This conference seeks to advance the understanding of today's European citizenship. And it does so in a particular way as it takes up the challenge to explore the role of the mass media and people's interpersonal discussion habits about politics in explaining civic and political participatory behaviors that foster a European citizenship.
For years researchers have inquired about the mechanisms that elicit today's European Union. There seems to be a consensus in the academic community that points to certain aspects as being central for the advancement of the European Union. Social identity features, cultural traits, a strong and deliberative public sphere, and sociopolitical elements have all been theorized to provide a healthier, more cohesive, and more participatory European Union. Nevertheless, how Europeans participate and get involved in the political process is largely mediated, and it has been somewhat overlooked. That is, the ways in which European citizens engage in civic and political activities greatly depend on the effects of the mass media and the ways in which citizens discuss important public issues among themselves. Hence, the importance of studying the role of the mass media and how people discuss relevant issues for public life, perhaps generating a European public sphere.
Drawing from the expertise provided by academics, professionals, and media experts from the USA, the European Union, and Latin America, this conference aims to shed light over all these processes as they shape today's European citizenship.
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