Social Media

A Panel on Social Media
as part of the 15th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media
8-11 May 2017, Athens, Greece
sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mass Media and Communications

The Mass Media & Communication Unit of ATINER organizes A Panel on Social Media, 8-11 May 2017, Athens, Greece as part of the 15th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mass Media and Communications.

The tentacles of social media are increasingly intruding upon all areas of life and communication. This panel seeks to present current scholarship that illustrates the way this technology is:

  • Altering the structure of business, culture and government
  • Facilitating the spread of ideas (for the benefit or detriment of humankind)
  • Modifying traditional understandings of freedom of expression
  • Increasing or decreasing justice in society
  • Challenging or reshaping well-established theories of communication or having having counterintuitive outcomes–such as making information harder to get rather than easier; more repression of thought rather than less; increased self-censorship for fear of reprisal. (These are examples, there is no limit to subjects that may fit this area)

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of social events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

Fee structure information is available on

Please submit a 300-word abstract before 27 March 2017, by email, to, Dr. Chris Underation, Academic Member, ATINER & Associate Professor, School of Communication & Creative Arts, Liberty University, USA.

Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting formDecisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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