5th annual Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop

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Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop

Call for Papers, Workshops, Panels and Posters

Co-Hosted by Bowie State University and Howard University

October 1-2, 2015

Howard University

Washington, D.C.

Exploring Social Media and –isms

The 5th Annual Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop is a two-day intensive conference combining panel discussions, posters sessions and hands-on workshops designed to enlighten attendees about new scholarship, professional practices and pedagogical approaches to teaching. This year’s theme focuses on questioning the direction of social media by leftists as well as extreme right critics. It will dissect the connections between social media and popular -isms (distinctive doctrines, systems, confluence and theories). The goal is to bring scholars and professionals together to share their perspectives on how social media relate to various –isms and discuss their influence and impact on our society, individuals, academics, businesses and government entities.

Interested individuals can send in papers, workshop themes, panels and poster proposals that address a myriad of topics, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Social media and Skepticism
  • Social media and Voyeurism
  • Social media and Racism
  • Social media and Interculturalism
  • Social media and Culturalism
  • Social media and Afrocentrism
  • Social media and Narcissism
  • Social media and Internationalism
  • Social media and Classism
  • Social media and Constructivism
  • Social media and Constructionism
  • Social media and Utilitarianism
  • Social media and Sexism

Paper and Poster Submissions

Respondents should submit a 3-5 page proposal that includes an overview of the study as well as research design that includes brief review of the literature and methodology. Allvrespondents in this category should clearly identify the submission type on their proposal and send the proposal through EasyChair by April 30, 2015 at the following site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=smtc2015.

Presenters will be notified by mid-May of the status of their submissions and should register to attend the conference by September 1, 2015.

Panel Submissions

Respondents should submit a 3-5 page proposal addressing the purpose of the panel and specific issue(s) to be covered. The proposal should include a list of the confirmed guests or those who will be solicited for the panel as well as their brief biographies. All respondents in this category should send the proposal through EasyChair by April 30, 2015 at the following site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=smtc2015. Presenters will be notified by mid-May of the status of their acceptance and should register to attend the conference by September 1, 2015.

Workshop Submissions

Respondents should submit a 3-5 page proposal addressing the purpose of the workshop, details about the technology, social media trend or tool to be explored and what attendees will gain from attending it. Workshops are scheduled for 90 minutes, so content should be sufficient enough to fill the timeslot. If applicable, the proposal should include a list ofvthe confirmed guests or those who will be solicited for the workshops as well as their brief biographies. All respondents in this category should send the proposal through EasyChair by April 30, 2015 at the following site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=smtc2015. Presenters will be notified by mid-May of the status of their acceptance and should register to attend the conference by September 1, 2015.

Cost

The registration fee for the two-day conference is $100. Students pay the reduced rate of $50. All presenters, attendees and workshop participants are required to pay the conference fee.

Contacts

Dr. Kehbuma Langmia

Howard University

klangmia@howard.edu

 

Dr. Pamela O’Brien

Bowie State University

pobrien@bowiestate.edu

 

Professor Ingrid Sturgis

Howard University

isturgis@howard.edu

Dr. Tia C. M. Tyree

Howard University

ttyree@howard.edu

 

About the Conference

Co-founded by Howard University and Bowie State University in 2009, the Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop brings together scholars and professionals who are experts in the area of social media to share their perspectives on the shifting paradigm in the academia, governmental and non-governmental organizations orchestrated by digital and social media in this era of technological determinism. As social media continue to influence all areas of our lives, it is important to examine and debate not only the use of various social media tools in different contexts, but how they change the manner in which individuals, academics, business owners and the government make use of this media. This two-day intensive conference combines panel discussions, posters sessions, roundtables and hands-on workshops designed to enlighten scholars and practitioners about social media and provide them with the knowledge to create and effectively utilize social media in different contexts.

Working with past presenters and other researchers, the conference co-founders edited Social Media: Pedagogy and Practice. The book examines how interactive technologies can be applied to teaching, research and the practice of communication. It demonstrates how social media can be utilized in the classroom to build the skillsets of students going into journalism, public relations, integrated marketing, and other communications fields. It is currently on pre-order through Amazon and University Press of America.