Call for Papers (#CFP) #SMSociety18

The call for papers for SMSociety18 has been released and it sounds like a really great event.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed SMSociety17 in Toronto this year. It was a really inspiring event, full of engaged, interesting, and fun researchers. I felt supported and motivated, and very encouraged by the thoughtful and exciting research coming out of the conference. I’d thoroughly recommend going if you have any interest in digital research. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say it was the most useful event I went to all year (and I went to a LOT of conferences in 2017!)


I enjoyed it so much that I’m now a proud part of the conference program committee. You can see the full list of the committee here. It’s an amazing bunch of researchers, and I’m incredibly proud and flattered to be alongside them. Having this brilliant group of researchers look over your work is a brilliant opportunity and I’d thoroughly recommend submitting a paper!

The call for papers can be found below. Hope to see you there!




·         Full & WIP Papers Due: Jan. 29, 2018
·         Panels, Workshops, & Posters Due: Mar. 19, 2018

Join us on July 18–20, 2018 for the 9th annual International Conference on Social Media and Society (#SMSociety). The conference is an interdisciplinary gathering of social media researchers, practitioners, and analysts from around the world. The 2018 conference is hosted by the Centre for Business Data Analytics at the Copenhagen Business School.

In 2012, in the wake of Occupy and the Arab Spring, the #SMSociety community explored networked influence and virality, and saw social media and viral events as a democratizing force. Fast forward five years and we find ourselves in quite a different, some would argue, darker social media landscape where those same democratizing forces are now being exploited in ways we could not foresee. With the rapid change on social media platforms and their affordances, the heightened emphasis on mobile and visual communication, the rise of bots, and the increased participation of state actors, we believe it is time to revisit the ideas of Networked Influence and Virality once more!

Powered by networked influence and made possible by privately owned social media platforms, we are said to be in a sharing economy. We are now owning less and sharing more, giving and receiving crowdsourced content, adapting, innovating, remaking, and re-sharing original and remixed materials. New attitudes, practices, and legal precedents about ownership, rights, and information evaluation are emerging with the growing use of social media. The joys of sharing and connecting through social media—as amateur music videos inspire responses and the sharing of cute animal videos brings joy to millions—are tempered with concerns about the manipulation and exploitation of social media platforms. Hateful, anti-social speech, coordinated misinformation campaigns (i.e. “fake news”) and “false flag” operation by actors unknown now dominate the news cycle and compete for an opportunity to “go viral.”
Considering the rapid changes in social media environments, use, and users, the conference organizers invite scholarly and original submissions that relate to the 2018 theme of “Networked Influence and Virality.” We welcome both quantitative and qualitative work which crosses interdisciplinary boundaries and expands our understanding of the current and future trends in social media research.

From its inception, the International Conference on Social Media & Society Conference (#SMSociety) has focused on the best practices for studying the impact and implications of social media on society.
Organized by the Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, the conference provides participants with opportunities to exchange ideas, present original research, learn about recent and ongoing studies, and network with peers. The conference’s intensive three-day program features workshops, full papers, work-in-progress papers, panels, and posters. The wide-ranging topics in social media showcase research from scholars working in many fields including Communication, Computer Science, Education, Journalism, Information Science, Management, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, etc.

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Full and WIP (short) papers presented at the Conference will be published in the conference proceedings by ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (ICPS) and will be available in the ACM Digital Library. All conference presenters will be invited to submit their work as a full paper to the special issue of the Social Media + Society journal (published by SAGE).

Anatoliy Gruzd, Ryerson University, Canada – Conference Chair
Ravi Vatrapu, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark  –  Host Chair
Philip Mai, Ryerson University, Canada – Conference Chair
Jenna Jacobson, Ryerson University, Canada – Conference Chair
Hazel Kwon, Arizona State University, USA – WIP Chair
Jeff Hemsley, Syracuse University, USA – WIP Chair
Anabel Quan-Haase, Western University, Canada – Panel Chair
Luke Sloan, Cardiff University, UK – Panel Chair
Jaigris Hodson, Royal Roads University, Canada – Poster Chair

William H. Dutton, Michigan State University, USA
Susan Halford, University of Southampton, UK
Zizi Papacharissi, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Barry Wellman, INSNA Founder, The Netlab Network, Canada


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