Exploring the Intersection of Digital Politics and Pop Culture at the SISP 2024 Conference

Researchers, scholars, and practitioners with an interest in the evolving landscape of political communication are invited to join a panel discussion titled “Constructing the Digital Polis: The Convergence of Politics and Pop Culture” at the upcoming Società Italiana di Scienza Politica (SISP) conference. This event will be held at the University of Trieste from September 12 to 14, 2024.

Panel Overview

As digital platforms reshape public discourse, this panel will explore the integration of politics with popular culture, highlighting the transformative impact on citizen engagement and electoral campaigns. Key topics include:

  • Social media’s influence on micro-activism and digital citizenship.
  • Creativity as a pivotal form of digital cultural capital.
  • The dynamics of polarization and information disorders in digital public spheres.
  • The role of artificial intelligence in popularizing political narratives.
  • Emerging platform affordances and challenges, including platforms like TikTok.
  • The importance of produsage, collective, and connective actions.
  • Humor and irony in digital political discourse.
  • The political significance of Internet Meme culture.
  • Platformization effects on political engagement and campaigns.

Call for Papers

This panel welcomes theoretical, empirical, or methodological submissions using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods approaches. Comparative studies that provide cross-platform and cross-national perspectives on Pop Politics are especially encouraged. Submissions may be presented in either Italian or English.

Panel Details

This panel aims to foster a comprehensive discussion on how the convergence between politics and popular culture can craft a more inclusive and dynamic digital public sphere. For more information and to submit papers, please visit the SISP website and feel free to contact the panel chairs.

This is a unique opportunity to engage in a critical examination of digital political communication at the forefront of academic and practical inquiry. We look forward to your insights and contributions in Trieste in September 2024.

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