Temi e leader oltre le ideologie

Themes and leaders beyond ideologies

Perugia, 13-15 December

Themes and leaders beyond ideologies

Conference of the Italian Association of Political Communication (AssoComPol)
Perugia | University of Perugia | 13-15 December 2018

The outcome of the Italian elections of March 4, 2018, has confirmed findings that many studies had already anticipated since long time: the prevalence of the figure of single leaders and some major divisive issues (such immigration) on citizens’ electoral choices and more generally on the public debate. A link is drawn between leaders and themes, where the former identify with the latter that become their favorite ‘battle horses’. This is detrimental to the traditional political affiliations, causing high electoral volatility as demonstrated in the 2018 Italian election.

This tendency does not appear to be limited to Italy, but it is common to many liberal democracies, as confirmed by many recent elections in several countries and by the increasing centrality in the public debate of issues such as immigration and the European Union, that provoke tearing divisions.

The ComPol-Perugia conference intends to discuss papers addressing the issues outlined above, also with a diachronic and comparative perspective, along with other approaches describing the changes that have been taking place in the recent years in the field of political communication as well as in the public sphere. Particular attention will be dedicated to the interaction between mainstream media and new media, which is at the base of such changes.

Consequently, we call for abstracts and papers addressing the following topics:

  • the role of leaders in determining electoral choices;
  • the leaders in and out of campaign contexts;
  • divisive and unifying themes in the public debate;
  • comparative tendencies in liberal democracies;
  • the debate on populism and the thematic choices;
  • the hybrid media system and its role in determining the new communication tendencies.

The paper proposals must include: name, affiliation with address, email address of the proponent(s), title, three keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. The abstracts that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be evaluated. Please find the complete instructions in the “Abstract Instructions.”

Deadline for the abstract’s submission: August 31, 2018, to convegno@compol.it.

Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2018.

Deadline for the paper’s submission: November 30, 2018

Comitato scientifico: Giuseppina Bonerba, Paolo Mancini, Rita Marchetti, Marco Mazzoni, Gianpietro
Mazzoleni, Roberto Mincigrucci, Anna Stanziano, Sofia Verza


Temi e leader oltre le ideologie

Convegno dell’Associazione Italiana di Comunicazione Politica (AssoComPol)
Perugia | Università di Perugia | 13-15 Dicembre 2018

I risultati delle elezioni del 4 marzo 2018 hanno confermato quello che ormai da anni molte ricerche avevano già anticipato: la preminenza delle singole figure di leader e di alcuni principali temi divisivi (si veda quello dell’immigrazione) sulle scelte elettorali dei cittadini e più in generale sul dibattito pubblico. Si crea un connubio tra leader e temi, con i primi che si identificano, a volte si appropriano, dei secondi facendone un loro essenziale cavallo di battaglia. Ciò va a discapito delle tradizionali appartenenze politiche con un’accentuata volatilità delle decisioni di voto come appunto dimostrato nella tornata elettorale di quest’anno.

Questa tendenza non appare limitata all’Italia, bensì accomuna molte democrazie liberali come confermato da molti recenti eventi e dalla sempre maggiore centralità nel dibattito pubblico di temi come immigrazione ed Europa che provocano laceranti divisioni nel paese.

Il convegno ComPol di Perugia intende discutere, anche in una prospettiva diacronica e comparativa, presentazioni che affrontino i problemi sopra delineati assieme anche ad altri approcci che illustrino le modifiche intervenute nella comunicazione politica e nella sfera pubblica degli ultimi anni. Particolare attenzione verrà dedicata all’interazione tra mainstream media e new media che è, in larga parte alla base delle modificazioni accennate.

Si sollecitano di conseguenza paper che affrontino i seguenti argomenti:

  • il ruolo dei leader nella determinazione delle scelte elettorale;
  • i leader nel momento elettorale e non;
  • temi divisivi e temi unificanti nel dibattito pubblico;
  • tendenze e rilevazioni comparative nelle democrazie liberali;
  • il dibattito sul populismo e le scelte tematiche;
  • il sistema mediale ibrido e il suo ruolo nella determinazione di nuove tendenze della comunicazione (echo chamber, etc.)

Le proposte di paper devono includere: nome, affiliazione con indirizzo, e indirizzo email del/dei proponente/i, un titolo, tre parole-chiave e un abstract di non più di 400 parole (senza riferimenti bibliografici). Gli abstract che non seguono tali indicazioni non verranno presi in considerazione. Si vedano con attenzione le “Abstract Instructions”.

Termine per l’invio degli abstract: 31 Agosto 2018 a convegno@compol.it.
Notificazione di accettazione: 15 Ottobre 2018
I paper completi dovranno essere inviati entro il 30 Novembre 2018.

Comitato scientifico: Giuseppina Bonerba, Paolo Mancini, Rita Marchetti, Marco Mazzoni, Gianpietro Mazzoleni, Roberto Mincigrucci, Anna Stanziano, Sofia Verza


Abstract Instructions


Read the Call for abstracts accurately. In particular, pay attention to the word limit (400 words) and take note of the abstract submission deadline (August, 31 2018): you have to respect these key requirements.

Finally, do not forget to submit your abstract by emailing it as a .doc(x) attachment to convegno@compol.it.

In a separate file (it can be in PdF), send also a short bio of the corresponding author.

1. Indications

You have few lines to convince the conference committee that your work is interesting, that it makes a fresh contribution to scholarship, and that your argument stands up. In order to fulfil this objective, organise your abstract in the following section:

  1. What the problem is and why people should care: Introduce the context of your study, including the particular issue or question your study responds to. Use this section to set up the context of your study and demonstrate that your question or issue is interesting and worth answering.
  2. How do you assess the problem: Indicate the purpose and objective of your research, and eventually the hypotheses that you have tested.
  3. Which method do you follow: Outline your project, explain the theoretical or practical techniques you employed, describe the data you used (e.g. study population, study period, data collection process) and the methods of analysis followed in order to answer the questions you have outlined in the previous section. If your paper is an argument, remember to establish the steps you go through to get to the final point.
  4. What are your results: present as clearly and in as much detail as possible the findings / outcome of your study. Please summarize any specific results.
  5. How does your work affect the discipline (and why people should listen to you): explain the significance of your findings / outcomes, discuss briefly the future implications of the results. In this section you need to convince the reader that your research is significant and that you deserve the time to present it.

Pay attention to include all this information by respecting the word limits! Ignoring the word limit makes it look as if you don’t have any respect for the conference organisers and the guidelines they have set, and that’s not a good impression to make. At the same time, use the all the words allowed! Do not write an abstract much shorter than what you can: it won’t stand up well against other abstracts that are using all the words at their disposal to make a convincing argument.

2. The proposal’s Must Haves

An abstract proposal consists of:

  • Title
  • Author list (please indicate the affiliation and the institutional mail address of each author)
  • The abstract text
  • 3 keywords

Note that the literature references should not be included.

3. The title: be short, be informative!

A good abstract title is short, specific, representative and informative. The title should summarize your abstract without going into excessive details. Describe the topic clearly, including, for example, the country and issue of the research.

A good title helps the reviewers categorize your abstract, and if accepted, it may help conference delegates find your session.

4. Ongoing research? Submit or not submit, that is the question

Abstracts are intended to present scientific studies, research, programs, policies, etc. highlighting both the methods or description and results or recommendations. If you are describing a study that is still in the planning stage, it would not be suitable for an abstract submission, unless the method that you will use is, for instance, of particular scientific interest. However, if your study is currently ongoing and you only have preliminary data, but it seems relevant or significant, please submit the abstract.

5. Last but not least: the selection procedure

All submitted abstracts will go through a blind peer-review process carried out by an international review committee. Each abstract will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. The Scientific Committee makes the final selection of abstracts to be included in the conference program.

Download the Instructions