University hosts social networking in cyberspace conference

Experts from around the world will attend a major social networking conference at the University of Wolverhampton later this week.

The 2015 Social Networking in Cyberspace Conference is one of the UK’s largest events of this kind. Hosted by the University’s Cyberpsychology Research Group, it will welcome leading authorities from around the world.

A diverse range of topics will be covered, including social media behaviour, cyberbullying, gaming, cybersecurity and protection, the online self, e-health applications, online dating, cross-cultural features of online behaviour and online group behaviour.

The Cyberpsychology Research Group will also showcase their ongoing research, including work on disability and inclusion, representation of the self online and findings from a series of studies looking at the perpetrators and victims of online catfishing and the implications for online dating.

One of the organisers, Dr Chris Fullwood, Reader in Cyberpsycholgy, said: “Given humans' interactions with and via the internet nowadays, it is not surprising that this area of research is rapidly growing. The University of Wolverhampton has one of the UK's largest academic cyberpsychology research groups so is the ideal venue for the event.

“We are delighted to be welcoming some highly respected keynote speakers for what promises to be an interesting event.”

He said the University was delighted to be welcoming three of the most-recognised and highly respected keynote speakers from this area of research, Professor Adam Joinson, Professor Tom Buchanan and Dr Grainne Kirwan, to the event.

They will talk on the topics of Exploring social and power relations using language and meta-data on- (and off-) line, Reflections in the pool of Narcissus: Some thoughts on cyberpsychology and Holding out for the 14th week: Online information and support seeking during early pregnancy , miscarriage and infertility, respectively.

All information about the event, which takes place on Thursday September 3 and Friday September 4, can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/SNIC2015 including a provisional timetable of talks. 

For more information contact either Dr Chris Fullwood (c.fullwood@wlv.ac.uk) or Dr Alison Attrill (a.attrill@wlv.ac.uk ).

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