8 October, 2012

Affordances, Uses and Risks of Social Media

March 20th – 22nd 2013, Antwerp,

Deadline (abstract) submission: November 30th 2012

We are pleased to announce the organisation of an international, multidisciplinary on young people’s uses of social media in general and social network sites in particular.

Contributions from a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives and from diverse scientific fields are welcomed. Next to individual paper submissions, proposals for organized panel sessions will be taken into consideration.

This international event will address a number of relevant questions related to the use of social media by children, adolescents and young adults.
Keynote presentations and parallel sessions center around four main topics:

1. identity construction (e.g. self-disclosure, impression management, privacy)
2. social relations (e.g. social capital, social engagement, cyberbullying)
3. interests at stake (e.g. social media marketing, advergames, viral marketing)
4. supporting and empowering (e.g. media/digital literacy, online counseling, awareness raising, parental mediation)

For a more detailed overview of questions and issues that will be covered, check our website:

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

Nicole Ellison, PhD, assoc. with the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at State University.
Ola Erstad, PhD, full professor at the Institute for Educational Research, University of Oslo.
Mariann Hardey, PhD, assoc. of the Centre for Communication Science, Durham Business School.
Renee Hobbs, PhD, professor, director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of .
Jochen Peter, PhD, full professor at ASCoR, Center for research on Children, Adolescents and the Media, University of Amsterdam.
Sabine Trepte, PhD, professor at the Hamburg Media School, University of Hamburg.


The submission deadline (abstract) is November 30th 2012.

Paper abstracts or panel sessions can be submitted at:

Selected papers will be presented in panel sessions. A selection of papers will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed book volume, published by an international renowned publisher.

Practical information:

Venue: University of Antwerp, City Campus, Hof van Liere, Antwerp, Belgium

Participation fee: 100 euro (documentation, meals and dinner included).

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