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CFP | 16.6. | Why was 2016 seen as such a terrible year?

The Political Science Association’s Media and Politics Group is calling for paper proposals for its upcoming conference on the year 2016, which was by many accounts “the worst year in the history of human civilization since the Great War or the Black Death”. The event will be held in Hull, United Kingdom, on the 16th and 17th of November 2017. The conference is entitled “It’s not the end of the world”.

The conference is interest in, among other things, how media reacted to the events of 2016. The organisers have provided the following list of suggested topics:

  • the futures of journalism and political communication in post-truth and social media environments
  • the roles of media and culture in relation to democracy, political trust and the public sphere
  • mass media, social media and cultural influences upon ongoing ideological and political revolutions
  • the work of media, communication and cultural studies in relation to these ongoing crises
  • the impacts of emergent media cultures, technologies and economies on political/geopolitical structures and conflicts
  • reflections of current senses of socio-political crisis in the arts and media
  • contemporary discourses of societal redemption, revolution, dystopia and apocalypse

Other topics, even beyond the conference theme, are also welcome as long as they fit in the Group’s area of interest: media and politics.

Paper abstracts are due on June 16th.

The event is subject to cancellation in the event of an actual apocalypse, the organisers wryly point out.

The full call for papers is available from the ECREA mailing list archive.

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