The Political Communication Working Group meets most Fridays from September to May to share research, and also to host guest speakers.  Information on speakers is available through this Center for Political Studies events page. (Guest speakers are also advertised through listserves at UM.)

The PCWG is also hosting our first annual Michigan Symposium on Media and Politics this year.  The Call for Papers is below!:

Michigan Symposium on Media and Politics:
Environmental Advocacy in a Polarized World

The Political Communication Working Group at the University of Michigan Department of Communication Studies, is proud to announce the first annual Michigan Symposium on Media and Politics. The symposium is a one-day conference held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is a small-scale, substantively focused conference on a topic related to media politics, including talks from leaders in a given subfield, as well as papers from an open call for submissions; it is intended to generate connections between leading and new scholars, and help stimulate new ideas in the field.

The theme for this year’s symposium is Environmental Advocacy in a Polarized World. The Symposium is scheduled for February 22, 2019, and currently includes talks from leaders in the study of environmental communication: Max Boycoff, Dominique Brossard, Sharon Dunwoody, Eric Freedman and Matthew Nisbet. We are now soliciting paper proposals from others interested in joining us! We have a particular interest in work focused on the complexities of media coverage of environmental issues; and will prioritize new, in-progress work by early- and mid-career scholars working in the subfield.

Full papers are not required at this time.  We require only a proposed title and abstract (of no more than 500 words), submitted in this Google form.  The deadline for submissions is November 10, 2018; decisions will be made by the end of November.

Conference meals and lodging will be included for one accepted participant per paper. Modest travel grants to defray the costs of attendance may be available to accepted participants by application.

For questions, email:

This symposium is made possible with generous support from the Morgan O’Leary Symposium Fund.