Media Soc Preconference

Media Sociology Preconference 2020

Save the Date: Friday August 7th, 2020

Location: UC Berkeley 

Call for Participation Coming this Dec!

2020 Organizing Committee Members (in alphabetical order):  Wenhong Chen (UT Austin), Ken Kambara (LIM College), Laura Robinson (SCU), Jeremy Schulz (UC Berkeley), Ian Sheinheit (CUNY), & Julie Wiest (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

2020 CITAMS Chair’s Panel: Work @ a Crossroads: Opportunities, Challenges & Inequalities of Digital Work  Organizers: Anabel Quan-Haase (Western University) & Christo Sims (University of California) Moderator: Anabel Quan-Haase;  Panelists: TL Taylor (MIT), Lilly Irani (UC San Diego), Christoph Lutz (Norwegian Business School), Gemma Newlands (University of Amsterdam), and Alex Miltsov (Nazarbayev University)


Media Sociology Preconference 2019 NYC

Registration for the seventh annual Media Sociology Preconference, to be held at LIM College in Manhattan on Friday, August 9, 2019 is now open! Please click here to register.

Registration is free for current CITAMS section members. Fees for all other attendees is $85 for faculty and $45 for students/low income.

All CITAMS members should register on the Eventbrite site AND send me ( proof of purchase of section membership (i.e. a copy of your email receipt from ASA) for 2019.


Please click here for complete information about how to register for the preconference.

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

8:30-9:00 Welcome/Opening Remarks

9:00-10:00 Keynote Address
Phillipa Chong (McMaster University)

10:00-10:20 BREAK

10:20-11:30 Parallel Panel Sessions 1

1.1  Fake News, Information, Disinformation

Moderator: Jason A. Smith

-Legacies of Media Power: Hacking Meaning and Attention in the (Dis)Information Age, Stephen R. Barnard (St. Lawrence University)

-Combating Fake News: Educational Approaches, Leocadia Díaz Romero (Murcia State University)

-Inside 3 Million Russian Troll Tweets: What Did the factory-Made Trolls “Talk” About?, Dhiraj Murthy (University of Texas at Austin), Yixuan Du (University of Texas at Austin), Kelly Conlon (University of Texas at Austin), Samuel Wooley

-An Unlikely Seducer: Kim Jong-un’s Charm Offensive from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics Until the Trump-Kim Summit, Julia Sonnevend (The New School) and YoungRim Kim (University of Michigan)

1.2 Mediated Space, Place, and Knowledge Production

Moderator: Yidong Wang

-“/R/THEWORLDISFLAT”: The Production of Scientific Knowledge in Online Communities, Ahad Ali (The New School)

-Managing the Moral Dilemma of AI Design, William Orr (The Australian National University)

-The Queer Urban Spaces of Locative Media: A Theoretical Framework, Darryl A. Pieber (Western University)

-Geospatial Memory: An Introduction, Joshua Synenko (Trent University)

1.3 Chinese Media Sociology 1

Moderator: Julie Wiest

-National Image in Social Network: Study on the Weibo Public Diploma Strategy of the Embassy, Fenju Fu (Peking University)

-Characterizing Fake Video on Social Media: Origins, Evaluation and Approach, Lurong Lei (Chongqing University)

-Compromise and Incorporation: The Presentation of Rock Culture in the Context

of Contemporary China, Shuguang Hu (Yunnan Normal University) and Shuyuan Zhang (Tsinghua University)

-The Political Consequences of Internet Censorship in China: Are Chinese Netizens Becoming Apolitical or Conforming? Tsz Fung Hans Tse (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Yang Hu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

-Hybridized Culture and Local Consciousness: The Rise of Chinese Hip-Hop in an Era of Globalization Peinan Wang (Tsinghua University) and Feiya Suo (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

11:30-11:50 BREAK

11:50-1:00 Parallel Panel Sessions 2

2.1 Media, Diversity, and Representation

Moderator: Darryl A. Pieber

-Managing Someone Else’s Privacy on Social Networking Sites: A Focus on Latinx Youth, Celeste Campos-Castillo (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Linnea Laestadius (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

-Hidden, Yet Effective: How the Wealthiest 0.1% Do Not Meet the Media, Anu Kantola (University of Helsinki)

-The Image as a Diagnostic: Visual Representation as Pathology and Symptomatology of

Mental Illnesses. Case Study: The End of the F***ing World (Channel E4 & Netfix, 2017-), Marta Lopera-Mármol (Pompeu Fabra University) and Daniel Pérez-Pamies (Pompeu Fabra University)

-Exclusion Through Inclusion: Deliberative Democracy and Debates Over Measuring Media Diversity, 2007-2010, Jason A. Smith (George Mason University)

-Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage for Our Nation: Dialogic Framing in the Taiwan Marriage Equality Movement, Yidong Wang (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Xiaomei Sun (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

2.2 Mediated Violence

Moderator: Joshua Synenko

-Examining Digital and Sexual Citizenship in a FOSTA/SESTA Era: Who Gets to Survive Online and Who Doesn’t?, Emily Coombes (University of Nevada Las Vegas)

-Reciprocity of News in the Context of Disaster: News Sharing, Blogs and Collective Actions Over Time, Stephen F. Ostertag (Tulane University)

-A Transparent Network: Soldiers’ Digital Activism and Economic Unrest, Shira Rivnai-Bahir (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

-From the “Monsters Next Door” to #NeverAgain: How the Media Narrative of School Shootings Has Shifted from Columbine to Parkland, Linda M. Waldron (Christopher Newport University), Kaija Craft (Christopher Newport University), and Elizabeth Swetz (Christopher Newport University)

2.3 Chinese Media Sociology 2


-Research on Audience’s Acceptance Psychology and Attitude to Algorithm Recommendation in China Mingli Mei (Tongji University) and Ru Zhao (Tongji University)

-Virtual Player, Physical Labor: A Study on Food Delivery Platform Drivers in China, You Wu (University of Chicago)

-Labor Performance under the Dual Control of Platform and Customers: An Empirical Study on the Delivery Drivers of Platform M, Weiming Ye (Peking University HSBC Business School) and Changxu Li (Peking University HSBC Business School)

-Analysis on the Impact of Platform Innovation on China’s Journalism Order: Take Sina Weibo Platform and WeChat Platform as Cases, Lei Zheng (University of Southern California)

1:00-2:00 LUNCH

2:00-3:10 Parallel Panel Sessions 3

3.1 Digital Inequalities and Why They Still Matter

Organizers and Moderators: Matias Dodel and Laura Robinson

-Digital Inequalities and Willingness to Use Emerging Technologies Among Older Adults, Shelia Cotton (Michigan State University) and Travis Kadylak (Michigan State University)

-Internet Cultures and Digital Inequalities, Grant Blank (University of Oxford)

-Determinants of Cyber-Safety Behaviors in a Developing Country: The Role of Socioeconomic Inequalities, Digital Skills and Perception of Cyber-Threats, Matias Dodel (Universidad Católica del Uruguay), Daniela Kaiser (Universidad Católica del Uruguay), and Gustavo Mesch (University of Haifa)

-Are Networked, Connected, and Socially Limited Individuals Equal in How They Use Digital Media? ,Barry Wellman (NetLab Network), Anabel Quan-Haase (Western University), and Molly-Gloria Harper (Western University)

-Digital Inequalities and Future Planning: Understudied Connections, Laura Robinson (Santa Clara University) and Jeremy Schulz (University of California, Berkeley)

3.2 Gender and Media

Moderator: Darryl A. Pieber

-Docusoap Reality Television and Discourses of Girlhood, Katie Fredricks (Rutgers University)

-The Superbowl of Cooking: Hybridizing Gender and Competition in MasterChef USA, Laura Grindstaff (University of California, Davis) and Rafi Grosglik (University of California, Davis)

-Social Networks and Career Success of Women Film Composers, Ju Hyun Park (Emory University)

-#MeToo Justice: Exploring the Tensions Between Retribution, Restoration, and Procedural

Fairness, Kasey C. Ragan (University of California, Irvine)

3:10-3:30 BREAK

3:30-4:40 Parallel Panel Sessions 4

4.1 Collective Action in the Digital Age

*Invited CITAMS Chair Discussion Panel

Organizer and Moderator: Deana A. Rohlinger

Jennifer Earl (University of Arizona)

Jen Schradie (Sciences Po Paris)

Joan Donovan (Harvard University)

Mohamed Zayani (Georgetown University)

David Karpf (George Washington University)

4.2  Culture and Media Consumption

Moderator: Yidong Wang

-The Visual Rhetorics of Fonts in Luxury Fashion: Meaning Systems of Typography in Late Capitalism Media, Lauren Gavin (LIM College) and Kenneth M. Kambara (LIM College)

-Politics Seizing Media: The Case of Turkish TV Serials, Dimitra Laurence Larochelle (New Sorbonne University)

-Building Trust and Ties through Blogs: A Cultural Approach to Affordances, Stephen F. Ostertag (Tulane University)

-Audience Engagement with Multi-Level Fictional Universes: The case of Game of

Thrones as a Comparative Study between Italy and New Zealand, Carmen Spanò (Victoria University, Wellington)

4:40-5:00 BREAK

5:00-6:30 Plenary Discussion Panel
*Sponsored by Emerald Studies in Media and Communications

Media Representations of Crime: Constructing Culture and Shaping Social Life

Organizer and Moderator: Julie Wiest

Valerie J. Callanan (Kent State University)

Venessa Garcia (New Jersey City University)

Lisa A. Kort-Butler (University of Nebraska–Lincoln)

Nickie Phillips (St. Francis College)

Alicia Simmons (Colgate University)


Media Sociology Preconference 2018 Philadelphia

Preconference Date: Friday, August 10, 2018
Venue: State System @ Center City, Philadelphia, PA

Click here for information about how to register for the preconference.

8:00-8:30 Registration/Sign-in8:30-9:00 Welcome/Opening Remarks

9:00-10:00 Keynote Address
Digital Boots on the Ground: Stop Blaming Trump, Putin and Zuckerberg
Jen Schradie (Sciences Po Paris)

10:00-10:20 BREAK

10:20-11:30 Parallel Panel Sessions 1
1.1 Messages and Meaning in Mass Media
*Co-sponsored with the Interpretive Sociology Preconference
Organizer and Moderator: Ian Sheinheit
-Give as Good as You Get: Reviewers as Both Cultural Producers and Consumers, Phillipa K. Chong (McMaster University)
-Graphic Interpretation: Comic Books and Visual Analysis: Dustin Kidd (Temple University)
-Digital Messages and Meanings About Immigration: Papers, Please and the Capacity for a Video Game to Promote an Aesthetic Public Sphere: Brian McKernan (Syracuse University)
-The Meanings and Actions of News: News as Interpretive Social Practice, Stephen F. Ostertag (Tulane University)

1.2 Home, Children, and the Family
Moderator: j. Siguru Wahutu
-Class Contradictions of Pittsburgh Dad: Commodifying Nostalgia in the New Economy, Colby R. King (Bridgewater State University) and Randy Hohle (SUNY-Fredonia)
-A Call for “Global” Reconstruction: Childhood, YouTube, and Gender Socialization, Hyun Lee (Hunter College, CUNY)
-Does Dad Do Anything Around Here? Reexamining Depictions of Family Work in Popular Advertising, Bryan K. Robinson (University of Mount Union)
-Internet Use in the Home: Explaining Digital Inequality from a Domestication Perspective, Anique J. Scheerder (University of Twente), Alexander J.A.M. Van Deursen (University of Twente), and Jan A.G.M. van Dijk (University of Twente)

1.3 Methods and Methodologies
Moderator: David Russell
-Opportunities to Enhance the Sound Use of Digital Media in Public Policymaking, Patricia Farrell Donahue (George Mason University) and Nora M. Howe (James Madison University)
-The Possible Contribution of ANT to the Study of Human-Technology Relations, Maria Erofeeva (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences)
-Twitter as an Auxiliary Respondent-Level Data Source for Surveys, Y. Patrick Hsieh (RTI International)
-Scandal in the Internet Era: A Longitudinal Quantitative Analysis, Julia Lefkowitz (University of Oxford)

11:30-11:50 BREAK

11:50-1:00 Parallel Panel Sessions 2

2.1 War and Terrorism
Moderator: Ian Sheinheit
-Social Media, Violence and Terrorism: The Case of the Islamic State, Mohammedwesam Amer (Newcastle University)
-Battlefront Assemblages: Exploring the Media-Warfare Nexus in the Digital Age, Olga Boichak (Syracuse University)
-“Don’t Try to Drown Out the Conversation, Let’s Talk About What Jihad Means”: Framing Terrorism in the U.S Media, Vivian Fiona Guetler (West Virginia University)
-Capturing Hearts: Charm, Personal Magnetism and the Iranian Nuclear Deal in the American and Israeli Press, Julia Sonnevend (The New School for Social Research) and Yuval Katz (University of Michigan)

2.2 Digital Media and Social Networks
Moderator: j. Siguru Wahutu
-Perception and Management of Online/Offline Friendship Ties through the Eyes of Online Gamers, Juan G. Arroyo-Flores (University of South Florida)
-No Gods, No Masters, No Coders? The Future of Sovereignty in a Blockchain World, Sarah Manski (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Ben Manski (University of California, Santa Barbara)
-The Sociability of Chinese Millennials in Cyberspace: A Case Study of Barrage Subtitling in bilibili, Seio Nakajima (Waseda University)
-Media Segregation: A Case Study of Online Interaction on the Syrian Civil War, Toni Rouhana (University of California, Santa Cruz)

2.3 Entertainment Media
Moderator: Matthew Rowe
-From the Raja to the Desi Romance: A Sociological Journey through Bollywood, Tanni Chaudhuri (Rhode Island College)
-Political Humor, Participation and Democracy, Leocadia (Lea) Diaz (Murcia State University)
-Racialized Institutional Expectations and the Hollywood Jim Crow, Maryann Erigha (University of Georgia)
-Disease as Racial Allegory in I Am Legend Remakes, Jeremiah Morelock (Boston College)

1:00-2:00 LUNCH

2:00-3:10 Parallel Panel Sessions 3

3.1 Sex, Gender, and Media
Moderator: j. Siguru Wahutu
-Whose Voices Are Heard? The Dynamics of Gender Discrimination in the Editorial Pages of Argentine News Sites, Victoria Andelsman (Universidad de San Andrés), Paloma Etenberg (Universidad de San Andrés), Marina Weinstein (Universidad de San Andrés), Tomás Bombau (Universidad de San Andrés), Eugenia Mitchelstein (Universidad de San Andrés), and Pablo Boczkowski (Northwestern University)
-Single, White, Female: Trauma, Melancholy and Girl Power in the New Disney, Moon Charania (Spelman College) and Cory Albertson (Smith College)
-Technological Change, Rhetorical Continuity: Misogynist Content from Direct Mailings to Reddit Forums, Alex DiBranco (Yale University)
-Conspiracies, Work, and War: The Construction of Rural, White Masculinity on History, Briana L. Pocratsky (George Mason University)

3.2 Media and Activism
Moderator: Mohammedwesam Amer
-“Occupying” Digital Space: Embodied Politics in Activists’ Narratives, Victoria Gonzalez (Rutgers University)
-Popular Culture and Political Engagement: Re-Considering Publicity Theories, Sarah R. Johnson (University of Virginia)
-Latinx Immigrant Strategies: The Use of Old and New Media in the Era of Trump, Nancy Plankey-Videla (Texas A&M University), Beatriz Aldana Marquez (California State University, Monterey Bay, Apryl Williams (Susquehanna University), and Selene Diaz (Texas A&M University)
-Violence and the Sacred: An Analysis of Social Justice Narratives, Kasey Carmile Ragan (University of California, Irvine)

3.3 Visual Studies
Moderator: Stephen R. Barnard
-Instagram Urbanism: Photographic Practice, Networked Publics and the Visual-Virtual Construction of the Instagram City, Martha Coe (New York University)
-Seeing Race, Virtually: Racial Cues and Behavior on Craigslist and in Online Media, Michael Gaddis (UCLA) and Raj Ghoshal (Elon University)

-Selfie Culture in the Digital Age, Laura Grindstaff (University of California, Davis) and Gabriella Torres-Valencia (University of California, Davis)
-Blue Latitudes: Properties of the Color Atlas, Meredith Hall (The New School for Social Research)
-Visual Rhetorics in Media: Moving Towards a Post-Literate Mode of Information, Kenneth Kambara (LIM College)

2:45-4:15 Media and Frames of Meaning
*Co-sponsored with the Interpretive Sociology Preconference
Organizer and Moderator/Discussant: Julie B. Wiest
-Between Interpretation and Involvement: A Frame-Analytic Account of Mediated Interaction,Maria Erofeeva (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences)
-Unite the Right, Divide the Narrative: Competing Constructions of the Violence in Charlottesville, Shelby Statham (University of South Florida)
-Advocating for Life Itself: Narratives of Moral Worthiness in Crowdfunding Personal Medical Expenses, and the Wider Implications of Commodifying Virtue in Times of Suffering, Matt Wade (Nanyang Technological University)
-What Does Beauty Cost? Interpretations of Identity and Beauty Norms in the Comic Beauty,Myron Strong (Community College of Baltimore County)

3:10-3:30 BREAK

3:30-4:40 Parallel Panel Sessions 4

4.1 Media Organizations and Policy
Moderator: Ian Sheinheit
-From Fox News to Fake News: Making Sense of (Dis)Information in the Age of Mediatization, Stephen R. Barnard (St. Lawrence University)
-Normalization of Repression and the Rise of a Populist Media in Turkey, Defne Över (Göttingen University)
-Between Institutionalism and Deliberation: Media Policymaking and Diversity in the United States, Jason A. Smith (George Mason University)
-“We Have Failed a Nation”: Covering Darfur for an African Audience, j. Siguru Wahutu (Harvard University)

4.2 Framing and Attention
Moderator: Kenneth Kambara
-Tweeting after Disaster: Framing and Resonance in Tweets about the 2016 Louisiana Floods, Isaac R. Freitas (Tulane University)
-Candidates of Instagram: Political Image-Building and the Co-optation of Micro-Celebrity Online, Becca C. Lewis (Data & Society Research Institute)
-Raymond Williams’ Sociology of Culture and the “Attention Economy”, Brice Nixon (University of Pennsylvania)
-Mapping Emotions on Twitter a Case Study of the Syrian Civil War since 2014, Toni Rouhana (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Sara Alhanich (University of California, Santa Cruz)
-“You Play, You Will Pay”: An Exploratory Study of Frames and Reader Reactions in Media Coverage of the Opioid Epidemic by Ohio Newspapers, David Russell (Appalachian State University) and Naomi Spence (Lehman College)

4.3 Sex, the Body, and Materiality
Moderator: Matthew Rowe
-Mediation in a Material World – Facing Objects, Recycling Affordances, Nils Klowait (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences)
-Capitalizing on Sex: Changing Amounts of Sex-based Content in Modern Women’s Magazines, Laura Martinez Livesey (University of Houston)
-Deepfakes, Digital Dualism, and Bodily Integrity, PJ Patella-Rey (University of Maryland)

4:40-5:00 BREAK

5:00-6:30 Plenary Discussion Panel
*Sponsored by Emerald Studies in Media and Communications
Media, Power, and Sexuality
Organizer and Moderator: Apryl Williams
Betty Aldana Marquez (California State University, Monterey Bay)
Mary Chayko (Rutgers University)
Jenny Davis (Australian National University)
Y. Patrick Hsieh (RTI International)
Jessie Sage (University of Pittsburgh)
Ruth Tsuria (Seton Hall University)

6:30 CLOSE

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