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CALL FOR PAPERS
Networks in the Global World (NetGloW’18)
July 4-6, 2018 | St. Petersburg, Russia
Deadline: January 15, 2018 (abstracts up to 300 words at
Please consider submitting your work to our session “Shaping Social
Media Discourse: The Roles of People, Institutions, Algorithms, and
Other Network Agents” at the conference “Networks in the Global World”
taking place at Saint Petersburg State University (Russia), July 4-6,
In the rising climate of post-truth and polarization of public
discourses, there is, arguably, more and more attempts to curate
information flows and create calculated publics (Bruns&Burgess 2011)
instead of spontaneously emerging ad hoc issue publics (Habermas 2006;
Bruns 2011) in online communication. On the other hand, the number of
network agents (Latour 2005) both grows in number and diversifies by
type, and today not only ‘ordinary users’ and institutional accounts
play new roles in network constitution. There are also the so-called
algorithmic gatekeepers (Napoli 2015) – the SNS platforms, search
engines, news aggregators, automated news production machines etc. –
who reshape the communication flows and provide new rules of the
communication game. Altogether, this may result into networked
gatekeeping (Meraz&Papacharizzi 2013) where new patterns of dominance
and oppression of may arise within curated and one-sided discourses;
or, otherwise, new patterns of empowerment via discursive citizenship
may emerge across countries.
This session focuses on the role of organized grassroots actors,
institutional accounts, platform algorithms, and inherent discussion
structures in the formation of today’s discourses in social media.
What are the relations between structural position and discursive
strategies of the discussion participants? Do efforts to shape the
discourse really work? What roles media and institutions play in the
formation of structure and substance of social discussions? How do
algorithmic ‘rules of the game’ impact our network neighbors? Does
social representation, or activity, or connectivity, or status (as
measured by network structure parameters) matter for the discourse
emerging in social media, and how exactly? Are left/right and other
political divisions network-dependent? These and similar questions
need to be addressed, and we welcome papers dealing with them,
especially in comparative perspective.
For details, please, contact the session chair Svetlana S. Bodrunova
at [log in to unmask]
Looking forward to your paper proposals!
Standard Fee: 50 EUR
MA and PhD Students Fee: 20 EUR
Workshop Fee: Participation in a workshop does not involve an
The conference will feature a selection of workshops and round tables.
The number of presentations per person is not limited. Abstracts for
each presentation are to be submitted separately, by filling in the
The NetGloW organizers will cover accommodation of MA and PhD students
who submitted the best abstracts.
Registered authors coming from abroad will receive official Visa
invitations and get other support in obtaining the Russian Visa from
the NetGloW organizers.
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