Symposium on Relationships and the Internet

Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Nicole Ellison, Dr Bernie Hogan, Erina Lee

Friday 9 - Saturday 10 Dec 2011

Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS

This symposium is limited to invited participants. Papers will be selected for presentation based on peer review of abstracts.

Abstract

This symposium is designed to engage a small group of academic researchers producing scholarship on how online contexts such as online dating and social media are facilitating and hindering personal, social and romantic relationships.

The symposium will consist of a day of presentations and discussions of working papers, organized around panels, followed by an optional half-day interactive data workshop, focusing on approaches to the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data on relationships (workshop members will be able to work collaboratively with each other using their respective data sets). The organizers will work with participants to produce short video clips for possible webcasting after the event, and which may be included in a short summary of the symposium.

The symposium and workshop are activities of the 'Me, My Spouse and the Internet Project' (MMI) at the OII, supported by a grant from eHarmony. This is the fourth in a series of meetings organized by the project. Funding can support accommodation in Oxford for up to two nights and meals during the event. Limited local travel support is available but should be agreed in advance.

Call for Papers

This symposium will be limited to invited participants. Papers will be selected for presentation at the symposium based on peer review of abstracts. We welcome submissions of original work from a diversity of methodological backgrounds in the social sciences, including qualitative as well as quantitative approaches to the study of relationships. One aim of the symposium is to explore methodological innovations in the study of relationships and the Internet.

Interested participants should submit a 500-800 word abstract, and 200 word biography, by 25 September 2011 to events@oii.ox.ac.uk. In order to keep the symposium interactive and focused, space will be kept to about twenty-five participants. The authors of successful abstracts will be notified by 5 October 2011. Drafts of full papers should be submitted by 1 December; these papers will be distributed to all participants for feedback and discussion at the symposium.

Partners

About the speakers

Professor William H. Dutton (Convenor)

Oxford Internet Institute

Dr Nicole Ellison (Convenor)

Michigan State University

Dr Bernie Hogan (Convenor)

Oxford Internet Institute

Erina Lee (Convenor)

eHarmony Labs

Webcasts

  • Interview with Erina Lee: Partner Compatibility and Online Dating Sites

    Interview with Erina Lee: Partner Compatibility and Online Dating Sites

    Recorded on: 10 December 2011 Duration: 00:04:37

    Erina Lee discusses the importance of similarity between partners in terms of long-term relationship satisfaction. She discusses some compatibility dimensions that have been considered by eHarmony, as well as future directions for research.

  • Interview with Jeff Hancock: 'Deception' on Online Dating Sites

    Interview with Jeff Hancock: 'Deception' on Online Dating Sites

    Recorded on: 10 December 2011 Duration: 00:04:01

    Jeff Hancock talks with co-author Nicole Ellison about their work on the issue of 'deception' on online dating sites (in terms of 'optisation of self presentation'), and introduces the idea of 'profiles as promise'.

  • Interview with Joseph Walther: Presentation and Perception on Online Dating Sites

    Interview with Joseph Walther: Presentation and Perception on Online Dating Sites

    Recorded on: 10 December 2011 Duration: 00:04:11

    Joseph Walther describes the hyperpersonal model and its relevance to the study of online dating. 'Idealisation' of perception and presentation online can facilitate the selection process, but may have unforseen consequences when people eventually meet.

  • Interview with Monica Whitty: Scammers on Online Dating Sites

    Interview with Monica Whitty: Scammers on Online Dating Sites

    Recorded on: 10 December 2011 Duration: 00:06:04

    Monica Whitty discusses her recent work on dating scams, which has focused on attempting to identify a typology of victims, recognizing the techniques used by scammers, and also the psychological impact of the scams themselves.

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