Call for Papers

Student Session 2024

Important Dates

  • February 29, 2024 March 14, 2024: Submission Deadline
  • February 29, 2024 March 21, 2024: Acceptance Notification Deadline
  • March 31, 2024: Poster Deadline
  • April 8-9, 2024: Student sessions at the symposium
All dates are in EOD (Anywhere on Earth)


We invite student researchers who are interested in the intersection of social media influencers and social media practices in India to submit position papers under the following themes:

  • Social media platforms and influencers’ practices in India, e.g., patterns of behavior, i.e. how they use different social media platform features.
  • Influencer strategies and impact, i.e. how they gain and maintain popularity, how their influence gets operationalized.
  • Collaborative influencing; social media influencers’ impacts on the social, political, cultural, and economic landscapes in the regions.
Those interested in participating are asked to submit a position paper (~3000 words without references) or an extended abstract (1000 words). The following format is required for submissions (MS Word), and uploaded papers must be in a PDF format.

Archived papers from the 2023 conference are stored at the University of Michigan’s Deep Blue Archive, and are available for public consumption.

Microsoft Word template

Download and use the Interim Extended Abstracts template along with the ACM fonts. Authors are not required to use the macros and mark-up features for the submission. Make sure to install the ACM fonts and verify that your submission is using the correct fonts (e.g., Linux Biolinum for body text).

All submissions will be reviewed single-blind and must have at least one student listed as an author. The authors’ names and affiliations should be included in the paper headers. The submissions are selected based on the position papers’ relevance to the symposium’s theme and potential to stimulate discussions. Upon acceptance, at least one author must attend the student session at the symposium in person or remotely over zoom. The accepted submissions will be included in a collection of symposium proceedings, archived on a public site at the University of Michigan. If authors wish to not have their work archived in the symposium proceedings, they are free to do so.

Frequently Asked Questions

Accepted submissions will be included in the conference proceedings, archived publicly at a domain. These are non-archival submissions and won’t be assigned a unique DOI.

To be fair to everyone, we are unable to provide comments before the submission deadline (March 10). There is a 2-week period after the reviews are released, when the authors may work on minor revisions for the camera-ready version

A position paper presents an opinion about an issue (which in this case, needs to be relevant to the theme of the conference). It should convince the audience about its importance and validity, citing prior literature or other evidence, including original research. A good position paper will consider all sides of the argument, including counterclaims to exhibit a holistic understanding of the issue at hand.

Given the theme and nature of the conference, we expect all submissions to focus on India. Submissions will be judged based on their relevance to the theme, i.e Social Media Influencers and Society in India. Broader papers on Social Media in India (and not necessarily around influencers) are also welcome.

We define ‘students’ broadly - you are welcome to submit even if you are a recent graduate or trained outside traditional education systems.

Student Organisers

Arshia Arya
University of California, San Diego
Sarah Khan
University of Michigan
Soham De
University of Washington