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Annual Conference of the ICA in Paris

Annual Conference of the ICA in Paris
72nd annual ICA Conference, Paris 26-31.05.2022

Several members of the DigiWorld Team presented their work at this year’s annual conference of the ICA in Paris, from May 26th to May 31st. It was a great opportunity to meet, have a discussion and/or get to know each other. We are grateful for the wonderful cooperation with all project partners. A big thank you to all partners who were present, but also to all who could not be there.

Call ECREA-Preconference 2022

CfP ECREA 2022 Pre-conference: “Digital Election Campaigning Worldwide”
Call for Papers (deadline for submission: 1 May 2022)
Wednesday, 19 October 2022
Aarhus (Denmark)
Call ECREA-Preconference 2022

The ECREA pre-conference is organized by DigiWorld (, a scientific collaboration network of scholars that aims at international comparisons of election campaign strategies in digital communication channels, which currently is bringing together researchers from 17 countries. The long-term goals of DigiWorld include building a continuous research network dealing with digital campaigning, user engagement, and factors influencing it. The pre-conference, however, is open to researchers both from and beyond the DigiWorld network.

The health of digital democracy has become under attack from political actors who actively use social media to spread disinformation and hate speech. To what extent are these (digital) propaganda techniques used in democracies during election times? How do they affect democratic processes and participation? We want to answer these questions by revealing and comparing the online communication of parties and politicians across the political spectrum on social media during national elections in various democracies.

To discuss the use of communication strategies of party and candidate accounts on social media platforms during national elections, we are particularly interested in bringing together scholars who explore the use of such platforms in the local and international arena from both the global north and the global south. It especially welcomes contributions that explore this phenomenon from a comparative perspective between social and cultural groups

The pre-conference welcomes contributions on, but is not limited to:
o Digital propaganda, campaigning, and democracy
o Social media and disinformation in election campaigns
o Elections and online hate speech
o Methodological issues in research of elections and social network sites
o Ethical dilemmas in research of elections and social network sites
o Comparative approaches for studying digital propaganda, campaigning, and online hate speech
Abstracts of 300 words excluding references must be sent to Yossi David ( and Uta Russmann ( no later than May 1st, 2022.
The pre-conference will take place in person in Aarhus (Denmark) on October 19th, 9 to 15 (CEST).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 1st, 2022
Notification of acceptance: June 1st, 2022
Deadline for registrations: September 1st, 2022
Pre-conference: October 19th, 2022, 9-15 (CEST)

• The 2020 New Zealand election campaign

NZvotes – live Blog and podcast on the election

Over the last four weeks of the 2020 New Zealand general election campaign, the New Zealand subteam of the DigiWorld project („New Zealand Social Media Study (NZSMS)”), led by Dr Mona Krewel and Professor Jack Vowles, has live coded the Facebook campaigns of the parties and candidates in the New Zealand election and published their preliminary results in weekly blog posts and a podcast to inform New Zealand’s voters about what has been going on the social media campaigns of the parties and the candidates. Their blogposts among many other aspects of the campaign covered the political issues thematized in the New Zealand election, the use of dirty campaign techniques such as negative campaigning, fake news and half-truth by the parties and candidates, their use of populist language, voter mobilization attempts by the parties, the informational value of the campaigns for voters, and many other topics.

See links to their blog posts and the podcast below.
#nzvotes: The dynamics of campaign communication on Facebook
Negative campaigning, fake news, and half-truths among the minor parties. And the question: is Advance New Zealand really ‘populist’?
New Zealanders deserve a positive election,“ said PM Jacinda Ardern. But are they getting it?
From dirty dairying to dirty campaigning? The duel between Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins on Facebook
Podcast: “New Zealand election 2020: Key Social Media Trends

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