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2013 Call for Papers

UPDATE: We will be accepting extended abstracts through March 23rd.

InfoSocial 2013: Bridging Media, Technology, and Social Science

A graduate student conference hosted by the Media, Technology, and Society (MTS) program at Northwestern University

InfoSocial is a student-run conference dedicated to showcasing graduate student research that is theoretically engaging, methodologically sound, and socially relevant. We welcome submissions that engage multiple ways of thinking as well as a wide range of methodologies.

Building on the success of the inaugural InfoSocial event held last year (which received more than one hundred submissions from over fifty institutions internationally), for this year’s edition we seek papers authored by graduate students that address relevant topics within and across disciplines, including contributions from communication and media studies, sociology, psychology, computer science, science and technology studies, information science, political science, and anthropology.

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Gaming, online communities, and digital cultures
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Inequality, skills, and social capital
  • Information and communication technologies for development
  • News, entertainment, and audiences
  • Online behavior and privacy
  • Organizations, networks, and innovation
  • Social impact, policy, and regulation
  • Social media and big data
  • Youth, family, and the media

See the 2012 conference program for additional topic ideas.

Important Information:

Extended abstract submission deadline: March 20, 2013 March 23, 2013

Acceptance notification date: May 15, 2013

Conference Dates: October 25-26, 2013

Location: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois


To submit, please visit and upload an extended abstract with a maximum of 500 words. Participants whose abstracts are accepted will be required to submit full papers by October 1, 2013.

There will be no fee to attend and/or participate in the conference. Meals will be provided and interested attendees may request to be housed with Northwestern students. While we can make no guarantees, we will do our best to accommodate requests.