The International Journal of Communication (IJoC) is pleased to announce the publication of a new Special Section, Transnational Connections, edited by Magdalena Wojcieszak, Assistant Professor and Ademic Director, Masters in Political Communication , IE University.
We are reminded daily that the world is increasingly “globalized,” that communication is transnational where new media technologies transcend boundaries, and that problems in one region generate far-reaching effects. These trends give political communication scholars a unique opportunity and obligation to engage in dialogue and comparative research. What can be learned from thinking about media and political communication as transnational? What are the similarities and the differences in academic and professional approaches to political communication in various contexts? What are the challenges and the opportunities for international research in the field?
The IE University organized the symposium Transnational Connections , which took place in Segovia to address these questions. The Symposium consisted of a series of roundtables, and the four essays gathered in this Special Section reflect the ideas expressed by participants in these roundtables. The essays explore how new media technologies and increased transnationality affect political communication theory, research and practice. The essays touch on a range of issues including theoretical and conceptual trends in the field; differences and similarities between U.S.-based and non-U.S.-based political communication research; how to integrate theory and findings among various regions; and how to study political communication in an environment dominated by new information technologies.
Collectively, these papers provide important reflections on the present and the future of political communication as a theory, research and practice.
Read this new Special Section at http://ijoc.org .