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[ecrea] CFP: Instagram Conference 2018 + Special Issue (Social Media+Society)
Wed Apr 18 18:58:03 GMT 2018
*Special Issue with 'Social Media + Society' + Deadline approaching: 30
We are happy to announce that a special issue with Social Media +
Society will be associated with the Instagram Conference 2018!
The deadline for the submission of proposals to the Instagram Conference
2018: Studying Instagram Beyond Selfies, is approaching (30 April 2018).
The Conference will be hosted by Middlesex University London on 1 June 2018.
The purpose of the conference is to explore new theories and
methodological approaches capable of unlocking the full
socio-anthropological potential of Instagram, and better enabling
researchers to undertake the deep exploration of everyday practices
through the platform.
Keynote speakers (http://instagramconf.mdx.me.uk/keynote-speakers/):
Richard Rogers, Professor of New Media & Digital Culture, Media Studies,
University of Amsterdam
Crystal Abidin, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Media Management and
Transformation Centre (MMTC) at Jönköping University, and Adjunct
Researcher with the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT) at Curtin
We invite participants to submit an abstract (350 words) or a full panel
proposal (500 words).
Link to the full call for participation:
*Instagram Conference 2018: Studying Instagram Beyond Selfies*
*Middlesex University London, 1 June 2018*
With as many “users as Twitter (310 million), Snapchat
(100-million-plus) and Pinterest (100 million) combined”, Instagram has
become one of the most important social networking sites globally and in
the process has transformed the role of photographs and photography in
visual culture. The phenomenal success of Instagram has not gone
unnoticed by brands and micro-celebrities that increased their
investments and activities on the platform. Beyond its popularity and
commercial value, Instagram is an environment but also a device that
offers rich possibilities for conducting social research. Most notably
it opens up a number of new pathways for exploring socio-cultural
processes related to the more mundane, tiny, and unseen aspects of
people’s ordinary lives. Instagram enables researchers to see through
the eyes of social actors, and glimpsing into their everyday
micro-rituals, private moments, and back- as well as front stages – the
essential material of sociology and anthropology, which were either
unavailable or prohibitively expensive to explore before at scale.
The conference will explore new theories and methodological approaches
capable of unlocking the full socio-anthropological potential of
Instagram, focusing on two major challenges that have arisen in recent
research. From a theoretical point of view there is a scarcity of
empirical research conducted through Instagram. In addition, although
Instagram has been used for exploring a variety of topics, the majority
of projects have tended to focus on the selfie phenomenon. For all its
zeitgeisty appeal, the selfie is in fact a niche phenomenon in the
larger context of Instagram genres. The attention given to selfies is
more than understandable, given their importance to brands and
micro-celebrities as promotional tools. However, such users represent
just a portion of the whole Instagram population. Hence, there is a need
for new theories and approaches capable of enabling researchers to
undertake the deep exploration of everyday practices through the
platform. From the methodological perspective, the major issue
concerning Instagram relates to that fact that in 2016 the platform
heavily curtailed access to it feed API for non-commercial partners,
rendering it particularly difficult for many academics to access it for
research purposes. This poses serious limitations to the possibility of
developing sustainable and effective strategies for collecting and
analysing Instagram data. Again, we see here another major concern that
is urgent to address and discuss within an International Conference.
We invite participants, both academics and professionals, from various
disciplines including media studies, sociology, anthropology, consumer
culture, political science, information and computer science, branding,
PR and advertising, arts, urban studies. Together, we will address a set
of recurring questions in current research, from the theoretical and
methodological perspective. How, for example:
What do ‘ordinary’ users use Instagram for? Subversive uses of selfies
on Instagram. Studying every day practices and rituals on Instagram.
Identity work on Instagram.
Brands on Instagram: how do brands relate to consumers on Instagram? How
do consumers relate to brands on Instagram?
Which kind of social formations does Instagram afford? Communities?
How is affective labour performed on Instagram? Which are the best
strategies to capture and measure it?
How can we study creative work through Instagram? How does creativity
work on Instagram? How is arts consumption influenced by Instagram? How
do artists use Instagram? How is the concept of artistic value affected
Is still possible to explore Instagram without public APIs? And if so
how? Innovative Instagram research methods that have gone beyond the API
Content analysis on Instagram between traditional and natively digital
approaches: which works better? Is it possible and advantageous to
combine the two? How?
Network analysis on Instagram: is network analysis a suitable approach
for studying Instagram? What are the best strategies?
Automated visual analysis: challenges, possibilities, and limitations
Instagram Algorithms: how do they work? How do they shape the user
experience? How do they shape the practices of researchers? Which are
the best strategies for studying and understating Instagram algorithms?
Data visualisation on Instagram: innovative approaches
Big Data analysis on Instagram: challenges, possibilities, and limitations
Studying Instagram via mobile devices
How can we study Instagram via its new features, that is, Instagram
stories and carousel?
How can we study the urban space using Instagram?
Can we study politics via Instagram?
Is Instagram a good environment for studying the gig economy?
The conference will comprise 2 plenary sessions and 4 breakout panels.
The conference will take place on Friday, 1 June 2018.
Abstract and full panel proposals are due by 30 April 2018.
Please submit your proposal to Alessandro Caliandro, email
(A.Caliandro /at/ mdx.ac.uk)
Individual abstracts should be 350 words or 500 for a full panel
proposal. Please also include a short bio of no more than 100 words per
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