Media Soc Symposium


2021 Media Sociology Symposium: August 5th with Keynote Professor Ralph Schroeder

Special Collaboration: August 4th: Brazil-US Colloquium on Communication Studies

As ASA went virtual for Chicago 2021, the Media Sociology Symposium followed suit. Plans are in the works for 2022 in Los Angeles when we hope to have another f2f meeting. Thanks to Julie Wiest who did an amazing job hosting the event in 2019, plans are also underway for our 2023 meeting in Philadelphia.

2022 Media Sociology Symposium

Event details and submissions coming in January 2022!

Call for Abstracts for 2022 ICA Hybrid Postconference on Media Sociology

An Unequal Digital World? Critical Perspectives on Media Sociology as Transdisciplinary Global Network with Featured Speakers: Paola Tubaro (CNRS) and Antonio A. Casilli (Télécom Paris) and Institutional Partner: Jen Schradie, Sciences Po Paris

Committee and Organizers: Contact: Laura Robinson; Committee Members: Grant Blank, Antonio Casilli, Wenhong Chen, Massimo Ragnedda, Laura Robinson, Jen Schradie, Jeremy Schulz, Juliana Trammel, Paola Tubaro, and Julie Wiest (in alpha order)

Description: This postconference welcomes scholars from all fields and disciplines build the field of media sociology writ large on any foci, theoretical orientation, and/or methodological practice. Contributing to ICA’s theme “One World, One Network,” the post-conference provides a global tent for the emergent interdisciplinary field of media sociology at the intersection of communication, media, technology, digital inequalities, and social changes. Submissions are invited from voices and practitioners from around the world, particularly traditionally underrepresented groups from whom we can learn much about inequalities in increasingly networked and digitized societies. This postconference leverages ICA’s conference in Paris to showcase featured speakers Paola Tubaro (CNRS) and Antonio A. Casilli (Télécom Paris) from the internationally renowned CNRS, le Centre national de la recherche scientifique, which is one of France’s premier institutions. In addition to showcasing French intellectual leadership appropriate to the ICA venue, organizers come from South America, North America, Europe, and the UK, thus ensuring global standpoints. The event’s ICA affiliate is the Computational Methods Divisions (submissions are welcome from all methodological and theoretical perspectives).

Submissions: Using the link below, upload a 300-600 word abstract, author contact information, and modality/format preferences by January 15th 2022. Link to submission form here:


Submission January 15th 2022

Notifications February 15th 2022

Confirmation of Participation due March 15th

Schedule Published April 15th

Event Date: Wednesday June 1st 2022

Hybrid Format and Fees: This event will be in hybrid format to allow both in-person and virtual participation. The registration fee is $25 and allows participation in both the live and virtual event (there will be free live streaming of the virtual event for virtual audiences). The in-person event will be held at Sciences Po which is an easy and inexpensive journey (under half an hour and less than two euros) by public transportation from the 17th arrondissement where ICA is being held. Participants can plan their journeys here:  Itinerary |

Publication Opportunities: Participants in the post-conference will be invited to submit their papers to be publications from the event including special volumes from our sponsors Palgrave Studies in Digital Inequalities & Emerald Studies in Media and Communications.

Featured Speakers: The event’s featured speakers are Antonio Casilli and Paola Tubaro whose talks are respectively entitled “Who bears the burden of a pandemic? COVID-19 and the transfer of risk to digital platform workers” and “Digital Venezuela: Global inequalities, economic crisis and local networks behind the online economy.”

Antonio A. Casilli is a professor of sociology at Telecom Paris, the telecommunications school of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris, and a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Institute on Innovation (i3). His research foci are digital labor, data governance, and human rights. He is the author of the award-winning book En attendant les robots (Editions du Seuil, 2019) and one of the co-creators of the documentary mini-series Invisibles (France Télévisions, 2020) about platform workers. E-mail: antonio [dot] casilli [at] telecom-paris [dot] fr

Paola Tubaro is Research Professor in sociology at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. A specialist of social network analysis, she is currently researching the place of human labour in the global production networks of artificial intelligence, and the social conditions of platform work especially in French and Spanish-speaking countries. Her interests also include data methodologies and research ethics. E-mail: paola [dot] tubaro [at] inria [dot] fr

Questions? Email


Couldn’t join us at our 2021 Event?

Selected highlights from the Symposium posted below. 

Ralph_Schroeder_card (1)This year’s virtual event featured Keynote Speaker Professor Ralph Schroeder of the Oxford Internet Institute who spoke on “Digital Media and Social Theory: the View from Modi’s India and Xi’s China.”

Link to talk here.

Professor Ralph Schroeder is Programme Director of the MSc in Social Science of the Internet at the OII. Professor  Schroeder has interests in virtual environments, social aspects of e-Science, sociology of science and tech, and has written extensively about virtual reality technology. His current research is related to digital media and right-wing populism.

Ralph Schroeder was formerly Professor in the School of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University in Gothenburg (Sweden). He completed his PhD about Max Weber at the LSE in 1988. His publications include Rethinking Science, Technology and Social Change (Stanford University Press, 2007) and Being There Together: Social Interaction in Virtual Environments (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is also the author of ‘An Age of Limits: Social Theory for the 21st Century’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and, with Eric T. Meyer, of ‘Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities’ (MIT Press 2015).

We are also pleased to announce special international collaborations with the Brazil-U.S. Colloquium on Communication Studies and IAMCR Digital Divide Working Group. 

The CITAMS Chairs’ Evening Plenary was: “The Challenge of Obsolescence incitams-e1458678676362 Media Sociology” organized by Andrew M. Lindner (Skidmore College) and Jenny Davis (Australian National University) with panelists  Morgan G. Ames (UC-Berkeley), Melissa C. Brown (Stanford University).

The event was free thanks to our generous sponsors: CITAMS || Bristol Univ. Interpretive Lenses in Sociology  || Emerald Studies in Media and Communications || Palgrave Studies in Digital Inequalities || Santa Clara University Department of Sociology

Program Committee Co-Organizers and Co-Chairs: Laura Robinson & Julie Wiest  with Committee Members:  Wenhong Chen, Ken Kambara, Jeremy Schulz, & Ian Sheinheit with Assistant Committee Members: Barbara Baptista and JD Worcester (in alphabetical order)

Panel 1: “Media, Development and Democracy” 

Organizers: Juliana Laet (Chair) and Heloisa Pait: São Paulo State University Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Brazil

“How Russian Media Helped Develop the Authoritarian Tradition: Its Historical Legacy for Today” Dmitry Strovsky, Ariel University, Israel

“Regulating unhealthy food advertising to children under neoliberalism: An Australian perspective” Nipa Saha, University of Technology Sydney

“Toward a Framework for Studying Democratic Media Development and ‘Media Capture’: The Iraqi Kurdistan Case” Jeannine E. Relly, Jeannine E. Relly, University of Arizona

“Manufacturing the Liberal Media Model through Developmentality”Suzanne Temwa Gondwe Harris, Founder of Changing the Face of Africa

“Overlapping communicative meshes: plural perspectives on media and development” Heloisa Pait, São Paulo State University Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Brazil

Web Archive:

Panel 2: “Opportunity and Engagement”

Chair: Ken Kambara, Lim College

“Pranks, Trends, and Logics of Participation on TikTok” Jackie Ostrem, University of Edinburgh

“The Meritocratic Narrative in Films: A content analytical overview” Brent Swinnen, Laura Vandenbosch and Celine Verhaest, KULeuven

“Leading with hearts and minds: Emotion contagion in China’s online activism” Nian Liu, Capital University of Economics and Business, and Jun Liu, University of Copenhagen

“Breaking the media barrier: Tweeting for academic autonomy during the pandemic” Didem Turkoglu, New York University Abu Dhabi

Panel 3: IAMCR Digital Divide Working Group “Digital Capital”

Chair and Discussant: Maria Laura Ruiu, Northumbria University

“Conceptualizing Digital Capital” Massimo Ragnedda, Northumbria University

“Digital capital in Russia: Theoretical understanding and empirical use” Elena Vartanova, Anna Gladkova, and Denis Dunas,  Lomonosov Moscow State University

“Digital Capital as a key factor for achieving online tangible outcomes in five life realms” Angela Delli Paoli, University of Salerno

“Digital Capital as a tool to analyze Digital Divide and Digital Inclusion in Italy” Felice Addeo, University of Salerno, and Gabriella Punziano, University of Naples Federico II

Panel 4: “Mass Mediated Representations of Crime and Criminality”

Organizer and Chair: Julie B. Wiest, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

“Crime in Television News: Do News Factors Predict the Mentioning of a Criminal’s Country of Origin?” Janine Brill, University of Erfurt (Germany)

“Intersections Between Journalistic Documentary and True Crime in the Context of VOD Platforms: The Alcàsser Murders as a Spanish Case Study” Lorena R. Romero-Domínguez, University of Seville

“The Narco as a Sui Generis Criminal Character and TV Genre” Beatriz Elena Inzunza Acedo, University of Monterrey

“The Errors are Egregious”: Assessing the CSI Effect and Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of Forensic Science through a Pre- and Post-Test Investigation: Krystal Hans, Purdue University, and Kylie Parrotta, California Polytechnic State University


11:00-12:50 CDT   Keynote Speaker: Professor Ralph Schroeder: “Digital Media and Social Theory: The View from Modi’s India and Xi’s China”

Panel 5: “Mediating and Automating the COVID-19 Pandemic” 

Co-Organizers and Co-Chairs and : Jeremy Schulz, UC Berkeley, and Laura Robinson, Santa Clara University

“COVID-19, Digital Inequalities, and Impact on Educational Outcomes” Lloyd Levine, University of California, Riverside

“Education, Inequality, and the Pandemic” Inês Vitorino Sampaio, Federal University of Ceará

“Navigating Pandemic Crises: Encountering the Digital Commons” Sara Schoonmaker, University of Redlands

“Telework during COVID-19 in Uruguay” Matías Dodel, and María Julia Acosta, Catholic University of Uruguay

“Zooming in a Narrowing Transnational Field: Zoom, Geopolitics and Techpolitics”  Wenhong Chen, University of Texas at Austin

“Trucking During the Time of COVID-19” Sperry, Schuster, Cotten, Agrawal, Mack, Britt, and Liberman, Clemson University and MSU

Panel 6: “Theorizing Criminality and Policing in the Digital Media Age”

Organizer and Chair: Julie B. Wiest, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

“Attaining Security Through Algorithms: Perspectives of Refugees and Data Experts” Tayfun Kasapoglu, University of Tartu (Estonia), and Anu Masso, Tallinn University of Technology and University of Tartu (Estonia)

“Instagram Cred in the Age of Glocalized Gang Culture” Nicola Bozzi, London College of Communication: Dramatization of the @ Gangsta

“Images of Crime: Empathic Newsworthiness and Digital Technologies in the Production of Police News on Television in Argentina” Mercedes Calzado, Buenos Aires University (Argentina), and Vanesa Lio, National University of La Plata (Argentina)

“Sensemaking Mass Media and School Shootings” Victoria McDermott, University of Maryland, and Amy May, Shippensburg University

“Lost in the Mediascape: Embracing Uncertainties and Contradictions at the Cultural Nexus of Crime and Media” Nickie D. Phillips, St. Francis College, and Nicholas Chagnon, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Panel 7: Brazil US Colloquium on Communication Studies “Media Across the Americas”

Organizers and Chairs: Sonia Virginia Moreira, Rio de Janeiro State University,  and Laura Robinson, Santa Clara University

“The Future of Cinema Production and Exhibition: Streaming x Theatrical” José R Bonavita, Universidade Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

“Telenovelas and Transformation – Saving Brazil´s Television Industry” Rosane Svartman, Universidade Federal Fluminense, and Felipe Muanis, Federal University of Juiz de Fora

“Misinformation, propaganda and power…Trump and Bolsonaro” Edgard Rebouças, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo

“Publishers’ shift to a ‘reader-centric strategy’ in Brazilian Journalism” Giuliander Carpes, University of Toulouse III, and Lívia Vieira, Federal University of Bahia

“Black Women’s Representation in Brazilian Media and Journalism”  Karyn Mota, Brown University

“Sexualized Labels Created in Your Own Home Impact Brazilian Women of Color…” Michelle Angelo-Rocha, University of South Florida, and Luisa da Costa, University of Brasilia

Panel 8: “Digital Publics”

Chair: Wenhong Chen, UT Austin

“The Drama of Metrics: Status, Spectacle, and Resistance Among YouTube Drama Creators” Angèle Christin and Becca Lewis, Stanford University

“Changes in Public Perception of Gig Work During the…Pandemic” Shubham Agrawal, Amy Schuster, Noah Britt, Jessica Liberman, and Shelia Cotten, Clemson University

“Hybrid Media Systems and Dialogic Publics” Shira Zilberstein, Harvard University

“Red, Yellow, Green or Golden” Wenhong Chen and Gejun Huang An Hu, Soochow University

“Misinformation and Trust in Institutions in Four Countries in 2019 and 2021” Shelley Boulianne, MacEwan University and Edda Humprecht, University of Zurich

CITAMS Chairs’ Plenary: “The Challenge of Obsolescence in Media Sociology” 
Chairs: Andrew M. Lindner and Jenny Davis; Panelists: Morgan G. Ames, UC-Berkeley; Melissa C. Brown, Stanford University; Jeff Pooley, Muhlenberg College; and Lisa Parks, UC-Santa Barbara

Panel 9: “Global Public, Politics, and Perspectives”

Chair: Wenhong Chen, UT Austin   

“Study of Science Communication Gender Gap” Xinyue Chen, University of Science and Technology of China and Yao Yao, University of Southern California

“Has the de-politicized generation arrived? A comparative analysis of the online feminist activism in China during 2012-2021″ Yueqi Wang and Yanming Chen, Beijing Normal University

“Negotiating the Uncertainty of Censorship in Chinese Boys’ Love Fantasy Dramas” Muyang Li, York University and Zhifan Luo, University at Albany

“Why Should Facebook (not) Ban Trump” Muyang Li, York University and Zhifan Luo, University at Albany

“You’re Cancelled: Entertainment Media, ‘Problematic’ Creators, and Political Play…” Sarah Johnson, University of Virginia

Web Archive: Passcode: hkiE+XY4

Panel  10: “Emotions and Culture”

Chairs: Barbara Baptista, Santa Clara University, and Ian Sheinheit, CUNY

“Making YouTube Videos: Digital Work, Culture, and Identity in South India” Srikanth Nayaka, IIT Tirupati                         

“Official Live Broadcasting Delivery: Emotional Reconstruction of Virtual Space…” Yixin Tang, Communication University of China

“Emotion without place: Emotion expression and emotional contagion…” Peng-Peng Li, National Cheng Chi University and Geng Zhang, Dalian University of Technology

“The cultivation of fear of intimacy” Jinyuan Zhan, School of Media and Communication, Shanghai Jiaotong University

“Alienated Emotions: Reflections on Voice Assistant ‘Emotion Recognition’ Technology” Shu Xie, Communication University of China

Note: Participation constitutes agreement to strictly adhere to all COPE and ASA’s ethics and guidelines and to release without caveat the Symposium or its organizers from any liability for any content including but not limited to any behavior, words, or actions etc. from any speaker, panelist, attendee etc. All intellectual property remains the property of each author. For more information, see here: Ethics | American Sociological Association (

We look forward to seeing you virtually in 2021, in Los Angeles in 2022, and Philadelphia in 2023? Questions? Email 


Emerald Studies in Media and Communications: Call for Guest Editors 

Emerald Studies in Media and Communications is calling for submissions for edited volumes on any aspect of digital sociology. Each year, we publish volumes that capitalize on the series’ sponsorship by CITAMS. The series welcomes self-nominations from scholars of all disciplines interested in editing a volume on an important aspect of media, communication, digital sociology, or related fields. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for an edited volume, please email or for more information see  

Palgrave Studies in Digital Inequalities: Call for for Monographs and Edited Volumes

Palgrave Studies in Digital Inequalities book series is seeking monographs and edited volumes that speak to any aspect of digital inequality, digital divides, and digital inclusion writ large. The series welcomes monographs and edited volumes that are empirical, theoretical, agenda‐setting, and/or policy driven that explore any aspect of inequality, marginalization, inclusion, and/or positive change in the digital world. The series seeks scholars studying both emergent and established forms of inequality. Potential themes include but are not limited to digital inequalities in relation to AI, algorithms, misinformation, digital labor, platform economy, cybersafety, cybercrime, gaming, big data, the digital public sphere, economic class, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, aging, disability, healthcare, education, rural residency, networks, public policy, etc. If you have questions or would like to initiate a proposal, send an abstract of your ideas and author/editor bio(s) to


AUGUST 4th IX Brazil-US Colloquium on Communication Studies

Information: Contact:

Sponsors: Emerald Studies in Media and Communications, Interpretive Lenses in Sociology& Santa Clara University Department of Sociology

Organizers: Sonia Virginia Moreira and Laura Robinson

Assistant Committee Members: Barbara Baptista and JD Worcester 


Welcome: Sonia Virginia Moreira and Laura Robinson

Chair: Sonia Virginia Moreira

“Local and regional journalism in the interior of Brazil: context of development, status of researches and emerging themes” by Jacqueline da Silva Deolindo

“International Reporting in Journalism Education: New Types of Correspondents, New Ways of Training” by Antonio Brasil and Marcus Kreutler

“Journalistic ethics in the face of news produced by Artificial Intelligence by Maria José Baldessar and Regina Zandomênico

“Collaborative journalism: reshaping the way that we do journalism” by Lucia Mesquita, Gabriela Gruszynski Sanseverino, Mathias-Felipe de-Lima-Santos, and Giuliander Carpes

“On the Role of Redundancy in the Popularization of Science: Analysis of Brazilian Journalistic Texts on Covid-19” by Margarethe Born Steinberger-Elias


Chair: Laura Robinson

“Hegemonic crisis, the rise of the far right and political parallelism: TV Globo and TV Record in the 2018 presidential elections” by Mauro Porto, Daniela Neves, and Barbara Lima

“Bolsonaro and Trump: an analysis between their social media in presidential campaigns Brazil and the US considering the perspective of agenda setting” by Élida Borges R. Gomes and Tatiana M. Reis

“Online participation of left-wing activists in Brazil: Cultural events as a cement to mobilization and networked protest” by Julien Figeac, Nathalie Paton, Angelina Peralva, Arthur Coelho Bezerra, Guillaume Cabanac, Héloïse Prévost, Pierre Ratinaud, Tristan Salord

“Venezuelans, Haitians, and Indigenous Refugees in Brazil: An Analysis of  Refugee Crisis, Brazilian Media, and Policies” by Adriano Pistorelo, Michelle Angelo-Rocha, and Luisa da Costa

“A Year of Risk: COVID-19 and Exposure Risk Profiles” by Laura Robinson


Chair: Barbara Baptista

“Small internet providers as agents for internalizing the digital infrastructure in Brazil” by Sonia Virginia Moreira, Nélia Del Bianco, and Cézar F. Martins

“Video Games, Diversity and Gender: The audience’s impact on academic studies in a parallel between Brazil and the United States” by Beatriz Blanco, Julia Stateri, and Lucas Goulart

“Illusions of Racial Progress in Brazilian and U.S. Television Narratives: Refashioning Mixed and Black Female Visibility Onscreen” by Jasmine Maria Mitchell

“Raça in the Music of Milton Nascimento: An Analysis of Milton’s Voice in Missa Dos Quilombos” by John R. Baldwin, Phil Chidester


Chair: Juliana Trammel

“Afro Brazilian Netizen: The Use of Twitter as a Magnifying Glass for Black Brazilians’ Racial Issues in the Postmodern Era” by Juliana Maria (da Silva) Trammel

“Netflix Originals + Brazilian YouTube creators: A reframing of the imaginary national community” by Gabriela Monteiro Lunardi 

“Memes: The Dynamics and Image Paths” by Renata Lohmann and Ana Taís Martins P. Barros

“Communication and tourism research in Brazil and the United States (2000-2019) ” by Clóvis Reis and Yanet María R. Barrios

“In the field in Brazil and the USA: indications about ethnographic doing in Communication” by Aline Maia

“The Use of Mobile Devices in the School of Life” by Eduarda F. Monteiro and Vera Valdemarin


Thank you to our sponsors!



For more information on the Media Sociology Preconference held from 2013 until 2019 see the Spring 2018 CITAMS Newsletter