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Call for Participation in Workshop on RELIGION ON SOCIAL MEDIA

May 26, 2015 @ Oxford, UK


Workshop website: https://sites.google.com/site/religiononsocialmedia/

Submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=religionicwsm2015

Extended abstract deadline: March 20, 2015

Held in conjunction with ICWSM 2015: http://icwsm.org/2015/


The focus of this workshop is the study of religious communities in social media, providing a venue for social and religious studies scholars to interact with researchers employing web mining, information extraction, network science, and other computational methods. Both qualitative and quantitative studies are welcome from both religious studies and computer science scholars. The topics may include, but will not be limited to, the following:


        religious communities & support structures

        social media as an alternative space for faith

        network properties of religious communities

        connectedness between different religions

        sentiment analysis of religious expression

        religious authority

        ritual online

        religious conflicts and their ramifications online

        religious contextualization of news

        quotation of religious texts and figures


Invited Speakers


Robin Dunbar, Oxford University

Yasmine Hafiz, London School of Economics

Peter Webster, Webster Research and Consulting Ltd




The workshop will take a form of a poster mini-session, which then will drive brainstorming activities. Thus, each participant should submit either an extended abstract of an ongoing (or completed) research which will then be presented as a poster (and a lightning talk), or a short abstract outlining an idea or question for discussion.




To ensure active, engaged participation, all participants wishing to attend must submit one of the following:

        Extended Abstract - a 2-page single-column description of a research project on religious communities in social media, presenting at least one quantitative result. These abstracts will be reviewed by a PC and if accepted, presented as a poster.

        Short Abstract - a single paragraph outlining a research or methodological question for discussion. These will also be considered for discussion during the workshop, but only checked for relevance.

The submission site is https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=religionicwsm2015. There will be no formal, archived proceedings and abstracts can describe previously published work. However, with the authors' consent, we will post all (accepted) abstracts, both short and extended, on the website together with the outcome of the guided brainstorming activities.


Resources and Datasets


To encourage data-driven exploration of the topic, we have prepared a few easy-to-use datasets: https://sites.google.com/site/religiononsocialmedia/datasets


Important Dates


March 20, 2015 - Extended abstract submission deadline

April 10, 2015 - Extended abstract notification

April 26, 2015 - Input for keynote speakers deadline (see website)

May 15, 2015 - Short abstracts deadline

May 26, 2015 - Workshop date


Workshop Organizers


Yelena Mejova, Qatar Computing Research Institute  @yelenamm   

Ingmar Weber, Qatar Computing Research Institute  @ingmarweber

J. Nathan Matias, MIT Media Lab  @natematias

Lu Chen, Kno.e.sis Center Wright State University  @luclarachen

Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, Rutgers University

Please contact Yelena Mejova [log in to unmask]  with questions or concerns.


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