ICA’15 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Pre-Conference Workshop
May 21 2015

Communication Science in the Digital Age
New Frontiers in Theory and Research

Organizers: Brooke Foucault Welles & Sandra González-Bailón

Sponsored by the NSF Digital Societies and Technologies Research Coordination Network,
the NULab at Northeastern, and the DiMeNet Research Group at Penn

Abstract


Digital technologies, social media, and countless online applications create the infrastructure and interface through which many of our interactions take place today. This societal change is interesting in itself: it poses new questions about how we socialize and engage in public, but also how we build a sense of identity and delimit the private domain. It is also interesting because the ubiquitous adoption of new technologies produces, as a byproduct, new ways of observing the world: many of our interactions now leave a digital trail that, if followed, can help us unravel the rhythms of social life and the complexity of the world we inhabit –and thus help us reconstruct the logic of social order and change. Using digital data to tackle interesting questions and advance our research agendas requires partnerships across disciplinary boundaries that are still uncommon. Social scientists and computer scientists have never been closer in their goals of trying to understand communication dynamics –our goal with this workshop is to encourage synergies for collaboration and a joint development of research agendas.
schedule

Description


This pre-conference workshop builds on a popular panel discussion at ICA’14 and aims to create a platform to discuss recent research at the intersection of computational and social science approaches to integrate knowledge and address the big puzzles that beat at the heart of communication research. Using digital data to tackle interesting questions and advance our research agendas requires partnerships across disciplinary boundaries that are still uncommon. This invitation-only workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars for collaboration, presentations, and lively discussions about the opportunities and challenges enabled by computational communication research.

Rationale


The pre-conference will bring together invited authors of chapters of a new book entitled Communication in the Networked Age edited by Brooke Foucault Welles and Sandra González-Bailón, forthcoming with Oxford University Press. The goal of the session is to build a community of scholars working on similar topics and bring coherence to the book, such that authors are conversant not only in their own chapters, but also across the whole volume. Authors will have the opportunity to present work from their chapters, solicit and give feedback on drafts, and receive feedback from the book editors and invited discussants.

Time and Place


The workshop will take place on Thursday May 21 from 9am to 1pm at the Caribe Hilton, Boardroom 1. Click here for the schedule.

Invited Contributors


    Nicholas Beauchamp (Northeastern University)
    Grace Benefield (UC Davis)
    Deen Freelon (American University)
    Drew Margolin (Cornell University)
    Ericka Menchen-Trevino (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
    Katya Ognyanova (Northeastern University)
    Katy Pearce (University of Washington)
    Aaron Shaw (Northwestern University)

Sponsors


We acknowledge partial support of the Digital Societies and Technologies Research Coordination Network (a research-capacity-building grant provided by the NSF to advance the science of sociotechnical systems), the NULab at Northeastern, and the DiMeNet group at Annenberg Penn.