Call for papers
RJCPR is now seeking manuscripts for its July 2018 issue. The topic for this issue is: (Re-) Constructing Europe under pressure: Politics, culture, and communication in action.
Guest editor: Prof. Agnieszka Stępińska, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
A bird’s eye view of today’s European Union immediately puts the following topics into the spotlight: Brexit, the East-West deepening divide and the rise of populist movements and politicians across both older and newer, Western and Eastern member states. These major challenges are closely intertwined. Namely, Brexit and the East-West divide both fuel populist and Eurosceptic feelings among both politicians and citizens across the EU. The split among member states generated by the refugee crisis and the revival of anti-immigration discourse have also contributed to the electoral success of right-wing, conservative and populist parties in both Eastern (Poland, Hungary) and Western (Austria, Germany) states. Far from having reached its peak, populism will probably continue to gain grounds, while posing a real threat to democracy in many European countries.
EU membership may have had strong economic effects on the Central and Eastern European new member states, however, the EU is still a promise (partially) unfulfilled in terms of political effects. Admittedly, the EU has been more successful in mobilizing economic reforms than in promoting democratic governance. It lacks the tools to promote fair and quality-based political competition, the EU has practically no means of influencing party platforms and the European institutions are often irrelevant, powerless or apathetic towards political pressure, inefficiency of public administration or rampant corruption in the CEE countries.
These problems have been intensively covered by both traditional and online news media, they have been largely disseminated and discussed in the social media. It is well known that media agendas and frameworks may influence political decisions, especially in times of crisis. Under such circumstances the responsibility of the media is not only to make visible or to hide the information existing in the world, but sometimes also acts as a mediator. Hence, the media attitudes towards either immigrants, populist political actors, or political elites should be considered alongside with the political and institutional dimensions of the abovementioned processes.
The Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations invites scholars to contribute to the July 2018 issue with papers on (Re-) Constructing Europe under Pressure: Politics, culture and communication in action. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Brexit and its economic and political consequences;
- The East-West divide;
- The social, economic and geo-political context of Central and Eastern Europe;
- The rise of populism in Europe;
- EU in times of crisis;
- National identity vs. European identity, collective identities, multiple identities;
- Social movements in Europe;
- (Dis)engagement across Europe;
- Migration and cultural diversity in the EU;
- Media coverage of the EU related issues;
- Social media as a platform of communication on Europe.
Before submitting your paper, please remove identification (meta)data as well as the author(s) name(s) on all pages except the title page of the submitted paper. We prefer files in .doc or .docx formats (MS Word), but we also accept .odt files (LibreOffice Writer).
Please submit your paper via e-mail by May 30, 2018.
Contact & further info
Dr. Elena Negrea-Busuioc, Editor-in-Chief: firstname.lastname@example.org