This conference, organized by Philippe J. Maarek (Université Paris-Est, ISCC) and Ann Crigler (University of Southern California), will be held at ISCC on June 8th and 9th, 2018. A call for papers is open until February 18th, 2018.

Call for papers open until February 18th, 2018

Comparing two outsiders’ 2016-17 wins: Trump & Macron’s campaigns

June 8th and 9th, 2018, ISCC

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In 2016 and 2017, in the United States and France – two of the longest running and most established democracies, two candidates considered as political outsiders won the presidential election. Though these two leaders might not have much in common, either politically or ideologically, their respective paths to victory seems astonishingly parallel: an extensive rejection of traditional political elites and government parties regularly disclosed by public opinion polls; the weight of an electoral divide between beneficiaries and victims of globalization, leading to the strong part left to the challenges of globalization in their campaign speeches; a political style seeming to break with long established practices; the importance of social media and algorithms as communication tools while television nevertheless kept a strong part; a vicious campaign context hindered by numerous personal attacks and fake news; opposing politicians poor long lasting underestimation of both future Presidents deemed as non-credible candidates; etc.

This political communication conference will focus on the way both Trump & Macron ran their campaigns with a comparative point of view. Would be appreciated papers analyzing how outsider candidates were able to communicate their ways to victory, and particularly dealing with:
- the communication strategies of the campaigns and their leaders;
- the personalization of the communication campaigns;
- the presence of some candidates leaning more or less clearly on populist movements and moods;
- the discontent about former mainstream politicians and parties and the cynical play on their rejection by those discontent voters
- the use of electronic technologies, and web campaigning:
- the social media influence and associated micro-targeting;
- the fragmentation of more traditional news and entertainment media audiences;
- the rise of attacks through so called a rising number of fake news;
- the influence of the changing media environment with the increasing part played by the coverage by 24/7 live channels;
- the influence of a seemingly increasing number of television debates;

These are some of the questions which will be addressed during the comparative political communication conference held in Paris by the Institute of Communication Sciences with the support of the Center for Comparative Studies in Political and Public Communication by several countries political communication specialists, scholars and professional from the field, which will take place on June 8th and 9th, 2018.

The conference is hosted by Philippe J. Maarek, Professor in Political Communication and former Chair of IPSA and of IAMCR Political Communication Research Groups, and scientific coordinator with Ann Crigler, Professor in Political Science at USC Dornsife and Arnaud Mercier, Professor in Information and Communication Science and President of The Conversation - France.

The conference will be bilingual, in French and English. Colleagues interested in presenting a paper should send an application, before February 18th to . Proposals should include a 200-500 words abstracts and a 1 page CV and will be submitted to a double-blind review by the conference Scientific Board.

Scientific board of the conference

Paul Baines, Cranfield University, Royaume-Uni
Donatella Campus, Università di Bologna, Italie
James Cohen, Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, France
Ann Crigler, University of Southern California, USA
David Deacon, University of Loughborough, Royaume-Uni
Alex Frame, Université de Bourgogne, France
Denisa Hejlova, Charles University, Rép. Tchèque
Christina Holtz-Bacha, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Olivier Ihl, Sciences Po Grenoble, France
Karolina Kok-Michalska, Audiencia Business School, France
Guy Lachapelle, Université Concordia, Canada
Darren Lilleker, Bournemouth University, RoyaumeUni
Philippe J. Maarek, Université Paris Est- UPEC, France
Eric Maigret, Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, France
Anna Matušková-Shavit, Charles University, Rép. Tchèque
Arnaud Mercier, Université Paris 2, France
Ralph Negrine, Sheffield University, Royaume-Uni
Lars Nord, Midwestern University, Suède
Jordi Rodriguez Virgili, University of Navarra in Pamplona, Espagne
Brigitte Sebbah, Université Toulouse 3, France
Emmanuel Taïeb, Institut universitaire de France
Claes de Vreese, University of Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
Dominic Wring, University of Loughborough, Royaume-Uni