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Social Media and the Politicization of European Politics: curse or blessing?

Hosted by the European Institute

Festsaal (Banquet Hall), Humboldt Graduate School, Berlin, Germany

Speakers

Isabell Hoffmann

Isabell Hoffmann

Dr Mareike Kleine

Dr Mareike Kleine

Kai Whittaker

Kai Whittaker

Jon Worth

Jon Worth

´╗┐Professor Michael Zürn

´╗┐Professor Michael Zürn

Chair

Professor Simon Glendinning

Professor Simon Glendinning

In this LSE Alumni Event, organised by the LSE European Institute the panel will discuss the topic of social media and the politicization of Europe.

The European Union is increasingly contested in public spheres. This development comes at a time where the widespread use of social media offers both new opportunities for citizen engagement as well as platforms for the spread of misinformation and hate. Is this double trend of politicization and social media use a curse or a blessing? Are we witnessing the dawn of a more pluralist and participatory Europe or is this the beginning of the demise of European integration? 

Isabell Hoffmann (@ur_echo) is Senior Expert at Bertelsmann Stiftung and Founder & co-author of eupinions. Isabell founded eupinions, an independent platform for European public opinion, in 2015 as a project of Bertelsmann Stiftung in cooperation with Catherine E. de Vries of Essex University and Nico Jaspers of Dalia Research. As an expert researcher on democracy and legitimacy in the European Union, she has managed research projects on the role of national parliaments in the EU as well as the origins and impact of populism, nationalism and authoritarianism in Europe. Isabell studied political science and economics at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Before joining Bertelsmann Stiftung in 2008, she worked as a political editor for the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit.

Dr Mareike Kleine (@kleine_m) is Associate Professor in EU and International Politics at the European Institute, LSE and Professor of Global and European Governance at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. She joined the European Institute in 2009 and her research interests include theories of international organisation and International Political Economy, informal and formal governance, the interplay of domestic politics and international institutions, negotiation theories and normative questions of global governance.

Kai Whittaker (@Kai_Whittaker) is Member of the German Parliament, CDU/CSU faction. He is also an Alumnus of the LSE European Institute, where he graduated in 2010 in European Political Economy. 

Jon Worth (@jonworth) is Visiting Lecturer at the College of Europe, Bruges and a well-known Blogger on European Affairs. He works as a freelance communications consultant, helping governments, politicians and campaign organizations with their online engagement. Previously he worked for the National School of Government in the UK and he currently teaches at the Italian School of Public Administration in Rome.

Professor Michael Zürn (@WZB_Berlin) is the Director of the Research Unit on Global Governance and the Head of the Centre for Global Constitutionalism at the Berlin Social Science Centre.

Professor Simon Glendinning (@lonanglo) is Head of the European Institute and Professor in European Philosophy, LSE.

Venue: Festsaal (Banquet Hall), Humboldt Graduate School, Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin

Event Language: English

The event will be followed by a drinks reception, open to LSE Alumni only.

The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector. 

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