Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Tuesday, May 27 1:45pm-3:15pm Vallee-500

Primary Session Category: Media Studies
Session Code: MeSt3-A
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: Papers are sought that illuminate the role of digital media in contemporary societies. The theoretical framework of the paper should fit recognizably within the field of sociology. It may be analytical or structural in nature (eg. network analysis) or more oriented to the phenomenology of the experience of social interactions involving digital media (eg. the analysis of interactions; the presentation of the self). Ideally all the papers, while specializing in certain areas, will demonstrate an awareness of the importance of both of these dimensions in how digital media shapes and is shaped by social life. The idea is to highlight current research, to encourage intellectual community among sociological researchers in this area, and to provide an opportunity to identify and deepen shared themes of research.

Session Organizer: David Toews, York University, Sociology,

Chair: Maria Frances Cachon, University of Windsor


1.     Dann Hoxsey  

A Queer Exploration Into the ‘Authenticity’ of (Virtual) Sex

2.     Shelagh Ois   

 I Brought My Friends to Class Today: The Impact of the Informal Use of Ubiquitous Communication Technologies on Student Engagement in Ontario

3.     David Toews  

Contemporary Social Life as a Weaving of Online and Offline Threads of Meaning

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