Center for Political Communication sets symposium on politics, entertainment


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1:48 p.m., March 24, 2011----The University of Delaware Center for Political Communication is sponsoring a three-day "Breaking Boundaries" symposium on the topic of politics and entertainment April 8-10 that will be attended by political entertainment scholars from around the country.

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Hosted by Dannagal Young, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at UD, and Lance Holbert, associate professor of communication at Ohio State University, the symposium will consist of guided roundtable discussions on topics related to politics and entertainment.

Political entertainment scholars across discipline, epistemology and method will come together to develop a plan for a ground-breaking, theoretically-grounded, systematic study of how entertainment media relates to, informs, and interacts with more traditional public affairs media within the context of politics.

On Saturday, April 9, the symposium will also feature a presentation by the editor of the Onion, Joe Randazzo. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Finally, there will be a wrap up session to map out future directions and collaborations on political entertainment.

The roundtable topics include:

  • Looking back to look forward: A historical context for the study of politics and entertainment;
  • Politics, journalism, entertainment, and power: Critical cultural approaches to the study of politics and entertainment;
  • Politics and entertainment meet the brain: Cognitive psychology and the processing of political entertainment;
  • Politics, entertainment, and democracy: The normative question; and
  • Quantifying meaningful outcomes and understanding what they really mean.

Those who are interested in the symposium can visit the newly launched website for more information.