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Talking Politics 2023: Silences and Voices in Global Media

Learn from experts as they analyze the role of language and media in global politics today.

About the Online Series

What role do media play in shaping global political landscapes? How do media affect who gets included, who gets excluded, and why? Why do some political issues receive attention while others do not?

Talking Politics 2023 brings together experts from the academy and beyond to share their distinctive analytic perspectives on political communication in the world today. Events in this online series focus on pressing current affairs and politics in a narrow sense — elections, political parties, and institutions — as well as in an expansive sense, examining social movements, covert media bias, and the cultural politics of representation.

Our experts will explore the political positions and acts of exclusion that shape global politics. They will also look beyond the media — or media industries — to consider a broader scope of medium and mediation that includes language as a key component, whether spoken, written, signed, recorded, or posted online.

Organized by graduate students in the University of Chicago Department of Anthropology and the University of Colorado Boulder Program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP), this interdisciplinary workshop series invites the public to experience and learn how language, and culture, and media shape real-world political communication.

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Series Format

Talking Politics 2023 features a series of webinars and roundtables by scholars, practitioners, and activists working across world regions, academic disciplines, and topics. Each Talking Politics event will feature both findings and conclusions and demonstrations of the types of data and methods of analysis that experts use in studying political communication. Attendees will also be able to engage with presenters and other series participants through live Q&A.

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Talking Politics is proudly co-sponsored by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA), the Center for the Study of Communication and Society (CSCS) and Linguistic Anthropology Lab at the University of Chicago, and the Program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder

Read the official Press release for Talking Politics here. 


Organizing Committee

Wee Yang Soh (Lead Organizer, UChicago)
Maureen Kosse (Lead Organizer, CU Boulder)
Joshua Babcock (UChicago)
Molly Hamm-Rodríguez (CU Boulder)
Jacob Henry (CU Boulder)
Kate Arnold-Murray (CU Boulder)
Rebecca Lee (CU Boulder)
Roberto Young (UT Austin)
Sarah Adams (CU Boulder)
Daniel Scott (UChicago)
Yukun Zeng (UChicago)

For more information on the Talking Politics online forum, please contact Wee Yang Soh at, or Maureen Kosse at Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to fully participate in this event should contact Maureen Kosse at