Call: Mediated Conversation minitrack of Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-55)

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Call for Papers

Mediated Conversation minitrack

HICSS – Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
January 4-7, 2022
Hyatt Regency Maui, Hawaii, USA

Submission deadline: June 15, 2021

Dear colleague,

I invite you to submit a manuscript to the Mediated Conversation minitrack at HICSS, the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. This minitrack focuses on the study of conversations taking place on digital and social media.

Conversations are at the core of human communication. Mediated conversations can use text, audio, images or video, or any combination thereof. The minitrack welcomes research on conversations that are interpersonal, as well as those that occur in organizational or mass communication, educational or political contexts, and in any other sphere of human activity, including the emerging interplay of human-machine communication.

This minitrack is part of the Digital and Social Media track of HICSS, the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, which will host its 55th annual conference (see HICSS-55) on January 4-7, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Maui, Hawaii, USA.

The submission site opens April 15. Submissions will be accepted until June 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. HST

For details about the conference and how to submit, see

This minitrack brings together researchers and innovators to explore mediated conversation and its implications; to raise new socio-technical, ethical, pedagogical, linguistic, and social questions; and to suggest new methods, perspectives, and design approaches.

The Mediated Conversation minitrack is the successor of the Persistent Conversation minitrack established by Tom Erickson and Susan Herring at HICSS in 1999, which was originally focused on the novelty of conversational persistence. With the prevalence of mediated conversation, we are called upon to consider a wider field of issues. Examples of appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mediated conversation and the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic
  • Innovation in mediated conversational practice
  • The dynamics and analysis of large-scale conversation systems (e.g., MOOCs and big data applications)
  • Methods for analyzing mediated conversation: qualitative, quantitative, data analytics, etc.
  • Mediated collaboration
  • The dark side of mediated conversation: e.g., loafing, hate speech, bullying, and communication overload
  • Studies of virtual communities or other sites of mediated conversation
  • Ethics and mediated conversation: privacy, deception, freedom of speech, security, and information warfare
  • The role of mediated conversation in knowledge management
  • The role of mediated conversation in organizations
  • Domain-specific applications, opportunities, and challenges of mediated conversations and conversational exchanges (e.g., in education, healthcare, social movements, government, citizen participation, management, and news media)
  • Conversation visualizations and analytics
  • The role of listeners, lurkers, and silent interactions
  • Novel properties of mediated conversation
  • A platform’s role in mediating the conversation
  • Power dynamics and conversational patterns among users of social media
  • The role of conversation in understanding the interplay between media producers and media audiences
  • Human-machine communication and related conversations (e.g., chatbots)

Fast-track journal opportunity: Authors of papers accepted for presentation in the minitrack will be offered the opportunity to submit an extended version of their papers for consideration for fast-track publication in the ACM journal ACM Transaction on Social Computing (

Mediated Conversation minitrack co-chairs:

Sheizaf Rafaeli (Primary Contact)
University of Haifa

Seth C. Lewis
University of Oregon

Yoram Kalman
The Open University of Israel

Yoram Kalman
Associate professor
Head – Department of Management and Economics
The Open University of Israel


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