MEDIA SOCIOLOGY Preconference in Chicago: Friday August 21st

8:00-6:30 at the Northwestern University

Kellogg School of Management (Downtown Chicago Campus)

For complete schedule, see:


CITASA/CITAMS in Chicago : Monday August 24th

Our section’s 10 Roundtables, Business Meeting, & 2 Panels are all scheduled in the    Palmer House Hilton from 8:30 AM to 6:10 PM.

Join us for our reception with the Children and Youth Section on Monday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at The Gage  (24 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603).

Roundtables: 8:30-9:30 AM: Palmer House Hilton, 6th Floor, Monroe Ballroom

Business Meeting: 9:30-10:10 AM: Palmer House Hilton, 6th Floor, Monroe Ballroom

Panel 1: 2:30-4:10 PM: Palmer House Hilton, 3rd Floor, Salon 12

Panel 2: 4:30-6:10 PM: Palmer House Hilton, 3rd Floor, Salon 12

Reception: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at The Gage  (24 S. Michigan Avenue)

Panel 1: 2:30-4:10: Palmer House Hilton, 3rd Floor, Salon 12

“Inequalities and Communication, Media, and Information Technologies.”

The first paper in the panel is “Gender and the internet, revisited” by Hiroshi Ono and Madeline Zavodny. They are followed by Anabel Quan Haase, Kim Martin, and Kathleen Schreurs who will present: “Participation in a digital world: How seniors make sense of and use ICTs.” Next up is Gustavo S. Mesch with “Race, ethnicity and the strength of Facebook ties among U.S. adolescents.” Next come Christopher Ball, Tim Kuo, Ting Huang, Shelia R. Cotten, RV Rikard, and LaToya O’Neal Coleman with “Invaluable expectations: An expectancy value theory analysis of youths’ college motivation.” In closing, Josef Ku, Hsun Ma, and Todd E. Vachon will present “Bridging the digital gap between wealthier and poorer students? A cross national analysis.”

Panel 2: 4:30-6:10: Palmer House Hilton, 3rd Floor, Salon 12

“Open Topics on Communication, Media, and/or Information.”                   

The panel opens with “Big Data and the emergence of system identities” by Aneesh Aneesh and Matthew McCarthy. Second on the panel, Deana Rohlinger presents “Strategy and social change: Why reputation matters to social movements.” The third contribution comes from Wenhong Chen, Cuihua Shen, and Gejun Huang: “The implications of coplay for generalized trust in and beyond a Chinese MMOG world.” Fourth up are Weixu Lu and Keith N. Hampton with “Beyond the power of networks: Differentiating network structure and social media for social support.”   Next, “A dynamic phenomenon: The uses and types of social network sites” will be presented by Grant Blank and Darja Groselj. The session closes with “Using topic models to study journalist audience convergence and divergence: The case of human trafficking coverage” by Maria Eirini Papadouka, Nicholas Evangelopoulos, and Gabe Ignatow.                               


Roundtables: 8:30-9:30 AM: Palmer House Hilton, 6th Floor, Monroe Ballroom

Round Table 1: Communication Technology and Organizations

The first round table opens with Andrea Gorbatai (Presider) and Laura K. Nelson with “The language of crowdfunding.” This is followed by Carrie B. Sanders, Silfrid Laurier, Crystal Weston, and Nicole Schott presenting “Police innovations and accountability: Empirically studying organizational change in Canadian policing.” Next is Sara Gaby who shares “Tweeting the message: How online tools shape organizational perceptions of effectiveness.” Amanda Rose Martin completes the round table with “Michigan hydraulic fracturing controversy: Evaluating stakeholders’ social marketing strategies.”

Round Table 2: Communication Technology and Social Construction

Jenny L. Davis (Presider) opens with “Curating social life.” Christopher Quiroz follows with “Communicating with the techno-generalized other: The risk of the micro-self through restricted internet-based interactions.” Third up is Timothy Recuber presenting “Self-destruction as a self-preservation: Digital suicide notes and the commemoration of the self.” Elke Wagner, Johannes Gutenburg, Martin Stempfhuber, and Niklas Barth close the round table with “The intimacy of strange friends: On public and private communication on social network sites.”

Round Table 3: Culture: Collective Meaning

Susan Sprecher (Presider), Diane H. Felmlee, Adam Hampton, and Hannah Jones begin with “Can I connect with both you and my social network? Get-acquainted interactions and communication technology.” Mary Chayko presents “Portable Community: Creating Collective Meaning in Digital Environments”. Xiaoli Tian concludes the round table with “Network domains in social networking sites: Offline life and online activities.

Round Table 4: Media Sociology and Culture

Elizabeth A. Wissinger (Presider) opens with “Fashion models’ glamour labor and the mediation of affect.” Next, Cassidy Puckett presents “How culture structures opportunity: Adolescents’ approach to technology learning and social stratification.” In closing, Iva Petkova shares “Revisiting material practices of symbolic distinction: Online fashion organizations as mediators of legitimacy in fashion.”

Round Table 5: Media, Culture, and Identity

David A. Martin (Presider) presents “User ID (entity): Examining the role of online interaction in racial identity formation, “followed by Change Zhe Lin’ with “A new digital divide: Social context and the selective value of internet use in American neighbourhoods.” Next is Trenton James Lee with “The boyfriend tag: An exploration of YouTube participatory culture and gender, sexual, and relationship ideologies.” Yu-Ying Hu closes with “Queer girls in the digital world: Technologized connectivity, cultural transnationalization and lesbian youth identity.”

Round Table 6: Media Sociology and Issues of Access

Michael Haight (Presider), Anabel Quan-Haase, and Andrew Nevin open with “Barriers to internet access: Digital inequality as experienced by residents of low-income housing.” Matthew Manierre continues with “Gaps in knowledge: Tracking and explaining gender differences in health information seeking.” Concluding the round table is Alexander I. Stingl with “Digital cultural health care capital.”

Round Table 7: Media Sociology and Social Movements I

Joan M. Donovan (Presider) begins with “Can you hear me now? Phreaking the party line from operators to occupy.” Next up are Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, Tautvydas Juskauskas, and Mohammad Sabur with “All the protestors fit to count: Using unmanned aerial vehicles to estimate protest crowd size.” Joseph DiGrazia follows with “Google search as a measure of economic and ethnic threat in predicting right-wing mobilization.” Fangzhau Ding concludes with “Screen activist in the Hong Kong umbrella movement.”

Round Table 8: Media Sociology and Social Movements II

First is Selen Yanmas (Presider) with “Gezi as a contemporary social movement: Affective resistance and transformation of collective action through ICTS.” Next, Sun Hyoung Lee presents “Critical mass of online space and blogs for social change.” In closing, Afife Idil Akin shares ”Online social movement action: The case of petition signing.”

Round Table 9: Structure of Communication Technology

Casey Brienza (Presider) opens with “Publishing between profit and public value: Academic books and open access policies.” Daniel Guangnin follows with “Free and open source communities between hedonism and advocacy: Renegotiating the distinction between experts and lays.” Next, Monica M. Brannon shares “This is not a picture: Satellite imagery and technovisual authority.” Fan Mai continues with “Glocalization: American expatriates reconstruct media environment in China.”Guang Ying Mo concludes with “Does diversity create innovation?”

Round Table 10: International Perspectives

Barry Wellman (Presider) and Vincent Chua open Round Table 10 with “Social Networks and Asian Values: Findings and Speculations.” Next, Asha Rathina Pandi speaks on ”Social movements and new media in Malaysia,” followed by Matthew Pearce who shares “Democratic influence of internet participation.” Finally, Apryl Williams presents: “Exploring Culture and iCTS in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”



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