From: Joyojeet Pal <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, March 30, 2024 9:22 PM
To: Potnis, Devendra Dilip <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Social Media and Society event in Michigan

You don't often get email from [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. Learn why this is important<>
Hello Devendra,

Sending this your way in case students or colleagues are interested.



The Social Media & Society in India symposium takes place Apr 8-9, 2024 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is free to attend online or in person and brings together a great line-up of speakers. Registration is free for both online and in-person.

Registered attendees can view all the talks and also sign up for office hours with the speakers. This year’s line-up includes a variety of topics including political and electoral social media use, platform governance, brand management, finance, healthcare, and hate speech. Details and registration info for in person and online viewing here:<;!!IaT_gp1N!1bWObwwdBAuayZXOeiJ7C8CH_DefD5MYB_hQ20KErZ_Y4AXOyi6UhIb0yv5hgvKHfyUn58OfyaTISuIXf9SQiQ$>

Full Program

April 8, 2024, 9.00 AM, US Eastern Time
Matthew Hull<>: Introductory Remarks

April 8, 2024, 9.10 AM, US Eastern Time
Session 1: Free Expression Discussant: Bilal Butt<>
Hussain Haidry<>:  From Babar Ki Aulaad to K2A: The vocabulary of anti-Muslim hate speeches and everyday slurs
Disha Wadekar<>: The Expressive Function of Social Media - Navigating Free Speech Concerns in the Digital Domain
Parth MN<>: Social Media and Surveillance of Muslims in Rural India, and the changing landscape of Indian villages
Shilpa Kannan<>: Escalations and platform policies on political content

April 8, 2024, 12.30 PM, US Eastern Time
Session 2: New Markets Discussant: Pranav Malhotra<>
Sanjay Sharma<>: Building a YouTube News Channel From the Ground Up
Anushka Rathod<>: Financial Influencing on Instagram: The scope and risks of short-form finance content online
Gunjan Arya<>: Branding and marketing YouTube Shorts in India
Balram Vishwakarma<>: Decoding Mumbai's Hidden Stories: Bringing Urban working class stories online

April 8, 2024, 3.30 PM, US Eastern Time
Session 3: Politics Discussant: Omolade Adunbi<>
Mohd. Talha Rashid<>: Building Political Narratives on Social Media: Differences between Local, State and National Campaigns
Amitabh Dubey<>: Large-scale political campaigns on Social Media
Dhanya Rajendran<>: Digital Journalism and Social Media Spaces in South India
Shahana Shaikh<>: Social Media and In-Person Mass Campaigns: Evidence from State Elections in North India

April 9, 2024, 8.00 AM US Eastern Time
Session 4a: Platforms & creator identities Discussant: Sarah Khan<>
Tanvi Kanchan<>: “Instagram is like a karela”: Censorship and surveillance in Indian queer digital cultures
Rudransh Mukherjee<>, Shaily Desai<>: Anatomy of a "Chapri": Exploring the Decontextualization of Casteist Slurs on Social Media
Simiran Lalvani<>: Food delivery platforms as content creators on social media
Amber: A Threat to Identity: The Pipeline from a Content Creator to Activist in Post-CAA NRC India

April 9, 2024, 9.00 AM US Eastern Time
Session 4b: Platforms & access Discussant: Soham De<>
Farhana Shahid<>, Dhruv Agarwal<>, Aditya Vashistha<>: One Style Does Not Regulate All': Moderation Practices in Public and Private WhatsApp Groups
Tanvi Roy<>, Meghna Gupta<>: Weaponizing Cringe for Virality: Paving the Way for Democratization on Social Media
Sakshi Bhalla: Navigating Narratives: Selective Exposure to Indian Journalists
Ankolika De<>: WhatsApp for Business: A Decolonial Perspective

April 9, 2024, 10.00 AM US Eastern Time
Workshop Mechanics of Misinformation: Kiran Garimella<>, Sunandan Chakraborty<>, Jimmy Narang<>

April 9, 2024, 1.00 PM US Eastern Time
Session 5: New Voices Discussant: Ding Wang<>
Hana Mohsin Khan<>: Soaring beyond stereotypes: the articulation of women’s professional lives on Indian social media
Venkatesh Potluri<>: Social Media Use by Blind and Visually Impaired People in India
Ambarish Satwik<>: The X thread as a genre: the social media offerings of a vascular surgeon
Rajshri Deshpande<>: Use of Social Media for Activism and Social Justice and its impact

April 9, 2024, 3.45 PM US Eastern Time
Session 6: People & Culture Discussant: Matthew Hull<>
Shephali Bhatt<>: From SMS to Stickers: the disappearance of words from communication
Rafiul Rehman<>: The Queer Muslim Project: Addressing Stereotypes on Social Media
Kunal Purohit<>: H-Pop Stars and The Ecology Of Hate Pop Culture on YouTube