Rethinking the mediatization of politics

Workshop on 25./26.04. 2014 at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London

Rethinking the mediatization of politics: Politics and policy, government and governmentality, citizenship and activism

Workshop of the ECREA TWG Mediatization

The mediatization of politics was the very beginning of mediatization research: In the 1990s and the years following, mediatization was mainly discussed as the adaptation of ‘media rules’ or ‘journalistic logics’ to the field of politics. Following this, most of the early theorising of mediatization was related to this kind of research. However, since then the field of mediatization research has opened widely. This makes it possible to rethink the mediatization of politics in a wider frame than previously possible. The basic idea of the workshop is to re-open the discussion on the mediatization of politics by linking it more closely to questions of government/governance and governmentality.

Politics is much more deeply influenced by mediatization than original conceptualisations implied: Not only the patterns of journalistic news production are important for reflecting the mediatization of politics. We also have to bear in mind that the whole way of (public) political opinion-forming increasingly refers to information and decision-making processes that are based on technical media. Such a statement does not only reflect more recent developments like “open data” approaches or “e-government”, for example. Already in the 1970s, political decisions referred to computer-gathered information and technologicallybased communication networks. At the same time, various new forms of activism as well as citizenship became an important counterpoint to traditional forms of politics – and again they are highly mediatized. If we want to understand the mediatization of politics, we also have to take such changes in government/governance and governmentality into consideration.

Additionally, there is a need to analyse deeply how mediatization changes the practices of doing politics.

Invited keynote speakers are:

  • Jay Blumler, University of Leeds, UK
  • Caja Thimm, University of Bonn, Germany

The workshop takes place at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

For further Information please visit the website of the ECREA TWG "Mediatization".

The Call for Papers can be downloaded here as a PDF.

25-26 April 2014, London School of Economics and Political Science
Venue: Thai Theatre (unless otherwise noted), New Academic Building, Sardinia Street, LSE Campus, WC2A 2AE
For a full workshop schedule, including paper titles, please click here. As this is a low-budget event, there will be no registration fee.


09.15 - 09.45  Registration and coffee/tea (provided)
09.45 - 10.00  Introduction
    Nick Couldry (LSE) and Andreas Hepp (U of Bremen)
10.00 - 11.00  Keynote panel
    Jay Blumler (U of Leeds) (title tbc)
    Caja Thimm (U of Bonn) (title tbc)
11.15 - 12.45  Panel 1: MEDIATIZATION OF PROTEST
    Elena Block (U of Queensland)
    Mikkel Fugl Eskjær (Aalborg University) and Rasmus Helles (U of Copenhagen)
    Anne Kaun (Södertörn U/U of Pennsylvania)
    Miriam Stehling and Tanja Thomas (U of Bremen)
12.45 - 14.00  Lunch (self-funded)
    Ilona Biernacka-Ligieza (Maria Curie-Skodowska U)
    Ruth Garland (LSE)
    Magnus Frederiksen (Uppsala U), Josef Pallas (Uppsala U) and Thomas Schillemans (Utrecht U)
    Iris Korthagen and Ingmar van Meerkerk (Erasmus U)
14.00 - 15.30  Panel 3 (parallel session in NAB 1.15):  MEDIATIZATION AND POPULAR CULTURE
    Göran Bolin (Södertörn U)
    Nadia Kaneva (U of Denver)
    Cornel Sandvoss (U of Surrey)
    Katja Valaskivi (U of Tampere)
15.30 - 15.50  Coffee/tea (provided)
    Andreas Breiter (U of Bremen)
    Nick Couldry and Damian Tambini (LSE)
    Risto Kunelius and Esa Reunanen (U of Tampere)
    Lotte Melenhorst (Leiden U)
17.20 - 18.00  TWG meeting and election of new Vice-chair
18.00  Informal drinks nearby and self-funded dinner (suggested joint venue tbc)
    Keren Darmon (LSE)
    Patrick Donges (U of Greifswald), Matthias Brändli (U of Zurich) and Paula Nitschke (U of Greifswald)
    Ximena Orchard (U of Sheffield)
    Tamara Witschge (U of Groningen)
1045 - 11.00    Coffee/tea (provided)
    Nino Landerer (U of Geneva)
    Norbert Merkovity (U of Szeged/National U of Public Service)
    Rikke Alberg Peters (Aarhus U)
    Barbi Pilvre (Tallinn U)
11.00 - 12.30  Panel 7 (parallel session in NAB 1.15): REFLECTING POLITICS IN MEDIATIZATION  
    Thomas Birkner (U of Münster)
    Remko van Broekhoeven (U of Applied Sciences Utrecht)
    James Pamment (U of Texas at Austin/Karlstad University
    James Stanyer and David Deacon (Loughborough U)
12.30-13.45   Lunch (self-funded)
13.45 -15.15  Panel 8: THE RANGE OF POLITICAL ACTORS
    Christoph Bieber and Sebastian Jarzebski (U of Duisburg-Essen)
    Mattias Ekman and Andreas Widholm (Stockholm U)
    Andreas Hepp (U of Bremen)
    Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud and Tine Ustad Figenschou (U of Oslo)
15.20 - 16.00  Final discussion
16.00   CLOSE