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Call for Papers NEW FOR 2014


2nd Annual International Conference


York University, 8-9 May 2014


The Second International Conference focuses on social media and their use, function and agency in politics, religion and gender causes. According to some scholars, new media clash with traditional political, religious, as well as gender structures. Others contend that new media offer traditional power stakeholders yet another means to prevail. The purpose of the conference is to attempt to critique, describe and explain the global reach, ubiquity, popularity and localism of social media issues relating to politics, religion and gender. Papers are sought which deal with, but are not limited to, the following topics:

1. Overarching philosophical and theoretical perspectives, intersections and patterns which bring together politics, religion and gender within the sphere of social media.

2. The language of politics, religion, gender used on social media to further causes, mobilize, harass, exalt and invest groups and/or individuals with civic power.

3. The possible transformative power of social media for the furthering of political, religious and gender causes.

4. Methodologies used to study social media and their effects on political, religious and gender concerns.

5. The means social media possess to further knowledge bases for political, religious and gender activism.

6. Furthering the goals of civil society and social justice through social media.

7. The real, concrete transformative meaning of clicking "like", "share" and "follow" buttons.

8. Empirical research findings regarding privacy and youth issues as they relate to politics, religion and gender on social media.

9. Social media: distractions and/or fomenters of social forces globally, internationally, locally.

10. Need for guidelines in social media dealing with politics, religion and gender.

11. Apps and civic engagement in political, religious and gender discourse.

12. Expressions of alternative political, religious, gendered points of view on social media.

13. Political, religious and gender consensus expression, oppression, repression, violence, cyber-bullying on social media.

14. Social media and (ultra)conservative trends in political, religious and gender discourse.

15. Political, religious, gender voices heard on social media.

16. The effects of social media platforms on political, religious and gender networking.


Please send a title and abstract (350 words excluding bibliography) to the organizers ( before 30 September 2013, for a 20 minute presentation. All abstract submissions will undergo peer review and notification of acceptance will be sent out in early November 2013. Please also include your name, affiliation, contact address, telephone number and a short biographical description.