The AIMCR 2019 pre-conference Network of excellence in Digital Journalism and Media Convergence: Disinformation and political processes: media strategies and audience attitudes aims to reflect on the concept of disinformation and its multiple dimensions, as well as the strategies and practices developed around them, particularly those linked to political contexts and electoral processes.
Description: The Oxford Dictionary declared post-truth word of the year in 2016, highlighting a historical and political moment in which disinformation strategies, fake news and lies exponentially spread through social networks: facilitating, among others, Trump's rise to power and having an impact also in Brexit debates (Jankowski, 2018). Since then, the role of manipulative messages has increased (Baudrillard, 1981; Wardle, 2017) - rising concern about their effects in political decisions, particularly in times of crisis (Spence, Lachlan , Edwards, & Edwards, 2016).
The potential role of social networks in disseminating disinformation (Woolley & Howard, 2016) grows in importance if we take into account that they have become the main source of information (Shearer & Gottfried, 2017), especially during electoral processes (Allcott & Gentzkow, 2017). Considering that disinformation takes advantage of the increasing polarization of public opinion (Lewandowsky, Ecker & Cook, 2017; Horta et al,. 2017), its pernicious effects on decision-making and political debate demand a greater knowledge of the motivations behind the dissemination of disinformation (Flynn, Nyhan & Reifler, 2017).
Location: Facultat de Filologia, Traducció I Comunicació (Universitat de València), Avenida Blasco Ibáñez, 32, Valencia, Spain (Map)
Valencia is accessible by air, land and sea. It boasts travel links to many major Spanish and European cities. The airport, situated just 8 kilometres from the centre of Valencia, has regular daily flights to popular domestic and international destinations. The city is also connected to/from Madrid by train, offering high-speed rail services (on average there are 18 train trips per day, and it takes: 1 hour and 45 minutes).
Date and time: Friday, 5 July, 2019 - Day long Conference
Call for proposals: Submissions should include the name(s) and institutional affiliation of the applicant(s), email address and abstracts no longer than 500 words (including references), and a short bio (100 words) in English or Spanish (public presentation will be in English)
Abstracts must be submitted before May 15, 2019 at: misinformation2019iamcr [at] gmail.com
Participants will be notified about acceptance by June 10, 2019
Participation and registration: Registration will be required.
Registration fee: 20€
The registration fee includes attendance to all events of the conference, coffee breaks & snacks, and lunch.
Email: misinformation2019iamcr [at] gmail.com