Monday, January 16, 2017

Call for Papers: Media Sociology Preconference 2017

Call for Papers: Media Sociology Preconference 2017

Venue: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Date: August 11, 2017

We invite submissions for a preconference on media sociology to be held at Concordia University on Friday, August 11, 2017. (This is one day before the start of the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Montreal.) To encourage the widest possible range of submissions, we have no pre-specified theme again this year and invite both theoretical and empirical papers on any topic related to media sociology. Submissions from graduate students and junior scholars are particularly welcome.

This preconference, now in its fifth consecutive year, is linked to an effort to strengthen media sociology within the ASA: After a long period of negotiation, the media sociology steering committee was able to broker a deal with the Communication and Information Technologies section (CITASA) at the end of 2014. CITASA officially changed its section name to "Communication, Information Technologies and Media Sociology" in 2015 and is officially sponsoring the Media Sociology Preconference in 2017. Free registration to the preconference will be offered to all current CITAMS members.

Media sociology has long been a highly diverse field spanning many topics, methodologies, and units of analysis. It encompasses all forms of mass-mediated communication and expression, including news media, entertainment media, as well as digital ("new") and non-digital ("old") media. Outstanding research exists within the different subfields both within and beyond the discipline of sociology. Our aim is to create dialogue among these disparate yet complementary traditions.

Papers may be on a variety of topics including, but not limited to:
-production processes and/or media workers
-political economy (including the role of the state and markets)
-media and the public sphere
-media content
-the Internet, social media, cellular phones, or other technology
-the digital divide
-new uses of media
-media globalization or diaspora
-media effects of media consumption
-identity, the self, and media

Invited Speakers

Past keynote speakers have included Dhiraj Murthy (Goldsmiths, University of London), Clayton Childress (University of Toronto – Scarborough), and Eric Grollman (University of Richmond). 

We are please to announce that this year's keynote speaker will be Nicholas Boston (Lehman College, CUNY).  

A special plenary session in the afternoon "Intersectionality and Media" will feature Wenhong Chen (UT Austin), CJ Pascoe (University of Oregon), Jeffrey Lane (Rutgers), Melissa Guzman-Garcia (San Francisco State), Laura Robinson (Santa Clara University), Sarah Sobieraj (Tufts), Apryl Williams (Texas A&M), and additional invited speakers to be announced in due course. This plenary is sponsored by Emerald Studies in Media and Communications.

We will accept both individual abstract submissions and fully-constituted panel submissions (of 4-5 participants).

Individual paper submissions should include: 
-Title, name and affiliation, and email address of author(s). 
-Abstract of 150-200 words that discusses the problem, research, methods and relevance. 
-Use Microsoft Office or PDF format.

Panel proposal submissions should include:
-Title of panel and 100-word rationale.
-Titles, names and affiliations, and email addresses of panelists. 
-Abstracts of 150-200 words for each presentation that discusses the problem, research, methods and relevance. 
-Use Microsoft Office or PDF format. 

Send submissions to Please write “Media Sociology Preconference” in the subject line.

Abstract deadline is March 31, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will occur sometime in mid-April.

Contact Casey Brienza ( for more information about the preconference.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

[ARCHIVE] Preliminary Program Schedule

Register here today! 

8:00-8:30 Registration/Sign-in

8:30-9:00 Welcome/Opening Remarks

9:00-10:00 Keynote Address
Blogging for (a) Change in Academia
Eric Anthony Grollman (University of Richmond)

10:00-10:20 BREAK

10:20-11:30 Parallel Panel Sessions 1

1.1 Frame, Narrative, Politics
Moderator: Jason A Smith
-(Mis)informaton and Vaccines: A Network and Content Analysis of Broad and Narrow Conversations on Twitter, Avery E. Holton (University of Utah) and Shannon McGregor (University of Texas at Austin)
-Undocumented Immigration and Reasonable Accommodation in the Montreal, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles Press, Greg M. Nielsen, Concordia University
-Against Political Correctness: Performing Authenticity and the Narrative Construction of the Political Outsider in the Case of Donald Trump, Ian Sheinheit (University at Albany, SUNY)
-Google Plus as a Repertoire of Grievances: How the Nuclear Deal Agitated Iranian Grassroots Conservatives, Amirhossein Teimouri (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
-Mass Mediated Perceptions of Serial Murder and Criminal Profiling, Julie B. Wiest (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

1.2 Connected Cultures
Moderator: Casey Brienza
-We Stand with #Nerdland: Twitter, Journalism, and the Affective Power of Networked Publics, Stephen R. Barnard (St. Lawrence University)
-The Language of Cultural Evaluation: Framing Reviews of London Attractions, Grant Blank (University of Oxford), Victoria Alexander (Goldsmiths, University of London), and Scott Hale (University of Oxford)
-Storytellers and Problem Solvers: Competing Models of Professional Identity in Art School, Matthew Rowe (University of California, Berkeley)
-Life in Black: Global Scene Dynamics in Extreme Metal, Trent Ryan (Emory University)

1.3 Chinese Media Sociology #1
Moderator: Wahutu n. j. Siguru
-Like or Poke: Facebook, Zuckerberg and China, Wenhong Chen (University of Texas at Austin)
-Chinese Online Cinephilia, Xiang Fan (Goldsmiths, University of London)
-Face-Work on Social Media in China: The Presentation of Self on Renren and Facebook, Xiaoli Tian (The University of Hong Kong)

11:30-11:50 BREAK

11:50-1:00 Parallel Panel Sessions 2

2.1 Sex, Gender, Feminism
Moderator: Casey Brienza
-“Unleash Your Inner Vixen”: Postfeminism and Women’s Specialty Exercise Classes, Anna Cameron (University of Virginia)
-I Know It’s Bad, but I Need to Check Instagram (Again): Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Body Images on Social Media, Laura Fantone (University of California, Berkeley)
-From ‘Zines to Hashtags and Beyond: The History of and Debates within Contemporary Online Feminisms, Heather McKee Hurwitz (Barnard College)
-Feminist Discourse(s) and the Game of Thrones Debate, Sarah Johnson (University of Virginia)
-Preliminary Findings on Labor and Digitally-Mediated Intimacy in Sex Camming, PJ Rey (University of Maryland)

2.2 Information Technologies and Everyday Life
Moderator: David Grazian
-Revolution in the Making? Meta-data on Social Media Use and Engagement, Shelley Boulianne (Grant MacEwan University)
-Mannheim 2.0: Generational Theory in the 21st Century, Peter Hart-Brinson (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
-The Sociology of Pervasive Data Architectures of Everyday Life, Kenneth M. Kambara (LIM College)
-Networked Publics and Digital Contention: A Sociological Investigation into the Politics of Everyday Life in the Middle East, Mohamed Zayani (Georgetown University)

2.3 Chinese Media Sociology #2
Moderator: Cecilia Li
-Public Knowledge and Digital Divide: The Role and Impact of China’s Media, Mingli Mei (Tongji University)
-O2O Business Reconstruct the Daily Communication of Local Community: A Case Study of Using Mobile Food Ordering and Delivery App, Li Meihui (Fudan University)
-Who Is Watching? A Study of the Role of Social Media in Taiwan Sunflower Movement, Junbin Su (Xiamen University) and Zhan Li (Xiamen University)
-Interaction under Computer-mediated Circumstances and the Communication Effects of Tacit Knowledge: An Explorative Study Based on the Case of, Danyang Zhang (Xiamen University) and Junbin Su (Xiamen University)

1:00-2:00 LUNCH

2:00-3:10 Parallel Panel Sessions 3

3.1 Knowledge Production and Journalism
Moderator: Stephen Barnard
-Start-Up News: Toward a Typology of Entrepreneurial News Sites, Andrew M. Lindner (Skidmore College)
-Managed Metrics: Synergy Between Journalistic Expertise and Analytics in the U.S. News Industry, Caitlin Petre (Yale University)
-Explaining the Formation of Online News Startups in France and the US: A Field Analysis, Matthew Powers (University of Washington, Seattle) and Sandra Vera Zambrano (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse)
-Anointing Credible Knowledge Producers: Newspapers and Sources in Africa, Wahutu n. j. Siguru (University of Minnesota)

3.2 Social Problems and Pedagogy
Moderator: Julie B. Wiest
-Media and Social Problems: Multifunctionality of Mass Media in Problematization of Social Contradictions, Yulia Mikhalovna Bolshakova (Saint Petersburg State University of Economics) and Sergey Nikolaevich Bolshakov (Syktyvkar State University)
-New Media, Social Problems, and Connectivity, Elizabeth Bullock (The City College of New York)
-Monitoring, Guiding, and Disciplining: The Parenting on Children’s Internet Usage in Public Housing Households, Gejun Huang (University of Texas at Austin) and Xiaoqian Li (University of Texas at Austin)
-Making the Grade: Academic Performance and Digital Resources, Laura Robinson (Santa Clara University), √ėyvind N. Wiborg (University of Oslo), and Jeremy M. Schulz (University of California, Berkeley)

3:10-3:30 BREAK

3:30-4:40 Parallel Panel Sessions 4

4.1 Media and Diversity
Moderator: Casey Brienza
-White Guys Are So Diverse, Jorge Ballinas (Temple University)
-Pride in Our Cities: Atari’s Pridefest as Corporate Social Movement for Equality or Gentrification?, Julian Barr (University of Washington) and Lydia J. Hou (University of Illinois at Chicago)
-Colorblind Racism and Media Spectacle in the Henry Louis Gates Arrest: An Analysis of Local Boston Newspaper Coverage, Jason A Smith (George Mason University)
-I Got All My Sisters With Me (on Black Twitter)!, Apryl Williams (Texas A&M University) and Vanessa Gonlin (Texas A&M University)

4.2 Information and Mediated Communication
Moderator: David Grazian
-Illusions of Transparency: The Visual Politics of Detainee Abuse Photos in the War on Terror, Anna Veronica Banchik (University of Texas at Austin)
-Relations of Media Production in Occupy Wall Street, John L. Hammond (Hunter College and Graduate Center, CUNY)
-The Effects of Social Media on Commercial Branding, Public Discourse, and Social Identity, Tim Hoxha (University of Toronto)
-Images of Surveillance in Popular Culture, Gary T. Marx (MIT)
-“That’s the Boogie Man of Washington”: Jabbing in Late Night Talk Show Interviews, Di Yu (Columbia University)

4:40-5:00 BREAK

5:00-6:30 Plenary Discussion Panel
Media and Politics in the Age of Entertainment
David Grazian (University of Pennsylvania)
Laura Grindstaff (University of California, Davis)
Sarah Sobieraj (Tufts University)
Fred Turner (Stanford University)

6:30 CLOSE