EU institutions and political parties but also citizens' movements, social media mobilization and public sphere theory. The outcomes of the workshop will subsequently be published in the edited volume 'Social media and European politics' as part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology series.


Note: Access to papers is restricted to participants.

Day 1: Thursday 10 March

10:00-10:10   Welcome

Keynote, ‘Democracy & legitimacy in the EU – Challenges and options’,
Prof. John Erik Fossum, ARENA

Introduction to the volume: What is there to rethink about EU politics in the social media era? (PDF) 
Asimina Michailidou, ARENA and Mauro Barisione, University of Milan 

Extreme Right online networks and discourses of opposition to the EU in Central and Eastern Europe (PDF)
Manuela Caiani, University of Vienna and Alena Kluknavská, Comenius University Bratislava

12:00-13:10   Lunch

Towards a framework for conceptualizing and evaluating European social media publics. The case of the European Parliament’s Facebook page (PDF)
Ancuța-Gabriela Tarța, University of Copenhagen

Internet-based media and the crisis: A realist critique of the idea of a European public sphere (PDF)
Terje Rasmussen, IMK, University of Oslo

Debating Responsibility on the Eurozone Crisis in ‘Unsocial’ Media: Newspaper Reporting in Greece and Germany under a Social Media Lense (PDF)
Jochen Roose, University of Wrocław; Moritz Sommer, Franziska Scholl, Freie Universität Berlin; Maria Kousis and Kostas Kanellopoulos, University of Crete

15:10-15:25   Break

Participatory Coordination and Informal Civic Learning in Collective Action: The Evidence from the European Stop ACTA Movement
Dan Mercea, City University of London

Transnational Citizen Engagement through Social Networking Media: The Factual, the Ideological, and the Moral Style (PDF)
Hans-Jörg Trenz, ARENA and University of Copenhagen; Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, University of Lund and Michael Bossetta, University of Copenhagen

The Medium Makes the Public? Convergent EU Contestation in Divergent Online Spheres (PDF)
Asimina Michailidou, ARENA

17:30   End of Day 1

19:30   Dinner at ORO Bar & Grill.

Day 2: Friday, 11 March

Session: 09:40-12:00

Social Media, Personalization of News Reporting, and Media Systems’ Polarization in Europe (PDF)
Pablo Barberà, New York University, Cristian Vaccari, Royal Holloway University of London and Augusto Valeriani, University of Bologna

Between Opinion and Protest. Contesting Austerity through Social Media (PDF)
Mauro Barisione and Andrea Ceron, University of Milan

Keynote, ‘Social media and politics’
Prof. Eli Skogerbø, IMK, University of Oslo

11.30   Wrap-up of workshop, working schedule overview, practicalities of publication.  

12:00   End of Day 2

12:00   Lunch (for those who do not have to depart right away)


The workshop is restricted to invited participants. For any questions, please contact workshop convener Asimina Michailidou, or reseach assistant Trym Nohr Fjørtoft for practical matters.

Published Mar. 2, 2016 11:35 AM - Last modified Sep. 26, 2016 10:48 AM