About the conference

#ScreentimeBU is an annual academic conference in June put on by the graduate students from Division of Emerging Media Studies at Boston University. The conference will provide a platform for students to showcase their research and to network with peers and professionals working in Emerging Media Studies.

In the past, the #ScreentimeBU conference aims to provide an opportunity for researchers in the field of digital media and communication to exchange their attitudes, stances and opinions on the heated issues haunting today’s media landscape. By showcasing their insightful researches, the scholars at the conference can inform people of the latest research accomplishments, communicate with colleagues on critical topics, as well as hint at future research directions in the communication fields.

This year’s theme

This upcoming summer, we are welcoming the conference’s fifth opening.

This year, we hope to explore the topic – #Borderless World: Redefining Human Connections. This topic aims to explore the civic, social, and psychological implications of today’s media landscape and social networks on and off the screen.

Emerging Media Studies is an inherently interdisciplinary field, and as such we welcome abstracts from a variety of disciplines on a range of topics centered around our conference theme.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Analysis of online interest groups/discussion forums, communities, and their relationships as well as interactions within the digital space.
  • The role of social media in redefining the mediated human connection in terms of knowledge gain, information exchange, identify formation, and other related outcomes.
  • How emerging media technologies affect human interaction in different aspects of social life including politics, health, well-being, sociability and entertainment.
  • How human connections/connectedness vary between the virtual and real worlds, going beyond simple online vs. offline comparisons.
  • Self-presentation on social media and digital privacy concerns related to location- based advertising and in-real-life meetings.
  • How video games, virtual reality, and augmented reality alter (or do not alter) real-world human connection.
  • (Re)evaluating cross-cultural communication online and how that has been facilitated or diminished by the rise of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc.

The conference is free of charge for both attendees and speakers.

We are still accepting abstracts! If you are interested in submitting abstracts please keep in mind that it should be no more than 300 words by email to demsconf@bu.edu for peer review. All submissions must include your name and institutional affiliation (department/university), program and year of study, research focus/interests, and contact information (email and phone number). After abstracts are peer reviewed, applicants will be notified of their acceptance on a rolling basis.

Going off from the rough explications of this year’s theme above, we offer the following tentative topics, the research papers under which are deemed eligible for submission. If there is any other relevant topic which we haven’t covered but you think is applicable, you are also more than welcomed to submit your research.

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