Aug 28 2013

Sentiment :: Politics :: Citizenship

August 28, 2013

five images of Chicago and media by Jessica Qian Zhang, doctoral student in Communication

Political Communication APSA Pre-Conference 2013

The 11th Annual American Political Science Association Preconference on Political Communication will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This year's theme is Sentiment, Politics, and Citizenship.

The preconference is jointly sponsored by the APSA Political Communication Division and the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The co-chairs are Andrew Rojecki, Associate Professor in Communication and Zizi Papacharissi, Professor and Head of Communication at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Conference Theme: Sentiment, Politics and Citizenship

The study of political communication is at an inflection point. As communication technology has become more individualized the quality of messages has become more personal and emotional. At the same time the sheer number of such messages has increased by an order of magnitude. Moreover, these messages have become more public and open to scholarly analysis. Prior to the inflection point scholars generally relied on qualitative methods for analyzing the emotive content of messages. Now the sheer number of messages available from sources such as Twitter allows quantitative mappings of very large datasets, frequently referred to as big data analysis. This scalar inversion has led to the increased study of sentiment and emotion as components of citizenship, politics and public opinion.

Conference Program


Time SCE 605 (Student Center East) SCE 603
8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
9:20 - 10:35 Panel A1: Social Media and Politics

Obama and Romney on Facebook & Twitter: Sentiment in the 2012 Social Campaign

Deen Freelon, American UniversityBinders Full of Tweets: Stimulus-Response Curves in Twitter Reactions to News Events
Lauren Guggenheim, University of Michigan
Josh Pasek, University of Michigan

Social Media as Activated Public Opinion
David Karpf, George Washington University

Political Conversations on Facebook: An Exploration of Practices
Jennifer M. Young, Georgetown University

Panel A2: Framing and Persuasion

On the Limits of Reframing Effects: The Asymmetric Stickiness of Loss and Gain Frames
Amber Boydstun, University of California, Davis
Alison Ledgerwood, University of California, Davis

Which Political Ads Persuade?

Erika Franklin Fowler, Wesleyan University Travis N. Ridout, Washington State University

Michael Franz, Bowdoin College

Gender, Party, and Social Media Message Resonance Among Young Voters During the 2012 Presidential Campaign
Amy Jasperson, Rhodes College
Hyun Yun, Texas State University

Information Seeking in an Age of (Un)Reliable Information
Sara Yeo, University of Wisconsin
Michael Xenos, University of Wisconsin
Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin
Dietram Scheufele, University of Wisconsin

10:45 - Noon Panel B1: Political Participation
Creating Electoral Accountability in the Age of Mediatisation
Nick Anstead, London School of Economics

Online and Offline Political Participation: The Role of Political Efficacy
Yi-Ning Chen, National Chengchi University

Elections in the Echo Chamber: Does One-Sided Partisan News Undermine Democratic Legitimacy?
Andrew Daniller, University of Pennsylvania

You've Got (No) Mail: How Parties and Candidates Respond to Email Inquiries in Western Democracies
Cristian Vaccari, University of Bologna

Panel B2: Local Media/New Media

Political Journalism in Old and New Media
Leticia Bode, Georgetown University

Post-Print Democracy: Effects of Newspaper Closure on Voter Turnout
Frankie Clogston, Johns Hopkins University

News from the Field: The Strategic Interaction of Campaigns and Local Media
Joshua Darr, University of Pennsylvania

The Partisan Distribution of Media Markets and Campaign News Slant
Johanna Dunaway, Louisiana State University

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

Who Stole the American Dream?
Guest Speaker: Hedrick Smith

1:30 - 2:45 Panel C: Big Data: Theory & Method

Big Data, Big Issues: Applying Public Opinion Theory, Machine Learning, and Large-Scale Text Analysis to Explore Issue Opinions and Information Flow Across Traditional and Social Media
Amy B. Becker, Towson University
Siddharth Kaza, Towson University
Andrew B. Goldberg, Arcode Corporation

The Automated Coding of Sentiment in Network Election-Period News
Lori Young, University of Pennsylvania
Stuart Soroka, McGill University
Stephen Farnsworth, University of Mary Washington
Robert Lichter, George Mason University

The Dynamics of Public Attention: Agenda-Setting in the New Media Environment
W. Russell Neuman, University of Michigan
Lauren Guggenheim, University of Michigan
Seung Mo Jang, University of Michigan
Soo Young Bae, University of Michigan

3:00 - 4:15 Plenary Roundtable

Comparative Political Communication and Its Importance for the Future
David Faris, Roosevelt University

Stephen Farnsworth, University of Mary Washington

Daniel C. Hallin, University of California, San Diego

Abby Jones, George Washington University
Devra Moehler, University of Pennsylvania

Gadi Wolfsfeld, Hebrew University

4:30 - 6:00 Reception

This event is generously supported by the Martha and Victor Harnack Endowment.

Conference Registration

To register for the preconference, send a note to Please include your name, affiliation, and preferred email address.

Conference Location

The conference will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street. Directions via public or private transportation may be obtained through the map below. Please enter the Student Center through the Halsted Street entrance, and follow signs to the rooms SCE (Student Center East) 605 and 603.

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Date posted

Jul 30, 2018

Date updated

Aug 1, 2018