Sunday, June 15, 2014

Preliminary Program Schedule

Registration is now open!

8:00-8:30 Registration/Sign-in 

8:30-9:00 Welcome/Opening Remarks
Kimberly Phillips, Provost (Mills College)

9:00-10:00 Keynote Address
Being Passable: The Double Match of Race and Meaning in American Book Publishing
Clayton Childress (University of Toronto – Scarborough)

10:00-10:20 BREAK

10:20-11:30 Parallel Panel Sessions 1

1.1 Work and Careers in Media
Moderator: Casey Brienza
-Digital Vocations: Race, Capital, and Creativity in the Information Economy, Alex Cho (University of Texas at Austin) and Vivian Shaw (University of Texas at Austin)
-Becoming Jaded: Aging Out and Short Careers in the Music Business, Alexandre Frenette (John Jay College, City University of New York)
-Creatives: Initial Findings on the Early Careers of Commercial Artists, Matthew Rowe (University of California, Los Angeles)
-Cafes as New Workplaces, Jeremy Joseph Vachet (LabSIC, Université de Paris XIII)
-“All Hits Have Fans”: Small Group Decision Making and the Rhetoric of Reality Television Program Development, Junhow Wei (University of Pennsylvania)

1.2 New Theoretical Interventions
Moderator: Matthias Revers
-Gated Publics, Walled Gardens and the Dilemma of Privacy in the Digital Age, Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
-Is the Toronto School of Communication Too Old for the New Media?, Thomas Crosbie (Yale University) and Jonathan Roberge (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique)
-Social Movements and Popular Culture, Jesse Klein (Florida State University)
-Building a Theoretical Framework for a Cultural Sociology of Journalism, Stephen F. Ostertag (Tulane University)

1.3 Race and Media
Moderator: Robin West Smith
-Controlling Race in the Public Sphere: A Collaboration between the State and Media Capitalists, Natalie Byfield (St. John’s University)
-Does Popular Network and Cable Television Programming Simultaneously Promote Colorblindness and Stereotypes of Nonwhites and If So, How?, Aaryn L. Green (University of Cincinnati)
-A Darker Horizon: Demographic Narratives, Racial Affects, and the Cultural Politics of the Future, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz (Brown University)
-Hollywood’s Colorblind Racism, Nancy Wang Yuen (Biola University)

1.4 Information Dissemination
Moderator:
-Beltway Bubble: How Political Ideas Fail to Spread From Elite News Organizations to Other Websites, Noah Grand (University of California, Los Angeles)
-Social Media and Disasters: The Case of Hurricane Sandy and Twitter, Dhiraj Murthy (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Alexander J. Gross
-Fear, Empathy, and Government Intervention: Television News Coverage of September 11th and the 2008 Financial Crisis, Timothy Recuber (Princeton University)-Farming Out the News: An Analysis of Agriculture Coverage in Rural Newspapers, Sandra D. Robinson (California State University Monterey Bay)

11:30-11:50 BREAK

11:50-1:00 Parallel Panel Sessions 2

2.1 Gender and Media
Moderator: Andrea Press
-Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Looking for Women in Late-Night TV: An Examination of Comedy, Gender, and Late-Night Television, Katie Cooper (University of South Florida)
-Women, Work and Family through the Generations: Mothers and Daughters in Four National Contexts View Televisual Representations of Motherhood and Work, Andrea Press (University of Virginia)
-From Stigma to Acceptance: Contemporary Teen Mothers in Popular Media, Tara M. Stamm (Florida State University)
-Invisible Feminism: BDSM Relationships and Fifty Shades of Grey Portrayals, Francesca Tripodi (University of Virginia)

2.2 Framing, Legitimation, and Self-Presentation
Moderator: Clayton Childress
-Ambiguity and Dissent in Cinema Classification, Elif Alp (Columbia University)
-The Field of Online Journalism: A Study of the Legitimizing Practices of Online News Organizations, Gillian Brooks (University of Cambridge)
-Newspaper Images of Protest: The Pictorial Framing of Occupy Wall Street, Michael Neuber (Humboldt University of Berlin), Beth Gharrity Gardner (University of California, Irvine), and David A. Snow (University of California, Irvine
-Lawyers’ Self-Presentation on Sina Weibo, Huangpei Zhangzhen (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication)

2.3 Media Framing and Public Opinion
Moderator: Jonathan Roberge
-Newspapers and Social Perception: The Representation of Organized Crime in Italy, Giovanni Frazzica (Università degli Studi di Palermo)
-What the Frack Are We Talking About? Defining the Fracking Debate in North Carolina, Kylah Hedding (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
-China’s “Airpocalypse” Gives Rise to the Civil Sphere, Haoyue Li (State University of New York at Albany)
-Social Problem or Social Condition: A Content Analysis of the Media’s Framing of the Pensioners in Detroit’s Municipal Bankruptcy, Robin West Smith (Wayne State University)

2.4 Interactive Workshop
-Promoting Scholarship with Social Media, Dustin Kidd (Temple University)

1:00-2:30 LUNCH

2:30-3:40 Parallel Panel Sessions 3

3.1 Social Media and Organizations
Moderator: Matthias Revers
-Social Media Marketing of Russian Regional Mass Media in Facebook, Aleksandr Berezkin (Far Eastern Federal University)
-Digital Media Diversity and Convergence: How the Nonprofit Organizations Choose and Use Digital Media, Boyang Fan (Peking University)
-Becoming Data: The Making of Web Analytics for Journalists, Caitlin Petre (New York University)
-Drones, Balloons, and Villages: An Analysis of Tech Corporations’ Digital Divide Initiatives, Cynthia Yee (New York University)

3.2 Media and Identity
Moderator: Andrea Press
-Just Move to Michigan and Start a Revolution: Girls, the Midwest and the Creative Class, Simone Becque (Southern Illinois University)
-The Modern Working Woman in African American Romance Films, Maryann Erigha (University of Pennsylvania)
-Who is Nicki Minaj? Queer-Making & Gender Reconstruction in Hip Hop, Sonita Moss (University of Pennsylvania)
-The Middle Class as a Media Creation: A Comparative Study of Japan and China in a High Economic Development Period, Abigail Qian Zhou (University of Tokyo)

3.3 Web-based Methods, Teaching, and Social Action
Moderator: Junhow Wei
-Sampling Methods in Studying Same-Sex Couples: The Importance of Web-based Techniques, Eli Alston-Stepnitz (San Francisco State University), David M. Frost (Columbia University), and Allen J. LeBlanc (San Francisco State University)
-Connecting with College Students: A Literature Review on Internet Communication Methods Used to Inform College Students, Valarie Burke (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
-Beyond Blockbusters: Deconstructing Freshmen Perception of Sociology through Hollywood, Tanni Chaudhuri (Rhode Island College)
-Use Your Skills to Solve This Challenge: Discourses of Micro-Action Online, Carla Ilten (University of Illinois at Chicago)
-From Solitude to Solidarity: The Internet as Face-to-Face Intermediary, Robyn Keith (University of Texas at Austin)

3:40-4:00 BREAK

4:00-5:10 Parallel Panel Sessions 4

4.1 Chinese Media Sociology
Moderator:
-Can Public Intellectuals Expand Social Influence by Using Social Media? The Case of China, Zhou Dai (University of Warwick)
-Research on Regional Differences of Public Opinions’ Communication Characteristics, Dan Ji (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) and Yungeng Xie (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
-Talking Politics in China: A Comparison of Microblog and Official Media’s Report on Public Policy, Muyang Li (State University of New York, Albany)
-Behind the Great Firewall of China, Fan Mai (University of Virginia)
-Empowerment or Disempowerment: The Role of New Media in the Migration Process of Chinese New Generation Migrant Workers, Xiaoting Sun (Renmin University)

4.2 Alternative/Niche Media
Moderator: Dustin Kidd
-Jamming Culture: Webs of Meaning and Cultural Entropy in Adbusters Magazine, Matthew J. Chandler (University of Notre Dame) and Terence E. McDonnell (University of Notre Dame)
-Whitewashing the Nation: The House of Terror Museum in Budapest, Hungary, Helge Johannes Marahrens (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
-Shoot ‘em in the Head: On the Transgressive Potency of Modern Horror Cinema, Andrew Owen (Cabrini College)
-In Defense of Selfies: The Conspicuous Prosumption of Experience on Social Media, Apryl Williams (Texas A&M University)

4.3 Media and Social Movements
Moderator:
-How the Hashtag Revolutionizes the Way We Collectively Contend for Interests, Eric Borja (University of Texas at Austin)
-Contemporary Forms of Democracy, Social Actors and New Media, Leocadia Díaz Romero (Murcia State University)
-When the Internet Becomes Marginal: Digital Divide and Political Participation in Putin’s Russia, Polina Kolozaridi (National Research University Higher School of Economics) and Tatiana Tatarchevskiy
-Are They Not Worthy?: Social Movements, Legitimacy, and Partisan Media, Eulalie Jean Laschever (University of California, Irvine)
-From Street Protests to Facebook Campaigns: Political Cynicism, Efficacy and Online Political Engagement of Sri Lankan Students, Chamil Rathnayake (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)

4.4 Section Formation Strategy Meeting (CLOSED SESSION)

5:10-5:30 BREAK

5:30-7:00 Plenary Discussion Panel
Media Sociology as Vocation
Moderator: Casey Brienza
Laura Grindstaff (University of California, Davis)
Paul Hirsch (Northwestern University)
Ronald Jacobs (University at Albany, SUNY)
Paul Lopes (Colgate University)
Guobin Yang (University of Pennsylvania)

7:00 CLOSE

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Preconference Registration Now Open

Registration for the Media Sociology Preconference to be held at Mills College (Oakland, CA) on August 15, 2014 is now open. Please click here to register.

Fees this year are $65 for faculty and $45 for students/low income. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. All attendees are expected to register.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Clayton Childress (University of Toronto – Scarborough). A special plenary session on “Media Sociology as a Vocation” will feature a panel discussion on careers in media sociology. Confirmed plenary panelists include Laura Grindstaff (UC Davis), Paul Hirsch (Northwestern University), Ronald Jacobs (University at Albany, SUNY), Paul Lopes (Colgate University), and Guobin Yang (University of Pennsylvania). 

If you are a presenter, you must register NO LATER THAN MAY 31, 2014 to guarantee your place on the program.  

A preliminary program schedule will be announced in June. 

Contact Casey Brienza (casey.brienza.1@city.ac.uk) or Matthias Revers (mrevers@albany.edu) with any questions.