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New Publication: Digital Media and the Surge of Political Outsiders

New article out in Social Media + Society. In "Digital Media and the Surge of Political Outsiders: Explaining the Success of Political Challengers in the United States, Germany, and China", we argue that digital media neutralize two former monopolies in structuring political discourse and political coordination and mobilization. In the past, these monopolies allowed media and political organizations to channel politics.

New Article in Behavior Research Methods

The article "The Rippling Dynamics of Valenced Messages in Naturalistic Youth Chat" co-authored by Seth Frey, Karsten Donnay, Dirk Helbing, Robert Sumner and Maarten Bos performs a quasi-experimental analysis of hundreds of millions of chat room messages between young people. This allowed us to reconstruct how—and on what timeline—the valence of one message affects the valence of subsequent messages by others.

Call for Papers: Conference on Advances in the Empirical and Theoretical Study of Parliaments

The ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments and the University of Konstanz are pleased to announce the conference on Advances in the Empirical and Theoretical Study of Parliaments. The conference will take place in Konstanz, Germany, from 26 to 28 September 2019. Keynote speakers are Kristin Kanthak (University of Pittsburgh), Georg Vanberg (Duke University), and Alan E. Wiseman (Vanderbilt University).

Workshop on High Performance Computing in the Social Sciences

The workshop takes place on July 12, 2019 in room G 309 and is meant for anyone interested in using high performance computing (HPC) resources in their research. It first introduces HPC and the Scientific Compute Cluster (SCC) at the University of Konstanz. The scientific talks in the afternoon then highlight the potential applications of HPC for hardware intensive statistical and simulation tasks in the social sciences.

Presentation at EPSA Annual Conference 2019 in Belfast

Karsten Donnay will contribute to a panel entitled "International and Domestic Conflict" presenting research related to the MERIAM project co-authored with collaborators in Geneva. The conference takes place from June 20 to 22 at Queen's University Belfast.