The Association for Communication in Politics (ACOP) will be holding its Sixth International Meeting on 15-16 May 2020 in León (Spain). Drawing on León’s condition as the birthplace of parliamentarism, the academic committee of ACOP is calling on political communication scholars to submit proposals to a theme panel on ‘Parliaments and Communication’. A selection of the best papers presented at the León meeting will be considered for publication as part of a special issue in the International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics (Intellect Books) after peer review. The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 15, 2020. Attendees will be notified of acceptance by March 31, 2020.

Topics likely to be covered at the meeting include:

  • Publicity versus secrecy in parliamentary deliberations Parliaments and parliamentarians on social media Parliamentary TV channels Members of Parliament and their relationship with constituents Parliaments as architectures of communication and debate Personal branding of Congressional members Journalists and their coverage of parliamentary activities Communication between Parliaments and other branches of power (Executives, Judiciary) Parliaments and citizen engagement Parliaments and civic education Comparative studies of Parliamentary communication

The titles and abstracts of the proposed papers may be submitted in English or Spanish by March 15, 2020 to and should include title, author(s), institutional affiliation(s), and a 300-word summary. Please, state in the subject of your e-mail ‘Leon Conference Submission’ or ‘Propuesta para ACOP León’. Submissions will be evaluated by looking at their theoretical orientation (aims, research questions or hypotheses), their empirical grounding (methods), and their policy or societal relevance. Full papers based on accepted abstracts will be due on Friday, 25th September 2020.

About ACOP and its international meeting

The Association for Communication in Politics (‘Asociación de Comunicación Política’ in Spanish) is a unique assembly of political communication academics and practitioners (political marketing consultants, journalists, civic leaders) founded in 2008 and with 500 members from across the world.

The ACOP international meeting is held every two years and gathers academics and political consultants from a wide variety of countries and cultural backgrounds, who share their latest research results and comment on recent campaign experiences. Past speakers include George Lakoff, Evgeny Morozov, Christian Salmon, Jaime Durán Barba, Philip Howard, Joel Benenson, Michael delli Carpini and Jen O’Malley.

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