Thursday, 21. September 2017, 10:49


CMC and the Department of Sociology at the University of York are currently making arrangements for a symposium on “Digital Media, Political Polarization and Challenges to Democracy”, which is to take place in Vienna from 21 to 22 September 2017. The symposium intends to bring together internationally renowned experts from the fields of media and communication studies, politics and linguistics to explore the role of the media in today’s polarized social climate, but also the role they might play in responding to the challenges to democracy brought about by social polarization and fragmentation. Special emphasis will be paid to comparative research across time and space.


Public Lecture

W. Lance Bennett, University of Washington

21 September 2017, 18:00 | ORF – The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Radiokulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal

DialogForum "Wer ist das Volk? | Who Are the People?"


Keynote Speakers

Michael X. Delli Carpini, University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School of Communication
Jörg Matthes, University of Vienna, Department of Communication
Barbara Pfetsch, Free University of Berlin, Institute for Media and Communication Studies 


Conference Programme



Call for Papers

More information on the conference’s topic
Please submit your proposal via email to: cmc(at)


Conference Organizers

Maren Beaufort, Austrian Academy of Sciences, CMC
Brian D. Loader, University of York, Department of Sociology, Centre for Political Youth Culture And Communication (CPAC)  
Josef Seethaler, Austrian Academy of Sciences, CMC


Important Deadlines

09.04.2017: Extended deadline for submissions
28.04.2017: Notification letters; opening of online registration (registration fee EUR 100 / GBP 90 / USD 110, including welcome reception, lunches, coffee breaks and conference dinner)

Register now!