The keynote speakers at the 2023 ECREA Political Communication Section Conference will be Lance Bennett, Emeritus Professor University of Washington, Seattle, and Ana S. Cardenal, Professor of Political Science at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

Communicating the Future: Solutions for Environment, Economy and Democracy

Lance Bennett is Emeritus Professor of Communication and Political Science and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Journalism, Media and Democracy at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has lectured and published on media and information systems, press-government relations, citizenship and civic engagement, digital activism, and problems of disinformation in democracies. His current work focuses on better aligning environment, economy and democracy to build more equitable and sustainable societies. He has held visiting professorships at Harvard, Uppsala, Stockholm, and Free University, Berlin, and was awarded honorary doctorates from Uppsala and Bern. He has received career achievement awards from the American Political Science Association, The International Communication Association, and the US National Communication Association, along with a German Humboldt Research Prize for distinguished international scholarship. Selected publications include: The Logic of Connective Action (Cambridge 2013, with Alexandra Segerberg), The Disinformation Age (open access, Cambridge 2020, with Steven Livingston), and Communicating the Future: Solutions for Environment, Economy and Democracy (Polity 2021).

The Threats and Potentials of a Changing Political Information Environment

Ana S. Cardenal is Professor of Political Science at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). She has published two books in the field of comparative politics and has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Currently, her research interests focus on the political consequences of the new information environment, the effects of digital media on opinion formation, and the use of computational methods in social science. They keynote is part of the Roundtable Panel Solution-based Political Communication organized by THEATPIE project.


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