Where are we heading? The Future of Communication Science

A position paper by the NeFCA (Netherlands-Flanders Communication Association) Young Scholars Network. Given recent technological, societal, and political developments (e.g., virtual reality, Trump election, Brexit), the NeFCA Young Scholars Network organized a brainstorming session to discuss the future of communication science. In the beginning of February 2017, PhDs and young scholars in communication science from the Netherlands and Belgium met during the Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap at Tilburg, the Netherlands. The aim of this brainstorming session was to think together about future directions for our field of research. To kick off the meeting, Prof. Dr. Jochen Peter, scientific

A Populist Wave in Europe? Similarities and Differences Across the Continent

A growing number of nations in Europe have witnessed the rise of influential populist movements. Examples of populist expressions revolving around the construction of a divide between ‘us’ and ‘them’ abound. The Brexit movement in the U.K., for example, clearly highlighted the opposition between the innocent British people and the corrupt elites in the European Union. Outside of the political realm, journalists also communicate populist ideas, as illustrated by the following quote from the tabloid newspaper The Sun: “THIS is our last chance to remove ourselves from the undemocratic Brussels machine and it's time to take it”. Despite the spread of populist ideas among society, there has been

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