Organized by the research network “electronic democracy” (DEL) joined to the CEDITEC at the University of Paris Est Créteil and the CERTOP-CNRS, under the scientific responsability of Gérard Loiseau and Stéphanie Wojcik, the international symposium “Online political participation and its critics” aims to confront research, from a wide range of disciplines, devoted to the transformations of contemporary political regimes possibly induced by the increasing integration of digital technologies, especially the Internet, in various areas of social life.

There are indeed increasing academic studies that focus on the practices of “electronic democracy” over the past fifteen years during which the Internet – both architectures and interfaces – has considerably evolved. Various new social and political practices could have been emerged from the uses of its new features and functionnalities. A series of recent studies have prompted to question the relevance of the theoretical and epistemological frameworks mobilized by the scientific community till then to identify these practices of digital networks as they favour modes of political involvement and participation.

More specifically, this conference aims to explore the digital practices of political participation by questioning both its empirical manifestations, and the consistency of the concepts used previously to perform their qualification.

To this end, the symposium is scheduled on two days :
– June 19, 2013: a day devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers of young researchers, which has been selected following a call for papers (closed);
– June 20, 2013: two roundtables bringing together researchers invited to examine the relevance of their analytical framework in relation to two questions: “Can we analyze online political participation through the lenses of theoretical approaches traditionally used in social sciences?” And its corollary: “Does researches on the political uses of the Internet and social networks revisit some of these theoretical approaches, or even, do they produce new concepts?”

The working languages ??are English and French. Simultaneous translation in both languages ??will be provided throughout the conference.

DEL sympoisum is supported by:
– University of Paris Est Créteil (UPEC)
– Centre d’étude des discours, images, textes, écrits, communications (CEDITEC) – UPEC
– Centre d’Etude et de Recherche Travail Organisation Pouvoir (CERTOP) – National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
– Connaissance, Organisation et Systèmes TECHniques (COSTECH) ) University of Technology of Compiègne
– GIS Participation
– Research Committee (RC 10) “Electronic Democracy – International Political Science Association
–, dans le cadre du programme de collaboration France-Québec en SHS de l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) et du Fonds Québec Recherche Société et Culture (FQRSC)
– Standing Group Internet&Politics – European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
– Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la communication, l’information et la société (GRICIS) – Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
– International Journal of Electronic Governance
– Groupe de recherche en communication politique (GRCP) – Université Laval
– Centre for Research on Direct Democracy (C2D) – Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA) and Law School of the University of Zurich.
– Institut für Politikwissenschaft – Universität Münster
– Department of Media and Communication – University of Leicester
– University of Luxembourg

This symposium is supported by the Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France (ministère de la Culture et de la Communication).