Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"
Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"
Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"
Over the past two decades political communication—an interdisciplinary field emerging at the intersection of political science and media and communication research—has become a core heuristics for the analysis of political systems. Whereas the growing importance of political communication is a reflection of the current centrality of information technology to political life, political communication scholars often take this “fact” for granted, overlooking deeper and structural causes at the root of the recent upswing in infopolitics. This seminar will provide an opportunity to take a long-term critical view on the status of political communication in the age of mediatization. In particular, it will consider how seemingly unrelated phenomena such as digital activism and fake news, digital surveillance and the dataification of campaigning, the personalization of political communication and digital populism, are often rooted in theoretical choices and engineering problems that can be traced back to the origins of information theory and cybernetics. After having considered why digital media lower the costs of participation, the course will examine the impact of digital media logics on the communicative modalities of a variety of political actors and the emergence of new and hybrid forms of political communication.