Youth 2.0: Connecting, Sharing and Empowering?

Youth 2.0: Connecting, Sharing and Empowering?
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:00am to Friday, March 22, 2013 - 12:00am


Affordances, Uses and Risks of Social Media
March 20th – 22nd 2013, Antwerp, Belgium

UCSIA & MIOS, University of Antwerp, are pleased to announce the organisation of an international, multidisciplinary workshop on young people’s uses of social media in general and social network sites in particular.

Contributions from a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives and from diverse scientific fields are welcomed. Next to individual paper submissions, proposals for organized panel sessions will be taken into consideration.

This international event will address a number of relevant questions related to the use of social media by children, adolescents and young adults. Keynote presentations and parallel sessions center around four main topics:
1. Identity construction (e.g. self-disclosure, impression management, privacy)
2. Social relations (e.g. social capital, social engagement, cyberbullying)
3. Interests at stake (e.g. social media marketing, advergames, viral marketing)
4. Supporting and empowering (e.g. media/digital literacy, online counseling, parental mediation).

For a more detailed overview of questions and issues that will be covered, check our website:

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

Nicole Ellison, PhD, assoc. professor with the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University.
Ola Erstad, PhD, full professor at the Institute for Educational Research, University of Oslo.
Mariann Hardey, PhD, assoc. director of the Centre for Communication Science, Durham Business School.
Jochen Peter, PhD, full professor at ASCoR, Center for research on Children, Adolescents and the Media, University of Amsterdam.
Sabine Trepte, PhD, professor at the Hamburg Media School, University of Hamburg.


The submission deadline (abstract) is November 30th 2012.

Paper abstracts or panel session proposals can be submitted at:

Selected papers will be presented in panel sessions.  A selection of papers will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed book volume, published by an international renowned publisher.

Practical information

Venue: University of Antwerp, City Campus, Hof van Liere, Antwerp, Belgium

Date: 20 - 22 March 2013

Participation fee: 100 euro (documentation, meals and conference dinner included).

Contact: Barbara Segaert (UCSIA, & Michel Walrave (MIOS,


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