Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group annual conference

Call for papers which explore the contribution of the media, political actors and citizens to mediated performances of politics, and a focus on the potential consequences of these performances.

Submit your abstract for the Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group annual conference at the University of Leeds in December. Our conference theme on politics and performance responds to the growing body of research emphasising the performative dimensions of political communication.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Michael Saward (University of Warwick) and a roundtable session will be held on ‘what makes a good political performance?' with Professor Candida Yates (University of Bournemouth), Dr Lone Sorensen (University of Huddersfield), Professor John Corner and Professor Stephen Coleman (University of Leeds).


About the conference:

The changing nature of political communication raises questions about how the relationships between the actors in the classical ‘political communication triangle’ are dynamically articulated and constructed in the media. Concerns include the intensified professionalisation of politicians’ communication; increased pressures to retain and engage audiences; populist challenges to the rules of the game; the observed tendency of news to represent politics as a strategic game; and the disconnection between citizens and politicians.

Politics is performed in a variety of media forms and genres, including political drama, cartoons and comedy. The theme of the conference on political performance allows a broad call for papers which explore the contribution of the media, political actors, and citizens to mediated performances of politics, and encourages a focus on the potential consequences of these performances.

While the main theme of this conference is politics and performance, the Media and Politics Group operates an open and inclusive policy, and papers dealing with any aspect of media and politics are welcomed. This may include areas of political communication and journalism, but also includes a broader view of the political within such areas as online media, television, cinema and media arts, both factual and fictional. In addition to academic research, the conference will also welcome practice-based work in art, film and performance related to the area of media and politics.


Deadlines and submission process:

  • 28 June 2019: Deadline for abstract submissions. Please send abstract proposals for 15 minute papers to leedspsampg@leeds.ac.uk. These should include the following: title and name, institutional affiliation and address, and email address, together with a paper title and abstract of not more than 250 words. Proposers should also indicate whether they are current postgraduate students.
  • Early August: Paper proposers notified of decision by conference committee. Conference registration opens. Details of online registration to follow: £120 conference registration fee for both PSA members and non-members; £60 for students/ precariously employed.
  • 4 October: Deadline for presenters to register.
  • 25 October: Draft programme released.

The Political Studies Association is the UK’s leading association in the study and research of politics. Contributions from both members and non-members of the Political Studies Association and of the Media and Politics Group are welcomed. 

Full papers of a maximum of 2000 words submitted by postgraduate students will be entered into the James Thomas Memorial Prize. This award is presented to the most outstanding paper by a postgraduate student at the Media and Politics Group Annual Conference.

The Media and Politics Group offers a limited number of travel subsidies (up to the value of £100) to support postgraduate student participation in this event. Postgraduate students interested in applying for these subsidies should note this in their submission. Please contact us with any queries.