CPC-related researchers continue to be very active this summer. Andreas Schuck is still in Australia and gave a guest lecture in Melbourne a few days ago; Rachid Azrout gave a lecture at Amsterdam town hall on the relationship between media and politics. Bert Bakker and Yphtach Lelkes attended the ISPP Conference in Warsaw, Poland, and presented their research on personality measures alongside several other papers which they co-author (see programme). Damian Trilling published a blog post on Journalism Research News that is connected to the research project “Personalised Communication”.
By Emke de Vries, Master student in Political Communication
Recently, Dolce & Gabbana revealed a hijab and abaya collection. Also H&M used an Islamic model with a scarf in a recent campaign that embraces diversity. The adaption of the Islamic dress style by the fashion industry should, however, not be confused with a political standpoint. Nowadays the so-called Islamic fashion is one of the fastest growing sectors in the industry, estimated to be worth almost 200 billion euro by 2020. However the introduction of Muslim women into the global fashion industry could certainly help making the hijab more visible and accepted in the Western world. This acceptance has been critical since the beginning of the century, where the orientalist gaze seems to be still visible in the media landscape. In order to decrease this orientist gaze, we need more diversity and cross-cultural discussions in the media.
Whenever there is an outbreak of an infectious disease, media outlets usually jump on the story with a lot of detailed coverage about every new development that occurs. The media reports on new emerging cases, informing the public about where the disease has been reported, what it entails and, most importantly, how it can be prevented. At the same time it is not out of the ordinary to see newspapers containing incendiary headlines, proclaiming the coming of a new and exotic ‘killer’ flu strain that is both similar to a previous deadly pandemic and unlike anything anyone has ever seen before. But once the initial fuss over a new epidemic has died down and the consequences have proved to not be quite as severe as expected, the media is often barraged with a wave of blame. The fine line between providing thorough information and inciting a panic has already led to a lot of discussion about how the media should deal with such sensitive crisis situations. A new study, however, has proven that there is a great benefit to the frequent, long-lasting media coverage of epidemics, in that it can actually affect the spread of the disease itself. But what is the media’s responsibility is such a situation?
Having just returned from Fukuoka, Japan, where the ICA took place, some CPC-related researchers are out and about again. Andreas Schuck traveled to Sydney as part of the EMMA faculty exchange program. Linda Bos was invited by the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Zurich, Switzerland, to give a talk at a conference on Populism & Democracy (see here). Bert Bakker and Katjana Gattermann participated in the EUENGAGE Text Analysis Workshop in Amsterdam (see programme); and the latter also went to Brussels in order to present papers at the 6th Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association.
By Judith Meijer, MSc student Political Communication
Here’s a surprising fact about renewable energy in The Netherlands: it’s not going very well, to put it mildly. We are lacking behind compared to all other European countries when it comes to renewable energy with the almost embarrassing number of 5.6%. Only Malta and Luxembourg are doing worse. To give a comparison, Norway is at 66% and Portugal is at 45%. Per person, Dutch citizens pollute the sky with over 10,6 tons of carbon dioxide. But why does this matter you might ask? It was only a few months ago that the COP 21 in Paris set a new goal for the Netherlands. In order to participate in the global goal of not going past the 2 degrees mark, we have to increase our green energy percentage from 5% to 14% before the year 2020. Unfortunately, it with the amount of coals we still use for our energy, this does not seem like a very realistic goal. Between 2013 and 2014 the use of coal for producing energy has only increased instead of decreased with the staggering amount of 20 per cent.
Knut De Swert won the award for Large Courses in 1st or 2nd year for the Political Communication and Journalism course. Yph Lelkes and Judith Möller were awarded the prize for Best Specialization Seminar for the course Citizens and the Public Opinion. Damian Trilling won the award for Best Methods Course for Big Data.
Many CPC-affiliated researchers enjoyed a tremendous ICA earlier this month in Fukuoka, Japan.
Several people won prizes, including Magdalena Wojcieszak who was awarded the prestigious ICA Young Scholar Award. Mark Boukes and Rens Vliegenthart won the top faculty paper award in the Journalism Studies division. Jasper van de Pol was awarded a best student paper prize in the Political Communication division. Tom Powell received a best student paper award in the Visual Communication division. Congratulations everybody!
In addition to these honours, attendees enjoyed many good presentations, some hilarious presentations, timely pre-conferences and nice parties. Thanks to those who helped us make the most of the conference.
This week, most scholars who are related to CPC are travelling to Fukuoka, Japan, to present their newest research at the 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). On this occasion, Magdalena Wojcieszak will receive the ICA’s Young Scholar Award! Congratulations again!
On Saturday, Rachid Azrout gave a presentation at the Universiteitsdag of the University of Amsterdam. Last week, Joost van Spanje and Katjana Gattermann took part in the 15th Dutch-Belgian Political Science Conference in Brussels, Belgium. Joost has also been in the media recently, including for an interview on the Wilders Trial in Algemeen Dagblad 27 May, and an opinion piece in De Volkskrant last Saturday.
By Tom Powell
A defining feature of genocide is numbers: 6 million dead in the holocaust, 1.5 million in Cambodia, 800,000 in Rwanda, 400,000 in Darfur. The mind boggles. Quite literally. To get a feel for these numbers, simply take yourself – in all your singularity, importance, complexity, and love – and multiply this by hundreds of thousands. Not easy to get your head around, right?