Program and Participants

Opening Presentation (9:00-9:15)

Gerhard Vowe (University of Duesseldorf, Germany), & Patrick Rössler (University of Erfurt, Germany): Political Communication in the Online World: Empirical Findings and Theoretical Perspectives


Workshop 1 (9:20-10:50)

Online Agenda-Setting and Democracy: A delicate relationship

Online media (news sites, social communities, blogs, etc.) increasingly set the agenda not only for a young audience. Attributes of online media (speed, reciprocity, interactivity, flexibility, and networking, just to mention a few) change the process of agenda setting fundamentally.

Several fears and hopes are associated with these changing processes, many of them expressed without any empirical evidence. The present workshop will focus on recent empirical evidence of the consequences of an altered agenda-setting function of online media onto the quality of democracy in general, its institutions, its legitimation and its acceptance.

Barbara Pfetsch, Daniel Maier, Peter Miltner, & Annie Waldherr (Free University of Berlin, Germany): Diffusion Models in Online Agenda-Setting: Theoretical Models and Empirical Assessment

Gabriel Weimann (University of Haifa, Israel), Hans-Bernd Brosius, Veronika Karnowski, & Anna Kümpel (University of Munich, Germany): A New Agenda for Agenda-Setting Research in the Digital Era

Jacob Groshek, Lei Guo, James E. Katz, & Denis Wu (Boston University, USA): Network Agenda Setting Gone Mobile: Implications of Interface and Place in #Election2016

Sandra González-Bailón (University of Pennsylvania, USA): Online Communication, Political Discontent and the Future of Democracy


Break (10:50-11:05)


Workshop 2 (11:05-12:35)

Political Consequences of Online Users’ Perceptions

This workshop focuses on online users’ perceptions in the context of political communication. It will assess the impact of online media use and popularity cues on the perception of public opinion. Moreover, the workshop will investigate the degree of political influence attributed to online media, or the perception of biased or hostile online media content. In particular, the presentations will deal with the consequences these perceptions have on political attitudes and political behavior.

Hernando Rojas (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA): The Effects of (Online) Users’ Perceptions of Media Bias and Media Influences on Political Participation

Shira Dvir-Gvirsman (Tel Aviv University, Israel): The Relationship between Biases in Perceptions of Public Opinion, Media Selection, and Polarization

Marco Dohle, Christiane Eilders, Ole Kelm, & Pablo Porten-Cheé (University of Duesseldorf, Germany): How Perceptual Processes Affect Individuals’ Political Communication Activities: Results of a research program

Eun-Ju Lee (Seoul National University, South Korea): When News Meets the Audience: How User Comments Affect Readers’ Perceptions of  News and Reality


Lunch Break (12:35-13:30)


Workshop 3 (13:30-15:00)

Organizational Perspectives on Political Communication in the Online World

This workshop seeks to answer the two general questions of the preconference, “how does political communication change in the wake of the diffusion of online media?” and “what are the politically relevant consequences?”, on the meso-level of political organizations. Technologically induced changes raise the question in how far political organizations continue to be a relevant category for analysis. Empirical findings will be presented on political party campaigners and social movement organizations. The theoretical perspectives will be discussed from a political as well as an organizational communication perspective.

Patrick Donges (University of Leipzig, Germany), Juliana Raupp, Jan Niklas Kocks, Kim Murphy (Free University of Berlin, Germany), & Paula Nitschke (University of Leipzig, Germany): Dissolving Boundaries of Organizations

Cristian Vaccari (University of London, United Kingdom): Social media, political parties, and political engagement in comparative perspective

Laura Stein (University of Texas, Austin, USA): Information Activism Online: The Strategies, Practices and Dilemmas of Social Movement Actors in India

Elizabeth D. Wilhoit (Auburn University, USA): Where is an organization online?


Break (15:00-15:15)


Workshop 4 (15:15-16:45)

Science Communication in the Online World: Political Implications and Political Consequences

This workshop brings together research on the communication of science in general and climate change in particular by the mass media and other political actors. The studies use various manual and automatic coding procedures to analyze the dynamics of science communication in, e.g., online news media, party websites, and science blogs as well as the mutual influences between these information sources.

Dietram Scheufele (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA): Does New Science Require New Agendas for (Science) Communication Research?

Silke Adam (University of Bern, Switzerland), Marcus Maurer (University of Mainz, Germany), Thomas Häussler (University of Bern, Switzerland), Jörg Hassler, Corinna Oschatz (University of Mainz, Germany), Ueli Reber, & Hannah Schmid-Petri (University of Bern, Switzerland): Climate Change Communication – A Divide between the Online and Offline World?

Dag Elgesem (University of Bergen, Norway): Climate Change in the Blogosphere: Analyzing the Dynamics of Framing the Debate in Terms of Science and Politics

Mike S. Schäfer (University of Zurich, Switzerland) & Julia Metag (University of Fribourg, Switzerland): Science Communication in an Online Media Environment – Current Changes and Perspectives for Future Research


Endnote (16:45-17:00)

Eszter Hargittai (University of Zurich, Switzerland): Digital media use and perspectives for political communication