Social Media & Social Order

International Conference
Oslo, Norway
30 November–2 December 2017

This international conference was organized by Cultural Conflict 2.0, a collaborative research project made possible by the Research Council of Norway.


Keynote speakers

Chris Bail

Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology & Public Policy, Duke University; author of Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream.

Nick Couldry

Professor of Media, Communications & Social Theory, London School of Economics. Nick will be joining the conference remotely.

Jessie Daniels

Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York; author of Being a Scholar in the Digital Era.

Stefania Milan

Associate Professor of New Media & Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam; Associate Professor II of Media Innovation, University of Oslo; author of Social Movements and Their Technologies.

Conference program

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[program pdf document]

Practical information

Getting There

From Gardermoen Airport we recommend taking one of NSB’s local or regional trains, which takes you to Oslo Central Station in less than 25 minutes for less than 100 NOK. Timetables can be found here. For those of you on a tight budget, Ryanair, Wizzair and Norwegian offer low cost flights to Oslo from many European destinations.

For information about other transport options from Gardemoen, please check here.

The conference venue Hotel Opera is located in the Bjørvika area in the city centre, right next to Oslo Central Station.

Staying There

For other accommodation alternatives in Bjørvika, the wider city centre area, or neighbouring areas, please visit this site for hotel, hostel and B&B options.

Please note that Norwegian universities have an agreement (the “UH agreement”) with the following hotel chains: Nordic Choice, Scandic, Thon, and Rezidor. If you are organising your own accommodation in any of these hotels, please let the reception staff know you are participating in a conference hosted by a university. The price should be adjusted accordingly.

Other Important Stuff

Schedule Outline Chris Bail’s workshop will start at noon on Wednesday, November 29. The conference will start at noon on Thursday, November 30, and conclude at noon on Saturday, December 2.

Publication Plans We plan to produce an edited volume based around material presented at the conference. We intend that this will be open access with an academic publisher.

Social Events On Thursday morning there will be options for informal sightseeing. On Thursday evening we will have a conference dinner at the Hotel Opera. On Friday evening we will have a social gathering at the Hotel Opera bar. We hope everyone will be able to attend these events.

Cost To help cover costs we need to charge a modest registration fee – 300 NOK (about 30 euros) for people in temporary or part-time work and independent scholars, 1200 NOK for people in full time permanent jobs. This includes lunches, coffees, the conference meal and the first drink at the drinks reception. We hope this is set at a level to enable everyone to participate as fully as you wish, but if this charge is a problem please mail us.


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Pre-conference workshop

Computational Social Science for Qualitative Researchers

On Wednesday, 29 November 2017, the day before the conference, our keynote speaker Chris Bail John Boy is offering a workshop for conference participants as well as a broader interested audience. The workshop will cover three broad areas:

  • What types of data are there on social media?
  • What are their strengths and weaknesses for qualitative researchers?
  • How might qualitative researchers go about collecting and analyzing these data?

The workshop is free and is co-sponsored by the Department of Media & Communications and the Center for the Study of Political Communication at University of Oslo. It will take place on the UiO campus (Oslo Science Park, bldg. C, room 205) from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. (13:00-17:00). Coffee and tea will be provided compliments of our hosts. Participants have the opportunity to meet over lunch at the campus cafeteria before the workshop starts. We will send out additional information to registered workshop participants closer to the date.

Please note that if you want to participate in the workshop, you must BYOD (bring your own device—preferably a laptop, not a tablet or Chromebook).

Registration for the workshop is now closed.

Important dates & deadlines

  • Abstracts should be submitted by 15 August 2017 (extended from initial deadline of 1 August).
  • Acceptance notifications will be sent out no later than 5 September 2017.
  • Pre-conference workshop with Chris Bail on “Computational Social Science for Qualitative Researchers” at University of Oslo on 29 November 2017.
  • The deadline for registration is 7 November 2017.
  • Conference dinner on the evening of 30 November 2017.
  • Social hour on the evening of 1 December 2017.

Call for papers

The call is now closed. You can still read the text of the call in the document below.

[cfp pdf document]



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