My department has decided that political communication is where it’s at. The board has given us a lump sump for 2014 and 2015 to develop projects under the umbrella we call POLKOM. We will contribute knowledge about how power is negotiated in an age were the media and strategic communicators seem to have more influence than ever. Political communication is defined broadly to include political journalism, strategic communication and political rhetoric.
Eli Skogerbø and yours truly will be heading POLKOM, with Sigurd Allern and Gunn Enli as the two other members of the core group. We also cooperate with people from the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (U of Oslo), Department of Sociology and Human Geography (U of Oslo), the Institute for Social Research (Oslo), the Department of Information Science and Media Studies (U of Bergen), and the Department of Sociology and Political Science (Norwegian U of Science and Technology).
POLKOM has already arranged a successful workshop. Next up: An anthology and a special issue of a journal. We have also secured workshop funding from the Democracy as Idea and Practice, an interfacultary research program at the University of Oslo.