Sunday, June 15, 2014

Media Sociology Conference at Mills


Registration is now open! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014 

Preliminary Program Schedule 

8:00-8:30 Registration/Sign-in 

 8:30-9:00 Opening Remarks 

9:00-10:00 Keynote Address 

Clayton Childress (University of Toronto – Scarborough)

10:00-10:20 BREAK 

10:20-11:30 Parallel Panel Sessions 1 

1.1 Work and Careers in Media
Moderator: Casey Brienza

  • Digital Vocations: Race, Capital, and Creativity in the Information Economy, Alex Cho(University of Texas at Austin) and Vivian Shaw (University of Texas at Austin) 
  • Becoming Jaded: Aging Out and Short Careers in the Music Business, Alexandre Frenette(John Jay College, City University of New York) 
  • Creatives: Initial Findings on the Early Careers of Commercial Artists, Matthew Rowe(University of California, Los Angeles) 
  • “All Hits Have Fans”: Small Group Decision Making and the Rhetoric of Reality Television Program Development, Junhow Wei (University of Pennsylvania) 

1.2 New Theoretical Interventions
Moderator: Matthias Revers 

  • Gated Publics, Walled Gardens and the Dilemma of Privacy in the Digital Age, Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam) 
  • Is the Toronto School of Communication Too Old for the New Media?, Thomas Crosbie (Yale University) and Jonathan Roberge (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique) 
  • Social Movements and Popular Culture, Jesse Klein (Florida State University) 
  • Building a Theoretical Framework for a Cultural Sociology of Journalism, Stephen F. Ostertag(Tulane University) 

1.3 Race and Media 

  • Controlling Race in the Public Sphere: A Collaboration between the State and Media Capitalists, Nathalie Byfield (St. John’s University) 
  • Does Popular Network and Cable Television Programming Simultaneously Promote Colorblindness and Stereotypes of Nonwhites and If So, How?, Aaryn L. Green (University of Cincinnati) 
  • A Darker Horizon: Demographic Narratives, Racial Affects, and the Cultural Politics of the Future, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz (Brown University) 
  • Hollywood’s Colorblind Racism, Nancy Wang Yuen (Biola University) 

 1.4 Information Dissemination

  • Beltway Bubble: How Political Ideas Fail to Spread From Elite News Organizations to Other Websites, Noah Grand (University of California, Los Angeles) 
  • Social Media and Disasters: The Case of Hurricane Sandy and Twitter, Dhiraj Murthy(Goldsmiths, University of London) and Alexander J. Gross 
  • Fear, Empathy, and Government Intervention: Television News Coverage of September 11th and the 2008 Financial Crisis, Timothy Recuber (Princeton University) 
  • Newspaper Images of Protest: The Pictorial Framing of Occupy Wall Street, Michael Neuber (Humboldt University of Berlin), Beth Gharrity Gardner (University of California, Irvine), and David A. Snow (University of California, Irvine 

11:30-11:50 BREAK 

11:50-1:00 Parallel Panel Sessions 2

2.1 Gender and Media
Moderator: Andrea Press 

  • Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Looking for Women in Late-Night TV: An Examination of Comedy, Gender, and Late-Night Television, Katie Cooper (University of South Florida) 
  • Women, Work and Family through the Generations: Mothers and Daughters in Four National Contexts View Televisual Representations of Motherhood and Work, Andrea Press (University of Virginia) 
  • From Stigma to Acceptance: Contemporary Teen Mothers in Popular Media, Tara M. Stamm (Florida State University) 
  • Invisible Feminism: BDSM Relationships and Fifty Shades of Grey Portrayals, Francesca Tripodi (University of Virginia) 

 2.2 Legitimation and Self-Presentation 

  • Ambiguity and Dissent in Cinema Classification, Elif Alp (Columbia University) 
  • The Field of Online Journalism: A Study of the Legitimizing Practices of Online News Organizations, Gillian Brooks (University of Cambridge) 
  • Omnivorous Gentrification: Restaurant Reviewing and Neighborhood Change on the Downtown Eastside, Zachary Hyde (University of British Columbia) 
  • Lawyers’ Self-Presentation on Sina Weibo, Huangpei Zhangzhen (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication) 

 2.3 Media Framing and Public Opinion

  • Newspapers and Social Perception: The Representation of Organized Crime in Italy, Giovanni Frazzica (Università degli Studi di Palermo) 
  • What the Frack Are We Talking About? Defining the Fracking Debate in North Carolina, Kylah Hedding (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 
  • China’s “Airpocalypse” Gives Rise to the Civil Sphere, Haoyue Li (State University of New York at Albany) 
  • Exploring the Context between the Urban Local Print Media, the Pensioners, Pensions, Healthcare Benefits, and Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, Robin West Smith (Wayne State University) 

 2.4 Interactive Workshop 

  • Promoting Scholarship with Social Media, Dustin Kidd (Temple University) 

1:00-2:30 LUNCH 

2:30-3:40 Parallel Panel Sessions 3 

3.1 Social Media and Organizations 
Moderator: Matthias Revers 

  • Social Media Marketing of Russian Regional Mass Media in Facebook, Aleksandr Berezkin(Far Eastern Federal University) 
  • Digital Media Diversity and Convergence: How the Nonprofit Organizations Choose and Use Digital Media, Boyang Fan (Peking University) 
  • Becoming Data: The Making of Web Analytics for Journalists, Caitlin Petre (New York University) 
  • Drones, Balloons, and Villages: An Analysis of Tech Corporations’ Digital Divide Initiatives, Cynthia Yee (New York University) 

 3.2 Media and Identity 
Moderator: Andrea Press 

  • Just Move to Michigan and Start a Revolution: Girls, the Midwest and the Creative Class, Simone Becque (Southern Illinois University) 
  • The Modern Working Woman in African American Romance Films, Maryann Erigha(University of Pennsylvania) 
  • Who is Nicki Minaj? Queer-Making & Gender Reconstruction in Hip Hop, Sonita Moss(University of Pennsylvania) 
  • The Middle Class as a Media Creation: A Comparative Study of Japan and China in a High Economic Development Period, Abigail Qian Zhou (University of Tokyo) 

 3.3 Web-based Methods and Social Action 

  • Sampling Methods in Studying Same-Sex Couples: The Importance of Web-based Techniques, Eli Alston-Stepnitz (San Francisco State University), David M. Frost (Columbia University), and Allen J. LeBlanc (San Francisco State University) 
  • Connecting with College Students: A Literature Review on Internet Communication Methods Used to Inform College Students, Valarie Burke (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) 
  • Use Your Skills to Solve This Challenge: Discourses of Micro-Action Online, Carla Ilten(University of Illinois at Chicago) 
  • From Solitude to Solidarity: The Internet as Face-to-Face Intermediary, Robyn Keith(University of Texas at Austin) 

3:40-4:00 BREAK 

4:00-5:10 Parallel Panel Sessions 4 

 4.1 Chinese Media Sociology 

  • Can Public Intellectuals Expand Social Influence by Using Social Media? The Case of China, Zhou Dai (University of Warwick) 
  • Research on Regional Differences of Public Opinions’ Communication Characteristics, Dan Ji (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) and Yungeng Xie (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) 
  • Talking Politics in China: A Comparison of Microblog and Official Media’s Report on Public Policy, Muyang Li (State University of New York, Albany) 
  • Behind the Great Firewall of China, Fan Mai (University of Virginia) 

 4.2 Alternative/Niche Media 

  • Jamming Culture: Webs of Meaning and Cultural Entropy in Adbusters Magazine, Matthew J. Chandler (University of Notre Dame) and Terence E. McDonnell (University of Notre Dame) 
  • Title TBA (Museums as Media), Helge Johannes Marahrens (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukie) 
  • Shoot ‘em in the Head: On the Transgressive Potency of Modern Horror Cinema, Andrew Owen (Cabrini College) 
  • In Defense of Selfies: The Conspicuous Prosumption of Experience on Social Media, Apryl Williams (Texas A&M University) 

 4.3 Media and Social Movements 

  • Contemporary Forms of Democracy, Social Actors and New Media, Leocadia Díaz Romero (Murcia State University) 
  • When the Internet Becomes Marginal: Digital Divide and Political Participation in Putin’s Russia, Polina Kolozaridi (National Research University Higher School of Economics) andTatiana Tatarchevskiy 
  • Are They Not Worthy?: Social Movements, Legitimacy, and Partisan Media, Eulalie Jean Laschever (University of California, Irvine)
  • From Street Protests to Facebook Campaigns: Political Cynicism, Efficacy and Online Political Engagement of Sri Lankan Students, Chamil Rathnayake (University of Hawai’i at Manoa) 

5:10-5:30 BREAK

5:30-7:00 Plenary Discussion Panel 

Media Sociology as Vocation
Moderator: Casey Brienza 
Laura Grindstaff (University of California, Davis) Paul Hirsch (Northwestern University) Ronald Jacobs (University at Albany, SUNY) Paul Lopes (Colgate University) Guobin Yang (University of Pennsylvania)

 7:00 CLOSE

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


JOB DESCRIPTION: Administrative/Office Assistant
COMPENSATION: up to $15.00/hour depending on work experience and GPA
DURATION: 3 months - June to August 2014 (flexible)


Wentworth Consulting Group is offering a paid internship position.  We are seeking a motivated individual to join our small but mighty team.  Our company is in the business of leadership coaching, teamdevelopment, strategic planning and organizational change.  We work in a small office in the Glenview residential area of Oakland.


This internship position will provide you the opportunity to gain work experience plus insight into the management consulting/executive coaching industry. You can expand your employable skills, develop new techniques and learn how coaching and organization consulting works. We anticipate 20-25 hours of work per week and these hours can be flexibly scheduled on weekdays; a minimum of 3 days a week. This work must be done on site in our office.

Job duties include:

  • Perform administrative tasks and functions - data entry, scanning, filing, copying
  • Potential project-based work such as writing proposals, or assisting with record keeping
  • Update and organize social media - Facebook and LinkedIn profiles
  • Attend weekly internal team meetings
  • Respond to phone/email correspondence promptly and courteously
  • Organize supply area and/or physical office space area, maintain supply inventory
  • Review progress on weekly basis with Business Manager
  • Some personal errands for President (car is a bonus but not necessary)


We are a small 3 person office.  This position will be the 4th person.  We need an adaptable, flexible, self-motivated individual who can quickly pick up what is needed and work with minimal supervision (although there is always one of us around for questions that are bound to arise).
  • Team Work: will be working in close quarters with other 3 staff members
  • Communication:  clear oral and written communication and good listening skills
  • Organization: detailed and accurate in all areas
  • Computer Skills: proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, email and social media.
Please send resume to: