2019 About

The International Conference on Social Media & Society is an annual gathering of leading social media researchers from around the world. Now, in its 10th year, the 2019 conference is being held in Toronto, Canada from July 19 to 21, 2019.

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.

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
  • Raquel Recuero
    Full Papers Chair
    Associate Professor [Communication and Linguistics Department, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil]
  • Priya Kumar
    Conference Chair
    Research Fellow [Social Media Lab, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Canada]
  • Jaigris Hodson
    Poster Chair
    Associate Professor [Royal Roads University, Canada] | Canadian Science Policy Fellow [Dept. Environment and Climate Change, 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]
  • Jeff Hemsley
    Work-in-Progress(WIP) Papers Chair
    Assistant Professor [iSchool, Syracuse University, USA]
  • K. Hazel Kwon
    Work-in-Progress(WIP) Papers Chair
    Assistant Professor [Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, USA]
  • Anabel Quan-Haase
    Panel Chair
    Professor of Information and Media Studies and Sociology [Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario, Canada]
  • Luke Sloan
    Panel Chair
    Reader | Deputy Director [Social Data Science Lab, Cardiff University, UK]
  • Hanako Smith
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Research Assistant [Ryerson University, Canada]
  • Alicia Wanless
    Social Media Ambassador
    PhD Student at King’s College London, UK

Advisory Board

We are now accepting nominations for new members to the Advisory Board. Please send us your nomination for a senior scholar via email at [email protected]

  • 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

2019 Program Committee

Wasim AhmedNorthumbria UniversityUnited Kingdom
Paul AlparPhilipps-Universität MarburgGermany
Ahmed Al-RawiSimon Fraser UniversityCanada
Fred AmblardIRIT - University Toulouse 1 CapitoleFrance
Marco BastosCity, University of LondonUnited Kingdom
Anja BechmannAarhus Institute of Advanced StudiesDenmark
Michael BeierSwiss Institute for EntrepreneurshipSwitzerland
Valerie Belair-GagnonUniversity of MinnesotaUnited States
Rahime Belen SağlamAnkara Yildirim Beyazit UniversityTurkey
Anat Ben-DavidOpen University of IsraelIsrael
Chris BirchallUniversity of LeedsUnited Kingdom
Balázs BodóIVIR/University of AmsterdamNetherlands
Mark BoonsErasmus UniversityNetherlands
Esther BraininRuppin Academic Center IsraelIsrael
Axel BrunsQueensland University of TechnologyAustralia
Jacquie BurkellUniversity of Western OntarioCanada
Mark CarriganUniversity of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
Mary CavanaghUniversity of OttawaCanada
Michael ChanThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
Hsuan-Ting ChenThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
Yimin ChenUniversity of Western OntarioCanada
Ataharul ChowdhuryUniversity of GuelphCanada
Alton ChuaNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
James CookUniversity of Maine at AugustaUnited States
Tl CowanUniversity of TorontoCanada
Maral DadvarStuttgart Media UniversityGermany
Huw DaviesUniversity of OxfordUnited Kingdom
Vanessa DennenFlorida State UniversityUnited States
Liz DowthwaiteUniversity of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
Stefanie DuguayConcordia UniversityCanada
Harry DyerUniversity of East AngliaUnited Kingdom
Marc EsteveUniversity of GroningenNetherlands
Sarah FloriniArizona State UniversityUnited States
Deena Abul-FottouhRyerson UniversityCanada
Robert GehlThe University of UtahUnited States
Maria GintovaRyerson UniversityCanada
Sarah GilbertThe University of MarylandUnited States
Lina GomezUniversitat Jaume I de CastellóUnited States
Jacob GroshekBoston UniversityUnited States
Anatoliy GruzdRyerson UniversityCanada
Rosanna GuadagnoStanford UniversityUnited States
Sharath Chandra GuntukuUniversity of PennsylvaniaSingapore
Margeret HallUniversity of Nebraska OmahaUnited States
Martin HandQueen's UniversityCanada
Halvdan HaugsbakkenNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyNorway
Zack HayatInterdisciplinary Center (IDC)Israel
Libby HemphillUniversity of MichiganUnited States
Jeff HemsleySyracuse UniversityUnited States
Ana-Maria HermanRyerson UniversityCanada
Andrew HermanWilfrid Laurier UniversityCanada
Ángel Hernández-GarcíaUniversidad Politécnica de MadridSpain
Jaigris HodsonRoya Roads UniversityCanada
Jill HopkeDePaul UniversityUnited States
Jeremy HunsingerWilfrid Laurier UniversityCanada
Andrea HunterConcordia UniversityCanada
Sam JacksonSyracuse UniversityUnited States
Jenna JacobsonRyerson UniversityCanada
Kokil JaidkaUniversity of PennsylvaniaUnited States
Katy JordanThe Open UniversityUnited Kingdom
Brigitte JuanalsAix-Marseille Université, EJCAMFrance
Heidi JulienUniversity at BuffaloUnited States
Igor KanovskyMax Stern Academic College of Emek YezreelIsrael
Herminder KaurMiddlesex UniversityUnited Kingdom
Kazuhiro KazamaWakayama UniversityJapan
Irena KnezevicCarleton UniversityCanada
Kevin KoidlTrinity College DublinIreland
Dewashree KoiralaCopenhagen Business SchoolDenmark
Ammina KothariRochester Institute of TechnologyUnited States
Leni KrsovaCharles UniversityCzechia
Priya KumarRyerson UniversityCanada
Hazel KwonArizona State UniversityUnited States
Salla-Maaria LaaksonenUniversity of HelsinkiFinland
Anders Olof LarssonWesterdals Oslo ACTNorway
Katie LebelRyerson UniversityCanada
Chei Sian LeeNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
Ju-Sung LeeErasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
Koen LeursUtrecht UniversityNetherlands
M.E. LukaUniversity of TorontoCanada
Christoph LutzBI Norwegian Business SchoolNorway
Philip MaiRyerson UniversityCanada
P. David MarshallDeakin UniversityAustralia
Lourdes MartinezSan Diego State UniversityUnited States
Michael MäsETH ZurichNetherlands
Adrienne MassanariUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoUnited States
Paweł MatuszewskiCardinal Stefan Wyszynski UniversityPoland
Zachary McDowellUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoUnited States
Bree McewanDePaul UniversityUnited States
Joanne McneishTed Rogers School of BusinessCanada
Bozena MierzejewskaFordham UniversityUnited States
Jean-Luc MinelUniversité Paris NanterreFrance
Milan MiricUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUnited States
Nicole MuscanellThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUnited States
Matti NelimarkkaAalto & Uni. HelsinkiFinland
Jonathan ObarYork UniversityCanada
Mathieu O'NeilUniversity of CanberraAustralia
Michael OpgenhaffenKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenBelgium
Suay OzkulaThe University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom
Xinru PageBentley UniversityUnited States
Ann PegoraroLaurentian UniversityCanada
Jean-Christophe PlantinLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom
Fabrizio PoltronieriDe Montfort UniversityUnited Kingdom
Pablo Porten-CheéWeizenbaum-Institut für die vernetzte Gesellschaft / Freie Universität BerlinGermany
Hemant PurohitGeorge Mason UniversityUnited States
Anabel Quan-HaaseWestern UniversityCameroon
Diane Rasmussen PenningtonUniversity of StrathclydeUnited Kingdom
Chamil RathnayakeUniversity of StrathclydeUnited Kingdom
Raquel RecueroUniversidade Federal de PelotasBrazil
Luca RossiIT University of CopenhagenDenmark
Sonya SachdevaUSDA Forest ServiceUnited States
Ruby Q. SaineUniversity of South FloridaUnited States
Susana SalgadoUniversity of LisbonPortugal
Bilal SalihCurtin UniversityAustralia
Rose Marie SantiniFederal University of Rio de JaneiroBrazil
Saiph SavageWest Virginia UniversityUnited States
Marta Severo Université Paris NanterreFrance
Francesco SinatoraThe George Washington UniversityUnited States
Luke SloanCardiff UniversityUnited Kingdom
Kevin SmetsVrije Universiteit Brussel / Universiteit AntwerpenBelgium
Donna SmithRyerson UniversityCanada
Hanako SmithRyerson UniversityCanada
Marc SmithConnected Action Consulting GroupUnited States
Michael A. StefanoneUniversity at BuffaloUnited States
Lisa SugiuraUniversity of PortsmouthUnited Kingdom
Zoetanya SujonUniversity of the Arts LondonUnited Kingdom
Lukasz SzulcThe University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom
Jacqui TaylorBournemouth UniversityUnited Kingdom
Ella Taylor-SmithEdinburgh Napier UniversityUnited Kingdom
Ksenia TsyganovaSaint Petersburg UniversityRussia
Cristian VaccariLoughborough UniversityUnited Kingdom
Ravi VatrapuCopenhagen Business School & Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and TechnologyDenmark
Xinran WangUniversity of MissouriUnited States
Alexandra WeilenmannUnivesity of GothenburgSweden
Katrin WellerGESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social SciencesGermany
John WihbeyNortheastern UniversityUnited States
Adam WorrallUniversity of AlbertaCanada
Lu XiaoUniversity  of  Western  OntarioCanada
Tien Ee Dominic YeoHong Kong Baptist UniversityHong Kong
Xenia ZeilerUniversity of HelsinkiFinland
Nick Yin ZhangHong Kong Baptist UniversityHong Kong
Arkaitz ZubiagaThe University of WarwickUnited Kingdom