HICSS 2018


Social Movements and Social Technologies Track at Hawaii International Conference for System Sciences, Waikoloa, HI, 3-6 Jan 2018; Deadline 15 Jun

CALL FOR PAPERS – Social Movements and Social Technologies Mini Track at the Hawaii International Conference for System Sciences

Technological advances have revolutionized collective action in terms of who participates in social movements, how social movements are organized, and the nature of protest and resistance. The Internet, specifically social media, facilitates novel tactics, organic organizing, widespread messaging, and heightening visibility for social actors.

Social movement theory represents a unique lens for social technology researchers. Theories developed to explain social movements have the potential to unlock understanding around phenomena of interest to IS scholars such as digital collaboration, self-organizing groups, and resource mobilization online. This minitrack focuses on two main themes: 1) the development of technology theories through the study of social movement phenomena, and 2) the application of social movement theory toward understanding of technology phenomena.

We welcome various types of submissions ranging from empirical and conceptual research papers to practitioner reports / case studies. Authors should submit to this minitrack to join scholars and practitioners from diverse fields in cross-disciplinary dialogue with the potential to reveal novel insights.

Potential topics include:

  • Platform design implications for message / frame diffusion
  • Brand hijacking movements targeting corporate competitors
  • Resource mobilization online
  • Implications of cyberactivism and hacktivism
  • Fake news movements and propaganda diffusion
  • Effectiveness of hashtag activism or clicktivism
  • Corporate strategy / involvement in social movements to shape public policy
  • Botivists (web bot programmed for activism), online petitions, and other tools for digital protest
  • Digital marketing of ideas and social agendas
  • Recruitment strategies of terror movements
  • Empowerment / marginalization campaigns on old versus new media
  • Social media capabilities and facilitation of echo chambers
  • Media capabilities for voice-giving and perspective-shaping
  • Financing of social agendas through crowdfunding or bitcoin exchanges
  • Any application of social movement or collective action concepts (e.g., frames and tactics, organization, claim making, etc.) toward understanding of social technology phenomenon (e.g., crowdsourcing, large group collaboration, social media use, etc.)

Conference and Submission Information:


Important Dates

  • June 15, 2017 | 11:59 pm HST : Paper submission deadline
  • August 17, 2017 : Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
  • September 22, 2017 : Deadline for authors to submit final manuscript for publication
  • October 1, 2017 : Deadline for at least one author of each paper to register for HICSS-51
  • January 3-6, 2018: Conference at Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island


Amber G. Young (primary contact)
Isenberg School – UMass Amherst

Amber Young is Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management in the Isenberg School of Management – UMass Amherst. Her current research focuses on how ICTs can be used for social good. She is also interested in understanding how digital mass media can be used to shape organizational identity. Amber received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Oklahoma. She received her MBA from Oklahoma Christian University and her Ph.D. from the MIS department of the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. Her research has been published in MIS Quarterly and presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, the International Conference on Information Systems, the Americas Conference on Information Systems, and the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Jama D. Summers
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Jama Summers is Assistant Professor of Accounting and Information Management in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration (Information Systems) from the University of Oklahoma, an M.S. in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a B.S. in MIS from Arkansas State University. Her research focuses on the interaction between large groups and technology, examining large group collaboration in contexts such as social media, online communities and crowdfunding platforms. Jama’s research has been published in MIS Quarterly and Behaviour & Information Technology, and she has presented her work at conferences such as the International Conference on Information Systems, Americas Conference on Information Systems, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences and the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Constantinos K. Coursaris
Michigan State University

Constantinos K. Coursaris is Associate Chairperson and Director of Graduate Studies of the Information School (iSchool) at Michigan State University. He holds a dual appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information and the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. He is also Professor by Courtesy in Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting. His formal training consists of a B.Eng. in Aerospace, an MBA in e-Business, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems with a concentration on electronic business (e-Business) and mobile commerce (m-Commerce), the latter two degrees having been conferred by McMaster University. Constantinos studies user motivations, expectations, and experiences with new media and the consequent design implications with a focus on social systems. His current research interests lie in the intersection of usability and mobile technologies for the purpose of health and/or commercial applications. His research has been published in Information & Management, AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, Communication Monographs, Computers in Human Behavior, New Media & Society, Online Information Review, Scientometrics, Telemedicine & e-Health, Oncology Nursing Forum, and several conferences of the Association for Information Systems, the International Communication Association, and the American Advertising Association among others. He supplements his research expertise with consulting on social media for governance and/or marketing, and has trained diverse organizations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Follow him @DrCoursaris.