Sociale Wetenschappen

Polarization and Connection in the Digital Media Age

FSW Lecture by prof. Natalie Jomini Stroud (University of Texas, Austin) - 14/03/2024


About the lecture

Social media platforms have come to dominate much of our time, but with what effect on democracy? This talk will explore the perils and promise of social media for our political lives. To understand the political effects of social media, this talk will describe results from studies about the effects of social media in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The talk will then explore the possible ways in which social media does, and could, build connections between people.

About the speaker

Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the School of Journalism, as well as the founding and current Director of the Center for Media Engagement  at The University of Texas at Austin. The Center for Media Engagement examines commercially viable and democratically beneficial ways of improving media. More on the work of Prof. Stroud: -

Practical information

Date: Thursday 14 March 2024, 4 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: De Meerminne, Aula M.004, St-Jacobsstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp. 

Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory