Beyond Borders and Boundaries in Political Communication Research

New and evolving technologies pose challenges for Political Communication research. Obstacles are encountered in investigations across a range of sub-fields, including emerging technologies, social movement organisations, party political communication, and privacy and surveillance. This event asks how, and if, we can overcome these problems through new methodological approaches.

This half-day workshop, funded by MeCCSA PGN, will comprise a masterclass by political communications specialist Gord Cameron (Press Officer and Senior Researcher, Greater London Authority) and Dr Jinghan Zeng (Lecturer in International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London), followed by presentations and discussion by PhD candidates from the New Political Communication Unit in the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Tea and coffee will be served during the event, followed by a drinks reception from 6pm. The event is free and all students and staff are invited to attend.

Where: Department of Politics and International Relations, FW101

When: Wednesday 12 October 2016, 2pm-6pm


3 March 2016 Media, Peace & Conflict seminar @GIGA_Institute Hamburg

On Thursday 3 March 2016 Ben O'Loughlin will lead a workshop on "New and Innovative Methods in Peace and Conflict Research" at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg. The goal of the workshop is to share with GIGA researchers an idea of how O'Loughlin and colleagues have been researching the media-security nexus through a series of funded projects since 2004. Analysing at this nexus has involved integrating ethnographic audience research, media text analysis, interviews with news producers, government security policymakers and military leaders, and various forms of digital and big data analysis. O'Loughlin will talk about the opportunities and pitfalls of piecing together such a holistic understanding of how media and security have become intertwined since the 2003 Iraq War, the war on terror and the more recent rise of ISIS. Practically, how do you research across a global multilingual media ecology? And politically, how can such research help show how media can be used to promote peace and dialogue rather than inflame anxiety and anger?