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ROSM 2015 : ICWSM 2015 workshop on Religion on Social Media


When May 26, 2015 - May 26, 2015
Where Oxford, UK
Submission Deadline Mar 20, 2015
Notification Due Apr 10, 2015
Categories    social media   social sciences   religion

Call For Papers

Call for Participation in Workshop on
ICWSM 2015:

May 26, 2015
Oxford, UK
Workshop website:
Submission website:

Important Dates
March 20, 2015 - Extended abstract submission deadline
April 10, 2015 - Extended abstract notification
April 26, 2015 - Input for keynote speakers deadline (see website)
May 15, 2015 - Short abstracts deadline
May 26, 2015 - Workshop date

The focus of this workshop is the study of religious communities in social media, providing a venue for social and religious studies scholars to interact with researchers employing web mining, information extraction, network science, and other computational methods. Both qualitative and quantitative studies are welcome from both religious studies and computer science scholars. The topics may include, but will not be limited to, the following:

* religious communities & support structures
* social media as an alternative space for faith
* network properties of religious communities
* connectedness between different religions
* sentiment analysis of religious expression
* religious authority
* ritual online
* religious conflicts and their ramifications online
* religious contextualization of news
* quotation of religious texts and figures

The workshop will take a form of a poster mini-session, which then will drive brainstorming activities. Thus, each participant should submit either an extended abstract of an ongoing (or completed) research which will then be presented as a poster (and a lightning talk), or a short abstract outlining an idea or question for discussion.


To ensure active, engaged participation, all participants wishing to attend must submit one of the following:
Extended Abstract - a 2-page single-column description of a research project on religious communities in social media, presenting at least one quantitative result. These abstracts will be reviewed by a PC and if accepted, presented as a poster.
Short Abstract - a single paragraph outlining a research or methodological question for discussion. These will also be considered for discussion during the workshop, but only checked for relevance.
The submission site is There will be no formal, archived proceedings and abstracts can describe previously published work. However, with the authors' consent, we will post all (accepted) abstracts, both short and extended, on the website together with the outcome of the guided brainstorming activities.

Resources and Datasets
To encourage data-driven exploration of the topic, we have prepared a few easy-to-use datasets:

Invited Speakers
Robin Dunbar, Oxford University
Yasmine Hafiz, London School of Economics
Peter Webster, Webster Research and Consulting Ltd

Workshop Organizers
Yelena Mejova, Qatar Computing Research Institute @yelenamm
Ingmar Weber, Qatar Computing Research Institute @ingmarweber
J. Nathan Matias, MIT Media Lab @natematias
Lu Chen, Kno.e.sis Center Wright State University @luclarachen
Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, Rutgers University

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