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 has gone virtual for Chicago 2021, the Media Sociology Symposium is following 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.

This year’s virtual event features Keynote Speaker Professor Ralph Schroeder of the Oxford Internet Institute who will be speaking on “Digital Media and Social Theory: the View from Modi’s India and Xi’s China.”

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 evening plenary is: “The Challenge of Obsolescence in 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), Jeff Pooley (Muhlenberg College), and Lisa Parks (UC-Santa Barbara).


The event is 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-Chairs: Laura Robinson & Julie Wiest and Committee Members:  Wenhong Chen, Ken Kambara, Jeremy Schulz, & Ian Sheinheit (in alphabetical order)

Preliminary and Abbreviated Global Program (Central Time CST/Chicago or UTC-6) 

7:00-8:50   Panel 1: “Media, Development and Democracy” 

Chair: Juliana Laet; Heloisa Pait: São Paulo State University Julio de Mesquita Filho, Brazil; Suzanne Temwa Gondwe Harris: Founder of Changing the Face of Africa; Dmitry Strovsky: Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, Russia; Jeannine E. Relly: School of Journalism at The University of Arizona, USA

Webinar 1: 

Panel 2: “Opportunity and Engagement”

Chair: Ken Kambara; “Pranks, Trends, and Logics of Participation on TikTok” by Jackie Ostrem; “The Meritocratic Narrative in Films” by Brent Swinnen, Laura Vandenbosch & Celine Verhaest; “Leading with hearts and minds: Emotion contagion in China’s online activism” by Nian Liu and Jun Liu; “Breaking the media barrier: Tweeting for academic autonomy during the pandemic” by Didem Turkoglu

Webinar 2:

9:00-10:50   Panel 3:

IAMCR Digital Divide Working Group “Digital Capital”

Chair & Discussant: Maria Laura Ruiu ; “Conceptualizing Digital Capital” by Massimo Ragnedda; “Digital capital in Russia: Theoretical understanding & empirical use” by Elena Vartanova, Ann Gladkova, Denis Dunas; “Digital Capital as a key factor for achieving online tangible outcomes in five life realms” by Angela Delli Paoli; “Digital Capital as a tool to analyze Digital Divide and Digital Inclusion in Italy” by Felice Addeo and Gabriella Punziano

Webinar 1: 

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

Chair: Julie Wiest; “Crime in Television News: Do News Factors Predict the Mentioning of a Criminal’s Country of Origin?” by Janine Brill; “Intersections Between Journalistic Documentary & True Crime in the Context of VOD Platforms” by L. Romero-Domínguez ; “The Narco as a Sui Generis Criminal Character and TV Genre” by Beatriz Elena Inzunza Acedo; “‘The Errors are Egregious’: Assessing the CSI Effect and Undergraduate Students’…” by Krystal Hans & Kylie Parrotta

Webinar 2:

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

Webinar 1: 

13:00-14:50   Panel 5: “Mediating and Automating the COVID-19 Pandemic” 

Chair: Laura Robinson; “COVID-19, Digital Inequalities, and Impact on Educational Outcomes” by Lloyd Levine; “Education, Inequality, and the Pandemic” by Inês Vitorino Sampaio; “Navigating Pandemic Crises: Encountering the Digital Commons” by Sara Schoonmaker; “Telework during COVID-19 in Uruguay” by Matías Dodel and María Julia Acosta; “Zooming in a Narrowing Transnational Field: Zoom, Geopolitics and Techpolitics” by Wenhong Chen; “Trucking During the Time of COVID-19” by Sperry, Schuster, Cotten, Agrawal, Mack, Britt, and Liberman

Webinar 1: 

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

Chair: Julie Wiest; “Attaining Security Through Algorithms: Perspectives of Refugees and Data Experts” by Tayfun Kasapoglu & Anu Masso; “Dramatization of the @Gangsta: Instagram Cred in the Age of Glocalized Gang Culture” by Nicola Bozzi; “Empathic Newsworthiness and Digital Technologies in the Production of Police News” by Mercedes Calzado & Vanesa Lio; “Sensemaking Mass Media and School Shootings” by Victoria McDermott and Amy May; “Embracing Uncertainties and Contradictions at the Cultural Nexus of Crime and Media” by Nickie D. Phillips & Nick Chagnon

Webinar 2:

15:00-16:50   Panel 7: Brazil US Colloquium on Communication Studies “Media Across the Americas”

Chair: Sonia Virginia Moreira; “The Future of Cinema Production and Exhibition: Streaming x Theatrical” by José R Bonavita; “Telenovelas and Transformation – Saving Brazil´s Television Industry by Rosane Svartman and Felipe Muanis; “Misinformation, propaganda and power…Trump and Bolsonaro” by Edgard Rebouças; “Publishers’ shift to a ‘reader-centric strategy’ in Brazilian Journalism” by Giuliander Carpes and Lívia Vieira; “Black Women’s Representation in Brazilian Media and Journalism” by Karyn Mota; “Sexualized Labels Created in Your Own Home Impact Brazilian Women of Color…” by Angelo-Rocha & da Costa

Webinar 1: 

Panel 8: “Digital Publics”

Chair: Jeremy Schulz; “The Drama of Metrics: Status, Spectacle, & Resistance Among YouTube Drama Creators” by Christin & Lewis; “Changes in Public Perception of Gig Work During the…Pandemic” by Agrawal, Schuster, Britt, Liberman, & Cotten; “Hybrid Media Systems and Dialogic Publics” by Shelley Boulianne and Edda Humprecht; “Red, Yellow, Green or Golden” by Wenhong Chen and Gejun Huang An Hu; “Misinformation and Trust in Institutions in Four Countries in 2019 and 2021” by Shira Zilberstein

Webinar 2:

17:00-18:50   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

Webinar 1: 

19:00-20:50   Panel 9: “Global Public, Politics, and Perspectives”

Chair: Wenhong Chen; “Study of Science Communication Gender Gap” by Xinyue Chen & Yao Yao; “Has the de-politicized generation arrived?” by Yueqi Wang and Yanming Chen; “Negotiating the Uncertainty of Censorship in Chinese Boys’ Love Fantasy Dramas” by Muyang Li and Zhifan Luo; “Why Should Facebook (not) Ban Trump” by Zhifan Luo and Muyang Li; “You’re Cancelled: Entertainment Media, ‘Problematic’ Creators, & Political Play…” by Sarah Johnson

Webinar 1: 

Panel  10: “Emotions and Culture”

Chair: Ian Sheinheit; “Making YouTube Videos: Digital Work, Culture, and Identity in South India” by Srikanth Nayaka; “Official Live Broadcasting Delivery: Emotional Reconstruction of Virtual Space…” by Yixin Tang; “Emotion without place: Emotion expression and emotional contagion…” by Peng-Peng Li and Geng Zhang; “The cultivation of fear of intimacy” by Jinyuan Zhan; “Alienated Emotions: Reflections on Voice Assistant ‘Emotion Recognition’ Technology” by Shu Xie

Webinar 2:

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

No Registration Needed: Free and Open to the Public @ Webinar:

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 


Welcome: Sonia Virginia Moreira and Laura Robinson

“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

PANEL 2: CRISIS AND COMMUNICATION (BST 16:00-17:00 & PST 11:00-12:00)

“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 Jeremy Schulz and Laura Robinson

PANEL 3: IDENTITY AND INEQUALITY (BST 17:30-18:30 & PST 12:30-13:30)

“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

“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

PANEL 4: MOVING THE FIELD FORWARD (BST 18:30-19:30 & PST 13:30-14:30)

“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


**All times on the Brazil-US Colloquium program are in Brasilia Standard Time (BST) and Pacific Standard Time (PST)**

Thank you to our sponsors!



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