Social Media & Citizenship Symposium

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

3100 North Quad (Ehrlicher Room)

This symposium gathers together leading scholars working on a critical and salient theme in communication studies--namely, social media and citizenship. We are interested in work that deals with a broad range of related questions. How are social media changing the nature of participation, debate, and political protest? How do the affordances of social media platforms affect engagement and interaction? How are identities, and senses of belonging and citizenship, shaped by social media? How are social media changing the nature of political journalism? These are critical questions in the field.

Morning Program

10:00 a.m. - Introduction

10:20 a.m. - Measuring Communication Effects in a Networked Media Environment
Sandra González-Bailón - University of Pennsylvania

11:10 a.m. - Oscillating Networked Publics: Enclaves, Counter-publics, and the Contingent Uses of Social Media
Sarah Florini - Arizona State University

12:00 p.m. - What We Owe Each Other: Social Media Mobilization and the Obligations of Democratic Life
Daniel Kreiss - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Afternoon Program

2:00 p.m. - Social Media and Political Inequalities
Kjerstin Thorson - Michigan State University

2:50 p.m. - Facilitating Interpersonal Support in Times of Major Public Crisis: Mobile Voice Calling Helps Us Cope with Existential Fears
Tetsuro Kobayashi - City University of Hong Kong

3:40 p.m. - Social Media Engagement and Political News in the 2016 Election
Ashley Muddiman - University of Kansas

4:30 p.m. - An Analysis of Deleted Tweets from the 2016 Presidential Election
Catie Snow Bailard - George Washington University

5:20 p.m. - Wrap-up

This symposium is made possible by the John D. Evans Professor in LSA fund and LSA Communication Studies.