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2017 Call for Papers

InfoSocial 2017

A graduate student conference hosted by the twin programs of Media, Technology, and Society (MTS) and Technology and Social Behavior (TSB) at Northwestern University.

Date: April 7-8, 2017
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2017 EXTENDED to February 3 @ 6 pm CT

The Information Age was getting hype before most graduate students today were born. The idea of the Network Society is approaching the U.S. drinking age. And the Digital Era? As old as Rick Astley. To break new ground and continue to explore how people interact through and with technology, we need novel ideas, updated methods, and a disregard for disciplinary conventions and boundaries.

Enter InfoSocial. InfoSocial is a student-run conference dedicated to showcasing interdisciplinary graduate student research on the role of technology in contemporary society. In 2017, the conference aims to bring scholars from diverse disciplines together to showcase new, innovative approaches to key questions, and highlight opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations that explore the (now old) argument that human society has forever been changed by technology.

This is your call. We are looking for papers authored by graduate students (submitted as extended abstracts) that are theoretically engaging, methodologically sound, and socially relevant, as well as timely. We are disciplinary agnostics, seeking submissions from within and across fields like communication and media studies, information science, computer science, science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, sociology, psychology, political science, and anthropology. New and mixed methodologies will excite us, including approaches that blend established methods with new, innovative tools.

Here are only some of the topics we hope to include:

  • Human-computer interaction
  • Online behavior & cyberpsychology
  • Privacy, surveillance & encryption
  • Social media & big data
  • Youth, family & the media
  • Social impact, policy & regulation of technology
  • Digital cultures, online communities & gaming
  • Digital inequality, skills & social capital
  • Information and communication technologies for development
  • Communication, technology, and politics
  • Transformation of the mass media in the digital era


To submit to InfoSocial 2017, please prepare an anonymized extended abstract of no more than 1,000 words (excluding references) that explains your paper, any unique methodological approaches you use, and how it pushes the boundaries of our knowledge about how people interact through and/or with technology. Please format your abstract in either APA or ACM SIGCHI style. Submit your abstract no later than February 1, 2017 at

Dates and Information

Extended abstract submission deadline: February 1 EXTENDED to February 3 @ 6 pm CT
Acceptance notification date: February 20
Conference Dates: Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, 2017
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Note: There will be no fee to attend or participate in the conference. Some 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.