2020 BEA Research Symposium:

Political Communication, Culture and Society

Deadline extended to 12/3/19

The Research Symposium will take place in Las Vegas during the BEA2020 conference on Sunday, April 19, 2020
Submission Deadline: December 2, 2019

Research Symposium Chair:
Patricia Moy, Christy Cressey Professor of Communication, Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Washington |

This year’s research symposium, which focuses on the very expansive concept of political communication, is designed to shed light on the processes, contents, and effects related to myriad forms and vehicles of political communication. Whether involving legacy media, print or broadcast media, new and social media platforms, or face-to-face discussions, political communication today has shaped how we understand the world around us, our place in it, and ultimately, how we engage with it politically and socioculturally. In other words, political communication implicates not only “politics” with a capital P, but also “politics” with a lower-case p.

The research symposium welcomes theoretical and/or empirical works that relate to:

  • Advancing our understanding of political communication theories and methods
  • Comparative research
  • Evolving journalistic practices and their implications for society
  • News coverage of international/transnational issues
  • Citizenship and voice
  • Political participation and civic engagement
  • Trust in media and democratic institutions
  • Fake news and misinformation
  • Political polarization
  • Communication and democracy
  • Elections and campaigns
  • Use of social media by politicians, citizens, organizations
  • Media effects on public opinion
  • Social movements in a digital era
  • Online communication, incivility, and deliberative processes
  • Communication about contemporary issues (e.g., race, gender, the environment, science, immigration, populism)

Submissions to this research symposium can be:
(1) full research papers, which typically run between 5000-7,000 words, excluding references, tables and appendices; and
(2) extended abstracts, which typically run 1500-2,000 words and include a clear presentation of the study’s theoretical foundation, hypotheses, methods, and (potential) results. Extended abstracts must note the (actual/anticipated) dates of data collection. Feasibility of project completion will be considered in evaluations of extended abstracts.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and, if accepted, will be considered for inclusion in Routledge’s Electronic Media Research Book Series.

The 2020 BEA Research Symposium will sponsor a paper competition for which faculty and students are eligible.

Paper Submission Process
BEA Members will be able to upload papers to the 
BEA2020 All Academic site with their BEA membership login and password. If you know your BEA login information, login to your All Academic account. If you forgot your BEA membership password, please click here to reset. If you ARE NOT a member, please click here to create an account.

Once you login with your BEA membership login and password, follow the steps below:
1. Submit a paper… Click on the link for “Submit or Edit a Paper or Program Proposal.”
2. Select 2020 Research Symposium – Political Communication, Culture and Society
3. Submit the title & abstract… Follow the guidelines to add a title and abstract
4. Adding co-authors… At the prompt, add any co-authors to the paper. Note: If your co-author(s) aren’t BEA members, have them create All Academic accounts first so you can easily search and link them to the paper.
5. Review & Upload… Review your information and upload your paper.

Editing Abilities… You can edit and/or re-submit papers up until the deadline at 11:59 pm ET on December 2, 2019.
Length & Style… Papers normally do not exceed 4,000 words excluding references, tables and appendices.  Use APA style.

The BEA2020 paper competition is BLINDLY REVIEWED. Do NOT include a cover page with author and contact information and remove ALL author information from internal pages. Judges need to blindly review your papers. Your paper information will be directly linked to your profile.

Research Submission Information

  1. Please indicate the author(s) status: (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate student)
  2. You may submit different papers; however, conference organizers reserve the right to select papers to ensure greater representation in published proceedings.
  3. Papers must be written using APA Style.
  4. Papers accepted and presented are eligible for publication in the BEA Routledge book series, contingent on standard revision procedures.