[CITASA] help us get to 400! we only need 34 more members by Sunday!!!
Earl, Jennifer Suzanne - (jenniferearl)
jenniferearl at email.arizona.edu
Wed Sep 25 19:02:22 EDT 2013
Its time to shake those social networks and help CITASA get to 400 members, and earn another session for the 2014 meetings, for the first time in its history! Please do whatever outreach you can do to help us accomplish this. If you know people who might be persuaded by any of the following, please feel free to use it!
We could really make this happen, but only with your help.
SUPPORTING CITASA IS SUPPORTING MEDIA SOCIOLOGY
I am emailing you to invite you to support media sociology by supporting a CITASA membership drive that is now within 34 people of yielding an additional ASA session in 2014, which will be dedicated to Media Sociology (and would be organized by Dhiraj Murthy, who was one of the headliners at the Media Sociology Pre-conference).
As a reminder of that email, I had noted that CITASA is very close to having enough members to gain an extra session at the 2014 ASA meetings (and we are within 34 members of the goal!). As Chair of the section, I have committed that if we earn that additional session by enlarging our membership, I will dedicate it to Media Sociology. This means that by just joining the CITASA section, you can collectively get a dedicated media sociology session at next year's meeting immediately. If you are already an ASA member, a section membership is a really cheap way to support getting media sociology panel at this year's meetings (just click here to join: https://asa.enoah.com/default.aspx). But, we need you to act today-we only have until September 29th to generate new memberships to earn this additional session.
I also tried to do some outreach about CITASA because I understand a lot of people have not heard of our section, or think that we take the information technologies, but not the communication, part of name seriously. But, actually, I think you might find that there is a lot of media sociology already going on in CITASA and it might be a place that could help forward your work.
Here's a couple of things that you might not know about the section that I raised last week:
- We have the probably the largest overlap of any ASA section with ICA (International Communication Association) and NCA (National Communication Association) members and have the largest number of Communication scholars in our fold. Many of us attend the ASAs and the ICAs and/or NCAs. A number of section members, and even several former section chairs, are appointed in Communication departments (notice, I even know the difference between saying someone is in a Communication versus Communications department). If you are in touch with work in Communication, you know that the field is moving to thinking about multiple media, media convergence, and/or the intersection of media instead of siloing off one kind of media and studying it isolation-these trends are represented in our section as well.
- We are not new to media sociology-we have regularly given awards for scholarship that studies multiple media and core communication processes. For instance, our Best Article Award winner this year, Shelley Boulianne, won for an article looking at the relationship between political interest and use of different forms of media. It was an exceptional piece of scholarship and one that I think represents CITASA's interest in media sociology.
- A lot of our membership see themselves as media scholars-just as an example, a good bit of my own work has been on the use of newspapers as a data source for studying social movements. I have also studied the cultural consequences of social movements, which include media and cultural production (and started but never finished a project on women's representations in comics-if only I had more time!). I also study online protest, but it's not just new media that brings me to CITASA, its media and communication.
I am hoping that this outreach about the section may make you even more interested in learning more about us, getting involved, or even joining the section. And, this year, you can be part of immediately adding a dedicated panel on media sociology to the ASA. If we get to 400 members, which is certainly feasible if enough people are interested in adding a media sociology panel, then the session will directly forward our common interests in media sociology.
If you have questions or want to learn more or get more involved in the section, please let me know.
Professor of Sociology
Social Sciences 421
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0027
Phone: (520) 621-3296
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