Rethinking Social Movements

The 111th American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting
Seattle, August 20-23, 2016 


CITAMS sessions and Media Sociology Pre-Conference



Onsite Registration will be at the Washington Convention Center and available at these times:

  • Friday, August 19: 1:30-7:00pm
  • Saturday, August 20: 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, August 21: 8:00am-5:30pm
  • Monday, August 22: 8:00am-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 23: 8:00am-1:00pm

Interested in information, technology, and media? Of course you are.
Be sure to add CITAMS as one of your sections! 


CITAMS at #ASA16 in Seattle

Friday, August 19, Media Sociology Pre-Conference
Organizer: Casey Brienza
Location: University of Washington
Communications Building on the UW campus, at 4109 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA. Please report to CMU 126. Directions.

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

10:20am – 4:40pm Parallel Panel Sessions

5:00pm-6:30pm Plenary: 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)

CITAMS Reception – Pike Place Market,
Monday, August 22, 6:30-8pm


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Everyone is welcome! (no badges required)

Pike Place MarketElliot Bay Room
Free food & drinks
Catering by Madres Kitchen

Session 475: Communication, Information Technologies
Tuesday, August 23, 8:30 to 10:10am

Location: Washington State Convention Center, Room 612, Level 6
Chair: Andrea Tapia

  1. Welcome to the Perhapsicon: Qualification, Contingency and Fluidity in Surveillance Outcomes
    Gary T. Marx, M.I.T.; Keith W. Guzik, University of Colorado Denver
  2. Reading Risk: Making Sense of Predictive Technology in Medical Contexts
    Claire D’Elia Maiers, University of Virginia
  3. Disentangling Social Role, Tie Strength, and Media Multiplexity: An Analysis of Logged Mobile Data
    Jeffrey Boase, University of Toronto; Jack Jamieson, University of Toronto
  4. Transnational Family Communication as a Driver of Technology Adoption in Immigrant Families
    Carmen Gonzalez, University of Washington; Vikki S. Katz, Rutgers University
  5. A Structure of Contestation: Reddit, its Barriers, and the Gamergate Movement
    Bertan Buyukozturk; Shawn Gaulden, Florida State University; Benjamin Jared Dowd-Arrow, Florida State University

Session 510: Media Sociology
Tuesday, August 23, 10:30am to 12:10pm

Location: Washington State Convention Center, Room 613, Level 6
Chairs: David Grazian and Ron Jacobs

  1. Explaining the Demise of the “Long Form”: A Field Analysis of Journalism’s Structural Transformation
    Alexandra Marie Kowalski
  2. Imagining Unbuilding Community: The Role of Local News in Coastal Retreat
    Liz Koslov, New York University
  3. Talk Show Politics: A Comparison of Three Different Interview Types
    Laura Loeb, University of California, Los Angeles
  4. Visualizing Activism: Patterns of Representation in Broadcast News Media, 1970-2012
    Deana Rohlinger, Florida State University; Rebecca Anne Redmond, Florida State University; Haley Gentile, Florida State University; Tara Mantovani Stamm, Virginia Commonwealth University; Alexandra Olsen, University of California, Irvine
  5. Inside the Echo Chamber? The Co-evolution of Newspapers, Fox News, and Tea Party Blogging
    Patrick Rafail, Tulane University; John D. McCarthy, Pennsylvania State University

Session 547: Social Media and Sociology
Tuesday, August 23, 12:30 to 2:10pm
Location: Washington State Convention Center, Room 615, Level 6
Chair: Andrea Tapia

  1. A Global Community or a Waste of Time? Content Analyses of Facebook’s “Humans of New York”
    Elena Vesselinov, Queens College, City University of New York; Sebastian Felipe Villamizar-Santamaria
  2.  Beyond Admissibility: The Prosecutorial Affordances of Social Media Use
    Jeffrey Lane, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey; Fanny Ramirez, Rutgers University
  3. Capture and Share the City: Instagram and Urban Space in Amsterdam
    John D Boy, University of Amsterdam; Justus L. Uitermark, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  4. Social Media and Collective Action Participation: A Socio-psychological Investigation
    Yuan Hsiao, University of Washington

Session 579: Roundtables
Tuesday, August 23, 2:30 to 3:30pm,
Location: Washington State Convention Center, Room 608, Level 6
Chair: Nick LaLone

Table 01. Inequalities
The growing ubiquity of the digital has begun to erase the need to maintain the divide between spaces. Despite that ubiquity, unequal treatment through the specter of anonymity from the web’s early days has created new ways to deny inclusivity among groups.

  1. Digital Inequalities, Identity Work, and Emotion Management
    Laura Robinson, Santa Clara University
  2. Gender Inequality and Online Incivility
    Alison Dahl Crossley, Stanford University, Clayman Institute for Gender Research
  3. Inclusion and Identity in the Mountain Biking Community: Navigating Subcultural Identity and Recruitment in Online Spaces
    Karen McCormack, Wheaton College
  4. Military Members and Technology for Personal Communication on Deployment: Access, Use, and Preferences
    Kristin Atwood

Table 02. Movements
In 1898, Arthur Strand believed that the addition of sight to a telephone call would mean, “distance will lose its enchantment by being abolished altogether.” Now, 118 years later, we know that the problem of distance has morphed, changed to something more than simply being there during a person-to-person call. At this table, these researchers examine the impact of social media on political movements.

  1. Digital Technologies in the Sustainability of New Social Movements: Changing the Conversation through New Technology
    Ann Irene Brooks, Bournemouth University
  2. More Than a Hashtag: How Digital Activism Research Can Be More Robust
    Jen Schradie, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse
  3. Research Proposal: A Multilevel Analysis of Local Political Context and Network Effects on #IdleNoMore Tweet Sentiment
    Adam Colin Howe, University of British Columbia

Table 03. Literacies
What does it mean to be computer literate? Many point to youth as a literate population. It is as though growing up in a technologically super-saturated world somehow transfers the ability to navigate digital environments with ease. We know now that the concept of the so-called digital native is a misnomer but it begs the question, “how and who actually is literate given the presence and ubiquity of technology?” At this table, we find a group of scholars exploring this question from many different perspectives.

  1. Guinée New Generation: Digital Literacies and the Mediation of Youth in Urban Guinea
    Clovis Bergere, Rutgers University – Camden
  2. Older Adults Networking On and Off Digital Media: Initial Findings from the Fourth East York Study
    Barry Wellman, University of Toronto; Anabel Quan-Haase, University of Western Ontario; Kim Martin, Western University; Meghan Miller, Western University; Christian Beermann, University of Toronto
  3. Possibility of Being Active Smartphone User with Elderly in Korea : Bridging Communication Divide
    Joohyun Oh, Yonsei University
  4. Gender Differences in Accuracy of Self-assessed Digital and eHealth Literacy among Older Adults in Israel
    Esther Brainin, Ruppin Academic Center Israel

Table 04. News
Discussions of the news, or news media are important when we begin to consider their influence over public rhetoric in the age of social media. At this table, the discussion will revolve around how news has changed over time.

  1. Elite Experts versus Lay Experts in French and U.S. News Reporting on Gay Marriage Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Dickinson College (Unable to attend)
  2. Public Radio’s Ground Game: A National Assessment of Commercialism at Local NPR Affiliates
    Peter P. Nieckarz, Western Carolina University
  3. The Changing Quality of Epidemic News Reporting– Institutional Isomorphism and Professionalism
    Rebecca S.K. Li, The College of New Jersey

Table 05. Crises
Each crisis is in no small part human-created. At this table, researchers who have engaged the concept of crisis, from politically driven to naturally-driven, will be discussed.

  1. The Empathetic Gaze of Disaster News: Hurricane Katrina and the Virginia Tech Shootings
    Timothy Recuber, Princeton University
  2. The Ferguson Effect
    Joan M. Donovan, University of California Los Angeles
  3. Whose Lives Matter?: The Newsworthiness of Police Killings of Unarmed Blacks Alicia D. Simmons, Colgate University

Table 06. Personal
Technology in the age of information is focused on a particular paradigm – 1 user using 1 machine. When that paradigm was augmented by networked devices. The resulting proliferation of computerized networks and inevitable mobilization of that paradigm has created numerous, very personal effects for people, groups, and societies writ large. At this table, we see multiple attempts to understand how technologies influence people.

  1. Benefits and Harms from Internet Use: A differentiated analysis of the United Kingdom
    Grant Blank, University of Oxford; Christoph Lutz, Institute for Media and Communications Management
  2. Humor as a Form of Networked Practice in the Chinese Cyber Public Sphere
    Mathew Yates, University of Oxford; Reza Hasmath, University of Alberta
  3. Privacy Expectations and Gender Ideology: Cultural Influences on Communicating Personal Information
    Celeste Campos-Castillo, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; stef m. shuster, Duke University; Denise L. Anthony, Dartmouth College
  4. The Gendered Dynamics of Text Messaging in the Social Networks of College Students
    Jordan Sannito, University of Notre Dame; Michael Penta, University of Notre Dame; Matthew J. Chandler, University of Notre Dame; David S. Hachen, University of Notre Dame
  5. Couplehood in the Age of the Internet
    Michael J. Rosenfeld, Stanford University (cannot attend Roundtable Session)
  6. Slide into Your DM with Heart Eyes: Teenagers Flirting on Social Media
    Dina B. Pinsky, Arcadia University

Table 07. Social Life of Information
This table shares the name of the Xerox PARC book, “The Social Life of Information.” In this book, the authors discuss the consequences of the technical sciences maintaining control of the information that they produce. While we often view time as a correlate to progress in technological terms, the truth often shows a far less favorable process. This collection of authors concerns itself with consequence in a digital age.

  1. Thank You For Signing Our Petition!: Understanding the Differences in Signatory Support
    Afife Idil Akin, State University Of New York At Stony Brook
  2. When Risk Society Meets a Transnational Networked Public Sphere: An Analysis of PM2.5 Twitter Network
    Wenhong Chen, University of Texas at Austin; Fangjing Tu, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Pei Zheng, University of Texas at Austin
  3. Digital Subscriptions: The Unending Consumption of Music in the Digital Era
    David Michael Arditi, University of Texas at Arlington
  4. Spatial Excitation: Testing a Network Activation Theory of Rumor Transmission
    Sean M. Fitzhugh, U.S. Army Research Laboratory; Carter T. Butts, University of California, Irvine
  5. Making New Online Contacts that Help You Get a Job in the Internet Age
    Uwe Matzat, Eindhoven University of Technology; Erik van Ingen, Tilburg University

Table 08. Algorithmic Culture
Here, we have gathered 4 papers representing the builders of CITAMS. From deep sight to the cloud, from the social life of metrics to mobilization, these sociologists are not only observing people use technology, but building it as well.

  1. The Social Life of Metrics: The Entanglement of Expertise and Analytics in the U.S. News Industry
    Caitlin Petre, Yale University
  2. Algorithmic Sociology and the Emergence of Deep Sight
    Thomas Crosbie, University of Maryland College Park; Jonathan Roberge, Yale
  3. Algorithmic Culture In Cloud we Trust? Dealing with Uncertainties in Platform Services
    Arvind Karunakaran, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  4. Resource Partitioning and Density Dependence on a Digital Mobilization Platform
    Nathan Tegrotenhuis; Benjamin Mako Hill, University of Washington; Aaron Shaw, Northwestern University

Table 09. Movements 2
In 1898, Arthur Strand believed that the addition of sight to a telephone call would mean, “distance will lose its enchantment by being abolished altogether.” Now, 118 years later, we know that the problem of distance has morphed, changed to something more than simply being there during a person-to-person call. At this table, these researchers examine the impact of social media on political movements.

  1. Diversifying Culture of Taiwanese Bulletin Board System Users: Post-Pushing as a Form of Guerrilla Warfare
    Chia-rong Tsao, National Chengchi University, Taiwan; Hou-ming Huang, National Chengchi University
  2. M-health and Sustainability in Ghana
    Christobel Asiedu, Louisiana Tech University
  3. The Emergence of Cross National Cosmopolitan Identity Among the Activists of the Global Occupy Movement
    Oded Marom, University of Southern California
  4. Legitimation of Grievances and the Significance of #Hashtags: Establishing Boundaries and Trending in Social Media
    Victoria Marie Gonzalez, Rutgers University
  5. Is Social Media New Public Sphere?
    Zhou Dai, University of Warwick


Business Meeting & Section Awards
Tuesday, August 23, 3:30 to 4:10pm