Spring Term 2022

If Covid-19 guidelines allow, all events take place at UCD and are also live-streamed on Zoom. Please register here to receive the link and password to the online meeting and information on the room at UCD.




Multilingual Automated Text Analysis for Comparative Social Science Research

Instructor: Fabienne Lind (University of Vienna)

Wednesday, 30 March, 14:00–16:00 (GMT)

Building the Bridge: Topic Modeling for Comparative Research

Speaker: Fabienne Lind (University of Vienna)

Wednesday, January 19, 14:00–14:45 (GMT)


When Reelection Increases Legislative Cohesion: Evidence from Clientelistic Parties in Mexico

Speaker:  Lucia Motolinia (Washington University in St. Louis)

Wednesday, February 2, 14:00–14:45 (GMT)

Challenging the Establishment from Within: Analysing Challenger Party Strategies in the Parliamentary Arena 

Speaker: Markus Kollberg (University College London)

Wednesday, February 16, 14:00–14:45 (GMT)


Parliament Strikes Back: Agenda-setting and Power Voids in Early Representative Assemblies (with Tom Paskhalis)

Speaker: Toni Rodon (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Wednesday, March 2, 14:00–14:45 (GMT)


The Geopolitics of Deplatforming: Which Politically-Interested Iranian Accounts get Suspended on Twitter?

Speaker: Andreu Casas (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Wednesday, March 23, 14:00–14:45 (GMT)


There is No Bad Publicity? - Disentangling Different Types of Parties’ Agenda Influence on the Migration Issue

Speaker: Sophia Hunger (WZB Berlin Social Science Center)

Wednesday, April 6, 14:00–14:45 (GMT)


Past events

Autumn Term 2021




An Introduction to Webscraping Using R                            

Instructor: Jihed Ncib (UCD)                                                                                                                       

Wednesday, 10 November, 2pm–4pm

Please register here.


When Republicans See Red but Democrats Feel Blue: Why Labeler-Characteristic Bias Matters for Image Analysis

Speaker: Nora Webb Williams (University of Illinois)

Wednesday, September 22, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


What do mass media in Russia reveal about the regime’s survival strategy?

Speaker: Lana Bilalova (London School of Economics) to London School of Economics and Political Science)

 Wednesday, October 6, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)

The Visual Frames of Social Media Propaganda

Speaker: Marco Bastos (University College Dublin)

Wednesday, October 20, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


Reporting on Climate-Change Action: Paris Agreement, Fridays for Future and the Framing in Public News Worldwide

Speaker: Lisa Lechner (University of Innsbruck) with Gabriele Spilker (University of Salzburg)

Wednesday, November 3, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


The consequences of online partisan media

Speaker: Pablo Barberà (University of Southern California)

Wednesday, November 17, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


Emotional Propaganda: Understanding Authoritarian Affective Manipulation with an Audio-as-Data Approach to Chinese State Media During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Speaker: Haohan Chen (University of Hong Kong)

Wednesday, December 1, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


Spring Term 2021



A Political Esperanto, or False Friends? – 'Left' and 'Right' in Different Political Contexts

Speaker: Jesper Lindqvist (University College Dublin), with Jos Elkink

Wednesday, January 27, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)

Fifteen Seconds of Fame: TikTok and the Democratization of Mobile Video on Social Media

Speaker: Kevin Munger (Penn State University)

Wednesday, February 10, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)

What Do Online Experiments Tell Us About Political Fake News Recognition and Trust?

 Speaker: Olessia Koltsova (HSE University)

 Wednesday, February 24, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)

Exposure to News in the Digital Age: How Online Networks Shape the Consumption of Political Information

Speaker: Sandra González-Bailón (University of Pennsylvania)

Wednesday, March 24, 14:00–15:00 (GMT) 

Online and Offline Responses to Protest in Electoral Autocracies

Speaker: Anita Gohdes (Hertie School), with Katerina Tertytchnaya

Wednesday, April 7, 14:00–15:00 (GMT+1)

The Double-edged Sword of Online Politics

Speaker: Taha Yasseri (University College Dublin)

Wednesday, April 21, 14:00–15:00 (GMT+1)


Autumn Term 2020 



Reproducible Research with Git and GitHub

Instructor: Stefan Mūller (UCD).                                                                                                                              

10:00-12:00 Friday, October 16.

12:00–14:00: Wednesday, November 11

Competing and Competitive Legislatures and the Policy-Opinion Link

Speaker: Miriam Sorace (University of Kent).

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, September 23.

Creating and Hosting an Academic Personal Website Using Hugo and GitHub

Instructor: Stefan Mūller (UCD) and Natalia Umansky (UCD)

10:00-12:30 Friday, November 13.


Similar Citizen Portrayals? Exclusionary Media Populism in Tabloids and Broadsheets 

Speaker: Zoltan Fazekas (Copenhagen Business School) (with Stefanie Walter).

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, October 7.


Smiling Face or Frowning Face? Comparing Emotion Recognition Algorithms for Applications in Political Communication Research 

Speaker: Lena Masch (University of Düsseldorf) (with Maaike D. Homan and Oul Han).

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, October 21.


Enhancing or Deflecting Public Accountability? The Language of European Commission Press Releases 1985–2018

Speaker: Christian Rauh (WZB Berlin).

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, November 11.


Ambiguity as Strategy of Radical Left Party Leaders in Western Europe

Speaker: Sarah Wagner (University of Essex). 

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, November 25.


Reputational Mainstreaming of Radical Right Parties 

Speaker: Frederik Hjorth (University of Copenhagen) (with Theresa Gessler and Fabrizio Gilardi).

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, December 9.



Summer Trimester 2020



Causal Inference with a Graphical Approach                             

Instructor: Akisato Suzuki (UCD)

15:00 - 17:00 Monday, June


Agent Based Models of Social Life: Breaking the Schelling Segregation Model

Speaker: Michael Laver (New York University)

Wednesday, May 20, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


But Is She Married? Gender Bias and Users' Gendered Interest in Politicians on Wikipedia

Speaker: Theresa Gessler (University of Zurich)

Wednesday, June 3, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


Interrogating the Opposition? The Use of Blue-Card Questions in the European Parliament

Speaker: Verena Kunz (University of Mannheim)

Wednesday, June 10, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


Why Keep Arguing? Predicting Engagement in Political Conversations Online

Speaker: Sarah Shugars (Northeastern University)

Wednesday, June 24, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


Exogenous Shocks, Policy Responses and Legislative Debates

Speaker: Jens Wäckerle (University of Cologne), with Sven-Oliver Proksch and Jan Schwalbach

Wednesday, July 8, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)



Spring Trimester 2020



Introduction to Applied Bayesian Statistics in Political Science

Instructor: Akisato Suzuki (UCD)

10:00-17:00 Thursday, January 23  

Public Denunciation and the Limits of Scandal

Speaker: Thomas Grund (UCD)

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, January 29

Wrangling and Visualising Data using R

Instructor: Stefan Müller (UCD)

10:00-15:00 Thursday, February 20

L246 SUTH/G316 ART

Federal Reserve Communications Sentiment’s Impact on Target Rate Discovery

Speaker: Juan Carlos Arismendi (Maynooth University)

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, February 12

Images as Data Workshop Dublin (IMG-DUB)

 Postponed to 10-11 December 2020

 Trinity College Dublin 

Using computational methods to study non-verbal political communication

Speaker: Constantine Boussalis (TCD)

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, February 26



Visualising Conceptual Change in Parliamentary Debates

Speaker: Paul Nulty (UCD)

Please join the seminar at https://zoom.us/j/108866799

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, April 1



Repost and Like: Securitization Theory in the Digital Age

Speaker: Natalia Umansky (UCD)

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, April 15



Autumn Trimester 2019



Opportunities and Challenges in Economic Policy Communications Workshop

17 January 2020

Central Bank of Ireland 

Seminar: Social Tree

Speaker: Georgiana Ifrim (UCD)

27 November 2019

Quantitative Text Analysis Dublin (QTA-DUB) Workshop

18-19 June 2019

UCD University Club

Seminar: Explorying the link between ethnic segregation and spatial patterns of attitudes 

Speaker: Thomas Feliciani (UCD)

13 November 2019


Seminar: Social identity and political polarization

Speaker: Chris Bail (Duke University)

30 October 2019


Seminar: What the rich and poor consider important and how this matters for representation

Speaker: Denise Traber (University of Lucerne)

16 October 2019


Seminar: Why do politicians get emotional?

Speaker: Gijs Schumacher

9 October 2019