Research Seminar

Professor Stephen Coleman - 'Understanding how people respond to political messages in real time - a capabilities based approach'

Professor Stephen Coleman (University of Leeds) will present to the Digital Society Network and the Department of Politics.

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Details -
Date: Wednesday 13th April 2016
Location: Room 216, Elmfield Building
Time: 12:30-2:00PM

Abstract - Contrary to the assumptions of researchers who claim to know what democratic citizens need to know in order to engage productively in politics, Stephen shall argue that citizens do not have uniform information needs and that acquiring knowledge is only one democratic outcome of attending to mediated political messages. On the basis of qualitative research, a group of researchers from the University of Leeds and the Open University identified a set of specific democratic capabilities that citizens feel entitled to expect televised election debates to help them realise and designed a web-based tool to i) allow people to respond to the 2015 UK televised election debates in real time and ii) analyse these responses with a view to exploring when and how televised political messages enhance or frustrate capabilities. This presentation will reflect upon that process and its subsequent outcomes.

Biography - Stephen Coleman is professor of political communication in the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, UK. He is also Honorary Professor in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. His research focuses on political engagement, citizenship in the digital era, intersections between popular and political culture, political performance and rhetoric, election debates and democratic innovation. His most recent monograph is How Voters Feel, published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. He is currently completing a book about the experience of talking about politics. Recent edited collections include Can the Media Serve Democracy? Essays in Honour of Jay G. Blumler (Palgrave, 2015), Handbook of Digital Politics (Edward Elgar, 2015) and Deliberation and Democracy: Innovative Processes and Institutions, (Peter Lang, 2015).

Professor Stephen Coleman is professor of political communication in the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds.

The Digital Society Network draws together an interdisciplinary team of researchers engaged with research at the cutting-edge of society-technology interactions.

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