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Call for Proposals for the Identity and Social Media Symposium: Bridging the Gaps between Computational Methods and Critical/Cultural Perspectives

Symposium Information & Call for Proposal Details

Symposium dates: 28-29 September 2023

Symposium location: Salt Lake City, UT


Submissions close 12 May 2023

The Edna Anderson-Taylor Communication Institute at the University of Utah invites proposals from advanced doctoral students who are studying the intersections of identity and social media. In this symposium, 12-15 doctoral students from communication and related disciplines will have the opportunity to present their work in progress to one another and to a panel of distinguished faculty mentors from around the country. Each student will present their research on a panel with 3-4 other students. Each panel will be overseen by two faculty mentors who research issues related to identity and social media, one with critical/cultural expertise and one with computational social science expertise. Faculty mentors will provide detailed feedback and lead panel discussions on their student panelists' work. Mentors will include Prof. Deen Freelon (UNC Chapel Hill), Prof. Jo Lukito (UT Austin), Prof. Rachel Griffin (University of Utah), Prof. Shannon McGregor (UNC Chapel Hill), and Prof. Avery Holton (University of Utah).


There are growing bodies of excellent research on problems related to identity and social media from scholars taking both critical/cultural and computation social science approaches. Unfortunately, these scholars are often not in conversation with one another. Our goal with the symposium is to help bridge the gap among different approaches and traditions of communication research by creating a setting where those trained in different approaches can think together about this year's symposium theme. Specifically, we hope to provide an opportunity for emerging scholars to present and get feedback on their work from established scholars who approach our theme from both critical/cultural and computational perspectives.


Short proposals of 500 words are invited for work-in-progress papers of roughly 3,000-4,000 words. Accepted participants will turn in their completed draft ahead of the symposium for mentors and other participants to read in advance. This is to facilitate productive discussion and feedback on each participant's paper.

Submission Information

You can submit your proposal using the following form: 


All proposals are due 12 May 2023, with decisions about acceptance expected by 9 June 2023.


Please send any submission questions to Sean Lawson at 


More information about the Edna Anderson-Taylor Communication Institute can be found at 


Modest stipends will be available to help offset travel costs for a limited number of accepted participants with a demonstrated need for assistance.
Last Updated: 5/5/23