[Air-L] CfP: Digital politics: Collective action born in and from the Internet. Panel at the ECPR 25-27 August 2011 in Reykjavik

Mayo FM Lilaroja at gmx.net
Sun Jan 16 15:18:25 PST 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS - Panel: Digital politics: Collective action born in and from the Internet

6th ECPR General Conference, University of Iceland, 25th - 27th August 2011

DEADLINE for submission of paper abstracts: February 1, 2011

PANEL PRESENTATION:  So far, political science research has focused on the use of the Internet by collective political actors that had their main operational base in the offline realm. First studies on the Internet and politics mainly concentrated mostly on well-established and traditional actors such public administration and political parties. Then the cope of research widened to include interest groups, NGOs and social movements looking at the impact of the Internet and the type of Internet use carried out by those groups. In particular, given the growing importance of political campaigns and other forms of collective action that are launched and carried out by networks of political actors, that mainly, if not completely operate and mobilize for their issues online,  the debate on the Internet and politics could benefit further from considering actors who mainly operation with an online base. Interestingly, the emergence of collective action in online environments apparently follows new forms of "networked" forms of action and collaboration that are said to be different from political actors with a mainly offline base. The panel "Digital politics" aims to iniciate a discussion on the main organizational and democratic logic of the collective action born in and from the Internet addressing questions such as: What are the main characteristics of participation in online base collective action? How are boundaries drawn between the individual and the collective in such forms? How can we deal with the dialectics of individualization on one hand and the effects of de-personalization on the other hand that are inscribed in online spaces? How is the online space governed and how does its architecture structure online interaction? Finally, which methods are best suited to analyze the practices and dynamics of collective action online adequately?

As you may note from the ECPR guidelines, panel organizers are advised to select no more than 5 papers (and no less than 4) as well as 2 further tabled papers.

For more information on the panel and submission of paper abstracts,
please visit: http://www.ecprnet.eu/conferences/general_conference/reykjavik/panel_details.asp?panelid=542

Co-chairs: Mayo Fuster Morell (European University Institute) and Johanna Niesyto (University of Siegen)
Discussant: Sigrid Baringhorst (University of Siegen)
Contact e-mail: mayo.fuster at eui.eu

About the co-chairs:

Mayo Fuster Morell recently concluded her PhD thesis (Governance of online creation communities: Provision of infrastructure for the building of digital commons) at the European University Institute in Florence under the supervision of Professor Donatella della Porta. She explores the democratic logic of the Internet in knowledge-making processes and the relationship between governance models, participation and collaboration growth. She combined a large N statistical analysis and case study comparisons (World Social Forum, Flickr, Wikihow and Wikipedia). In 2008, she was visiting researcher at the School of Information – University of California Berkeley (sponsored by Howard Rheingold and Coye Cheshire) and provided teaching assistance at the Communication Department – Stanford University. Mayo co-wrote the books “Rethinking political organisation in an age of movements and networks” (English and Italian version XL Editorial, Rome 2007; Spanish version, Icaria Editorial, Barcelona 2008); "Activist research and social movements" (In Catalan, El Viejo Topo Editorial, Barcelona 2005); and, "Guide of social transformation of Catalonia" (In Catalan, Edicions Col.lectives, Barcelona, 2003).

Johanna Niesyto is PhD student in political sciences. She works as research fellow in the project ‘Changing Protest and Media Cultures’ at the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Media Upheavals’ at the University of Siegen (Germany). Her key interests cover globalization, public spaces, democracy, political campaigns, contentious politics, political consumerism, cyber culture and social web. In her thesis she looks at Wikipedia as translingual public space of political knowledge production. Johanna is co-editor and author of "Politik mit dem Einkaufswagen" (Politics with the shopping trolley) and "Political Campaigning on the Web". Also, she has helped organizing several conferences such as CPOV (http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/cpov/). For more information see: http://transnationalspaces.wordpress.com

About the discussant:

Sigrid Baringhorst (Prof. Dr. phil.) is working as professor at the department of social sciences in the field of comparative political studies and political sociology. She is director of the research project ’Changing Protest and Media Cultures’ at the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Media Upheavals’ at the University of Siegen (Germany). Her key interest cover political communication, social movement studies and politics and policies of migration. She is co-editor and author of numerous publications such as "Politik mit dem Einkaufswagen" (Politics with the shopping trolley), "Political Campaigning on the Web" and "Politik als Kampagne" (Politics as campaign).

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Research Digital Commons Governance: http://www.onlinecreation.info

Ph.D European University Institute
Postdoctoral Researcher. Institute of Govern and Public Policies. Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Visiting scholar. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute. Open University of Catalonia (UOC).
Visiting researcher (2008). School of information. University of California, Berkeley.

Phone Italy: 0039-3312805010 or 0039-0558409982
Phone Spanish State: 0034-648877748
E-mail: mayo.fuster at eui.eu
Skype: mayoneti
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Via dei Roccettini 9, I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI) - Italy

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Skype: mayoneti


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