This track is dedicated to the effect of social media platforms on opinion expression, political discourse, and collective action. The panels deal with the role and linkages of actors beyond established institutions in the politics, media and civil society.

Panel 1 “Notions of Digital Citizenship”

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 14.45-16.15

Chair: Martin Emmer

  • “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) → Abstract
  • “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) → Abstract
  • “The Making of Citizens: Democracy and Children’s Rights in Digital Spheres” Katharina Kaesling (University of Bonn | Germany) → Abstract

Panel 2 “The Role of Intermediaries in Democracy”

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 16.30-18.00

Chair: Pablo Porten-Cheé

  • “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) → Abstract
  • “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) → Abstract

Panel 3 “Technologies: Novel Linkages and Networks”

Friday, 18 June 2021, 11.30-13.00

Chair: Thorsten Thiel

  • “Digital Activists – The Networking Society as a Democratic Reality” Isabelle Borucki and Stine Ziegler (University of Duisburg-Essen | Germany) → Abstract
  • “‘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) → Abstract
  • “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”

Friday, 18 June 2021, 11.30-13.00

Chair: Barbara Pfetsch

  • “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)
  • “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)  → Abstract