IJPP Conference Call for Papers - The International Journal of Press

First annual International Journal of Press/Politics conference
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
Wednesday September 16th-Friday September 18th 2015
Call for Papers
September 16th-18th 2015, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of
Oxford will host the first annual International Journal of Press/Politics conference, focused on
academic research on the relation between media and political processes around the world.
A selection of the best papers presented at the conference will be published in the journal after
peer review. The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 27th 2015. Attendees will be
notified of acceptance by April 27.
Professor Frank Esser from the University of Zurich will deliver a keynote lecture “When news
logic meets politics. A cross-national and cross-temporal investigation of key changes in public
affairs coverage.”
The conference brings together scholars doing internationally-oriented or comparative research
on the intersection between news media and politics around the world. It aims to provide a
forum for academics from a wide range of different disciplines and countries to discuss the
theoretical, methodological, and substantial challenges and opportunities for research in this
It is open to work from political science, political communication, journalism studies, media
and communications research and many other fields, and is especially interested in providing
doctoral students and junior researchers an opportunity to meet fellow scholars in a good
Examples of relevant topics include the political implications of current changes in the media,
the relative importance of new forms of digital media for engaging with news and politics,
studies of the role of entertainment and popular culture in how people follow current affairs,
studies of relations between political actors and journalists, research on political
communication beyond the electoral context (including of government, interest groups, and
social movements), all with a particular interest in studies that focus on under-researched parts
of the world, develop comparative approaches, or represent substantial theoretical or
methodological advances.
Titles and abstracts for papers (250 words max) are invited by Friday March 27th 2015. Please
send submissions to the email address [email protected] with the subject line “IJPP
conference submission” and with the full title, abstract, and your name and professional
affiliation attached in a word document.
Please contact the conference organizer, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (RISJ Director of Research and
IJPP Editor-in-Chief) with questions at [email protected].
More about the journal, the Reuters Institute, and the keynote speaker below:
The International Journal of Press/Politics (http://hij.sagepub.com/)
IJPP is an interdisciplinary journal for the analysis and discussion of the role of the press and
politics in a globalized world. The journal publishes theoretical and empirical research which
analyzes the linkages between the news media and political processes and actors around the
world, emphasize international and comparative work, and links research in the fields of
political communication and journalism studies, and the disciplines of political science and
media and communication.
Keynote Speaker – Frank Esser
Frank Esser is Professor of International & Comparative Media Research at the University of
Zurich. He has worked at several other universities in Germany and the United States and as a
professional journalist. His research focuses on cross-national studies of news journalism and
political communication, and he is well-known for his contributions to developing the
theoretical and methodological frameworks of comparative media research. He is the author of
many academic publications and has edited several journal special issues as well as the
Handbook of Comparative Communication Research (with Thomas Hanitzsch) and
Comparing Political Communication (with Barbara Pfetsch). In addition, he has served in
multiple offices in both the ICA and ECREA and is a co-founder of the Network of European
Political Communication Scholars (NEPOCS).
The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism marks the University of Oxford's
commitment to the comparative study of journalism around the world. Anchored in the
recognition of the key role of independent media in open societies and the power of
information in the modern world, the institute aims to serve as the leading forum for a
productive engagement between scholars from a wide range of disciplines and practitioners of
journalism. It brings the depth and rigour of academic scholarship of the highest standards to
major issues of relevance to the world of news media. It is global in its perspective and in the
content of its activities.