Media Sociology Preconference

Media Sociology Preconference August 11, 2017

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Free registration to the preconference will be offered to all current CITAMS members.

 

Preliminary Program Schedule

 

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

 

8:30-9:00 Welcome/Opening Remarks

 

9:00-10:00 Keynote Address

Nicholas Boston (CUNY Lehman College)

 

10:00-10:20 BREAK

 

10:20-11:30 Parallel Panel Sessions 1

 

1.1 Activism, Engagement, and Politics

Moderator: Ian Sheinheit

-Commitment to Digital Activism: Who Participates and Why?, Anabel Quan-Haase (Western University), Chandell Gosse (Western University), and Alyssa MacDougall (Carleton University)

-Echo Chambers and Media Engagement with Politics, Elizabeth Dubois (University of Ottawa) and Grant Blank (University of Oxford)

-Media Policy at the Margins: Ownership Debates and Minority Inclusion, Jason A. Smith (George Mason University)

-Wisdom of Polarized Crowds, Feng Shi (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Misha Teplitskiy (Harvard University), Eamon Duede (University of Chicago), and James Evans (University of Chicago)

 

1.2 Digital Objects and Artifacts

Moderator:

-Theorizing Affordances: How Artifacts Request, Demand, Encourage, Allow, and Refuse, Jenny L. Davis (The Australian National University) and James B. Chouinard (The Australian National University)

-Digital Devices, Representational Affordances & Sociological Knowledge-Making, Diana Graizbord (The University of Georgia) and Jamie L. McPike (Brown University)

-What is Bitcoin? Adoption, Co-option, and the Robust Object of Digital Currency, Lynette Shaw (University of Michigan)

-Platform Discipline: The Labor Process of Content Producers and Data Analysts in the YouTube Economy, Michael Siciliano (University of California, Los Angeles)

 

1.3 Meaning-Making

Moderator:

-Trump, Twitter, and the Battle for Symbolic Power, Stephen Barnard (St. Lawrence University)

-By Invitation Only: How To Become a Media Gatekeeper, Phillipa Chong (McMaster University)

-Students and Teachers Navigating “Drama”: Mediated Peer Conflict and Inequality in High Schools, Brooke Dinsmore (University of Virginia)

-The Stories Technologists Tell: User Stories and the Creation of Digital Structures, Matt Rafalow (Google), Amber Tierney (University of California, Irvine), and Sydney Hessel (Google)

 

1.4 Media Sociology and Health

Moderator:

-An Exploratory Study of E-Word-of-Mouth (e-WOM): Challenges and Opportunities in the Health Domain, Esther Brainin (Ruppin Academic Center, Israel) and Keren Landsman (Levinsky Clinic, Ministry of Health, Israel)

-Individual Level Classificatory Revision in Popular Media: How and Why the Classification of Healthy and Ill People Is Remade in Public Accounts of Chronic Illness, Hwa-Yen Huang (Rutgers University)

-Death, Digital Selfhood, and the Social Construction of Wisdom in Blogs of the Terminally Ill, Timothy Recuber (Hamilton College)

-An Examination of How the Local Print Media Framed the Issue of Pension and Health Care Costs in Detroit’s Municipal Bankruptcy, Robin West Smith

 

11:30-11:50 BREAK

 

11:50-1:00 Parallel Panel Sessions 2

 

2.1 Media, Labour, and Exploitation

Organizer and Moderator: Nicole Cohen

-Organizing in the Content Factory: New Media Workers Unionize, Nicole Cohen (University of Toronto Mississauga) and Greig de Peuter (Wilfrid Laurier University)

-Mediated and Measured Labour: Quantifying Work and Workers, Karen Dewart McEwen (University of Toronto)

-My Knowledge Goes with Me: Student Worker Resistance in Canadian Media Industries, Elizabeth Sarjeant (Simon Fraser University)

-The Gentrifariat: Adventures in High-Paid Flexibility, Benjamin J. Anderson (Simon Fraser University)

 

2.2 Cultural Production and Practice

Moderator:

-A Social Network Analysis of an Online Gaming Community: From Online to Offline Ties, Juan G. Arroyo-Flores (University of South Florida)

-Social Inequalities and Video Games: Understanding Gaming Culture Through Online and Offline Practices, Anna Cameron (University of Virginia)

-Looking Back After American TV: Shades of Grey, Clara E. Rodríguez (Fordham University)

-Here and Queer: Shaping Sexual Identity through Place and Space, Bailey Troia (University of Virginia)

 

2.3 News Media Framing and Agenda-Setting

Moderator: Kenzie Burchell

-Is that Racist?: What the Mainstream US News Media Defines as Racist in 2016, Jorge Ballinas (Temple University)

-Is Fake News News?, Cecil E. Greek (University of South Florida)

-A Multilevel Analysis of Newspaper Bias in Selection of Letters-to-the-Editor, Raj Ghoshal (Elon University) and Jeff A. Larson

-The Causes and Impacts of ‘Tabloidization’ in the Internet Age, Julia Lefkowitz (University of Oxford)

-Explaining the Endurance and Specificity of News: Motivations, Meanings, and Relations, Stephen F. Ostertag (Tulane University)

 

1:00-2:00 LUNCH

 

2:00-3:10 Parallel Panel Sessions 3

 

3.1 Sex, Intimacy, and the Body

Moderator:

-Hookup Apps and the “Dating Apocalypse”: Challenging Technological Determinism and Technophobia, Jody Ahlm (University of Illinois – Chicago)

-Digitizing Mixed-Race: Navigating OkCupid and Crafting a Dating Identity, Shantel Gabrieal Buggs (Florida State University)

-‘Fat for an Asian’: The Embodiment of Stereotypes in an Online Asian American Community, Mallory Fallin (Northwestern University)

-#Sugarbaby: Understanding Women’s Experiences of the Commodification of Intimacy through Tumblr, Kathy Hill (University of Texas)

-Sex Cam Piracy and Revenge Porn: Reconceptualizing Bodily Integrity for the Digital Age, PJ Patella-Rey (University of Maryland)

 

3.2 Nationalism, Transnationalism, and the Public Sphere

Moderator: Ian Sheinheit

-Studying Digital Public Spaces, Gabe Ignatow (University of North Texas) and Laura Robinson (Santa Clara University)

-Real Cosmopolitanism: The Digital Public Sphere and the Rise of Actual Global Publics, Oded Marom (University of Southern California)

-The United Nation’s Media – The Transnational/Global Public Sphere, Diana Papademas (SUNY/Old Westbury)

-The American Critic as Mnemonic Border Guard: Defending the Purity of the ‘Greatest Generation’ in Generation War, Julia Stein (CUNY Graduate Center)

 

3.3 Anonymity, Surveillance, and Social Isolation

Moderator:

-Untangling the Everyday Figurations of Social Surveillance, Kenzie Burchell (University of Toronto Scarborough)

-When the Public Seeks Anonymity Online: How News, Industry, and Socio-Political Conditions Shape Interest in the Tor Anonymity Network, 2004-2016, Andrew M. Lindner (Skidmore College)

-WeChat Impact on New Urban Immigrants’ Social Networks and Psychological Construction: Empirical Research in Shanghai, Mingli Mei (Tongji University), Shoufei Song (Tongji University), and Miaochen Zhu  (Tongji University)

-Collective Anonymity: Practices of Concealment and Disclosure in Internet Activism as Mechanisms that Construct Collective Identity, Rivnai Bahir Shira (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

 

3:10-3:30 BREAK

 

3:30-4:40 Parallel Panel Sessions 4

 

4.1 Advertisement, Consumption, and Identity

Moderator:

-Towards Topological Media Analyses: Lady Gaga’s Monstrous Perfume Ad, Carolina Cambre (Concordia University)

-The Commercial Hegemony of the Victoria’s Secret Brand: Identity Formation, Gender Socialization, and Social Media Analytics, Timothy Hoxha

-Mall Madness: Imagery and Iconography in Specialty Fashion Retail and the Rise (and Fall) of the Shopping Mall, Kenneth M. Kambara (LIM College) and Lauren Gavin (LIM College)

-The Killing: A Comparison of the Gender Politics of Forbrydelsen and Its American Remake The Killing, Isabel Pinedo (Hunter College, CUNY)

 

4.2 Disaster, Violence, and the News Media

Moderator: Timothy Recuber

-Tweet Relief: How Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Communicate about Disaster Relief on Twitter, Isaac R. Freitas (Tulane University)

-Archiving Disaster: A Case Study of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, 3.11, 2011, Seio Nakajima (Waseda University)

-Media Segregation: A Case Study of Online Interaction on the Syrian Civil War, Toni Rouhana (University of California, Santa Cruz)

-News Values and U.S. Active-Shooter Cases, 2000-2013, Julie B. Wiest (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

 

4.3 Sociality, Sociability, and Virtual Reality

Moderator:

-The Youth and Life Stories of Sociability, Ilhem Allagui (Northwestern University)

-Tracing Media Multiplexity with Digital Trace Data: Implications for Detecting Social Isolation, Cohesion, and Social Support in National Populations, Jeffrey Boase (University of Toronto)

-Is Virtual Reality Uniquely Effective in Eliciting Empathy?, Jason J. Jones (Stony Brook University and Jamie Sommer (Stony Brook University)

-Reassembling the Social Situation – Synthetic Copresence in Virtual Reality, Nils Klowait (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences)

-Immersion and the Affective Power of Media, Ana Ramos (Concordia University)

 

4:40-5:00 BREAK

 

5:00-6:30 Plenary Discussion Panel (sponsored by Emerald Studies in Media and Communications)

Intersectionality and Media

Wenhong Chen (University of Texas at Austin)

Saran Ghatack (Keene State College)

Jeffrey Lane (Rutgers University)

Anabel Quan-Haase (University of Western Ontario)

Sarah Sobieraj (Tufts University)

Laura Robinson (Santa Clara University)

 

6:30 CLOSE

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