UMSI PhD student takes top paper award at ICA

UMSI PhD student Padma Chirumamilla has won top paper in the Popular Communication category of this year’s International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, taking place in London June 17-21. She will present her article “Looking Back at the Land: Technology, Work and Morality in South Indian Cinema” on June 20 as part of the Cultural Labor and Media Work Worlds session.

Her paper argues that the "respectability" of labor in the information field in India is as much a product of local ideology as multinational corporate culture. She draws  examples from Telugu popular cinema that reflect the morality of everyday workers.

Several other UMSI doctoral students and faculty are participating in this year’s conference, presenting papers and leading sessions.

UMSI faculty chair sessions

Tuesday, June 18
Associate professor Nicole Ellison will chair the Social Networks, Social Capital, and Motivations Communication and Technology Paper Session.

Thursday, June 20
Associate professor Christian Sandvig chairs the session The Politics of Algorithms. 

Papers by UMSI faculty and students

Tuesday, June 18
Nicole Ellison (with D. Y. Wohn, M. L. Khan, R. Fewins-Bliss, R. Gray): “Social Media and First-Generation High School Students’ College Aspirations: A Social Capital Lens.”
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Nicole Ellison and assistant professor Cliff Lampe (with R. Gray, J. Vitak, A. Fiore): “Calling All Facebook Friends: Exploring Broadcasted Mobilization Requests on Facebook.”

Wednesday, June 19
Assistant professor Joyojeet Pal (with P. Mudliar): “Watching from an Arm’s Length: The Foreign Hand in Tamil Cinema.”

Thursday, June 20
Cliff Lampe (with N. Poor, M. Skoric): “Death of a Child, Birth of a Guild: Rethinking the Function of Weak Ties in Online Communities.”

Cliff Lampe, Youyang Hou, PhD student (with D. Y. Wohn): “Self-Determination and Long-Term Participation in Peer-Production Communities.”

Christian Sandvig: “When Television Programming is Computer Programming.”

Joyojeet Pal, Margaret Young (MSI ’13): “Being Middle-Class as a Matter of Values: Women and Jobs in Popular Hindi Television and Cinema.”

The ICA has more than 4,300 members from 76 countries, most of whom are academics or doctoral students in the field of communication research.

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013