Extended deadline: May 31: Call for papers for the closing colloquium of the project Political Interest Networks in Facebook in Portugal

The research project Political Interest Networks in Facebook Portugal (PTDC/COM-CSS/28269/2017) is accepting, for its closing colloquium, communication proposals subordinated to the theme: communicational activities of political actors on online social networking platforms, with emphasis on Facebook.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, and, more recently, TikTok and Telegram have gained increasing relevance as communication tools for the most diverse political actors and with the most diverse purposes, from party politics to activism.

The closing colloquium of the project Political Interest Networks in Facebook in Portugal will present the results of the research funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). The event also aims to promote the dialogue with the academic community, presenting to the public research from outside the team that may share the same field of knowledge or use similar methodologies, namely network analysis, content analysis, sentiment analysis, machine learning, and natural language processing.

For this call we invite submissions that focus on political activity on social media platforms and at least one of the following fields:

– Political communication, particularly in the context of political campaigns;
– Activism and unofficial political actors;
– Hate speech and populism;
– Disinformation and fact-checking;
– Ways of engagement by common users.

The proposals may be submitted in Portuguese, English, Spanish, or French. They must be sent in Microsoft Word format and contain: (1) title; (2) abstract with a maximum length of 500 words containing research question, methodology used, data description, results, and relevance; (3) up to five keywords; (4) identification of authorship (institution, contact, and area of expertise).

Submissions, as well as any requests for clarification, should be sent to the following email address: iloaguiar@fcsh.unl.pt.

The extended deadline for submission is May 31, 2022. Accepted works will be presented at the colloquium, which will take place on September 15 and 16, 2022, an initiative of the NOVA Institute of Communication (ICNOVA), from NOVA University Lisbon.