Political Communication Networks
NetSci2020 satellite Workshop
September 18th
Online Event
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Call for abstracts

Submissions are open!

Traditionally, news media served as an interface between citizens and politics, eventually influencing the political behaviour together with the context and social networks embededness.

In the information age, both politics and communication are transformed. The popularity of online social platforms  has increased the number of actors affected to spread political, commercial and other messages to a massive number of potential recipients. In this workshop we want to explore and characterize such phenomena through the lens of network theory and its applications. 


  • Networked Collective Political Identities

  • Context collapse

  • Online Culture Wars

  • Diffusion of News and Misinformation

  • Selective Exposure, Echo Chambers and Polarization

  • Emergence of leaderships

  • Digital Parties Platform Communication

  • Data based propaganda

  • Populism (operative definition / quantification)

  • The Rise of the far right

The aim of the PCNet satellite is to provide a forum where qualitative and quantitative methods in political communication studies can interact and mutually cross-fertilize. Network science serves as a common ground, both theoretical and methodological, for a transdisciplinary dialogue between these complementary traditions.

Submissions will be made by sending one A4 page abstract via EasyChair in PDF format. The extended deadline for abstract submission is 15th July 2020. The contributions to the event will be evaluated through a peer review process that will account for the scientific quality as well as for the relevance of the contribution to the aims of the satellite. The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via e-mail by 20th July 2020.

All the participants of the satellite meeting (with or without abstract submission) must register for the NetSCI2020 conference (one day registration available). Check the Early Bird registration deadline.


Our Invited Speakers

Get to Know Them

We’re proud to feature a transdisciplinary list of prominent speakers. Don’t miss out.


Paolo Gerbaudo

Director of the Centre for Digital Culture, King's College London

His research focuses on the transformation of politics in the digital era, in the context of social movements and political parties. Currently working on the ideology of the populist era, focusing on notions of control and protection that lie at the heart of contemporary political discourse. His research methodology combines discourse analysis, qualitative interviews with organisers, and social media analysis.

Joana Gonçalves de Sá

Leader of the Data Science and Policy research group, Nova -SBE

Her current research uses data analytics and machine learning to study complex problems at the interface between Biomedicine, Computation, Policy, Social Sciences, and Mathematics. These include epidemiology, critical thinking, network dynamics, political discourse, and their applications to human-behavior, with a large ethical and societal focus. She is also the President of the General Assembly of the Citizens Forum, an NGO that aims at improving the quality of the democratic discussion.

Walter Quattrociocchi

Head of the Laboratory of Data Science and Complexity at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

His research interests include data science, network science, cognitive science, and data-driven modeling of dynamic processes in complex networks. His activity focuses on the data-driven modeling of social dynamics such as (mis)information spreading and the emergence of collective phenomena. Since 2018 he is Scientific Advisor of the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM).


Our Schedule

9 AM

Opening Remarks

9:15 AM

Keynote Speaker

9:45 AM

Contributed Talks

10:45 AM

Keynote Speaker

11:15 AM


11:30 AM

Contributed Talks

12:30 AM

Keynote Speaker

1 PM

Closing Remarks


Organizing Commitee

Emanuele Cozzo


Luce Prignano


Fakhteh Ghanbarnejad


Frederic Guerrero Solé


Antonio Calleja Lopez


Juan Linares


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