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 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.

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