PCA/ACA

Virtual Identities and Self-Promoting

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Virtual Identities and Self Promotion seeks to examine, explore and critically engage with the issues surrounding the ideas of self and identity in online environments and in social media.  Our relationship with online environments and our concepts of self changed rapidly and radically during the COVID19 pandemic. As a result of the pandemic, we relied on the web to keep our jobs, teach, see family, and attend conferences. Identity, culture, family, and politics have changed with increased exposure and use of the web (not just due to COVID)  over the course of our modern era.  As a result of access to various social media, identities transformed both on and offline. Many people use online environments to explore the fluidity of self-expression as an “identity laboratory.” Almost everyone in today’s age has experienced some kind of online identity play, whether through playing an online game, participating in professional networking sites, writing a blog, creating a website, commenting on an article, using dating apps or contributing to updates on various forms of social media. Our current world is seeing social media platforms become sites of contention politically and socially as sites are used to promote contentious and dangerous ideas such as racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-government, and anti-LGBTQ+ viewpoints. Many users present the idealized self, specifically shaped for various audiences. New ways to shape our virtual identities and self-promotion have changed how we construct ourselves.  Virtual identities are socially constructed and reflective of the time and era in which they emerge.

We invite submissions investigating and exploring virtual identity and self-promotion, including but not limited to:

  • Use of social media to create identity professionally, personally, socially, academically
  • Socially constructed identity in online environments including social media and other online communities
  • Use of Podcasts to create academic, political, and social content
  • The changing relationship to online engagement during COVID19
  • The emergence of virtual meetings during COVID19
  • Use of social media to engage politically or influence the political sphere
  • Use of social media to promote hate and/or racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-government, and anti-LGBTQ+ viewpoints
  • Use of social media to promote acceptance of various communities
  • Use of the web to create “Influencers”
  • Use of online technology in order to study language, communication, and identity construction
  • Constructed and reconstructed identities in arenas promoting user-generated content, such as YouTube
  • Created digital artifacts as a way of self-discovery and identity construction
  • Negotiated online identity with physical identity, socially,  professionally, and academically
  • Use of online interactions for validation of self, emotionally and/or intellectually

Submission Requirements:

  • Title of Individual Paper
  • Abstract of 250 words which describes the main concepts to be addressed by presentation
  • Please include, name, institutional affiliation, e-mail, and telephone
  • For guidelines on proposing a panel please contact the Chair of the session or visit the PCA/ACA website.
  • Undergraduate Papers are welcome

 

Submission Portal:  https://pcaaca.org/

 

Submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website.

  

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully registered for the conference.

 

Please feel free to contact the Chair of Virtual Identities and Self Promotion with any questions:

 

Monica S. Gallamore, Ph.D.

monica.gallamore@gmail.com

 

Section FB Page:  https://www.facebook.com/virtualidpca

 

 

 

2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01 Sept-21 Submissions Open 
21 Jan-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
11 Feb-22 Early Bird Registration Ends
12 Feb-22 Regular Registration Begins
01 Mar-22 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
01 Apr-22 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
April 13-16, 2022

Virtual conference

 

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee.   

The last day for all refunds is February 20, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

Area chairs

Monica Storme Gallamore