Track B will point out how digital technologies influence the dynamics of public spheres, the flow of political information and their consequences for political power.

Panel 1 “Power and Information Flows”

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 14.45-16.15

Chair: Curd Knüpfer

  • “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) → Abstract
  • “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)
  • “But is she Married? Assessing Citizens’ Gendered Interest in Politicians Online” Theresa Gessler (University of Zurich | Switzerland)

Panel 2 “Political Information in Election Campaigns”

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 16.30-18.00

Chair: Ulrike Klinger and Annett Heft

  • “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) → Abstract
  • “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) → Abstract

Panel 3 “Fragmentation in Digital Public Spheres”

Friday, 18 June 2021, 11.30-13.00

Chair: Annett Heft

  • “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) → Abstract
  • “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) → Abstract