what do we do at picme?
We employ a mixed-method research design that triangulates in-depth interviews, statistical data-sets, discourse analysis and digital methods.
We develop middle-range theories on how political participation emerges and unfold in complex media environments today.
We delve into actual examples of grassroots and institutional political participation in three Southern European countries: Italy, Spain, and Greece.
We disseminate our findings through academic and non-academic reports, articles and papers in Italian, Spanish and English.
picme at a glance
PiCME investigates political participation in complex media environments. It does so by looking at how mechanisms and processes of political participation evolve in complex media environments and the consequences within the political sphere at large and in relation to political actors in particular. This is a crucial topic in contemporary societies, since profound changes in the media sphere have significant impact on how political participation develops today and will evolve in the near future. In the current media environment, political actors tend to interact with a variety of communication technologies, organizations, and professionals in the political sphere. In fact, political participation – from individual involvement to electoral campaigns and protest demonstrations – is intertwined with complex flows of communication, where older and newer media technologies and their logics dispute, collide, and, more often, combine. However, we still lack a comprehensive understanding of how mechanisms and processes in political participation actually changed and with what consequences for the political sphere. PiCME adopts an interdisciplinary methodology that integrates diverse research traditions from media studies, Internet studies, political science, and political sociology.
Media connects with political participation at different levels of society and we take them all into consideration: at the micro level of individuals, like engaged citizens and political leaders; the meso level of organizations, like associations, parties and newspapers; and the macro level of institutions, like big media corporations and national governments.
Mechanisms and processes of political participation intertwine with (and are shaped by) media in different ways according to the broad context in which they develop. We compare three different countries and, within each of them, we contrast examples of grassroots and institutional political participation.
Complex media environments revolve around three main dimensions, that we analyze jointly: imaginations related to the media and what they can do for political participation; technological infrastructures that support and govern what citizens can do with the media; media practices that orient and order the activities linked to political participation.
We employ different methods of data gathering and analyzis, triangulating quantitative and qualitative methods.
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NEWS AND EVENTS
PiCME will be present at the next international ECPR conference – from 6 to 9 September 2017 in Oslo – with a whole section entitled Political Sciences and the Big Data Challenge. From Big Data in Politics to the Politics of Big Data and co-organized with our colleague Elena Pavan and her Makers research project.[…]
From the 20th to the 21st of April, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences: a two day workshop on activists media practices in protest media ecologies from anti-austerity movements in Southern Europe to global perspectives on movements and digital technologies. This two-day workshop is organized in the framework of two research projects: PiCME –[…]
The PiCME crew is fully involved in the organization of the Summer School on Media in Political Participation and Mobilization, that will take place at the Centre on Social Movement Studies in Florence from the 23rd to the 30th of June 2017. The Summer School will host two great keynote speakers – Donatella della Porta and[…]
The PiCME paper on comparing media systems in the digital age has been accepted at the next conference of the International Communication Association in the Political Communication section, that will take place at the end of May in San Diego (USA). Diego Ceccobelli will present the paper, that proposes to update and expand the classic theoretical[…]
The PiCME crew will present its paper on comparing media systems in the digital age during the Lunch Seminar series at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore (Palazzo Strozzi, Florence) from 1pm to 3pm the 15th of February 2017.
The PiCME team will present a paper on media imaginaries related to political participation in Spain and Greece during the next annual conference of the Italian Political Communication association, that will take place in Urbino from the 15th to the 17th of December.
The ECREA conference is approaching and we put together some slides to present our work on media systems in the digital age. The slides, as the paper we are writing, are a work in progress and any comments is more than welcome! (the image is by Kim Faires)
PiCME will present a paper at the next ECREA conference in Prague, that will take place from the 9th to the 12th of November 2016. The aim is to present the work that we did in the past few months at the conceptual level of (complex) media environments, media systems and media ecologies. We are[…]
Alice Mattoni will discuss with the early PiCME research design on political participation in complex media environments. She will present some preliminary thoughts on concepts and methods that might be used to analyze how different forms of political participation are embedded in several types of media technologies, platforms and outlets. The COSMOS Share meeting will take place on Thursday 26th of[…]