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Spring 2017 Graduate Course: Social Media Mining

Course number: Z639
Instructor: Allen Riddell, Ph.D.
Day and Time: Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:15 pm
Location: LI002
Contact Information:
Office: LI 025
Instructor's Office Hours: M 13:30-14:30

The number of active users of social media platforms such as Tumblr, Twitter, Weibo (新浪微博), YouTube, and Facebook continues to grow. In light of this growth, interest in analyzing the data generated by users' interactions (often labeled "digital trace data") is considerable. This course prepares students to collect and analyze social media data using the Python programming language. Equal emphasis is placed on learning concepts and mastering the computing tools needed to apply them.

Spring 2017 Graduate Course: Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis

Course number: Z641
Instructor: Susan Herring, Ph.D.
Day and Time: Monday 5:45 - 8:30 pm
Location: LI030
Contact Information:
Office: LI037
Office Hours: M 4:15-5:15 pm

Computer-mediated discourse (CMD) is human-to-human communication carried out over computer networks or wireless technologies; it is produced by typing, speaking, or other means. It is the discourse that takes place via computer-mediated communication (CMC) technologies such as chat, text messaging, email, mailing lists, web boards, blogs, microblogs, wikis, virtual worlds, social network sites, and other digital media. Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis (CMDA) is a set of methods grounded in linguistic discourse analysis for mining CMD for patterns of structure and meaning. CMDA methods can also be used to extract indirect evidence of socio-cognitive phenomena related to networked communication, such as collaboration, disinhibition, engagement, identity, power dynamics, and trust.

This is a methodology course. It provides practical training and hands-on experience in applying computer-mediated discourse analysis methods (no previous knowledge required), in designing research that make use of such methods, and in interpreting their results. The focus of the course is on micro-analytic, quantitative methods. Systems for visualizing and automating the analysis of computer-mediated discourse are also presented.

The 3rd International Conference of the Amerian Pragmatics Association (AmPRA)

The 3rd AmPRA conference is coming to IU Bloomington this November, and it will feature a number of sessions devoted to CMC. Several Center Fellows will be presenting at the conference.

Susan Herring will be one of three keynote speakers for the event. She will be presenting on “The Pragmatics of Robot-Mediated Communication” from 5-6 pm on Saturday, November 5.

Will Allendorfer will present “#NotInMyName: A Disavowal Speech Act on Twitter” at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 4.

Ashley Dainas and Susan Herring will present “Pragmatic Functions of ‘Graphicons’ in Facebook Comment Threads” at 2:30 pm on Friday, November 4.

Margaret Glide will present “Intercultural Advice Negotiated In A Bilingual Mexican Subreddit” at 4:00 pm on Friday, November 4.

Elli E. Bourlai, Susan C. Herring, and Muhammad Abdul Mageed will present “Distinguishing Functional Types of Hashtags: A Structural Approach” at 4:30 on Friday, November 4.

Affiliate Fellow Anupam Das will present “Pragmatics of Facebook ‘like’ – A Case Study of Urban Indian Youth” at 9:30 am on Saturday, November 5.

The conference attracts researchers from all over the world to discuss the pragmatics of language. The American Pragmatics Association’s aims to “support interaction and scholarly debate with particular regard to the linguistic, cognitive, social, inter-cultural and inter-language paradigms of pragmatics.”

Registration is $120 for students and $220 for everyone else.


AmPRA At-a-Glance

Dates: Nov. 4-6, 2016
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Contact Person: César Felix-Brasdefer

Meeting Description:
The goal of the conference is to promote both theoretical and applied research in pragmatics, and bring together scholars who are interested in different subfields of pragmatics.

Keynote Speakers:
- Herman Cappelin (University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
- Susan Herring (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA)
- Kai von Fintel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

For more information:

CCMC Symposia

The Center for Computer-Mediated Communication at Indiana University, Bloomington will present two day-long interdisciplinary symposia on March 28 and April 4, 2015. The events will showcase the CMC and social media research of Center Fellows, and will take place in Room HH2006, Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center (corner of 10th & Fee, east building) [NOTE ROOM AND BUILDING CHANGE]. Day 1 of the Symposia features the research of IU doctoral students. Day 2 features the research of IU faculty and visiting scholars. On both days, refreshments will be served, and the campus community is invited. As a courtesy, if you're not a speaker and plan to attend, please email Susan Herring in advance at to help us plan the refreshments.

SPRING 2015 CCMC SYMPOSIA: PROGRAM (updated 3/25/15)


Day 1: March 28, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Room HH2006, Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center

9:30-9:45 am: Opening remarks

9:45-10:15 am: Bradford Demarest and Andrew Tsou
How does TED talk?

10:15-10:45 am: Jennifer Terrell
Transmediated Fandom and the Ethnography of Digitally Mediated Sociality

10:45-11:15 am: Daphna Yeshua-Katz
Online Stigma Resistance in the Pro-Ana Community

11:15-11:30 am: Break

11:30 am-12:00 pm: Lindsay Ems
Subculture-Centered Public Health Communication: A Social Media Strategy

12:00-12:30 pm: Alisa Boguslavskaya
Talkin’ About You and Me: Communicating Identity and Community for New Ventures

12:30-1:00 pm: Jordan Barlow
Roles and Tasks in Computer-Mediated Groups: Two Projects Taking New Perspectives on Virtual Group Outcomes

1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch (provided)

2:00-2:30 pm: Yanqin Lu and Jae Kook Lee
Political Interest and SNS Discussion Disagreement: Unraveling the Impacts of SNS Informational Use and Strong-Tie Density

2:30-3:00 pm: Will Allendorfer
Is America Losing the Online Propaganda War to ISIS? A Comparative Content Analysis

3:00-3:30 pm: Muhammad Abdul-Mageed
Language and Sentiment in Arabic Social Media

3:30-3:45 pm: Break

3:45-4:15 pm: Elizabeth Herring
Indigenous Twitter: Guaraní Interrogative Markers in Paraguayan Tweets

4:15-4:45 pm: Elli Bourlai, Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, and Susan C. Herring
Distinguishing Functional Types of Hashtags: A Structural Approach

4:45-5:00 pm: Closing remarks

Day 2: April 4, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm Room HH2006, Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center

9:30-9:45 am: Opening remarks

9:45-10:15 am: Susan C. Herring
Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis and the Evolution of CMC

10:15-10:45 am: Ilana Gershon
Is Media-Switching Code-Switching in a New Guise?

10:45-11:15 am: Guo Freeman
Simulating Marriage: Gender Roles and Emerging Intimacy in an Online Game

11:15-11:30 am: Break

11:30 am-12:00 pm: Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig
Behaving Badly: Pragmatic Meta-talk about Disinvitations in Discussion Posts

12:00-12:30 pm: César Félix-Brasdefer
Pragmatic Routines in Learner-Instructor Email Interaction

12:30-1:00 pm: Xinping Jiao
A Corpus-based Discourse Analysis of Sina Weibo in China

1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch (provided)

2:00-2:30 pm: Amy Gonzales
Frequent Cell Phone Disconnection Undermines Health and Wellbeing: A Technology Maintenance Framework

2:30-3:00 pm: Jessica Myrick
#stupidcancer: Exploring a Typology of Social Support and the Role of Emotional Expression In A Social Media Community

3:00-3:30 pm: Alan Dennis
Sparking Team Creativity through Subconscious Cognition

3:30-3:45 pm: Break

3:45-4:15 pm: Noriko Hara and Pnina Fichman
Understanding Boundaries for Knowledge Sharing in Online Communities

4:15-4:45 pm: Xiaozhong Liu
Connecting Language, Network, and Culture Bubbles: Cross-Twitter and Weibo Information Recommendation and Community Comparison

4:45-5:15 pm: Sung-Yeon Kim
Text-Based CMC as a Pre-Writing Task in English Class

5:15-5:30 pm: Closing remarks, recognition of Best Student Paper

CCMC Symposia Abstracts

Fall 2016 Graduate Course: Content Analysis for the World Wide Web

Course number: Z642
Instructor: Susan Herring, Ph.D.
Day and Time: Wednesday 5:45 - 8:30 pm
Location: LI030
Contact Information:
Office: LI037
Office Hours: W 4:15-5:15 pm

Content analysis is an established social science method for extracting patterns of structure and meaning from texts, images, and sound. A special focus of this course is on how to apply content analysis methods to Web 2.0 phenomena such as social network sites, wikis, blogs, microblogs, media sharing sites, and social bookmarking sites. In addition to describing new media content, content analysis can shed light on broader issues of credibility, persuasion, interactivity, identity, community, culture, design, usability, and more.

Each student will select some web data of his or her choice and apply different sets of content analysis “tools” to it throughout the course, culminating in an original research paper at the end of the semester.

Spring 2015 Graduate Course: Social Media Mining

• Course number: ILS-Z 604
• Title: Social Media Mining
• Credit hours: 3 credits
• Semester: Spring 2015
• Meeting time: W 4:00-06:45 pm
• Place: Wells Library 002
• Instructor: Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, ABD
• Instructor's office hours: W 3:00-4:00 pm

Along with the increasing role social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumbler play in our lives today, the body of data generated by their users continues to grow phenomenally. Accordingly, searches and processing of social media data beyond the limiting level of surface words are becoming increasingly important to business and governmental bodies, as well as to lay web users. Detection of sentiment, emotion, deception, gender, sarcasm, age, perspective, topic, community, and personality are all valuable social meaning components that promise to be important elements of next generation search engines and web intelligence. The emerging area of extracting social meaning from social media data using computational methods is known as Social Media Mining (SMM).

This course is intended to create an interactive learning community around the theme of SMM and to provide hands-on experience in mining social data using natural language processing and machine learning technologies. As such, we will address practical issues related to building tools to mine social media data. We will also read, discuss, and critique claims and findings from research related to SMM. The course description and syllabus will go live soon. Meanwhile, the course description from Spring 2013 is available at:, and the syllabus from the same semester can be viewed at:

Some programming experience is preferred but not strictly required for this course.

This course should prove useful to graduate students looking to sharpen their industry skills or those interested in research and experience involving computational methods with large social media data sets. The course mobilizes a significant body of novel and advanced natural language processing literature with a special focus on applied machine learning.

Email questions to:

Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, ABD
School of Informatics & Computing and
Department of Linguistics
Indiana University, Bloomington

Fall 2015 Graduate Course: Social Media Mining

Course number: Z639
Instructor: Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, Ph.D.
Day and Time: Monday 1:00 - 3:45
Location: LI002
Contact Information:
Office: LI034
Office Hours: M 12:00/noon-1:00 pm

This course is intended to create an interactive learning community around the theme of SMM and provide hands-on experience in mining social data using natural language processing and machine learning technologies. As such, we will address practical issues related to building tools to mine social media data. We will also read, discuss, and critique claims and findings from research related to SMM. The course description and syllabus will go live soon. This course should prove useful to students looking to sharpen their industry skills or those interested in research and experience involving computational methods with large social media data sets. The course mobilizes a significant body of novel and advanced natural language processing literature with special focus on applied machine learning.

A tentative syllabus can be accessed here:

Fall 2015 Undergraduate/Graduate Course: Online Trolling

Course number: Z399/Z518
Instructor: Madelyn Sanfilippo
Day and Time: Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-12:15
Location: LI001
Contact Information:
Office: LI034
Office Hours: TBA and by appointment

This course aims to allow students to critically examine a common phenomenon in online environments, with which they are likely familiar: trolling. Students will be introduced to theories about why people engage in online deviant behaviors, how people interpret and respond to these behaviors, and how to effectively manage these behaviors, as well as conceptualizations of trolls and trolling. Inconsistencies in dialogues between scholarly literature, popular media, and various social communities will be debated, as will particular examples of trolling and responses to trolling. Assignments and examinations emphasize critical thinking and are designed to encourage students to form their own opinions on contested behaviors and their impact on society.

A tentative syllabus can be accessed here:


Call for proposals for a volume on Internet Pragmatics: Theory and Practice

The internet contributes to the extension of social networks by making possible the emergence of online communities and the management of digital selves. At the same time, the Net has changed the way language is used and social interactions are carried out by its users, which entails new ways of coding text, contextualizing discourses and inferring meanings from them.

Internet Pragmatics: Theory and Practice aims to explore new pragmatic phenomena, issues and challenges that appear as people tend to spend more and more time interacting on the internet or, generally, different forms of technologically mediated communication. This volume is concerned with how people use the internet and social media to cater for their communicative needs, and how those virtual interactions have pragmatic implications on human relationships, identities and social or professional collectivities. It also seeks to explore and expound how online interaction is both similar to and different from offline interaction, how the online world and the offline world, still being distinct, have become inseparable or interwoven, how they are intertwined in a number of ways, and how online or digital identities impact on people’s language use in interaction and vice versa. We also hope to shed light on the ways oraltiy and literacy have been re-defined by the new digital media.

We welcome chapter proposals focusing on the following topics, but not exclusively:
• Theorizing in internet pragmatics
• convention and innovation of internet-mediated language use
• pragmatics of social media
• internet genres
• internet-mediated (im)politeness, facework and relational work
• presentation and interpretation of selves and identities in and across internet-mediated interaction
• pragmatic acts, intentions and meanings in internet-mediated discourse
• figurative language use in internet-mediated discourse
• philosophical issues of internet pragmatics
• uses of oralizing techniques (emoticons, emoji, text deformation) on the text typed on the Net and their pragmatic implications
• use of different languages and writing systems in internet-mediated discourse
• code-mixing and code-switching in online interaction
• digital multimedia interaction

Proposals (original research) should be circa 350 words long, be written in English and sent to the editors before 10 April 2017:

Chaoqun Xie, Fujian Normal University, PR China,
Francisco Yus, University of Alicante, Spain,
Hartmut Haberland, Roskilde University, Denmark,

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and feel free to circulate this call for proposals among those who may be interested.

6th International ‘Language in the Media’ Conference

Dates: Sept. 7-9, 2015
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Contact Person: Jannis Androutsopoulos
Meeting Email:

Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 31, 2015

Meeting Description:
Initiated in 2005 and previously hosted in the UK, USA and Ireland, the 'Language in the Media' Conferences bring together researchers from sociolinguistics, media linguistics and discourse studies with an interest in mass and new media as sites of language, discourse, interaction, and representation. This conference's theme, “Language in a mediatised world,” focuses on language practices in a world where mediated interaction and mediatised representations increasingly shape our experience of community and society. This invites us to question rigid distinctions between media and community language, virtual interaction and 'real life,' and to reconsider our theorising of linguistic and communicative change.

Keynote Speakers:
- Ruth Ayass (University of Klagenfurt)
- Ana Deumert (University of Cape Town)
- Rodney Jones (City University of Hong Kong)
- Robin Queen (University of Michigan)

- Jannis Androutsopoulos, University of Hamburg
- Jana Tereick, University of Vechta

Call for Papers:
The conference invites papers on all aspects of language in the media, including (but not limited to) the following topics:
- Style, variation, and change in media language
- Media genres and media discourse
- Audience engagement
- Computer-mediated communication and social media
- Online activism
- Research methods

Abstracts of max. 500 words should be submitted anonymously via the conference website ( or directly on (

The conference will feature a limited number of thematic sessions with max. 6 papers each. Please contact the organisers directly if you are interested in organising a session.

Important Dates:
Deadline for receipt of abstracts: January 31, 2015
Notification of acceptance: March 2015

1st International Conference: Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis: ADDA 1

Dates: November 19-20, 2015
Location: Universitat de Valencia, Spain
Contact Persons: Patricia Bou-Franch and Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich
Meeting Email:

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 15, 2015

Meeting Description:
This conference aims to bring together researches interested in the analysis of digital discourse from different disciplines, approaches and traditions. Thus, it seeks to foster state-of-the-art debates and discussions on this burgeoning field of research and provide opportunities for multidisciplinary and critical reflection.

Papers are invited from discourse scholars from different traditions focusing on digital discourse, among others:
· Research methods in digital discourse analysis
· Critical digital discourse analysis
· Micro analysis of digital discourse
· Digital genres
· Discourse and identities in the digital world
· Multimodality and digital discourse
· Conflict in digital discourse
· Cognitive approaches to discourse analysis
· Digital discourse and the professions
· Digital service encounters
· Political discourse in the digital age
· Gender and the digital media
· Digital discourse and education

Plenary speakers:
- Jannis Androutsopoulos (Universität Hamburg)
- Susan C. Herring (Indiana University)
- Crispin Thurlow (University of Bern)

- Patricia Bou-Franch (Universitat de Valencia)
- Pilar G. Blitvich (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Submission Information:
Panel proposals:
Panel proposals are invited by 15 January 2015. In order to propose a panel, organizer(s) need to submit the panel title, a description (up to 500 words), and a list of participants (up to 6) along with the titles of their individual presentations. Once the panel is approved, individual presenters should submit their abstracts (before February 15) in order to be reviewed externally. When they submit their individual proposals, panel participants should mention the title of the panel they are contributing to. Panel organizers would need to make sure that all panel participants submit their proposals on time and follow the guidelines for proposals.

Individual papers:
Abstracts of no more than 350 words, including references, are invited. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 February 2015. Please send the abstracts to the conference email address, as a word document and remember not to include author(s) name and affiliation in the abstract.

Important dates:
15 January: Deadline for panel proposals
30 January: Notification of acceptance of panel proposals
15 February: Deadline for abstracts submission (including those in accepted panels)
15 March: Notification of acceptance

Future publication
There will be a call for full papers, as we are planning to publish a volume with selected contributions. Details will follow soon.

3rd international Symposium: Micro-Analysis of Online Data (MOOD-Z): "Online Communication, Discourse and Context"

Dates: July 16-17, 2015
Location: University of Zurich, Switzerland

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 28, 2015

Meeting Description:
The Micro-Analysis of Online Data (MOOD) network is an interdisciplinary group of scholars who explore theoretical and methodological issues related to the study of computer mediated communication (CMC). Although our broad focus is on the application and/or adaptation of conversation and discourse analytic techniques to online data, we are also sensitive to the fact that much online data consist of visual or hypertextual material. Therefore we are also interested in developing novel methods that are tailored towards multimodal environments with limited verbal and paralinguistic data from platforms such as Pinterest to Soundcloud to SecondLife.

Keynote speakers:
- Prof. Dr. Miriam Locher (University of Basel)
- Dr. Sean Rintel (University of Queensland and Microsoft Research Cambridge)

Call for Papers:
We invite proposals for paper presentations that address theoretical, methodological, and method-based issues related to the analysis of CMC. We particularly encourage submissions related to the following topics:
• The application of conversation analysis and various forms of discourse analysis to the study of online interaction.
• Methodological challenges related to carrying out micro-analyses of online discourse/ CMC environments, particularly with methodologies typically applied to face-to-face interactions.
• Theoretical considerations around the communicative conditions for online (written) communication, e.g. addressing issues such as physical vs. virtual presence, and how processes of reading and writing differ in their communicative conditions and consequences from face-to-face interaction.
• The issue of 'place' and 'space' in (relation to) online discourse.
• Technologies that support the analysis of online interaction.
• Ethical dilemmas inherent to the study of online interaction.

Submission Instructions:
Proposals (max. 500 words) for presentations (15 minutes) should be submitted as Word documents to by February 28, 2015. Please include the full title of your proposed paper, institutional affiliation, and contact information (including email).

Organisation committee of MOOD-Z:
David Giles (University of Winchester)
Jessica Nina Lester (Indiana University)
Katrin Lindemann (University of Zurich)
Trena Paulus (University of Georgia)
Emanuel Ruoss (University of Zurich)
Wyke Stommel (Radbout Universiteit Nijmegen)
Caroline Weinzinger (University of Zurich)

For more information about the MOOD network:

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Shifting Perspectives on Social Interaction in the Digital Age

The Handbook of Research on Shifting Perspectives on Social Interaction in the Digital Age is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is part of a book series on Advances in Human and Social Aspects of Technology (AHSAT). It is anticipated to be released in early 2016.

Accepted chapters will be published free of cost.

For this edited volume we invite proposals from academia, researchers, and industry experts in the following areas, but not limited to:
o Social graphs
o Microblogging
o Identity algorithms
o Social media search
o Mobility and location management
o Horizontal and vertical social networks
o Ranking of social networking sites
o Business and social networking sites
o Social networking sites for social issues like health care, employment generation, poverty elevation, bridging social gaps and the gender gap
o Social gaming and television
o Security and privacy issues in social media
o Threats in social networks
o Internet of things
o Semantic analysis of social networks
o Social media use -- trends and psychology

The Call for Chapters is open per the following schedule:

February 28, 2015: Proposal Submission Deadline
March 30, 2015: Notification of Acceptance
June 30, 2015: Full Chapter Submission
August 30, 2015: Review Results Returned
October 15, 2015: Final Acceptance Notification

For more detailed information and/or to propose a chapter, follow this link:
Volume Editor:
Dr. Savita Kumari Sheoran
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Applications & Information Sciences
& Programme Co-ordinator, National Service Scheme (NSS)
Indira Gandhi University, Meerpur, Rewari (Haryana)-INDIA-122502
Mobile: (+91)-9540208555
Office telephone: (+91)-1274-248753-54

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