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[liberationtech] CfP: "Online political participation & its critics", DEL Network Conference, Paris, June 19-20, 2013 (deadline: Sept 17th)

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*International symposium of the DEL/CERTOP/CNRS research network*

*"Online political participation and its critics" *

*Paris, 19-20**June 2013***

Since its inception in June 2002, at CERTOP/CNRS, under the scientific
responsibility of Gerard Loiseau, the "Electronic Democracy" network
(DEL*)* has been dedicated to enhancing research in the field of
relationships between democratic processes and digital technologies. In
2012, with its 150 members in more than twenty countries, DEL has
contributed to the creation of a place for interdisciplinary discussions
through the organization of regular meetings and seminars. In addition
to the individual publications of its members, the network has enhanced
scientific cooperation among them and has been able to establish solid
partnerships. DEL now wishes to contribute more directly to the
scientific production by organizing, ten years after its creation, an
international symposium. This meeting is aiming at producing several
publications that will allow both to summarize the mass of research
conducted so far in the field of "electronic democracy", and to tackle
new scientific issues.

Therefore, the aim of the conference "A critical approach to online
political participation" is to confront the scientific work, from
various fields, devoted to the transformations of contemporary political
regimes possibly induced by the increasing integration of digital
technologies, especially Internet, in the various fields of social life.
Oscillating between a techno-centric enthusiasm and skeptical social
constructivism, the first analysis of the Internet's ability to
revitalize the functioning of representative government through citizen
appropriation has quickly given way to more substantive questions. Under
what conditions are citizens able to capture digital networks in order
to inform themselves, to express preferences or political demands, to
challenge institutionalized powers or to constitute new forms of social

Beyond such a teleological perspective, the increased opportunities for
information and expression generated by the development of social
networks that can disturb traditional representations and institutional
practices questions the boundaries of politics and the role of
technology in their ability to increase their degree of elasticity.

Specifically, this conference aims to explore the digital practices of
political participation by questioning both its empirical
manifestations, and the consistency of the concepts previously used to
qualify those practices.

 The conference will be held in Paris, for two days:

§The first day (June 19, 2013) will be based on the presentation and
discussion of _young researchers_' papers, both in French or English,
coming from answers to the *call for papers enclosed and available on
the DEL website: ***

This first day is organized around three thematic sessions:

1. Theoretical and ideological debates on online political participation;

2. The new formats of political talk and new spaces of politicization;

3. New actors and reconfigurations of political power.

For each session, four papers will be presented and discussed by a
dedicated critical reader, followed by a discussion with the public.

§In addition to the general assembly of the DEL network to be held in
the morning, the second day (June 20, 2013) will be devoted to two panels:

- The first roundtable will invite French and International key
researchers in the field to debate around the following question: /Can
we analyze online political participation with the traditional concepts
used in social sciences?/

- The second panel will invite politicians and practitioners to react to
the following question: /is digital politics "politics as usual", or has
is changed your way of doing politics?/

*Scientific responsibles*

Gérard Loiseau (loiseau at

Stéphanie Wojcik (stephanie.wojcik at


*Scientific committee*

Eva Anduiza (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain); Nick Anstead
(London School of Economics, UK); Frédérick Bastien (Université de
Montréal, Canada); Gersende Blanchard (Université Lille 3, France) ;
Robert Boure (Université Toulouse 3, France) ; Dominique Cardon (Orange
Labs, France) ; Stephen Coleman (Leeds University, UK); Carlos Cunha
(Lisbon University Institute, Portugal); Patrice Flichy (Université
Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée, France); Eric George (Université d'Ottawa,
Canada); Rachel Gibson (Manchester University, UK); Todd Graham
(University of Groningen, The Netherlands); Fabien Granjon (Université
Paris 8, France); Dimitris Gouscos (University of Athens, Greece);
Fabienne Greffet (Université de Lorraine, France); Josiane Jouët
(Université Paris 2, France); Rabia Karakaya Polat (Isik University,
Turkey); Norbert Kersting (Muenster University, Germany); Raphaël Kies
(Université du Luxembourg); Robert Krimmer (OSCE, Poland); Gérard
Loiseau (Certop/CNRS, France); Laurence Monnoyer-Smith (Université de
Technologie de Compiègne, France); Karen Mossberger(University of
Illinois at Chicago, USA); Zizi Papacharissi (University of Illinois at
Chicago, USA); Serge Proulx (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada) ;
Jarmo Rinne (University of Helsinki, Finland); Cristian
Vaccari(Università di Bologna, Italy); Thierry Vedel (CEVIPOF, France);
Yanina Welp (University of Zurich, Switzerland); Stéphanie Wojcik
(Université Paris Est Créteil, France); Han Woo Park (YeungNam
University, South Korea), Scott Wright (Leicester University, UK).


Romain Badouard (Université de Technologie de Compiègne); Simon Gadras
(Université de Lorraine); Fabienne Greffet (Université de Lorraine); Ewa
Krzatala-Jaworska (Université Paris 1); Gérard Loiseau////
(Certop/CNRS); Clément Mabi (Université de Technologie de Compiègne);
Laurence Monnoyer-Smith (Université de Technologie de Compiègne);
Clémence Pène (Université Paris 8); Anaïs Théviot (Sciences Po
Bordeaux); Stéphanie Wojcik (Université Paris Est Créteil).

*In parternship with:

·CEDITEC, Université Paris Est Créteil
·COSTECH, Université de Technologie de Compiègne
·Groupement d'intérêt scientifique sur la participation du public aux
processus décisionnels et la démocratie participative(GIS Démocratie et
·International Political Science Association (IPSA) - Research Committee
10 "Electronic Democracy"
·European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) - Standing Group on
Internet & Politics
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