Research event

Dynamic network analysis and political discourses: The Case of the UN Global Compact for Migration

A presentation by Ulrike Klinger (Freie Universität Berlin). This event is part of the Digital Governance Research Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Digital Governance and the Data Science LabPrior registration is not required.

Abstract: The presentation traces a radical right-wing protest campaign against the UN Global Compact for Migration, which shook the political landscape in Europe in Fall 2018. A dynamic network analysis of the Twitter discourse over a period of five months illustrates the role of parties, "alternative" radical media and hyperactive users who generated loud minorities and "dark participation“. The analysis shows how political protest mobilization works beyond and outside of traditional mass media.

Ulrike Klinger is Assistant Professor for Digital Communication at Freie Universität Berlin and head of the research group on „News, Campaigns and the Rationality of Public Discourse“ at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Berlin, Germany. After receiving her PhD (best dissertation award by the German Political Science Association 2011), she worked as a Post-Doc at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, was a visiting scholar at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, the University of California at Santa Barbara and visiting professor at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen. Her research focuses on digital public spheres, political communication and digital technologies.