Politics and Democracy in the Digital Age
Politics and democracy in the digital age is the topic of the 6th Swiss Summer School of Democracy Studies which will be held from 24 to 28 June under the responsibility of the Department of Political Science at the University of Lucerne.
The Summer School focuses on digitalization, which strongly affects democracy at its core by changing the ways political actors, processes, and institutions work and develop. While an increasing number of studies in the social sciences deal with the theoretical and empirical implications of this trend, digitalization also affects the methodological toolboxes of researchers, allowing them to study new forms of data through new forms of means. Accordingly, the Summer School offers new insights into both, substantive and methodological innovations caused and enabled by digitalization in politics and science. More specifically, it focuses on the intersections between digitalization and democratic theory, political attitudes and behavior, political polarization, campaigning and social media.
The Summer School is an ideal setting for doctoral students, advanced MA students and postdoctoral researchers in political science, political communication, political theory and in various neighbouring disciplines who would like to:
- gain theoretical, empirical and methodological know-how on the transformation of politics through digitalization;
- receive feedback on their own work from both, experts and peers in their field of research; and
- meet and exchange with international experts and peers working on similar topics.
The Summer School on Politics and democracy in the digital age comprises an intensive program of lectures, seminars and young scholars' presentations. Five teaching days are scheduled, each of which focusses on a particular theme related to the overall topic of the Summer School:
- Political attitudes and behavior in the digital age
- Political polarization in the digital age
- Campaigning and social media
- Digitalization and democratic theory
Teaching days consist of two parts:
- The lecture and seminar sessions are organized and led by two experts: One internationally renowned scholar who gives a lecture and one expert from the University of Lucerne who serves as a chair. The lecture is followed by both, seminars and discussions in which young scholars can be assigned the role of discussant.
- In the workshop sessions participants is given the opportunity to present their research on the basis of a paper submitted in advance. They receive detailed feedback from the international expert, the workshop chair and an assigned peer. Summer School participants apply for the workshop in which they want to present their paper.
Participants of the Summer School receive a certificate (3 ECTS) provided they:
- attended all lectures, seminars and workshops,
- submitted in due time a paper of 15-20 pages (e.g. research or conference paper, publication draft etc.), which includes aspects of the research process they would like to discuss,
- presented their research in one of the 4 workshops (max. 10-15 minutes),
- discussed one peer's research paper, and
- prepared the required readings.
Application and Fees
Submission and Notification
Participation is competitive and limited to 20 participants.
Interested young scholars fill in this application form (DOCX, 112 KB) and submit it to the Summer School office.
The registration fee is 700 CHF (plus VAT) and includes:
- lunches and coffee breaks,
- all group activities.
If no accommodation is needed, the fee is 450 CHF.
A reduced fee applies to doctoral students whose host institution is member of the Swiss PhD-Network Democracy Studies:
- 450 CHF (with accommodation),
- 250 CHF (without accommodation)
Terms and Conditions
Invoices are sent immediately after confirmation of participation. The fee payment must be made by 15 May 2019.
- Cancellations made prior to 2 June 2019: Full refund less an administrative charge of CHF 50.00
- Cancellations made between 2 June and 16 June 2019: Refund of fifty percent less an administrative charge of CHF 50.00
- Cancellations made after 16 June 2019: No refund to be made.
- Participants registered for workshops cancelled by the Summer School organizers will be entitled to a full refund.
A letter confirming participation can be issued once the participant has paid the fee.
A limited number of grants is available for participants who submitted an excellent research proposal but can't get funding from their home institution or from elsewhere. There is a separate application process (application form (DOCX, 131 KB)), but applying doesn't guarantee success.
For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.