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Call for Papers 2013

First annual international conference
York University, Toronto, Canada
May 3-5 2013

Conference description

The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers whose interests in the digital economy are positioned at the intersection of social media and the engaged university. Social media enable social interaction through connectivity on the Internet, and therefore lend themselves to any and all aspects of social communication, including those at the university. Given that social media (Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.) are very popular and ubiquitous, it is advantageous to submit their use in universities to a close scrutiny. The main aim of the conference, therefore, is to analyze, discuss, and answer the following four questions:

  1. Can universities substantially change the manner in which they achieve their mission by using social media?
  2. What are the opportunities, impacts, and challenges of social media on the workings of the university?
  3. How innovative and effective is the use of social media for the purposes of research, teaching, and administration in a university setting?
  4. Do social media have a critical function in the mobilization and dissemination of knowledge?

The specific themes which prospective participants may wish to address include but are not limited to:

(1)    Teaching/learning and social media

Pedagogical strategies across disciplines; Transformative nature of social media in the classroom;  Panacea/problem for large and small classes; Acquisition of digital skills in higher education and how they contribute to student learning outcomes; Student engagement with specific subject matter through social media; Professional schools and social media  

(2)    University administration and social media

Implications for recruitment and retention; University Web site vs. presence on Facebook/Twitter of University for marketing, recruitment, and other strategies; Expanding access to education; Role of the alumni and university-community partnerships

(3)    Research and social media

Social media and the humanities, social sciences, arts, and sciences; Social media and the promotion of research collaboration; Conducting and assessing research in and with social media

(4)    Civic engagement and social media at the university

Social media and university-community collaboration; Impact of social media on socio-cultural practices

(5)    Poster sessions

Poster sessions presented by undergraduate and graduate students on a variety of topics related to social media and the university experience.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers 

Professor Mark Bauerlein, Emory University (
Professor Susan C. Herring, Indiana University (
Professor Sidneyeve Matrix, Queen’s University (


Please send a title and abstract (350 words excluding bibliography) to the organizers before 30 August 2012, for a 20 minute presentation. All abstract submissions will undergo peer review and notification of acceptance will be sent out in early November 2012. Please also include your name, affiliation, contact address and telephone number.

Conference organizers

Professor Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano (York University, Toronto, Canada;
Professor Jana Vizmuller-Zocco (York University, Toronto, Canada;