Transformations in the digital age #1:
Transformation of the public sphere
Hildesheim University, 25/26 April 2019
One of the main assumptions about the impact of
Authors are invited to present theoretical and conceptual papers as well as empirical studies (a comparative perspective is welcome). Exemplary questions that could be addressed are the following:
- Is there an increase of deliberation through digital media? What are the findings on the quantity and quality of online political deliberation?
Publicsphere is a concept related to rational argumentation. What does the increasing emotionalization of communication in social media mean for this approach?
- Which consequences will the increasing blurring of the public sphere and privacy have for politics and society? To which new forms of interaction and communication does this lead?
- Which transformative effects can the public on media systems, political news provision
- Is there an increased fragmentation of the public sphere observable (filter bubbles, echo chambers)? And what are the mechanisms of these filter bubbles and echo chambers?
- Which role has the demand
ofa high degree of transparency for the transformation of the public sphere?
- Is there increasing transnational communication activity which might lead to the emergence of transnational (mini-)publics?
- Which effect do surveillance, security risks
manipulation do have on democratic publics in Europe? and
The workshop shall be the start of a series of events on “transformations in the digital age”, organized by an international network of academic institutions, including LUISS University in Rome, Scienes Po in Paris, Hildesheim University, University of Perugia, USI in Lugano, the University of Urbino and the University of Prague. The first workshop will take place at the Center for Digital Change at Hildesheim University on 25 and 26 April 2019. The workshop is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) within the program framework “University dialogue with Southern Europe”. Due to this support, all travel and accommodation expenses of active partici-pants from the following five countries will be covered: Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Spain
The deadline for proposals (including name, affiliation, email address and an abstract of max. 300 words) is 31 January 2019. Please send your proposals by email to the local organizers (see below).
The conveners plan to organize a publication (special issue). Therefore, we ask for full papers (no more than 50,000 characters), submitted by 12 April 2019. The papers for the publication will be selected by the conveners.
Conveners: Emiliana De Blasio and Michele Sorice (both: LUISS Rome), Marianne Kneuer and Wolf J. Schünemann (both: University of Hildesheim)
Send your proposal to:
Marianne Kneuer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolf J. Schünemann – email@example.com