Evropska unija dodelila financiranje COST akciji DepolarisingEU

Evropska unija je dodelila financiranje COST akciji: „Redressing Radical Polarisation: Strengthening European Civil Spheres facing Illiberal Digital Media“ (DepolarisingEU).

Na PI sodelujeta:

  • dr. Igor Ž. Žagar
  • dr. Žan Lep


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Press release


**European Union Funds International Collaborative Project Network to Address Radical Polarisation and Strengthen European Civil Spheres**

[Madrid, 26th of February, 2024] – The European Union has awarded funding to an innovative international collaborative project network, titled „Redressing Radical Polarisation: Strengthening European Civil Spheres facing Illiberal Digital Media“ (DepolarisingEU). This four-year initiative, which commenced in November 2023, and concludes in November 2027, aims to tackle the escalating phenomenon of radical polarization while bolstering democratic values and civil discourse across Europe.

Polarization has become increasingly pervasive in liberal democratic societies, posing significant challenges to tolerance, openness, and civil discourse. The DepolarisingEU network seeks to address this pressing issue by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and developing effective interventions to mitigate uncivil and undemocratic partisanship.

Led by a distinguished team of scholars from esteemed institutions across Europe and the United States, including Dr. María Luengo Cruz, Associate Professor of Journalism (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) as the Action Chair and Prof. Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky (Masaryk University) as the Action Vice Chair, the project network will leverage the expertise of its members to advance understanding of radical polarization and promote depolarisation strategies.

“This initiative represents a crucial step towards countering the divisive forces of radical polarization and strengthening European civil spheres,” said Dr. María Luengo Cruz, the Action Chair. “By engaging with civil and media organizations, we aim to foster pluralism and enhance democratic values in the digital age.”

The DepolarisingEU network will employ a multifaceted approach, drawing on cultural sociology and civil sphere theory to provide a normative framework for understanding and addressing radical polarization. Through collaborative research, the network seeks to identify best practices and develop practical tools to counter, redress, and prevent radical polarization effectively.

“Our goal is to empower individuals and communities with the skills and knowledge necessary to engage in civil and constructive dialogue,” said Prof. Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky, the Action Vice Chair. “By promoting communicative interventions and enhancing media literacy, we can mitigate the negative impact of digital media on polarization and promote a more inclusive public discourse.”

The project network comprises three working groups, each focusing on different aspects of radical polarization:

– Working Group 1: Civil sphere and radical polarization

– Working Group 2: Drilling down on radical polarization

– Working Group 3: Designing practical tools to counter, redress, and prevent radical polarization

With participation from researchers representing various countries and disciplines, the DepolarisingEU network is poised to make significant contributions to the field of sociology and communication studies.

Networking activities planned for 2024 include a training school with US cultural sociologist Jeffrey Alexander on 29 February and 1 March in Brno, Czech Republic; working group meetings and a seminar for young researchers in May in Wroclaw, Poland; and seminars with media and civil society organizations in June.

For more information about the DepolarisingEU project network, please contact Dr. Matthias Revers, the Science Communication Coordinator, at matthias.revers@uni-hamburg.de.

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