APSA Pre-Conference in Political Communication

Call for Proposals
The Age of MisInformation

30 Aug 2023, UCLA

As the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting Theme Statement notes, “Mis- and disinformation are not new, but these phenomena are becoming increasingly prevalent and problematic across the world.” These issues are accordingly a focus of several major events at the 2023 Meeting – including the APSA Pre-Conference in Political Communication.

Political communication scholars are at the forefront of work on mis- and dis-information. Indeed, the subfield has since its inception been concerned with these themes, alongside biases and/or failures in media coverage more generally. A combination of technological development and political change has thrust the problems of mis- and dis-information to the forefront of current debates about media and politics, however – not just within the academy, but in public debate as well. The APSA Pre-Conference in Political Communication accordingly welcomes submissions on a range of topics related to the creation, identification, dissemination, causes, and consequences of mis-information and dis-information (broadly defined)

Papers that do not directly address the larger conference theme but deal with core issues of political communication are welcome to apply, though priority will be given to papers related to the theme.

Submissions are due by April 3. Proposals should include full contact information for all authors, as well as a 250 word abstract. Apply HERE.

The pre-conference will be held at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is co-organized by scholars at the Communication and Politics Group at UCLA, and the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UCLA is located in Westwood, a 30-45 minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. For questions about your submission, please contact one of the organizers (listed below). The workshop will be held in-person. All public health guidelines in place at the time will be followed. The Political Communication section will make available several travel awards to allow section members to travel to Los Angeles. Travel grant applications will be made available here (and through the Political Communication section) when they are available.

Looking forward to seeing you in LA!

The Organizing Committee

Tim Groeling (UCLA), Georgia Kernell (UCLA), Shannon McGregor (UNC) and Stuart Soroka (UCLA)