The Communication Institute of Greece (COMinG)

invites you to its
2nd International Hellenic Conference on Political Sciences: Communicating in Politics?
1-5 August 2021, to be held both face-to-face and remotely, Athens, Greece

Click here for the call for participation


After the organization of seven successful annual international conferences (look Previous Conferences of COMinG), the 2nd International Hellenic Conference on Political Sciences: Communicating in Politics?  (HEPO2021), aims to provide an opportunity for academics, professionals and industry experts from the field of political science, with cross-disciplinary interests, to discuss the future directives and innovations in their discipline.

This year, apart from our face-to-face conference, we also propose and promote remote participation, as some countries/participants might still face travel restrictions. Even if remote participation will only require half the normal registration fee, we will do our best to provide participants with equal opportunities to exchange, share, and communicate, as with F2F participants.

We propose a new interdisciplinary platform for the presentation of empirical and theoretical work that is reflective of a highly dynamic political arena both domestically and internationally. The conference seeks to receive contributions from scholars who recognize that political science needs to vindicate its relevance by tackling today’s challenges while predicting future themes.

We aim to establish a hub for academics that engage with peers over the latest advances and research results in any sub-field of political science, international relations, and especially political communication, both in the shape of empirical and theoretical work. The theme of the conference is meant to inspire and bring together academic leaders, researchers, and scholars who like to think outside the box and transcend their disciplinary domain. While offering a forum to established academics we also like to see proposals from a new generation of researchers as well as outstanding research students who like to share their work, receive feedback, and exchange ideas with faculty from all around the world. The unique aspect is that this conference will take place in parallel with the 6th Annual International Conference on Communication and Management, with the purpose to help experts from different disciplines communicate and exchange.

Conference Leaders
*Dr. Margarita Kefalaki, President and Founder of COMinG.
*Dr. Christ`l De Landtsheer, Professor, director of Political Communication Research Unit,  University of Antwerp, Belgium.
*Dr. Helen Shestopal, Professor, Chair of Psychology and Sociology of Politics, Lomonosov Moscow State University.
*Dr. Song Yingfa, Professor, University of Mining and Technology, China.
*Dr. Elpida Sklika, Teaching Fellow, University of Strasbourg, France.

This year, participants can propose either a traditional paper presentation, or an alternative presentation format, such as a laboratory, workshop, or roundtable discussion. Please find Click here to find all the different presentation formats.

For paper presentations, please submit your abstract by email to , as a .doc or .docx file using our Abstract_template. Decisions are reached within two weeks of the abstract submission. The deadline to register and to submit full papers will be specified in your acceptance letter.

In case you would like to participate in the conference without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a panel (session, mini-conference), chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books to be published, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to  Dr. Margarita KefalakiPresident, Communication Institute of Greece & Adjunct Professor, Hellenic Open University at

The submissions deadline for ALL formats proposals: Tuesday 16 March 2021

Please take a look at the provisional conference program

The themes of this conference include but are not limited to politics and mass media, political rhetoric, political psychology, political socialization, methods in political psychology, and political communication.

We invite papers that address the interface between communication and politics, examine the use of (social) media, visuals, and rhetoric in political campaigns, and the presentation, performance, and personality of leaders. Cordially welcome are also investigations into communication and political socialization, public opinion formation, and political participation. We also hope to see papers that address the interactions between the (social) media and intermediary organizations such as interest groups and political parties. Last but not least, we welcome scholars with an interest in political marketing and PR processes in government and the role the (social) media play in local and informal forms of governance.

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to, themes on political science, international relations, and political communication:

Political communication
Media and politics, internet and politics, political use of (social) media, political visuals, political metaphor, political rhetoric, deliberative democracy, political campaigns, political image, studies in perception, political impression management, presentation performance and personality of leaders, communication and political socialization, public opinion formation, political participation, communication of interest groups and political parties, political marketing, PR processes in government, communication in local and informal forms of governance, methods in political communication, political discourse analysis.

Political science
Political theory, political philosophy, political systems, policy analysis, policy studies, public policy, public administration, ideology, game theory, political economy, geopolitics and political geography, policy studies and public policy analysis, comparative politics, national systems, courts and judicial politics, democratic innovations, green politics, cross-national political analysis, supranational and intergovernmental politics, political development, foreign policy analysis, analytical politics, intelligence governance, peace studies, conflict analysis, international law and politics, public administration and local government studies, political psychology, bureaucratic administrative and judicial behavior, legislative processes and public law, political methodology, interdisciplinary perspective on violence and politics.

International relations
Globalization, global governance, international political economy, state sovereignty, ecological sustainability, nuclear proliferation, nationalism, economic development, global finance, crisis, and global change, change and order in world politics, managing global capitalism, international terrorism, territorial conflicts, international security, international law, political theory and international justice, principles and practice of international ethics, new trends in foreign policy analysis, diplomacy and international negotiations, European studies.

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings online with ISBN (abstract book of the conference proceedings).

Selected papers, after the peer review process, will have the possibility to be published in one of the following journals:

*Journal of Education, Innovation and Communication (JEICOM)
*Journal Politics, Culture and Socialization 
*Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching (JALT)
*Cambridge Scholars
*Strategy and Development Review
*IJBST journal group
*Journal of Media Critiques [JMC]

For the fees policy, please take a look at Fee transfer details

Conference Venue & Hotel
Special arrangements are made with a local luxurious hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. The conference hotel will also be our conference venue, which is conveniently located for our participants.

The Communication Institute of Greece (COMinG) was established in 2003 in France. Based in Greece since 2013, it is an independent academic association that has for mission to become a forum, where academics, researchers, professionals, and friends – from all over the world – can meet in Greece to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

You are more than welcome to become a member and contribute to the Institute’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form).

For more information/proposal, etc. please send us an email at

(with the endorsement of IPSA RC21, and IPSA RC29: Research Committee 21 on Political Socialization and Education, and Research Committee 29 on Political Psychology, of the International Political Science Association)


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