18 giugno 2018

The 2014 Scottish independence referendum in the media. Conference at University of Stirling

The 2014 Scottish independence referendum in the media.

Friday 18 September 2015

Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling

The 2014 Scottish independence referendum was one of the most significant events in the UK that year and its impact on politics is ongoing. It saw an unprecedented engagement of citizens in the political process, and it attracted media interest from around the world. This one-day conference will discuss how the media presented this political event across different platforms and in different countries.  How did media organisations in Scotland and in England represent the campaign? How was the referendum talked about in Europe, particularly in countries that have had or are currently having their own constitutional debates? What is the role of the news media in framing referendum campaigns? What was the role of digital platforms in political deliberation?


9.00-9.30: Registration and coffee

9.30-9.45: Welcome and introduction

9.45-10.45: Plenary speech

Referenda and media framing – Claes de Vreese, Chair of Political Communication, Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam

10.45-11.00: Coffee break

11.00-12.30: The 2014 referendum in Scotland

  • Television framing of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum – Marina Dekavalla, University of Stirling
  • Broadcast and press coverage of the independence White Paper launch – David Hutchison, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Scottish civil society and the referendum campaign – Will Dinan, University of Stirling

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.00: Perspectives from outside Scotland

  • The Scottish referendum on English television – Andrew Tolson, University of Leicester
  • The Scottish referendum in Slovenian media – Alenka Jelen, University of Stirling
  • The referendum and the Scottish constitutional issue in Catalan media – Enric Castelló and Marta Montagut, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona

15.00-15.15: Coffee break

15.15-16.45: Social media and citizen engagement

  • Twits on Twitter? Twitter’s Ability to be Deliberative? – Mark Shephard, Strathclyde University
  • Twitter in the Scottish Independence Referendum Campaign – Michael Comerford, University of Glasgow
  • Participatory platforms, deliberative processes and civic mobilization – Emiliana De Blasio, Luiss University, Rome

Attendance is free, but places are limited. Please email m.a.buchanan@stir.ac.uk to reserve a place.

This conference is part of the Television framing of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum research project, supported by the ESRC Future Research Leaders Scheme (ES/L010062/1).

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