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Extensive literature has corroborated that in the US and in Europe affectively polarization along partisan lines occurs, meaning that citizens dislike and distrust the other political side and view their co‐partisans positively. Research has exposed numerous reasons for such out-party hostility, and an increasing body of evidence suggests that news content plays an essential role in explaining affective polarization. However, a comprehensive theoretical understanding of, and an empirical strategy for studying the link between media coverage and affective polarization is largely missing. Specifically, research into how characteristics of media content increase or decrease affective polarization would be extremely beneficial in an endeavor of minimizing affective polarization. Since there is only limited research into this question in multiparty systems as the Nordic countries, the development of a Nordic research network in this area will enable us to convert knowledge and ideas into high-quality research with societal impact, which will give Nordic research a spear-heading role in the international research community on affective polarization and partisan hostility.

The network will strive to support early-stage communication and journalism scholars by providing them with a unique platform for learning state-of-the art conceptualizations and methods to study the complex and dynamic ways in which media effects occur and translate into partisan hostility. 

To lead the way in this important development, the workshops gather key stakeholders from academia and the industry to create an overview of the novel research being conducted and to get inspiration from related fields. The workshops bring together Nordic researchers and will be held in three different Nordic countries (Finland, Denmark, and Sweden), in January and June 2022, and January 2023. Due to Covid-19 we are planning for two possibilities: 1) workshops are hybrid 2) workshops are fully online. 

The workshop-series enables The Nordic MAP Network to lead the way in measuring affect in studies of affective polarization, as technologies for measuring subconscious effects advance rapidly. The workshop plan promotes the research idea by focusing on:


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Last Updated 29.11.2021