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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 
additional fee.

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 
submission form.

The NetGloW organizers will cover accommodation of MA and PhD students 
who submitted the best abstracts.

Visa Support:
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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