Jun 292016

trophySeveral CPC-affiliated scholars were recognised for their outstanding teaching at the 2016 School of Communication Teaching Awards last week.

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.

Congratulations everybody!


Jun 292016

Many CPC-affiliated conf2016researchers 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.

Jun 062016

icalogo2This 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.

Jun 012016


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?

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Jun 012016

damien chalmersWhen are democratic processes at one level of government preferable to those posed by another? Today, Wednesday 1st June, Professor Damian Chalmers of the London School of Economics and Political Science will give an ACCESS EUROPE lecture entitled “Democratic authority in the European Union.” Doors open at 12 noon when lunch will be provided. Lecture begins at 12:30. Location: Allard Pierson Museum, Oude Turfmarkt 127, Nina van Leerzaal.

May 242016

wegCPC-related researchers have been out and about again. This week, Joost van Spanje will give a talk in Exeter, UK, on “On parrots and pariahs: Legal, media and politica reactions to anti-immigration parties in Europe”. Claes de Vreese will travel to Aarhus, Denmark, on Friday to take part as committee member at Troels Boggild’s PhD defense . Last week, Katjana Gattermann attended the PADEMIA Third Annual Conference in Brussels as director of PADEMIA.

May 242016

bfqA0D_qLast week, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) announced that Claes de Vreese has been elected a member. He was a member of the Jonge Akademie  from 2009 until 2014. This is a lifelong appointment of this body which gives advice (asked or not) about science and science policy. The membership is marked with a ceremony on 12 September 2016. For more information, please see here.

May 192016

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 17.49.28.pngToday 19 May, Sanne will talk about her research at the Amsterdam Public Library as part of the Dutch Academy of Science ‘Faces of Science’ initiative. See https://www.knaw.nl/nl/actueel/agenda/mei-2016-faces-of-science-in-oba-amsterdam


And on Friday 20 May, Sanne will participate in the panel “Digital Citizens” of the European Youth Event (EYE) which takes place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. See http://www.europarl.europa.eu/european-youth-event

May 092016

Simon_photo_29Sept2010The UK will vote in a referendum on 23 June on whether to Remain in or Leave the European Union. What arguments will be most powerful in influencing public attitudes in the vote? Today, Monday 9 May, Prof Simon Hix from the London School of Economics and Political Science will give a lecture on “For and Against Brexit: A Survey Experiment of the Impact of Campaign Frames on Public Attitudes toward EU Membership”.  More information – also about registration, can be found on the website of ACCESS EUROPE, who host the lecture.