***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Dear Socnetters, please consider submitting to the following call: -- CfP: Innovative methods in measuring political polarization in the age of hybrid media Conference: 11th Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference (CEECOM 2018) Dates and place: May 1 – June 1 2018, Szeged, Hungary Panel: Innovative methods in measuring political polarization in the age of hybrid media Panel chairs: Svetlana S.Bodrunova (St.Petersburg State University) Gabriella Szabó (Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences) Deadline: February 15, 2018 -- Polarization in politics has recently acquired great importance as a subject of discussion in Central and Eastern Europe. The panel aims to bring media and communication scholars together and examine the application of new analytical tools in measuring political polarization in the media spaces. Inspired by the thesis of hybridity and the networked publics, we create forum for academic dispute in which we recognize the media sphere (incl. social media) as spatial imagination of representations and narratives on politics that carry the potential to make the invisible publicly visible and maintain connection between the key communicators. It is argued that today’s media ecosystem is more than a convergence of offline and online spaces: it is the transcendence into a new form of interactions by allowing for a rapid conversation on politics across multiple platforms with virtual proximities and distances between the actors. The body of scientific thinking depicts polarization as the divergence of politics, which highlights the creation and stabilization of political blocs, separate political communities. Speculations began to rise that there has been no such thing called mainstream media sphere in CEE countries, but distinctive group of media outlets have evolved to create ideological ‘bubbles’. In this ‘bubble’, the lines between audiences, journalists and politicians are blurring: instead of being neutral carrier of messages, media have become a focal point of politically relevant communities. Nowadays, the key question to be addressed is whether the fragmented and heavily partisan media sphere is inclusive enough for connecting divergent journalistic opinions or there has been a gradual emergence of political polarization because of the media instrumentalization of political agents. There is however pressing need for refreshing the methodological apparatus for innovative examinations of political polarization in media. With this in mind, we invite empirical contributions to investigate the different aspects of the widened and widening discursive gap between media outlets having left and right, or liberal and conservative political orientations. The panel promotes the relational approach to study polarization meaning that architecture of the media space can be defined through the relations among the media platforms. Qualitative and quantitative researches, single case studies and cross-case comparisons form the body of this panel. We pay special attention to the use of mixed methods such as the combination of content-oriented examinations and network analysis. Particular attention will be devoted to the cross-country comparability of the datasets and to the regional specificities, therefore the contributors are encouraged to discuss the potential common framework for the analysis of the forthcoming 2019 European Parliamentary election campaign during the panel. -- A special issue is planned to be published based on the best papers collected for the panel. Please submit your individual paper proposal abstract through the conference official submission platform (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ceecom2018.hu_index.php_call-2Dfor-2Dpapers_&d=DwIDaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=bhzNl9LZQ-IA8kKPLGYvBdwbhZcdd0hDjcDLkftrUBQ&s=wa5fG060oJTUVTea41Xw_OChQoyStA-sqrr6IjIbBlE&e= ) until February 15, 2018. More information on the 11th Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference is available at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ceecom2018.hu_&d=DwIDaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=bhzNl9LZQ-IA8kKPLGYvBdwbhZcdd0hDjcDLkftrUBQ&s=tPuwJQ7Gu6snj7RDLSxAQrVE0vHW1E7_-T_RbS3n128&e= _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.