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Panelist and presentation at the ninth NapoKo-Colloquium in Mainz

Jun. Prof. Dr. Emese Domahidi and Elisabeth Wagner-Olfermann discussed and presented at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Elisabeth Wagner-Olfermann during her presentation. (Quelle: NapoKo)

Jun.-Prof. Emese Domahidi during the discussion. (Quelle: NapoKo)

From November 15 to 17, 2018, the ninth Colloquium of the Nachwuchsnetzwerk Politische Kommunikation (NapoKo) took place at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. The organisers started the colloquium with a panel discussion for the first time, in which Jun.-Prof. Dr. Emese Domahidi, Head of the Research Group on Communication Science esp. Computational Communication Science and commissionary Head of the Research Group on Communication Science, also took part. Under the title "How do data and digital technologies change the political discussion?" she discussed with Daniela Hohmann (Head of the Department of Mobilisation and Elections of the SPD Rhineland-Palatinate), Cornelius Winter (Founder and Managing Director of 365 Sherpas), Jochen König (Co-Founder & Managing Director Cosmonauts & Kings), Professor Dr. Ines Engelmann (University of Jena) and Prof. Dr. Dieter Kugelmann (State Commissioner Data Protection & Freedom of Information Rhineland-Palatinate) about HateSpeech, Fake News and Microtargeting.

On the following days, almost 20 young scientists and practitioners from Germany and Austria presented their research and consulting projects in the field of political communication in four panels. Elisabeth Wagner-Olfermann of the Research Group on Public Relations and Communication of Technology also presented her current dissertation project under the title "Media’s Construction of political leadership in transbroundary crises". Discussants included among others Prof. Dr. Stefan Aufenanger (University of Mainz), Prof. Dr. Ines Engelmann (University of Jena) and Prof. em. Dr. Hans Mathias Kepplinger.

The NapoKo was created in 2004 as a networker for the politically interested new generation in science and practice and counts today almost 360 members. The annual colloquium enables young researchers in the field of political communication to present their work to established representatives of political science, communication science and media studies and to establish interdisciplinary contacts. In addition to the colloquium, the network organizes an annual workshop on different methods in the field – this year on "Text Mining".