Agenda and Schedule

  • May 25, 2017


The day-long event will consist of four panels of peer-reviewed submissions to the pre-conference.

In addition to the panels of peer reviewed papers, there will also be two invited panels.  The first will be organized around the role of normative theory in empirical work and feature the editors of leading journals including the Journal of Communication, The International Journal of Press / PoliticsPublic Opinion Quarterly, and Political Communication. The second will be focused broadly on normative models in the field and will feature senior scholars representing distinct normative perspectives.

Location and Transportation

The Village Meeting Rooms on 15 (UCSD)  [Map].

Soaring fifteen floors atop UC San Diego’s newest residential community, the aptly namedMeeting Rooms on Fifteen offers expansive coastal and mountain views, comfortable accommodations, and a relaxed floor plan.”

Transit to the venue: arrange on your own.

Draft Schedule

8:00–8:15am: Arrival and coffee

8:15–9:30am: Panel One (Reviewed Submissions)

  • “Deliberative Democracy and Democratic Design,” James Fishkin (Stanford University)
  • “A Framework for Critical-Empiricist Research in Political Communication,” Eike Mark Rinke (University of Mannheim)
  • “Democracy as tolerance or solidarity: Disentangling normative frameworks for the study of political communication,” Andreas Katsanevas & Anita Varma (Stanford University)
  • “Media Centric and Politics Centric Views of Media and Democracy: A Normative Analysis of Political Communication and Press/Politics,” Erik P. Bucy (Texas Tech University), Paul D’Angelo (The College of New Jersey), and Heather K. Evans (Sam Houston State University)
  • Discussant: Emily Thorson (Boston College)

9:45–11:00am: Panel Two (Reviewed Submissions)

  • “When Norms Become Weapons: Recognizing the Critical Susceptibility of Journalistic Normativity,” Matt Carlson (St. Louis University)
  • “Approximately Informed, Occasionally Monitorial? Reconsidering Normative Ideals for informed citizens in the “Age of Big Data”” Hallvard Moe and Brita Ytre-Arne (University of Bergen)
  • “John Dewey’s Ghosts: Franklin Ford and Journalism as an Image of Democracy,” Dominique Trudel & Juliette De Maeyer (University of Montreal)
  • “How Would We Know If the Press Failed?: Election 2016 and Theories of Press Performance.” Regina G. Lawrence (University of Oregon) and Amber E. Boydstun (UC-Davis)
  • Discussant: Talia Stroud (University of Texas)

11:15–12:30pm: Panel Three (Reviewed Submissions)

  • “Letting the Fascists Speak for Themselves: The Enabling of Authoritarians and the Need for a Partisan Press,” Andrew Fitzgerald (Stanford University)
  • “Elite Incitement: The Dark Side of Political Participation,” Joshua Scacco (Purdue University) and Kevin Coe (University of Utah).
  • “Alexander’s Cultural Pragmatics and the Social Efficacy of Journalistic Normative Theories,” Rodney Benson (NYU)
  • “Aesthetic Public Sphere: A Cultural Revision of the Normative Public Sphere Theory,” Jingsi Christina Wu (Hofstra University)
  • “De-Facing the People: Digitally Mediated Populism and Normative Theory in Social Media Research,” Yoav Halperin (NYU)
  • Discussant: Sharon Jarvis (University of Texas)

Lunch: 1245- 1:15

1:15-2:15pm: Lunchtime Journal Editors Panel on the Role of Normative Theory in Research

  • Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (Reuters Institute, Oxford University)
  • Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University)
  • Claes de Vreese  (University of Amsterdam)
  • Barbie Zelizer (University of Pennsylvania)

2:30–3:45pm: Panel Four (Reviewed Submissions)

  • “Context matters: Normative Theories and Performances of Journalism Beyond Western Conceptualizations,” Lea Hellmueller (University of Houston) & Moniza Waheed (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • “Digital Citizenship in the Age of ‘Coerced Digital Participation’,” Veronica Barassi (Goldsmiths)
  • “The democratic role of digitally enabled opinion leaders,” Elizabeth Dubois (University of Ottawa)
  • “Against false oppositions: Rediscovering mediated deliberation in nondeliberative contexts,” Hartmut Wessler (University of Mannheim)
  • Discussant: Cherian George (Hong Kong Baptist Univeristy)

4:00-5:00pm: Plenary Panel on Democratic Theory in Communication Research

  • Michael Schudson (Columbia University)
  • Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania)
  • Paula Chakravartty (New York University)
  • Moderator: Jenny Stromer-Galley (Syracuse University)