ICA 2014 Preconference:
Social and Semantic Networks in Communication Research

Organizers: Wouter van Atteveldt, Christian Baden, Jana Diesner
May 22, 1014


09:00-09:15: Welcome & Introduction

09:15-10:30: Socio-Semantic Networks I: Networks & Persuasion
Chair: Jana Diesner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

10:30-11:00: Break

11:00-12:15: Socio-Semantic Networks II: Socio-Semantic Network Dynamics
Chair: Christian Baden, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany

12:15-13:15: Lunch (off site) Costs are included in the registration fee!

13:15-14:30: Semantic Networks I: Interactive News Networks
Chair: TBA

  • Outsourcing the News
    Jelle Boumans, Rens Vliegenthart, Hajo G. Boomgaarden, all from University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • When frames align: The interplay between PR, news media, and the public in times of crisis
    Toni van der Meer, Piet Verhoeven, Hans Beentjes, Rens Vliegenthart, all from University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Crisis frame development in Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany and the UK in the financial crisis 2007-2012: A semantic network analysis
    Jan Kleinnijenhuis, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Friederike Schultz, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Arjen van Dalen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

14:30-15:00: Coffee Break

15:00-16:15: Semantic Networks II: Measurement of Semantic Network Structures
Chair: Wouter van Atteveldt, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

16:15-17:00: Roundtable Discussion: Social & Semantic Networks in Communication Research
Participants TBA

Why we do this?

While the analysis of social networks and semantic networks has quickly advanced over the past years, this development is still weakly received in the communication sciences. Network researchers have developed a whole bouquet of powerful and scalable tools and approaches to the analysis of discourse texts and communicative interactions, and first inroads are being cut toward the joint analysis of social and semantic network data. However, these methods’ communication theoretic foundations, as well as their applications for addressing pressing questions in the field are still underdeveloped. This workshop is aimed to connect network analytic methodology with important developments in the field of communication research, such as:

  • the rising importance of networked communication patterns with flat hierarchies, a dedifferentiation of communicator roles, and self-organizing publics
  • the reconceptualization of existing communication patterns, social structures, institutions, and other  in society in terms of interaction networks
  • the rising attention to the semantic context of messages and the configuration of different contents and meanings exchanged in public debates
  • the beginning integration of text and social network data in communication analysis (e.g., in social media communication)

The preconference is co-sponsored by the ICA’s Mass Communication Division and the ICA’s Political Communication Division, but it touches upon the fields of many more ICA divisions and interest groups. The preconference aims to bring together researchers from different backgrounds, including theoretically, methodologically, and practically oriented researchers in diverse fields of application, both inside and outside the academia. It thereby aims to instill a mutual learning process and exchange innovative ideas and challenges for the further development of network analysis in communication research. This event is co-Sponsored by ICA's Political Communication Division & Mass Communication Division.

Call for Papers

We invite contributions that make use of social, semantic, or both types of network analysis to address relevant questions in communication research, to advance network analytic methodology for the study of communication, or to advance communication theory to integrate with network analytic methodology.
Contributions can come from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, but should relate to both network analytic methodology and communication science research questions and/or theory. Submissions will be evaluated according to their innovative potential, methodological quality, and contribution to communication science research.
In addition to more classic research presentations, we explicitly invite the sharing of network-analytic tools and data, which can be presented in a especially dedicated high-density demonstration session). These demonstrations serve to introduce new software tools (open access tools privileged) for applying network analysis in communication science research, and open access data sets available to the research community (e.g., “big data” with network-analytic potential).

Submissions for a regular presentation should be original papers of approximately 4000 to 8000 words, which have not been published elsewhere. In an accompanying abstract of 150 words, they should emphasize the specific contribution of their paper to advancing network analytic research and theory in communications.
Submissions for the high-density demonstration session should provide extended abstracts (1000 to 1500 words) that introduce the data or tool presented. As far as applicable, these abstracts should also state the conditions of use of the presented tool or data for other researchers.
All submissions must be uploaded to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=s2netcom by January 12, 2014, with all identifying information removed from the manuscript or abstract. All contributions will be blindly peer-reviewed, and acceptance notifications will be sent out by in mid-February 2014.
Registration for the preconference is open to both presenters and non-presenters, opens on January 15, 2014, and closes on May 2, 2014. Registration fees are 60 USD for students (graduate, doctoral) and 100 USD for both faculty (PhD holders) and practitioners outside the academia. The preconference will take place on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the Sheraton Seattle (venue of the 64th ICA Annual conference).

Organizers/ contact

For any direct inquiries regarding this preconference, please contact any of the following:
Wouter van Atteveldt, VU Amsterdam: w.h.van.atteveldt@vu.nl
Christian Baden, LMU Munich: c.baden@lmu.de
Jana Diesner, UIUC: jdiesner@illinois.edu

This preconference is kindly supported by www.networkinstitute.org





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