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
Socio-Semantic Networks I: Networks & Persuasion
Chair: Jana Diesner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Rethinking effective participation in life science: Reanalysis of UK Public Survey on Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Leo Kim, Treum, Republic of Korea
- Social Endorsement Cues and Political Participation in an Experiment Involving 61 Million Facebook Users
Robert Bond, Ohio State University, USA, Christopher Fariss, Penn State University, USA, Jason Jones, University of California at San Diego, USA, Cameron Marlow, Facebook, USA, Jaime Settle, William & Mary University, USA, James Fowler, University of California at San Diego, USA
- Someone is Wrong on the Internet: Modeling Argument and Persuasion via a Network of Ideas
Nick Beauchamp, Northeastern University, USA
Socio-Semantic Networks II: Socio-Semantic Network Dynamics
Chair: Christian Baden, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany
- Semantic Network News Sentiment Predictors of Changes in Mobile Telephone Ego Networks in a National Political and Civil Post-Crisis Period
James Danowski, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
- Evolving Issue Networks and Gatekeeping on Twitter: Representing the 2012 presidential election debates in South Korea
Se Jung Park, Georgia State University, USA, Ji Young Park, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea, Yoo Soo Lim, HongIk University, Republic of Korea, Han Woo Park, YeungNam University, Republic of Korea
- ConText: Software for the Integrated Analysis of Text Data and Network Data
Jana Diesner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- A user-friendly tool for semantic network analysis using LDA, AmCAT and R
Kaspar Welbers, Nederlandse Nieuwsmonitor, the Netherlands, Wouter van Atteveldt, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
12:15-13:15: Lunch (off site) Costs are included in the registration fee!
Semantic Networks I: Interactive News Networks
- 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
Semantic Networks II: Measurement of Semantic Network Structures
Chair: Wouter van Atteveldt, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- The comparative evolutionary factor analysis of debates: Analyzing the co-movement and mutual dynamic influences between high-dimensional semantic network data
Christian Baden, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany
Giovanni Motta, Columbia University, USA
- Measuring News Media Complexity Using Network Analysis
Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Carina Jacobi, Katharina Kleinen-Von Königslöw, Stephan Schlögl, all from University of Vienna, Austria
- Using Coherencies to Examine Network Evolution
George Barnett, University of California at Davis, USA
Roundtable Discussion: Social & Semantic Networks in Communication Research
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).
For any direct inquiries regarding this preconference, please contact any of the following:
Wouter van Atteveldt, VU Amsterdam: email@example.com
Christian Baden, LMU Munich: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jana Diesner, UIUC: email@example.com
This preconference is kindly supported by www.networkinstitute.org