With as many “users as Twitter (310 million), Snapchat (100-million-plus) and Pinterest (100 million) combined” (Forbes 2016), Instagram has become one of the most important social networking sites globally and in the process has transformed the role of photographs and photography in visual culture. Designed to exploit the affordances of mobile media (Carah 2015) and the immediate and intuitive logic of visual communication, Instagram is notably popular among young people (18-29 years old) (WordStream 2017).
The phenomenal success of Instagram has not gone unnoticed by brands and micro-celebrities that increased their investments and activities on the platform – (according to Forbes the current financial value of Instagram stays somewhere between $25 billion and $50 billion (Forbers 2016)).
Despite all these, there is a scarcity of empirical research conducted through Instagram, especially beyond the use of selfies.
Call for papers:
You are invited to submit proposals for a single paper or a pre-constituted panel around a particular theme. Individual abstracts should be 350 words or 500 for a full panel proposal. Please also include a short bio of no more than 100 words per participant. Please submit to Alessandro Caliandro, email A.Caliandro@mdx.ac.uk by 30 April 2018.
Registration will open soon after the 30th of April. Registration fee: £30 (for undergraduate students), £50 (for academics/practitioners).
For more information, including possible questions to address, and keynote speakers, see: http://instagramconf.mdx.me.uk/
Richard Rogers, Professor of New Media & Digital Culture, Media Studies, University of Amsterdam.
Keynote Address: Otherwise engaged: Social Media from vanity metrics to critical analytics
Dr Crystal Abidin, socio-cultural anthropologist of vernacular internet cultures
Keynote Address: Tap that, Hack that, Map that: Economies, Cultures, and Materialites of Instagram