2016 About

The International Conference on Social Media & Society is an annual gathering of leading social media researchers from around the world. Now, in its 7th year, the 2016 conference is being held in London, UK from July 11 to 13.

From its inception, the conference 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 will feature 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.

Conference Organizing Committee

  • Philip Mai
    Conference Chair
    Co-Director of the Social Media Lab, Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada
  • Anatoliy Gruzd
    Conference Chair
    Professor, Canada Research Chair and Director of Research at the Social Media Lab, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada
  • Jenna Jacobson
    Full Papers Chair
    Assistant Professor [Retail Management, Ted Rogers School of Management] | Research Fellow [Social Media Lab, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Canada]
  • Dr. Evelyn Ruppert
    Host Co-Chair
    Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dr. Dhiraj Murthy
    Host Co-Chair
    Reader, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dr. Marc Esteve Del Valle
    Posters Track Chair
    Postdoc, Social Media Lab, Ryerson University
  • Ville Takala
    UK Host Committee Chair
    PhD Candidate in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
  • Nick Lin
    Volunteer and Marketing Coordinator

Conference Advisory Board

  • Caroline Haythornthwaite
    Advisory Board Member, 2018-2020
    Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
  • Susan Halford
    Advisory Board Member, 2017-2019
    Professor at the University of Bristol, UK | President, British Sociological Association 2018-20
  • Zizi Papacharissi
    Advisory Board Member, 2016-19
    Professor and Head, Dept. of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA; Editor, Social Media+Society
  • Barry Wellman
    Advisory Board Member, 2016-19
    INSNA Founder, Director – NetLab Network
  • William H. Dutton
    Advisory Board Member, 2016-2018
    Professor of Media and Information, Director Quello Center, Michigan State University, USA; Founding Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, UK; Professor Emeritus at the Annenberg School at USC, USA

Conference Program Committee (Tentative)

Anabel Quan-HaaseUniversity of Western OntarioCanada
Anders Olof LarssonUniversity of OsloNorway
Andra SiibakUniversity of TartuEstonia
Andrea HunterConcordia UniversityCanada
Anita GreenhillUniversity of ManchesterUK
Axel BrunsQueensland University of TechnologyAustralia
Caroline HaythornthwaiteUniversity of British ColumbiaCanada
Christian RappZurich University of Applied SciencesSwitzerland 
Christine MoserVU University AmsterdamNetherlands
Clément LevalloisEMLYON Business SchoolFrance
Daiji HarioSetsunan UniversityJapan
Daniel KreissUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSA
Diane Rasmussen PenningtonUniversity of StrathclydeUK
Donna SmithRyerson UniversityCanada
Chandana UnnithanVictoria UniversityAustralia
Ebrahim BagheriRyerson UniversityCanada
Esther BraininRuppin Academic CenterIsrael
Emad KhazraeeUniversity of PennsylvaniaUSA
Frank KleemannUniversity of Duisburg-EssenGermany
Gregor PetricUniversity of LjubljanaSlovenia
Halvdan HaugsbakkenNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyNorway
Han Woo ParkYeungNam UniversityKorea
Heidi JulienUniversity at BuffaloUSA
Igor KanovskyMax Stern Academic College of Emek YezreelIsrael
Ilhem AllaguiNorthwestern University in QatarQatar
Isabella PetersZBW - German National Library of EconomicsGermany
Jacquie BurkellUniversity of Western OntarioCanada
Jake WallisCharles Sturt UniversityAustralia
James CookUniversity of Maine at AugustaUSA
Jana DiesnerUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUSA
Jeffrey M KeeferNew York University / Pace UniversityUSA
Jennifer EarlUniversity of ArizonaUSA
John Bingham-HallUniversity College LondonUK
K. Hazel KwonArizona State UniversityUSA
Keith HamptonRutgers UniversityUSA
Kw FuUniversity of Hong KongChina
Luca GiulianoUniversità Sapienza di RomaItaly
Márcio SantosUFMA - Universidade Federal do MaranhãoBrazil
Mary CavanaghUniversity of OttawaCanada
Mary FrancoliCarleton UniversityCanada
Mike AnannyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUSA
Ming-Hsiang TsouSan Diego State UniversityUSA
Nadia CaidiUniversity of TorontoCanada
Olessia KoltsovaNational Research University Higher School of Economics Russia
Peter BurnapCardiff UniversityUK
Petr LupacCharles University in PragueCzech Republic
Raquel RecueroUniversidade Católica de Pelotas (UCPel)Brazil
Rob ProcterUniversity of WarwickUK
Rosa BorgeUniversitat Oberta de CatalunyaSpain
Seth LewisUniversity of MinnesotaUSA
Soroush VosoughiMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA
Tim HighfieldQueensland University of TechnologyAustralia
William HousleyCardiff UniversityUK
Wenhong ChenUniversity of Texas at AustinUSA
Xiao HuUniversity of Hong KongChina
Yimin ChenUniversity of Western OntarioCanada