Thursday, January 31, 2013

APSA Preconference Call for Papers

We invite proposals for the 11th Annual APSA Preconference on Political Communication to be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  This year's theme is Sentiment, Politics, and Citizenship.
The study of political communication is at an inflection point. As communication technology has become more individualized the quality of messages has become more personal and emotional. At the same time the sheer number of such messages has increased by an order of magnitude. Moreover, these messages have become more public and open to scholarly analysis. Prior to the inflection point scholars generally relied on qualitative methods for analyzing the emotive content of messages. Now the sheer number of messages available from sources such as Twitter allows quantitative mappings of very large datasets, frequently referred to as big data analysis. This scalar inversion has led to the increased study of sentiment and emotion as components of citizenship, politics, and public opinion.
We invite papers and panels that address this and related themes and the fresh approaches to research they suggest.  Comparative studies are encouraged and individual paper submissions as well as proposals for entire panels are invited. 

If you are interested in serving as a panel facilitator, please let us know.  The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2013. Please send proposals to

The preconference is jointly sponsored by the APSA Political Communication Division and the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The co-chairs are Andrew Rojecki and Zizi Papacharissi, both at UIC.

To register for the preconference, send a note to Please include your name, affiliation, and preferred email address.

Stephen Farnsworth
University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg VA

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