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The Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan (Italy) and the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) organize the 5th edition of the International Summer School of Political Communication and Electoral behaviour (Milan, 18-23 July, 2016). The chosen theme of this edition is “Changing Media Environments, Changing Democracies”.

The School addresses the main theoretical and empirical questions at the intersection of political communication, political science, and political sociology, with a special focus on the relationship between political communication, media, political participation and democracy.

The Faculty includes internationally renowned academics. Confirmed speakers are Patricia Moy, Dhavan Shah, Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, Jesper Strömbäck, Mauro Barisione, Homero Gil de Zúñiga, Peter van Aelst, Yariv Tsfati, Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw, Gianpietro Mazzoleni, Stefano Iacus, Marina Costa Lobo, Catherine deVries.

Student participants come from around the world; countries represented at previous Summer Schools include USA, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, among others.

Building on its successful experience, this year’s Summer School presents an opportunity for 30 PhD candidates and early career academics in Communication, Sociology, Psychology and Political Science to attend an intensive, 6 day-long Program that consists of lectures, paper presentations and discussions. Workshops on Big Data research methods an on Writing for Scholarly Journals are scheduled during the week.