Track A “Creating and Opposing Orders”

Panel 1 “Ordering through Social Media and Platforms”

  • “Between Normative Acceptance and Resistance: Explaining the Governance of News Aggregator’s Practices across Five Countries” Sarah Anne Ganter (Simon Fraser University | Canada)
  • “Social Media’s Responsibility in Facilitating Public Discourse” Judit Bayer (Budapest Business School | Hungary) DOI:
  • “The Old, the New and the Unknown: The Normative Framework for Online Content Regulation in Brazil” Clara Iglesias Keller (Hans Bredow Institute | Germany)
  • “Who can still Afford to do Digital Activism? Exploring the Material Conditions of Online Mobilisation” Paola Pierri (University of the Arts London | United Kingdom) DOI:

Panel 2 “Regulation of Digital Technologies”

  • “Media Literacy and the Protection of Minors in the Digital Ages: Intermediary Initiatives during the Transposition of the AVMS Directive in Spain” Adriana Mutu (Universitat Abat Oliba CEU | Spain) DOI:
  • “Understanding the Value of Public Opinion in Cyber Crisis Decision-Making-Processes” Tobias Burgers and David J. Farber (Keio University | Japan) DOI:
  • “Moderating the Regulators/Regulating the Moderators: NetzDG and Online Content Moderation in Germany” Laura Fichtner (Universität Hamburg | Germany) DOI:

Panel 3 “De-Institutionalization of the Public Sphere”

  • What is a Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere? Some Skeptical Remarks on the Discourse of Digitality” Johannes Peisker (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg | Germany) DOI:
  • “Collective Civic Engagement and Civic Counter Publics – Theoretical Reflections upon a new Phenomenon” Dennis Frieß (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf | Germany) DOI:
  • “The Emergence and Persistence of Online Civic Intervention as a Discourse Norm: A Network Simulation Model” Daniel Maier (German Cancer Consortium (DKTK), Frankfurt (Main) | Germany)  Pablo Porten-Cheé (Heidelberg University | Germany) and Marlene Kunst (Freie Universität Berlin | Germany) DOI:

Track B “Dynamics and Processes”

Panel 1 “Power and Information Flows”

  • “Discursive Power: A Proposition to Measure Relative Influence in Contemporary Communication Environments” Andreas Jungherr (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena | Germany)
  • “Digital Practices – Whose Voices are we hearing?” Hilmar Schäfer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Germany) DOI:
  • “Is there a Link between Climate Change Scepticism, Political Orientation, and Populism? An Analysis of Web Tracking and Survey Data from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, and the US” Ralph Schroeder and Pu Yan (Oxford Internet Institute | United Kingdom) DOI:
  • “But is she Married? Assessing Citizens’ Gendered Interest in Politicians Online” Theresa Gessler (University of Zurich | Switzerland)

Panel 2 “Political Information in Election Campaigns”

  • “Detection Emotions in Politicians’ Social Media Images: Facebook and Instagram in the 2020 US Primaries” Michael Bosetta (Lund University | Sweden) and Rasmus Schmøkel (University of Copenhagen | Denmark) 
  • “Between Anarchy and Order – Digital Heuristics and Political Campaigning in Hybrid Media Environments” Andreas Schäfer and Beth Gardner (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Germany) DOI:
  • “Engaging Users through Information or Critique? “Likes” and “Shares” for Parties on Facebook during the 2019 European Election Campaign” Peter Maurer (Trier University | Germany), Melanie Magin (NTNU Trondheim | Norway), Márton Bene (Hungary & Eötvös Loránd University | Hungary), Simon Kruschinski (Universität Mainz | Germany), Jörg Haßler, Katharina Schlosser, Anna-Katharina Wurst (Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München | Germany) DOI:

Panel 3 “Fragmentation in Digital Public Spheres”

  • “Ideological Infrastructures of Meaning, Disinformation, and Online Civic Culture” Andrew Chadwick (Loughborough University | United Kingdom)
  • “Drifting away from the Mainstream: Tracking Populists’ Alternative Media Visits” Ralph Schroeder and Pu Yan (Oxford Internet Institute | United Kingdom)
  • “The Many Faces of Disintegration: A Simulation Study of Intermediaries’ Effects on the Structure of Society” Pascal Jürgens and Birgit Stark (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz | Germany)
  • “Following the Beaten Track – a Sociology of Knowledge Perspec-tive on Disinformation and its Effects on Democratic Discourse” Rolf Nijmeijer (LUISS Guido Carli | Italy), Wolf Schünemann and Tim König (Hildesheim University | Germany) DOI:

Track C “Voices and Agency”

Panel 1 “Notions of Digital Citizenship”

  • “Networked Digital Inequalities: Political Engagement and Incidental Exposure on Social Media” Michael Xenos (University of Wisconsin-Madison | United States)
  •  “The Making of Community. Understanding Connective Action in Local Context” Jürgen Neyer and Susann Worschech (European University Viadrina | Germany) DOI:
  • “For Health of the Nation, Unite Online: Medical Controversies, Civil Disobedience and the Future of Democracy in the Light of Expert Authority Crisis” Magdalena Góralska (University of Warsaw | Poland) DOI:
  • “The Making of Citizens: Democracy and Children’s Rights in Digital Spheres” Katharina Kaesling (University of Bonn | Germany) DOI:

Panel 2 “The Role of Intermediaries in Democracy”

  • “The Power of Platforms: Seeing Politics through Social Media”,  Kjerstin Thorson (Michigan State University | United States)
  • “The New Face(s) of News: Quasi-journalistic Intermediaries in the YouTube Universe” Martin R. Herbers (Zeppelin Universität | Germany), Dennis Lichtenstein (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften | Austria) and Halina Bause (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf | Germany) DOI:
  • “Intermediaries vs. States or Intermediaries and States: Democracy in the Post-Intermediation Age” Martin Fertmann and Matthias C. Kettemann (Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut, Germany) DOI:

Panel 3 “Technologies: Novel Linkages and Networks”

  • “Digital Activists – The Networking Society as a Democratic Reality” Isabelle Borucki and Stine Ziegler (University of Duisburg-Essen | Germany) DOI:
  • “‘Can we Please Stop Yelling at Each Other just because it´s the Internet?’ Comparing Incivility Perceptions of Community Managers, Users, and Activists in Online Comment Sections” Marike Bormann, Dominique Heinbach and Marc Ziegele (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf | Germany) DOI:
  • “Bridging the Gap between Citizen Participation and Administrative Action. Does Digitalization Improve the Exchange between Political Actors, Administration and Citizens?” Jörg Radtke and Sheree May Saßmannshausen (Universität Siegen | Germany)

Panel 4 “Digital Activism”

  • “Digital Activism on the Right – The Rise of Illiberal Public Spheres in Germany and the US” Lance Bennett (University of Washington Seattle | United States)
  • “Incivility and Political Dissent: The Roles of Multiple Aggressive Content in Political Discourse on the Russian YouTube” Svetlana Bodrunova and Ivan Blekanov (St. Petersburg University | Russia), Anna Litvinenko (Freie Universität Berlin | Germany) DOI:
  • “Digital Public Activism and the Redefinition of Citizenship: The Movement Against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act of India” Sangeeta Mahapatra (German Institute for Global and Area Studies | Germany), Kiran Garimella (Massachusetts Institute of Technology | United States) DOI: