At the end of may, in the middle of the virus craziness, I had the opportunity to take part of an online seminar on anti-democratic and extremist responses to Covid19 – mobilisations in and around Sweden organised by the research platform Rethinking Democracy at the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University in collaboration with the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm. In my contribution, I tried to sketch out some of the tendencies that could be discerned in relation the Facebook engagement enjoyed by right-wingers in the political sphere and in the media sector. In short, right-wingers appear to be utilising virus-related news in order to “re-frame” their typical key issues, such as immigration. The entire seminar can be viewed here.
I am back in Oslo after a few days in Ottawa where I presented some of my ongoing work (with lead author Shelley Boulianne) on social media use during the 2019 Canadian elections. The tweet embedded above shows during the Q & A portion of our presentation. This collaboration has so far resulted in a report which can be accessed here. Indeed, as this research deals with the Canadian context, the report is also available en français.
I’m wrapping up my stay at QUT in Brisbane where I have participated in the #AoIR2019 conference. This year, I presented some ongoing work about the changing nature of popular political party posts over time. I also served as an advisor in the Early Career Scholars Workshop which was organised as a preconference.
Acceptance letters for the 2019 ICA conference are out, and this year I am fortunate enough to be involved in four presentations:
- Larsson, Anders Olof (2019). Coherent Clusters’ or ‘Fuzzy Zones’ – Understanding attention and structure in online political participation.
- Skogerbø, Eli and Larsson, Anders Olof (2019). Comparing Twitter and Instagram as platforms for party leader communication – Findings from the 2017 Norwegian election.
- Russmann, Uta; Svensson, Jakob and Larsson, Anders Olof (2019). Portraying Politics – Instagram use in Scandinavian election campaigns.
- Rustad, Gry Cecilie and Larsson, Anders Olof (2019). Spreading Skam: Social media television reception and textual engagement.
A healthy mix of political communication and television studies – no journalism presentations for me this year, it would seem. All in all, it looks like I will have a busy conference once when the International Communication Association convenes in Washington D.C. at the end of may.
The dust has settled following the review process for the seventh bi-annual European Communication Conference, to be held this year in Lugano, Switzerland. Three submissions that I was involved with were accepted for presentation:
- Larsson, Anders Olof (2018). Winning and losing on social media – Comparing the popularity of political posts across platforms. Abstract accepted for presentation at the 7th European Communication Conference (ECREA). Lugano, Switzerland, october 31-november 3.
- Skogerbø, Eli and Larsson, Anders Olof (2018). Crossing over? Parties and politicians on Twitter and Instagram. Abstract accepted for presentation at the 7th European Communication Conference (ECREA). Lugano, Switzerland, october 31-november 3.
- Rustad, Gry Cecilie and Larsson, Anders Olof (2018). Spreading Skam. Social media television reception and textual engagement. Abstract accepted for presentation at the 7th European Communication Conference (ECREA). Lugano, Switzerland, october 31-november 3.
… sort of a “mixed bag” of my research interests – mostly political communication, but also a presentation based on my ongoing collaboration with Gry Cecilie Rustad (university of Oslo) regarding Instagram fan engagement with the popular Norwegian webb-tv-series Skam.
Picture from Stephen Cushion on Twitter.
I may look somewhat reserved in the picture above, but in reality, I had a good time at the Journalism Studies Division PhD Colloquium. I commented on a paper and, as seen above, took part in a panel on career management for (comparably) younger scholars. Others taking part in the panel were Valerie Belair-Gagnon, Nikki Usher and Edson Tandoc Jr.
Besides the colloquium, I was involved in two other presentations – one in a preconference on online commenting, “Comments, Anyone? Multidisciplinary Approaches for Analyzing Online User Comments Across News and Other Content Formats”, where a collaborative project involving myself, Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk and Anders Sundnes Løvlie was presented by Karoline. Moreover, I presented my own work regarding the uses of Instagram by politicians and parties during a session of the main conference organised by the political communication division.
Just got back from Quebec City and from the fifth edition of the International workshop on political communication (pdf) as hosted by the Groupe de recherche en communication politique at the Université Laval in general and by Thierry Giasson in particular. While travelling to Quebec to stay there for merely three days is not optimal, I enjoyed the workshop, which featured myself and four other invited guests providing extensive presentations and taking questions for a similarly extended period of time. A demanding format, but interesting and very useful. I presented on the uses of social media by Scandinavian politicians, focusing specifically on what types of content as posted by parties and politicians that seem to “work” – as in receiving comparably higher numbers of “likes” or shares.
— Chris Peters (@PetersChrisJ) March 24, 2017
— Julius Reimer (@julius_reimer) March 24, 2017
— Julius Reimer (@julius_reimer) March 24, 2017
Come may, I’m off to California (also, this) – this year’s ICA conference takes place in San Diego, and I will be involved in two ways. First, I will take part in the Journalism Studies Division preconference Ph.D. workshop. Second, I will present my ongoing work on political uses of Instagram for the Political Communication division. Besides conferencing, I hope to be able to catch a show by one of my favorite musicians who just happens to live in San Diego. Let’s hope he’s playing while I’m in town…