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TWG 5: Onlife: Digital Media Sociology in a Digital Cross-Platform World

Co-chair: Anja Bechmann, Associate Professor, Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University
anjabechmann [at]  

Co-chair: Kjetil Sandvik, Associate Professor, Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen
sandvik [at]

Abstracts for individual papers, download here (pdf)

Abstracts for panels, download here (pdf)

Programme for TWG 5Onlife Digital Media Sociology in a Digital Cross-Platform World 

Discussants: each paper presenter will have one of the other participants in their paper session as discussant with the responsibility to pose some initial comments and questions to the presentation as a starting point for the general discussion. 

Thursday, 17August 

15.30-16.00Introduction to the TWG 

Room C2

Anja Bechmann (Aarhus University),Kjetil Sandvik (University of Copenhagen) 


16.00-18.00Paper session 1: Politics and News 

Room C2

Chair:Kjetil Sandvik 

Anja Bechmann (Aarhus University)  
The Facebook newsfeed as news source” 
Discussant:Johanna Sumiala

BenteKalsnes(Oslo andAkershusUniversity College of Applied Science)
“The social media logic of political communication” 
Discussant: Anja Bechmann 

JohannaSumiala(University of Helsinki),MinttuTikka(University of Helsinki), KatjaValaskivi(University of Tampere) 
“'Liveness' and the acceleration of conflict in a hybrid, violent media event” 


Friday, 18August 

09.00-10.00Paper session 2: Privacy and consumerism 

Room A07

Chair:Stine Lomborg 

HeikkiHeikkilä(University of Tampere) 
Privacy under 'Surveillance Capitalism'
Discussant:Karin Fast 

SaraLeckner(MalmöUniversity),Ester Appelgren(Södertörnshögskola)
Skeptics of online privacy and supporters of companies using behavioral data: a study of changing attitudes towards sharing behavioral data in the Swedish population 

Karin Fast (Karlstad University), Linda Ryan Bengtsson (Karlstad University),RaulFerrerConill(Karlstad University) 
Geographies of free labor: mobilizing consumers access immersivetransmediascapes 


10.15-12.00Panel 1:Onlife Participation – empowerment, critique and intervention 

Room A07

Chair: Kjetil Sandvik 
Discussant:Trine Syvertsen 

Therese Monstad
An interactive video website as amodefor communication about change: Exploring the impact on participation and empowerment 

#jagärhär– Social media action as participation, critique and media intervention

Levels of participation in digital museum installations 


14.15-15.15Paper session 3: Quantifiable self/algorithms

Room A07

Chair:Kirsten Frandsen 

Göran Bolin (Södertörnshögskola)
The metric mindset: a quantified relation to the social?
Discussant:Stine Lomborg 

Nanna Bonde Thylstrup (University of Copenhagen), Stine Lomborg (University of Copenhagen) 
Self-tracking as flow 
Discussant: Göran Bolin


15.45-17.15Paper session 4:Mobility and health 

Room A07

Chair:Nanna Bonde Thylstrup 

Kirsten Frandsen (Aarhus University)
Fitness apps in networked societies - institutional change from individual use

Ane Kathrine Gammelby (Aarhus University)
Mapping the situational cross-media landscape of health-related peer-discussion online
Discussant:Kirsten Frandsen 

AmandaKarlsson(Aarhus University)
Tracking menstrual cycles digitally - exploring thedatafiedfemale body
Discussant:Ane Kathrine Gammelby 

KjetilVaageØie(VoldaUniversity College),IvarJohnErdal(VoldaUniversity College)
How locative are locative media? Towards a typology oflocativenessin mobile media



9.00-10.00 Paper session 5: Networks and agency, concepts and digital methods

Room D13

Chair:Jacob Ørmen 

JiyoungKim (Aarhus University), Anja Bechmann (Aarhus University)
Gender social capital inequality on Facebook groups. A cross-country comparative study between Denmark and South Korea 
Discussant:Kristian Møller 

Anders Kristian Munk (AalborgUniversity)
On the notions of thequali-quanititativein digital sociology 

Kristian Møller(Roskilde University)
Assembling media, medicine, and men: Approaching gay sex culture as an ecosystem
Discussant:Anders Kristian Munk 


10.15-12.00Panel 2:Cynical Media Design and Everyday Life

Room D13

Chair: Anja Bechmann
Discussant:Ylva Ekström 

Trine Syvertsen,Faltin Karlsen
Conflicting schedules: Media loyalty mechanisms and implications for other parts of life 

Faltin Karlsen,Anders Olof Larsson
Media interruptions and coping strategies among students  

Ragnhild Eg,Arne H. Krumsvik
Fake News, Personality and Information Processing 


14.30-16.15Paper session 6: Participation and engagement

Room D13

Chair: Kjetil Sandvik 

Jacob Ørmen (University of Copenhagen)
Explicating engagement: a clarification of a contested concept
Discussant: Nils Gustafsson 

Nils Gustafsson (Lund University)
Online lurking and offline action: young people, social media, and (non-)participation 
Discussant: Jacob Ørmen  


Wrap up: where do we go from here?
Bechmann,Kjetil Sandvik



Call for abstracts and papers

Industries and users today navigate in cross-platform worlds per default. We surround ourselves with media devices and Internet of Things that can work as sensory data collectors and/or access data, interact with people and services on the fly. It is no longer a question whether media researchers are cross-media or cross-platform researchers; either they study phenomena that are accessed through various devices, over different platforms or across digital services. It is rather a question of how we are approaching this digitized, if not plain digital world. The main question is thus what are the methodological, theoretical and analytical frameworks needed in order to perform said studies?

This working group, which is an extension of the 2015 Temporary Working Group Researching Cross-Media Communication, welcome research contributions that sociologically theorize and/or empirically examine various digital media challenges ranging from political filter bubbles and social cohesion, managing embodied knowledge/experience and death online, living with personal digital data traces (‘data double’), tracking and sharing quantified (bio)data, accountability and transparency in robotics and algorithms, tech media industries handling data ethically, under-representations in big data, algorithms controlling society, affordances of media services, devices and platforms in everyday life settings, etc.

We also welcome contributions that are examining and challenging methods to extract or analyse digital data and digital usage in large and small datasets with a focus on systematic approaches, methodological shortcomings and ethical discussions. Finally, we welcome contributions with meta-methodological questions relating to researching how agents operate and navigate in a cross-platform world, e.g. concerning use of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods as well as concerning the need for methodological innovations.

This temporary working group accepts both panel proposals and abstracts for individual papers.

Panel proposals must contain a description of the panel theme, the abstracts of the contributing papers, as well as contact information of the panel chair and authors.
Please see more guidelines for panels.

Abstracts of individual papers must contain the author’s contact information.
Please see more guidelines for abstracts, papers and presentations.

A discussant will be assigned to each accepted paper in order to provide quality feedback, consequently everyone presenting in the division might be asked to act as a discussant.
Please see more guidelines for discussants.


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