CARP February 2022 Newsletter 

Colleagues and friends,

You are receiving this newsletter because you have expressed interest in news and updates from the CARP team. The Research Lab for Character Assassination and Reputation Politics (CARP) includes scholars studying public character, reputation, and multiple issues concerning reputational challenges and defenses.  

CARP Webinar # 1, February 11, 2022: Scandals and Character Assassination in Global Media Systems 

Character assassination and scandals have a lot in common! To explore the links, CARP Lab will host the founders of the Scandalogy Research Initiative, André Haller of the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein Tyrol (Austria) and Hendrik Michael of the University of Bamberg (Germany). The interactive webinar will take place on Friday, February 11, 2022, at 11 am (New York). Haller and Michael will discuss the transformation of scandals by drawing on a comparative framework that makes sense of scandals in global media systems. 

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The Scandalogy Research Initiative has held three international conferences on political and cultural scandals and published three volumes covering various topics including the scandalizing potential of new media and the requirement of modified strategies of reputation management and crisis communication. This year’s conference will address political scandals in the age of populism, partisanship, and polarization.

Here you can find all information on the 4th International Conference in Scandalogy with the Call for Papers:

CARP Webinar # 2, February 18, 2022: Crisis Communication Scholar Tim Coombs Reflects on Emergent Fields of Character Assassination and Scandalogy  

To explore the links between character assassination, media scandals, and crisis communication, CARP Lab will host an event moderated by W. Timothy Coombs of Texas A&M University. 
His primary areas of research are crisis communication and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) including the award-winning book Ongoing Crisis Communication. He is the current editor for Corporation Communication: An International Journal. Dr. Coombs is the founder of Situational Crisis Communication Theory (SCCT). This theory suggests that crisis managers should match strategic crisis responses to the level of crisis responsibility and reputational threat posed by a crisis.

The interactive webinar will take place on Friday, February 18, 2022, at 11 am (New York).


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CARP Lab Radio Hour Podcast with Martin Gurri

Every month, we’ll be bringing on new guests on our new official podcast CARP Lab Radio Hour to explore the science and history of character assassination and scandal. 

The new episode features Martin Gurria former CIA analyst specializing in the relationship of politics and global media. His book, The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium, first published in 2014 and updated in 2018, has been praised for foreshadowing the political shocks of Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump.

Martin joins our media outreach director Deirdre Prigge on the podcast to explain who the public and the elite are, why the public is so receptive to character assassination attempts, and how "old-fashioned virtues" like humility and courage can help individuals and organizations protect their reputations in a media environment hungry for scandal. Martin and Deirdre also discuss why prophecy is useless, the greatness of Leonard Bernstein, and how Martin became a hero in France. 


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