Friday, 20-05-2011 Room: F-101, María de Molina, 2 Hour: 10.00 – 11.30

IE School of Communication (IE University) invites you to the 49th meeting “Scientists and Professionals in Communication”, series 2010-2011, where Magdalena Wojcieszak, Assistant Professor in Political Communication at IE University, will present in English a talk on “The past and the future of (political) communication”.

Abstract: In this interactive seminar, I will outline the theoretical and conceptual foundations of political communication theory, first reviewing four “eras” in communication research and situating political communication within these eras. I will also address the current “ferment” in the field. Drawing on the article by Bennett & Iyengar (2008) and the chapter by Katz (1995), we will debate future directions in political communication and in sociopolitical trends more broadly.

Short Bio: Magdalena Wojcieszak is an Assistant Professor in Political Communication at IE University. She received her Ph.D. in Communication, Annenberg School for Communication/University of Pennsylvania and MA Summa Cum Laude in Sociology, Warsaw University. Her research focuses on deliberation, disagreement, attitude polarization, political participation, public opinion perception, and computer-mediated communication. Her work has been supported by grants from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and from Junta de Castilla y León and published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Public Opinion Quarterly, New Media & Society, among others. Magdalena has also received several awards for research and teaching. She has also served on the Editorial Board of Journal of Communication, International Journal of Public Opinion, and “EastBound” as well as a reviewer for various journals.

Important: The format is intended to foster greater collaboration among researchers at IE School of Communication by promoting conversations about the core assumptions, epistemologies, theories, and methodologies that inform our work. Participants are asked to come to the seminar prepared to discuss the suggested reading(s).

– Bennett, W. Lance and Iyengar, Shanto, “A New Era of Minimal Effects? The Changing Foundations of Political Communication”, Journal of Communication.

– Katz, Elihu, “Introduction: The State of the Art”.


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