School of Social and Political Science

Edinburgh Sociology Seminar: Ceren Budak

Seminar Series

Date & Time

October 27, 16:00-17:30


Seminars will take place online via Zoom. Links will be emailed to the Sociology mailing list.

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Title: Political Conversations Online - Substance and Style

Abstract: In this talk, I will summarize two studies on citizen participation in political discussions online. In one, I will focus on the substance of such discussions and show how Twitter users frame immigration discourse. I will report on the issue-generic, issue-specific, and narrative frames we identified using supervised learning techniques and show how users' ideology and region impact framing, and how a message's framing influences its audience responses. In the second part of the talk, I will focus on the style of political conversations. Focusing on Reddit this time, I will show how norms of toxicity in political discussions are sustained and reproduced, shaping how citizens engage online. 

The Edinburgh Sociology Seminar Series is a weekly series convened by Dr Christopher Barrie. Seminars take the format of a 45-60 minute research talk followed by 30-45 minute Q&A. We look forward to welcoming you there!

Key speakers

  • Ceren Budak, University of Michigan