Call for Papers Opportunities



Panel: “Digital politics: Collective action born in and from the Internet”
Section Internet & Politics – ECPR General Conference in Reykjavik in 2011

Deadline first round of call for papers abstracts: 30st August 2010

Send papers proposal to: mayo.fuster(at)

Panel abstract: So far, political science research has focused on the
use of the Internet by collective political actors that had their main
operational base in the offline realm. First studies on the Internet
and politics mainly concentrated mostly on well-established and
traditional actors such public administration and political parties.
Then the cope of research widened to include interest groups, NGOs and
social movements looking at the impact of the Internet and the type of
Internet use carried out by those groups. In particular, given the
growing importance of political campaigns and other forms of
collective action that are launched and carried out by networks of
political actors, that mainly, if not completely operate and mobilize
for their issues online, the debate on the Internet and politics could
benefit further from considering actors who mainly operation with an
online base. Interestingly, the emergence of collective action in
online environments apparently follows new forms of “networked” forms
of action and collaboration that are said to be different from
political actors with a mainly offline base. The panel “Digital
politics” aims to iniciate a discussion on the main organizational and
democratic logic of the collective action born in and from the
Internet addressing questions such as: What are the main
characteristics of participation in online base collective action? How
are boundaries drawn between the individual and the collective in such
forms? How can we deal with the dialectics of individualization on one
hand and the effects of de-personalization on the other hand that are
inscribed in online spaces? How is the online space governed and how
does its architecture structure online interaction? Finally, which
methods are best suited to analyze the practices and dynamics of
collective action online adequately?

Co-chairs: Mayo Fuster Morell (European University Institute) and
Johanna Niesyto (University of Siegen)
Discussant: Sigrid Baringhorst (University of Siegen)

About the co-chairs:

Mayo Fuster Morell did a doctoral research on “The Governance of
platforms of participation for the building of digital commons”
supervised by Prof. Donatella della Porta at the European University
Institute. She explores the democratic logic of the Internet in
knowledge-making processes and the relationship between governance
model and community growth. She compares World Social Forum, Flickr,
Wikihow and Wikipedia governance models
( Last year she was visiting
researcher at the School of Information – UC Berkeley and provided
teaching assistance at the Communication Department – Stanford
University. She co-wrote the books “Rethinking political organisation
in an age of movements and networks” (XL Editorial: Rome 2007);
“Activist research and social movements” (Spanish) (El Viejo Topo:
Barcelona 2005); and “Guide for social transformation of Catalonia”
(Catalan) (Edicions Col.lectives: Barcelona 2003). Mayo Fuster Morell
is promotor of the International forum on free culture and access to
knowledge ( and Networked Politics Collaborative
research (

Johanna Niesyto is PhD student in political sciences. She works as
research fellow in the project ‘Changing Protest and Media Cultures’
at the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Media Upheavals’ at the
University of Siegen (Germany). Her key interests cover globalization,
public spaces, democracy, political campaigns, contentious politics,
political consumerism, cyber culture and social web. In her thesis she
looks at Wikipedia as translingual public space of political knowledge
production. Johanna is co-editor and author of “Politik mit dem
Einkaufswagen” (Politics with the shopping trolley) and “Political
Campaigning on the Web”. Also, she has helped organizing several
conferences such as CPOV ( For
more information see:

About the discussant:

Sigrid Baringhorst (Prof. Dr. phil.) is working as professor at the
department of social sciences in the field of comparative political
studies and political sociology. She is director of the research
project ’Changing Protest and Media Cultures’ at the Collaborative
Research Centre ‘Media Upheavals’ at the University of Siegen
(Germany). Her key interest cover political communication, social
movement studies and politics and policies of migration. She is
co-editor and author of numerous publications such as “Politik mit dem
Einkaufswagen” (Politics with the shopping trolley), “Political
Campaigning on the Web” and “Politik als Kampagne” (Politics as

Mayo Fuster Morell
Skype: mayoneti

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