An Unequal Digital World? Critical Perspectives on Media Sociology as Transdisciplinary Global Network

HYBRID (1.6.2022), 15. January 2022.

Call for Abstracts for 2022 ICA Hybrid Postconference on Media Sociology

An Unequal Digital World? Critical Perspectives on Media Sociology as Transdisciplinary Global Network

Featured Speakers: Paola Tubaro (CNRS) and Antonio A. Casilli (Télécom Paris) and Institutional Partner: Jen Schradie, Sciences Po Paris

Submission January 15th 2022
Notifications February 15th 2022
Confirmation of Participation due March 15th
Schedule Published April 15th
Event Date: Wednesday June 1st 2022


This postconference welcomes scholars from all fields and disciplines build the field of media sociology writ large on any foci, theoretical orientation, and/or methodological practice. Contributing to ICA’s theme “One World, One Network,” the post-conference provides a global tent for the emergent interdisciplinary field of media sociology at the intersection of communication, media, technology, digital inequalities, and social changes. Submissions are invited from voices and practitioners from around the world, particularly traditionally underrepresented groups from whom we can learn much about inequalities in increasingly networked and digitized societies. This postconference leverages ICA’s conference in Paris to showcase featured speakers Paola Tubaro (CNRS) and Antonio A. Casilli (Télécom Paris) from the internationally renowned CNRS, le Centre national de la recherche scientifique, which is one of France’s premier institutions. In addition to showcasing French intellectual leadership appropriate to the ICA venue, organizers come from South America, North America, Europe, and the UK, thus ensuring global standpoints. The event’s ICA affiliate is the Computational Methods Divisions (submissions are welcome from all methodological and theoretical perspectives).


Using the link below, upload a 300-600 word abstract, author contact information, and modality/format preferences by January 15th 2022.

Link to submission form here:

Hybrid Format and Fees:

This event will be in hybrid format to allow both in-person and virtual participation. The registration fee is $25 and allows participation in both the live and virtual event (there will be free live streaming of the virtual event for virtual audiences). The in-person event will be held at Sciences Po which is an easy and inexpensive journey (under half an hour and less than two euros) by public transportation from the 17th arrondissement where ICA is being held. Participants can plan their journeys here:  Itinerary |

Publication Opportunities:

Participants in the post-conference will be invited to submit their papers to be publications from the event including special volumes from our sponsors Palgrave Studies in Digital Inequalities & Emerald Studies in Media and Communications.

Featured Speakers: The event’s featured speakers are Antonio Casilli and Paola Tubaro whose talks are respectively entitled “Who bears the burden of a pandemic? COVID-19 and the transfer of risk to digital platform workers” and “Digital Venezuela: Global inequalities, economic crisis and local networks behind the online economy.” Antonio A. Casilli is a professor of sociology at Telecom Paris, the telecommunications school of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris, and a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Institute on Innovation (i3). His research foci are digital labor, data governance, and human rights. He is the author of the award-winning book En attendant les robots (Editions du Seuil, 2019) and one of the co-creators of the documentary mini-series Invisibles (France Télévisions, 2020) about platform workers. E-mail: antonio [dot] casilli [at] telecom-paris [dot] fr  Paola Tubaro is Research Professor in sociology at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. A specialist of social network analysis, she is currently researching the place of human labour in the global production networks of artificial intelligence, and the social conditions of platform work especially in French and Spanish-speaking countries. Her interests also include data methodologies and research ethics. E-mail: paola [dot] tubaro [at] inria [dot] fr

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Committee Members: Grant Blank, Antonio Casilli, Wenhong Chen, Massimo Ragnedda, Laura Robinson, Jen Schradie, Jeremy Schulz, Juliana Trammel, Paola Tubaro, and Julie Wiest (in alpha order).