Welcome to CITAMS! (Formerly CITASA)

We are the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association (CITAMS). 

You can find out more about what we do here.

You can find information on joining or renewing your current ASA membership here.

Graduate students: Already an ASA member? Request your free CITAMS membership by contacting Julia Ticona (julia@datasociety.net)–details below.

To join our listserv, please subscribe by sending email to: citams-join@list.citams.org

The Spring 2018 Newsletter is here!

Hot off the press! Ian Sheinheit and Barry Wellman (Co-Editors) have just finished the 18 page CITAMS Newsletter for Spring 2018 with letters from the Eds and Chair Wenhong Chen, inside stories of how Media Sociology joined with the former CITASA, and summaries of nifty new research in the sociology of communication, info, and media. Find it under the Newsletter & Listserv tab or click here.

Emerald Studies in Media and Communications Sponsored by CITAMS

2018 Call: Deadline February 12, 2018


This special anniversary volume commemorates the 30th anniversary of the CITAMS section. Submissions are welcome that explore any topic relevant to the thirty-year section history or the future of the section in years to come. Topics include but are not limited to communication, information technologies, and media sociology.

Theorizing the Digital: Social Theory and Digital Culture

We welcome submissions using a wide variety of data and analytic techniques, assuming they are rigorously employed.  We also welcome theoretical submissions, assuming they focus squarely on the topic of the volume. Methodological papers will be considered as long as they are grounded in theoretical concerns. The scope of the volume is wide and includes application of classical and contemporary theorists in media contexts. Any topic that engages the volume’s theme is welcome. Potential topics could include: ethics, practices, and politics of “big data”; self, identity, and community; privacy, publicity and surveillance; personal and algorithmic patterns of curation; social network formation, maintenance, and change; news and (dis)information; visual representations; memes and virality; politics; mediated embodiment, etc.

Power, Media, and Everyday Life: Expanding the Intersectional

We welcome submissions using a wide variety of data and analytic techniques, assuming they are rigorously employed, and theoretical or methodological submissions, assuming they focus squarely on the topic of the volume. The scope of this volume is wide, as it aims to contribute phenomenological and epistemic knowledge to the growing field of intersectionality. Submissions are welcome on any topics that speak to intersectionality as it relates to media including gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and ability. In addition, we are also especially interested in papers that expand and broaden the discourse of intersectionality vis-à-vis media to include: Parenthood, Community, Religion, Nationality, Immigration, Language, Political Association, Aging, etc.

Details on the series here. Details on calls and submissions here.

2018 Section Awards Calls: Due March 1st 2018

Nominations for the 2018 CITAMS Section Awards are open!

Our section has five awards: William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award, Paper Award, Student Paper Award, Book Award, and Public Sociology Award. For details and contact information for nominations, click here.

The deadline for all award nominations is March 1st 2018.

Submission to ASA Annual Meeting 2018

Deadline is January 11 at 11.59 pm EST for three CITAMS sessions and two regular sessions CITAMS members may find relevant:

CITAMS@30: Perspectives, Purposes, and Promises

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the section, the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association (CITAMS) welcomes papers on the history, present and future of Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology, its place and role in sociology, the academe and the society. Each paper presented at this session is also invited to be considered in the yearly CITAMS special issue of the Journal of Information, Communication and Society. Wenhong Chen (University of Texas at Austin) wenchen2006@gmail.com

Media and Power

CITAMS session on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association welcomes papers that focus on any aspect of power and media writ large. Papers may examine any form of power and/or power inequalities in any form of media. Each paper presented at this session is also invited to be considered in the yearly CITAMS special issue of the Journal of Information, Communication and Society. Laura Robinson (Santa Clara University) laura@laurarobinson.org

Section on Communication, Information Technologies and Media Sociology Refereed Roundtables

The CITAMS roundtable sessions are open to any paper falling under the topics present in our section’s name: Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association (CITAMS) Thematically similar papers are grouped together into an average of 10-12 groups after submissions are closed. At the table, presenters are invited to discuss their research with authors who share similarly themed submissions. Generally, each presenter is given 5-10 minutes to give an overview of their work to the other CITAMS members sitting at the table with them. Discussion about the table’s corpus of knowledge is pursued until the end of the session. The goal of these roundtables is to foster community among the CITAMS members as well as offering an opportunity for previously disconnected researchers to meet each other. Previous table themes include: Media Sociology and Social Movements, Games and Play through Media and Communication Technology, Inequality and Communication; Communication Technology and Organizations; Communication and Social Construction, Representations and Resistance, Collective Meaning, Media Sociology and Issues of Access, and nearly every other configuration of media sociology and communication technologies can consider. Each paper presented at the roundtable is also invited to be considered for the yearly CITAMS special issue of the Journal of Information Communication and Society. Sarah Sobieraj (Tufts University) sarah.sobieraj@tufts.edu

Regular Sessions

Internet and Society: Wenhong Chen (University of Texas at Austin) wenchen2006@gmail.com

Media Sociology: Kristen Barber (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale) barber@siu.edu

Call for Papers from ASA in Montreal: Due October 1, 2017

For the 11th year, the journal ICS will publish a special issue in cooperation with CITAMS. It will be published speedily – before the next ASA meeting in August 2018.

Eligible papers are those presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, including roundtables, and the Media Pre-Conference in Montreal, CA. The special issue welcomes papers that focus on any facet of media, technology, communication, information, or related topics.

Please submit manuscripts for consideration through ScholarOne, available at:
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rics. Be sure to check the box for “Special Issue” and indicate “CITAMS” in it, so that it will be routed appropriately.

All accepted manuscripts must respect a word limit of 6,000-8,000 words (depending on the number of submissions accepted) and conform to the journal’s submission guidelines.

Full papers are due October 1, 2017. See guidelines and the full call here.

Full papers due: October 1, 2017
First round of reviews back to authors: December 1, 2017
Final decisions: March 1, 2018
Special issue publication (anticipated): June 2018

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the co-editors:
Co-Editor Jenny Davis: Jennifer.davis@anu.edu.au
Co-Editor Barry Wellman: wellman@chass.utoronto.ca
Associate Editor Jason Smith: jsm5@gmu.edu

The Editors will all be a the ASAs in Montreal. See you there!

2017 Sponsor a Graduate Student CITAMS Membership Drive

The Recruitment Committee of CITAMS is initiating a “Sponsor a Graduate Student” drive to increase the membership in CITAMS for 2017.

Students: Interested in becoming a member? Contact Julia Ticona (julia@datasociety.net), please include your institution, and 3 keywords describing your research interests. We will do our best to connect each student with a sponsor.

Faculty: We need you to sponsor students! We are asking non-student members of CITAMS to volunteer to sponsor one or more graduate student memberships in CITAMS. The sponsorship is $5 for each graduate student membership. Interested? Contact Julia Ticona – julia@datasociety.net – and let her know that you are volunteering to sponsor graduate student memberships. Don’t forget to let her know how many graduate students you are willing to sponsor. The process is simple: we’ll match you up with interested students. When you renew your annual membership, there will be a part of the sign-up site that will allow you to enter the names of the students you’d like to sponsor. Their memberships are added to your overall total.

Let’s all join the drive and support the next generation of CITAMS scholars!

Media Sociology Preconference August 11, 2017

Venue: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Free registration offered to all current CITAMS members.

The registration will be in H-1124. All the preconference sessions will be held on the 11th Floor of the Hall Building (1455 Blvd. De Maisonneuve West –Metro Guy-Concordia) in the Sociology and Anthropology and Economics seminar rooms (H-1154; H-1145; H -1120; H-1124).

Keynote speaker: Nicholas Boston (Lehman College, CUNY).

Afternoon Plenary: “Intersectionality and Media” features Wenhong Chen, Anabel Quan-Haase, Jeffrey Lane, and Casey Brienza (organized by Laura Robinson and Apryl Williams) sponsored by Emerald Studies in Media and Communications.

You can see the full schedule here.

Questions? Contact Media Sociology Preconference Founder and Organizer Casey Brienza at casey.brienza@gmail.com

Information, Communication & Society CITAMS 2017 Special Issue

Introduction: Digital media technologies in everyday life by Jessie Daniels, Apryl Williams & Shantel Buggs

Pierre Bourdieu: theorizing the digital by Gabe Ignatow & Laura Robinson

Connected seniors: how older adults in East York exchange social support online and offline by Anabel Quan-Haase, Guang Ying Mo & Barry Wellman

I got all my sisters with me (on Black Twitter): second screening of How to Get Away with Murder as a discourse on Black Womanhood by Apryl Williams & Vanessa Gonlin

A transnational networked public sphere of air pollution: analysis of a Twitter network of PM2.5 from the risk society perspective by Wenhong Chen, Fangjing Tu & Pei Zheng

You can see the 2017 iCS CITAMS special issue here.

You can see previous iCS CITAMS special issues here.

You can see more information on annual iCS-CITAMS special issues here.


citamsWe extend our thanks to Ricci Humphrey for her excellent work creating a logo to match our new section name: Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology of the ASA: CITAMS. Ricci is a designer and photographer based in College Station, TX. We thank her for doing a fabulous job! Like her work? She can be contacted at RicciDHumphrey@gmail.com.



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