***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** 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 https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ngw.spbu.ru_submission&d=DwIDaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=vO3hWluM4_he1iLWh21_wCAkoxgoEPIPGytkbsSbZFA&s=9qXPZA71_Zz8vcLpy5YUDv9DbrgUkQnt0Sfh5khVGow&e= ) 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, 2018. 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! **** CONFERENCE INFORMATION Website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ngw.spbu.ru_&d=DwIDaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=uXI5O6HThk1ULkPyaT6h2Ws3RKNKSY__GQ4DuS9UHhs&m=vO3hWluM4_he1iLWh21_wCAkoxgoEPIPGytkbsSbZFA&s=9q3JDE4uZMz5Y9837BjOnFO7e2C6SXoLo_6kxMvFfY4&e= 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. Funding: 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. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.