About

The International Conference on Social Media & Society (#SMsociety) is an annual gathering of leading social media researchers from around the world. It is the premier venue for sharing and discovering new peer-reviewed interdisciplinary research on how social media affects society. Organized by the Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, #SMSociety 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 hands-on 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, Psychology and Sociology.

2020 Organizing Committee

  • Anatoliy Gruzd
    Conference Chair
    Canada Research Chair | Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists & Scientists | Associate Professor [Schl of Info. Tech. Management] | Director of Research [Social Media Lab, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Canada]
  • Philip Mai, M.A., J.D.
    Conference Chair

    Director of Business & Communications [Social Media Lab, Ted Rogers School of Management] | Manager of Academic Communications, 
    [University Relations, Ryerson University, Canada]

  • Raquel Recuero
    Full Papers Chair

    Associate Professor [Communication and Linguistics Department, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil]

  • Ángel Hernández-García
    Full Papers Chair

    Associate Professor [Department of Organization Engineering, Business Management and Statistics, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain]

  • Jaigris Hodson
    Poster Chair

    Associate Professor [Royal Roads University, Canada] | Canadian Science Policy Fellow [Dept. Environment and Climate Change, Canada]

  • Chei Sian Lee
    Work-in-Progress (WIP) Papers Chair

    Associate Professor [The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore]

  • James Cook
    Work-in-Progress (WIP) Papers Chair

    Associate Professor of Sociology [University of Maine at Augusta, USA]

2020 Host Committee 

DePaul University, Chicago

Advisory Board

  • Caroline Haythornthwaite
    Advisory Board Member, 2018-2020
    Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
  • Zizi Papacharissi
    Advisory Board Member, 2016-19
    Professor and Head, Dept. of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA; Editor, Social Media+Society

2020 Program Committee

NameOrganizationCountry
Adam WorrallUniversity of AlbertaCanada
Ahmed Al-RawiSimon Fraser UniversityCanada
Alex FentonUniversity of SalfordUnited Kingdom
Alexandra WeilenmannUnivesity of GothenburgSweden
Alton ChuaNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
Amir KaramiUniversity of South CarolinaUnited States
Ammina KothariRochester Institute of TechnologyUnited States
Anabel Quan-HaaseWestern UniversityCanada
Ana-Maria HermanRyerson UniversityCanada
Anat Ben-DavidOpen University of IsraelIsrael
Anders Olof LarssonWesterdals Oslo ACTNorway
Andrew HermanWilfrid Laurier UniversityCanada
Ángel Hernández-GarcíaUniversidad Politécnica de MadridSpain
Ann PegoraroLaurentian UniversityCanada
Arkaitz ZubiagaQueen Mary University of LondonUnited Kingdom
Ataharul ChowdhuryUniversity of GuelphCanada
Axel BrunsQueensland University of TechnologyAustralia
Balázs BodóIVIR/University of AmsterdamNetherlands
Borchuluun YadamsurenNorthwestern UniversityUnited States
Bozena MierzejewskaFordham UniversityUnited States
Bree McEwanDePaul UniversityUnited States
Bridget HainaSUNY PlattsburghCanada
Brigitte JuanalsAix-Marseille Université, EJCAMFrance
Carlos ToxtliWest Virginia UniversityUnited States
Claudia Flores-SaviagaWest Virginia UniversityUnited States
Caroline HaythornthwaiteSyracuse UniversityUnited States
Catherine DumasSimmons UniversityUnited States
Chamil RathnayakeUniversity of StrathclydeUnited Kingdom
Chris BirchallUniversity of LeedsUnited Kingdom
Christoph LutzBI Norwegian Business SchoolNorway
Damien RenardUCLouvain - Université Catholique de LouvainBelgium
Daniel SuthersUniversity of HawaiiUnited States
Deena Abul-FottouhUniversity of TorontoCanada
Dhiraj MurthyThe University of Texas at AustinUnited States
Diane Rasmussen PenningtonUniversity of StrathclydeUnited Kingdom
Donna SmithRyerson UniversityCanada
Ehsan MohammadiUniversity of South CarolinaUnited States
Ella Taylor-SmithEdinburgh Napier UniversityUnited Kingdom
Esther BraininRuppin Academic Center IsraelIsrael
Francesco SinatoraThe George Washington UniversityUnited States
Guang Ying MoRyerson UniversityCanada
Halvdan HaugsbakkenNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyNorway
Harry DyerUEAUnited Kingdom
Herminder KaurMiddlesex UniversityUnited Kingdom
Hsuan-Ting ChenThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
Igor KanovskyMax Stern Academic College of Emek YezreelIsrael
Jacob GroshekBoston UniversityUnited States
Jacqui TaylorBournemouth UniversityUnited Kingdom
Jacquie BurkellUniversity of Western OntarioCanada
Janis GoldieHuntington University at LaurentianCanada
Jean-Christophe PlantinLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom
Jean-Luc MinelUniversité Paris Ouest Nanterre La DéfenseFrance
Jeff HemsleySyracuse UniversityUnited States
Jenna DrentenLoyola University ChicagoUnited States
Jenna JacobsonRyerson UniversityCanada
Jeremy Hunsingerwilfrid laurier universityCanada
John PaolilloIndiana UniversityUnited States
John WihbeyNortheastern UniversityUnited States
Juana DuRoyal Roads UniversityCanada
Ju-Sung LeeErasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
Katie LebelRyerson UniversityCanada
Katrin WellerGESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social SciencesGermany
Katy JordanThe Open UniversityUnited Kingdom
Kazuhiro KazamaWakayama UniversityJapan
Kevin KoidlTrinity College DublinIreland
Kevin SmetsVrije Universiteit Brussel / Universiteit AntwerpenBelgium
Kokil JaidkaUniversity of PennsylvaniaUnited States
Ksenia TsyganovaSPbGURussia
Leni KrsovaCharles UniversityCzechia
Libby HemphillUniversity of MichiganUnited States
Lina GomezDrury UniversityUnited States
Lisa LundgrenUniversity of Connecticut United States
Lisa SugiuraUniversity of PortsmouthUnited Kingdom
Liz DowthwaiteUniversity of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
Lourdes MartinezSan Diego State UniversityUnited States
Lu   XiaoUniversity of Western  OntarioCanada
Luca RossiIT University of CopenhagenDenmark
Luke SloanCardiff UniversityUnited Kingdom
M.E. LukaUniversity of TorontoCanada
Marc Esteve del ValleUniversity of GroningenNetherlands
Marco BastosCity, University of LondonUnited Kingdom
Margeret HallUniversity of Nebraska OmahaUnited States
Maria GintovaRyerson UniversityCanada
Marta Severo Université Paris NanterreFrance
Mary CavanaghUniversity of OttawaCanada
Mathieu O'NeilUniversity of CanberraAustralia
Matti NelimarkkaAalto & Uni. HelsinkiFinland
Michael ChanThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
Michael MäsETH ZurichNetherlands
Michael StefanoneUniversity at BuffaloUnited States
Ming-Hsiang TsouSan Diego State UnivesityUnited States
Nick Yin ZhangHong Kong Baptist UniversityHong Kong
Nicole MuscanellPenn State University, YorkUnited States
Paul AlparPhilipps-Universität MarburgGermany
Paul ReillyUniversity of SheffieldUnited Kingdom
Paweł MatuszewskiCardinal Stefan Wyszynski UniversityPoland
Priya KumarSocial Media Lab, Ryerson UniversityCanada
Rahime Belen SağlamAnkara Yildirim Beyazit UniversityTurkey
Rosanna GuadagnoStanford UniversityUnited States
Rose Marie SantiniFederal University of Rio de JaneiroBrazil
Salla-M LaaksonenUniversity of HelsinkiFinland
Sam JacksonSyracuse UniversityUnited States
Sarah FloriniArizona State UniversityUnited States
Sarah GilbertUniversity of MarylandUnited States
Sebastian FrühSwiss Institute for EntrepreneurshipSwitzerland
Suay OzkulaThe University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom
Susana SalgadoInstitute of Social Sciences - University of LisbonPortugal
Tien Ee Dominic YeoHong Kong Baptist UniversityHong Kong
Valerie Belair-GagnonUniversity of MinnesotaUnited States
Vanessa DennenFlorida State UniversityUnited States
Wasim AhmedNorthumbria UniUnited Kingdom
Yimei ZhuUniversity of LeicesterUnited Kingdom
Yimin ChenUniversity of Western OntarioCanada
Zachary McDowellUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoUnited States
Zack HayatThe Interdisciplinary Center, HerzliyaIsrael
Zinaida AdelhardtFriedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-NürnbergGermany
Zoetanya SujonUniversity of the Arts LondonUnited Kingdom