This is the fifth Media Sociology Preconference, to be held at Concordia University on Friday, August 11, 2017. (This is one day before the start of the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Montreal.)
This year's keynote speaker will be Nicholas Boston (Lehman College, CUNY), and a special plenary session in the afternoon "Intersectionality and Media" will feature Wenhong Chen (UT Austin), CJ Pascoe (University of Oregon), Jeffrey Lane (Rutgers), Melissa Guzman-Garcia (San Francisco State), Laura Robinson (Santa Clara University), Sarah Sobieraj (Tufts), and Apryl Williams (Texas A&M). This plenary is sponsored by Emerald Studies in Media and Communications.
This preconference, now in its fifth consecutive year, is linked to an effort to strengthen media sociology within the ASA: After a long period of negotiation, the media sociology steering committee was able to broker a deal with the Communication and Information Technologies section (CITASA) at the end of 2014. CITASA officially changed its section name to "Communication, Information Technologies and Media Sociology" in 2015 and is officially sponsoring the Media Sociology Preconference in 2017. Free registration to the preconference will be offered to all current CITAMS members with proof of membership. ALL OTHER ATTENDEES MUST PURCHASE REGISTRATION.