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"Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology", Rovinj, Croatia, 2 - 3 October 2015

organised by a committee formed from IPSA RC10 (Electronic Democracy), RC22 (Political Communication) and RC34 (Quality of Democracy)


The conference program is now available here.

We look forward to welcoming you in Rovinj!


We gladly announce that the key note lectures will be delivered by Lance Bennett, one of the leading world’s media studies scholar and Guy Lachapelle, IPSA’s Secretary General and professor of political science at Concordia University. To learn more about our key note speakers click here.

Hurry up and join us in Rovinj!


Only registered participants will have their place guaranteed and will be included in the final program of the conference. 


To register proceed to our registration page 

There is only little time left to get excellent accommodation rates! Check the rates at (see accommodation) and book through or  +385 52 800 250


Call for papers

Event fees

Key dates and deadlines

Organising committee

Local information, accomodation and travel

About Rovinj



What to do do in Rovinj 


Where to eat in Rovinj?

If you want have a quick meal:

Al Quadrato Pizzeria

Enjoy original Italian pizza in the heart of Rovinj! This cute Italian place is only 15 min walk from Hotel Lone and will give you true taste of Italy.  


Male Madlene

This place will give you true homey experience. It is perfect to spend intimate, cosy and relaxed evening. Take a 15 minute walk from Hotel Lone and enjoy finger-food and quality wines.  



You need a „quick bite“? Take a 10 min walk from Hotel Lone, and try sandwich or pizza at this place. Locals say that it can't be better and faster than this.


If you're looking for the scent of Istria:


Istrian specialties and domestic atmosphere! This place is only 10 minute walk from Hotel Lone and will give you a true Istrian experience.




Barba Danilo

Creative and innovative food, especially seafood. This restaurant is one of the leading seafood restaurants in Rovinj. With 5 min car/taxi drive you can taste fresh and delicious seafood.


If you're looking good for quality meal:

Restoran Puntulina

One of the top 100 Croatian restaurants situated in the centre of the Old Town Rovinj. It has an outside large terrace with beautiful sea view. Food is worth the price and it is only 15 min walk from Hotel Lone.



Restaurant with the most beautiful view of the Katarina Island and the old town. Traditional seafood specialties made from fresh ingredients is really worth trying and experiencing. This place is 10 min walk from Hotel Lone.


Restaurant Oleander

For guests staying in hotels Lone/Eden is very good lunch option because it is located in the Hotel Eden (next to hotel Lone).





Where to have a drink in Rovinj?

If you want to have coffee:

Cafe Batana

One of the oldest cafes in Rovinj, where everybody goes for their morning coffee. For locals this is the most popular coffee place and is situated in the centre of the town, only 10 minutes walk.


Skipper bar

This place is closes to the Hotel Lone. Only 5 minute walk. It is situated at ACI Marina so you can enjoy great view. It is great place to relax and take a break and enjoy the view.


Day&Night places to have a drink:

Valentino Cocktail bar

This place is known as the most romantic place on the Adriatic coast with a beautiful view and is only 15 min walk from Hotel Lone.



Urban-relaxed atmosphere, type of place with affordable prices where the owner makes everyone feel welcome. With only 15 min walk from Hotel Lone, you can have memorable time and relax after the Conference.



Placed in the centre of the old town this pub-type place is only 15 minute walk from Hotel Lone. You can try wide range of international beers and enjoy acoustic music.


Take a walk through Rovinj...

City Palace

The seat of the City mayor and the entire city administration, once this was the Praetorian Palace whose "foundations" date back to 1308. In one part of the ground floor there was also a prison while on the upper floor there was City Council Hall, offices and the file room. The front and the atrium were restored in 1850 and 1860 and in 1935 when the coats of arms were placed there representing Venetian and Rovinj families and the City.

Town Clock

It is located on the main town square in Rovinj. It once represented the tower on the south corner of the former town walls. Built in the 17th century, the tower was extended several times. There used to be a prison below the tower for minor offenders.

Town Walls and Gates

As early as in the 7th century, Rovinj was surrounded by city walls that were subsequently strengthened by towers. The city had seven gates, three of which have been preserved to this day: The Gate of St. Benedict, The Portica and The Gate of the Holy Cross.

Balbi's Arch

Where the Balbi’s Arch stands today, there used to be the main gate to the fortified city of Porton della Pescheria. The old gate was pulled down in 1678/79 and the Balbi's Arch was built in its place. It was built during the time of Mayor Daniel Balbi. The inscription written on a stone board placed on the arch bears witness to that fact.

Centre for Historical Research

Founded in 1968, it is situated in the immediate vicinity of the city palace. The Center disposes with a large library (more than 80.000 works) that has had the status of „Biblioteca depositaria del Consiglio d´Europa“ since 1995  – the library where the European Council's material, related to the issues from human rights and minority rights, is archived. 

The Antonio Gandusio Theater

It is a visionary legacy of one of Rovinj’s mayors from the late 19th century, Nicolo de Califfi. It is interesting to know that he prepared the drawings for it himself and the building was completed in 1854. The Antonio Gandusio Theater deserved to be called a true attraction of both Rovinj and the Croatian cultural heritage.

Franciscan Monastery

The construction of this beautiful Baroque building started in 1702. The monastery belongs to a type of claustral city monasteries and, according to its integral parts, it is traditional and adjusted to the life of the monks and the wider community.

Church of St. Euphemia

This Venetian Baroque building and the largest monument in the city was restored between 1725 and 1736. At the site where this impressive church stands today, the Chapel of St. George (Sv. Juraj) had been located until the 10th century.

Romanesque Church of the Holy Trinity

The most important and best preserved Romanesque building. It is located at Trg na lokvi, near the Bus Station. It is a seven-angle building containing in its interior a circular space with seven niches and a dome. It has all the features characteristic of the transition from the Romanesque into the Gothic style.




Key note speakers


Lance Bennett - teaches at the University of Washington, where he is Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor Communication and Professor of Political Science. He is also founder and director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement (

He is author or editor of 12 books, including: News: The Politics of Illusion, (Longman, 9th ed., also published in China); Taken By Storm: The Media, Public Opinion, and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Gulf War (Chicago, co-edited with David Paletz), Mediated Politics: Communication in the Future of Democracy (Cambridge, co-edited with Robert Entman, also published in China), When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (Chicago, with Regina Lawrence and Steven Livingston), and The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Personalization of Contentious Politics (Cambridge, with Alexandra Segerberg).

He has served on the editorial boards of leading journals in political science and communication and he is co-editor (with Robert Entman) of the Cambridge University Press series Communication, Society and Politics. He has served as chair of the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association. Visiting appointments include: The Laurence M. Lombard Visiting Professor of press/politics in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Olof Palme Visiting Professor, Stockholm University 2010 -2012, awarded by the Swedish National Research Council.

Bennett has lectured internationally on the importance of media and information systems in civic life. His current research interests include: press-government relations and the quality of public information; communication and the organization of social movements; transnational activism; citizenship and youth civic engagement, digital media and political participation, and modeling the organization of technology enabled crowds.




Guy Lachapelle - is full professor  in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University. He is the Secretary General of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) since 2000.  

He was president of the Société québécoise de science politique (1996-1997). He was the co-chairperson of the organizing Committee for the XVIIIth World Congress of the International Political Science Association in Quebec City in the year 2000 (August 1-5, 2000). He was director of the MPPA program (1990-1991). He published several books. His latest publications include: Le Bloc Québécois – 20 ans au nom du Québec (with Marie-France Charbonneau, Richard Vézina Éditeur, 2010), Claude Ryan et la violence du pouvoir, Le Devoir et la Crise d’octobre 1970 ou le combat de journalistes démocrates (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2005), Diversité culturelle, identités et mondialisation– De la ratification à la mise en œuvre de la Convention sur la diversité culturelle (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2008), Les relations internationales du Québec depuis la Doctrine Gérin-Lajoie (1965-2005) – Le prolongement externe des compétences internes (with Lousie Beaudoin and Robert Comeau, Presses de l’Université Laval, 2006), Mastering Globalization – New sub-states’ governance and strategies (with Stéphane Paquin, Routledge, 2005), Globalización, Gobernanza e Identidades (with Francesc Morata and Stéphane Paquin, Barcelona Fundació Carles PI i Sunyer, 2004), Mondialisation, gouvernance et nouvelle stratégies subétatiques (with Stéphane Paquin, Presses de l’Université Laval), Robert Bourassa: un bâtisseur tranquille (with Robert Comeau, Presses de l’Université Laval, 2002) and Globalization, Governance and Identity (with John E. Trent, Presses de l’Université de Montréal).

His study for the Royal Commission on Political Parties and Party Financing (Lortie Commission) Polls and The Media in Canadian Elections: Taking the Pulse (1991) was instrumental in the inclusion by the federal government in the Canadian Election Act for the 1993, 1997 and 2000 elections of a black-out on public opinion polls during federal elections. His publications include contributions to Revue française de science politique, Publius, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Revue québécoise de science politique, Québec Studies, Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, Éthique publique, Politique et Sociétés. He is often solicited by the media. His recent work has focused on public policy, public opinion theory, and US and Quebec politics.


Call for papers


The conference is organised by a committee formed from IPSA RC10 (Electronic Democracy), RC22 (Political Communication) and RC34 (Quality of Democracy). The conference is going to take place in cooperation with the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb.

The conference theme focuses on the intersection between the work of three strands of political science, all of which ask questions of vital importance for the well-being of democracy globally. These questions revolve around measures, standards and analyses of the quality of democracy, the role of political communication in enhancing democracy and the extent that information and communication technology offers potential for a richer, interactive and co-created politics. Without imposing any normative ontologies onto the discussion we enquire how communicative acts, particularly but not exclusively those which take place using digital technologies, contribute positively or negatively to the quality of the democratic experience for citizens and to sustaining active democracies.

We therefore invite papers which contribute theoretically and empirically to this and relevant debates. Papers should have the concept of democracy (political participation, engagement and deliberation) at their heart and make explicit links to the contribution from theory and practice of digital political communication either by governments, political parties or candidates, media organisations, citizens, non-governmental actors or social movements. Papers focusing on cross-national comparative analyses are particularly welcome.

Selection will be based on the submission of abstracts which should contain the following information:

•           Title

•           Author and Affiliation

•           Core theoretical premise of the paper

•           Methodology and relevant information on data collection and analysis

•           Key findings or questions that analysis will address if ongoing research

Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words.

Abstracts should be emailed to and must be received by 31 January 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 9 March 2015.


The most successful, positively reviewed papers will be published in the special edition of the Media Studies journal published by the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb.





Event fees


Conference fees include participation, conference packs, coffee breaks and welcome event.

Standard fee  €120.00

Student fee €80.00

Please note that all participants wishing to attend need to pay a conference fee.



Key dates and deadlines


20 January 2015                                  Submission deadline

9 March 2015                                      Notification of acceptance

1 June 2015                                        Booking and registration deadline

10 September 2015                             Booking and registration deadline for non-presenting participants

10 September 2015                             Full paper submission




Organising committee





Organising committee:


Organising committee


Oscar G. Luengo, Associate Professor in Political Science, Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, University of Granada;

 Darren G. Lilleker, Associate Professor in Political Communication, Bournemouth Media School, Bournemouth University;

José Álvaro Moisés,  Professor of Political Science, University of São Paulo;

Marianne Kneuer, Head of Department of Political Science, Director Institute of Social Sciences, University of Hildesheim;

Norbert Kersting, Professor for Local and Regional Politics at the Department of Political Science, University Münster;

Domagoj Bebić, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb;

Marijana Grbeša, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb;


Local information


About the venue

Hotel Lone is a unique design hotel in Croatia. Featuring an impeccable blend of luxury, beauty, style and cultural heritage, the five star boutique hotel is a perfect leisure and business destination. For more information check



Preferential rates have been negotiated in hotels Lone and Eden for the participants of the Conference. Hotels are located next to each other and are within a 10 minutes walk from the beautiful city centre.


Preferential rates for the conference participants in Hotel Lone

Premium Room

  • Double bedroom (per room per day)                        155,30 €
  • Double bedroom single use (per room per day)         124,20 €

SPECIAL EARLY BIRDS DISCOUNT: Additional 20% off for all the bookings made until 15 March 2015! 

For more information about the rooms and the hotel check


Preferential rates for the conference participants in Hotel Eden

Standard Room

  • Double bedroom (per room per day)                        94,50 €
  • Double bedroom single use (per room per day)         75,60 €

Superior Room

  • Double bedroom (per room per day)                        110,30 €
  • Double bedroom single use (per room per day)          88,20 €


SPECIAL EARLY BIRDS DISCOUNT: Additional 30% off  for all the bookings made until 15 March 2015! 

For more information about the rooms and the hotel check


How to book your hotel?

All the bookings, for both hotel Lone and Eden, should be made directly through or  +385 52 800 250. If you are booking via e-mail, you should enter the name of the conference in the Subject field. If you are booking over the phone, you should say that you are the conference participants in order for special rates and discounts to apply. For all other queries and special requests you can contact the hotels directly.




Rovinj is only 30 minutes away from Pula airport which is very well connected with several European airports. Rovinj can also be easily reached via Trieste, Zagreb and Ljubljana. Special conference shuttles will be organised at all times from all these airports to Rovinj and from Rovinj to these airports.



About Rovinj


“Usually called ‘The Blue Pearl of the Mediterranean’, Rovinj is one of the most romantic places on Adriatic coast. The town of Rovinj is the right destination for all of you seeking a sentimental atmosphere of the times that have forever gone by. In the Mediterranean, you can find it here, in the town that has begun its romantic life on an island, its restricted area resulting in crowded houses, narrow streets and small squares, still untouched by modern urbanism. On the seaside, the town is protected by a high rocky shore and house walls built on cliffs, while the mainland side is protected by solid walls.

Built upon a rich fishermen’s tradition, it has become distinctive for its unique boat called batana and its songs bitinada. Its beauty was particularly appreciated by artists who have painted the most beautiful motifs here and exhibited them on Grisia, the street of artists…” … for more visit 


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