Conference Program


PHD in Communication, Social Research and Marketing
Department of Communication and Social Research 



What People Leave Behind:
Marks, Traces, Footprints and their Significance for Social Sciences

Online, June 15-16, 2021



Day 1 – Tuesday, June 15
(Central European Time)




Chair: Fabrizio Martire (Chair of the WPLB Scientific Committee)
Rappresentante di Ateneo
(Sapienza, University of Rome)

Maria Carmela Agodi
(President of the Italian Sociological Association)

Tito Marci
(Head of the Faculty of Political Sciences, Sociology and Communication, Sapienza-University of Rome)

Alberto Marinelli
(Chair of the Department of Communication and Social Research, Sapienza-University of Rome)

Antonio Fasanella
(Coordinator of the Ph.D. in Communication, Social Research and Marketing, Sapienza-University of Rome)




Chair: Lorenzo Sabetta (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)

Keynote: Gabriel Abend (University of Lucerne, Switzerland)
The Marks of a Decision

Keynote: Hizky Shoham (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Trivial Justifications of Unmarked Rituals: “Primitive” Elements in Modern Culture




The Spatial Dimension of Traces
: Lorenza Parisi (Link Campus University, Italy)

Daniel Rose (Winston-Salem State University, USA)
Clues of Displacement: What Urban Renewal and Gentrification Have Left Behind in Winston - Salem, North Carolina

Daria Radchenko (Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration - Strelka Institute, Russia)
Digital Anthropology and/or Digital Traces: Seeing the City Through the Eyes of Locals

Aluminé Rosso (Universidad Nacional de las Artes, Argentina)
What do Museums Visitors Leave Behind?

Scott Townsend (North Carolina State University, USA) and Maria Patsarika (American College of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Rethink/Remake: Expanding the Capabilities of “Cultural Probes” Through Interaction Principles for Long-Term Interventions in Communities


Traces and Their Many Facets
: Christian Ruggiero (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)

Nello Barile (IULM University, Italy) and Satomi Sugiyama (Franklin University, Switzerland)
Wearing Devices: What We Leave Behind and How it Shapes Us 

Anne Monier (École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales, France)
Leaving a Trace: Donor Plaques as Physical Evidences of Generosity?

Gabrielle Martin (Rutgers University, USA)
“Damaged Goods:” The Sexual Assault Survivor as a Marked Social Identity

Anahí Viladrich (CUNY, USA)
Decrypting Sacred Traces: Veiled Forms of Latino Religiosity in New York City

Saryglar Syldysmaa and Spirina Anastasiia (Altai State University, Russia)
Foreign Migrants and the Host Community in Russia: Signs, Signals and Traces



Traces, Surveillance, Security, and Moral Concerns
Chair: Stefania Parisi (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)

Tatiana Lysova (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
The Implementation of Video-Surveillance in Urban Spaces: Approaches of Surveillance and Security Societies

Seif Sekalala (Fort Hays State University, USA)
The Peril and Potential of Surveillance and Tracking Technologies in Developed and Developing Countries

Gianluca Bei (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)
"Discipline" and "Punish" in the Platform Capitalism: Users Control Through Digital Rating Processes

Mariella Nocenzi (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)
When the Footprint is a Carbon One. A Sustainable Paradigm for the Analysis of the Contemporary Society

Donatella Della Ratta (John Cabot University, Italy)
All That We Leave Behind and Vanishes. On the Enforced Disappearance of the Networked Image and Other Tales of Invisibility

Lorenzo Denaro (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)
The Power of Negotiation of Our Personal Datas


Tracking Politics and Devices: Between Control and Autonomy
Chair: Andrea Borghini (University of Pisa, Italy)

Enrico Campo (University of Milan, Italy)
Rethinking Attention Economy through Digital Traces

Ricardo A. Dello Buono (Manhattan College, USA)
Traces of International Mobility in Higher Education: What Does Cross-Cultural Academic Exchange Leave Behind?

James Hay (University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, USA)
On the Watch—Rewinding the Long History of Self-tracking in Regimes of Self-governance

Irene Psaroudakis (University of Pisa, Italy)
Alignment of Actions, Traces, and Networks. About an Anthropology of Lines for the Use of Mixed Methods

Emanuela Susca (University of Urbino, Italy)
Against the “Surveillance Capitalism”: From Individual Strategies to Collective Action

Marina Vujnovic (Monmouth University, USA)
The Battle Over the “Right to be Forgotten”: Digital Traces and the Political Economy of the Virtual


Digital Traces as Sociological Objects
: Enrica Amaturo (University of Naples–Federico II, Italy)

Davide Bennato (University of Catania, Italy)
Going Hunt the Tracks to Investigate Sociality. A Sociological Approach to Digital Traces

Marco Del Mastro (AGCOM, Italy)
What Citizens Really Know About Their Privacy Preferences. Are They Really Concerned or Indolent?

Biagio Aragona (University of Naples–Federico II, Italy)
Retracing Algorithms. How Social Research Methods Can Track Algorithmic Functioning

Giuseppe Tipaldo (University of Turin, Italy) 
Media Research in the Digital Era: A Taxonomy of Objects and Techniques


Day 2 – Wednesday, June 16



Chair: Francesca Comunello (Sapienza-University of Rome)

Keynote: Stefania Milan (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Keynote: Ilaria Pitti (University of Bologna, Italy)
How to Deal with Research Crumbs? Micro-Ethics at the Boundary Between Fieldwork and Everyday Life




What People Leave Behind Online
Chair: Simone Mulargia (LUMSA University of Rome, Italy)

Silvia Barbotto (University of Turin, Italy/ Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico) 
Traces of Facial Emanations in Multimedia Art

Gabriel-Constantin Nicola (University of Oradea, Romania)
Perspectives on the Relationship Between the Use of Video Games and the Learning Outcomes of Adolescents: Differences According to Gender and Socio-Economic Background

Vincenzo Romania (University of Padua, Italy)
Situated Sittlichkeit: Hermeneutics of Self-Externalisation and Ethics in the Web

Laura Arosio (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy)
Running Through Traces and Documents: Running Maps & Running Art

Prend Kola and Isabella Mingo (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)
Consumer Generated Data and Brand Reputation: Sentiments, Emotions and Themes

Chiara Bernardi (University of Stirling, Scotland)
#Down Syndrome and Stereotypes: The imperceptible and, Yet, All Too Present Stereotyping of Learning Disabilities on Instagram


Digital Platforms’ Traces
Chair: Giovanni Ciofalo (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)

Sarit Navon (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Tracing Mourning Footprints in a Digital Graveyard: Posthumous Facebook Profiles that Left Behind

Gaia Casagrande (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)
The (micro) Self-branding Practices on Social Media: Managing the Visible and Invisible Traces of Ourselves

Stefania Leone and Miriam Della Mura (University of Salerno, Italy)
Young SNS Users and Presentation of Self Between Volatility and Permanence of Multimedia Content

Fiorenza Deriu (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy) and Emilia La Nave (CNR, Italy)
Tools for Preventing Women from Gender Violence: NLP and Machine Learning Techniques to Classify Tweet Messages


Challenges of Interpretative Tracing: Moments, Materials and Meanings
: Tilo Grenz (University of Vienna, Austria)

Keith Robinson (Griffith University, Australia)
Tracing Indigenous Australian Songlines

Andrea Ploder (Konstanz University, Germany)
Interpretive Tracing in Historical Praxeology

Julia Wustmann (Dortmund University, Germany)
Scars as Traces – Negotiations of the (Il)Legitimacy of Aesthetic-Plastic Body Modifications

Paul Eisewicht (Dortmund University, Germany)
Traces of Competent Belonging

Tilo Grenz (University of Vienna, Austria)
Digital Traces as Process-produced Data: Grasping the Processual Nature of Cyberattacks


Algorithms and Traces
: Massimo Airoldi (EM Lyon Business School)

Stefano Agostini, Giovanna Gianturco (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy) and Peter Mechant (Ghent University, Belgium):
Investigating Exhaust Data in Virtual Communities

Edmondo Grassi (University of RomaTre, Italy)
Me and the Algorithm. Ethical Mutation in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

 Ana Pop Stefanija and Jo Pierson (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Whose Traces are These? On Algorithmically Constructed Identities and Taking Oneself’s Identity and Data Agency Back

Nicola Martellozzo (University of Turin, Italy)
Training Algorithms Through a Global Game reCAPTCHA as a GWAP for the Digitalization of Human Knowledge

Sebastian Bähr (Institute for Employment Research, Germany), Georg-Christoph Haas (University of Mannheim, Germany), Florian Keusch (University of Mannheim, Germany), Frauke Kreuter (University of Maryland, USA), and Mark Trappmann (University of Bamberg, Germany)
Social Networks on Smartphones. Congruency of Online and Offline Networks and their Effect on Labor Market Outcomes

Justyna Salamońska (University of Warsaw, Poland)
From Paper Letters to Digital Traces – Reflections on Following International Migration and Mobility


The Role of Government in Shaping Memory
: Jill L. Tao (Incheon National University, South Korea)

Jill L. Tao (Incheon National University, South Korea)
Institutional Memory in Times of Change: the Cult of Personality versus the Technocratic State

Jesse W. Campbell (Incheon National University, South Korea)
Rules as Organizational Memory: Change and Evolution in the Public Sector

Hyejin Wang (Incheon National University, South Korea)
Happiness, Urban Environments, and Memory: The Case of Seoul, South Korea




Marks, Traces, and Footprints: Some Case Studies 
: Lorenzo D’Orsi (University of Catania)

Hynek Jerabek (Charles University, Czech Republic)
Trials that the Columbia Methodological School Left Behind in Post-War Europe

Amanpreet Randhawa (Punjabi University, India) 
Critical Analysis of the Role of Mass Media in Understanding the History of India

Nitsa Dori (Shaanan Academic College, Israel) 
Children’s Toys and Games during the Shoah, as Reflected in Five Hebrew Books

Ratna Okhai (University of Central Florida, USA)
Government 3.0 and Service Provision: Examples of the Republic of South Korea

Antonio Momoc (University of Bucharest, Romania)
Oral History Interviews with Romanian Protesters. Traces and Footprints they Leave Behind on the Internet

Aysu Arsoy (Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus)
Reading Colonialism Through Trashed Artefacts: Made in Hong Kong Enamel Tray(s) at Famagusta, Cyprus


Epistemology, Methodology, and Traces
Chair: Silvia Cataldi (Sapienza-University of Rome) and Paolo Parra Saiani (University of Genoa, Italy)

Robin Porsfelt (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Smoke and Fire: Indicative Reasoning under Conditions of Uncertainty
Marina Yesipenko (Charles University, Czech Republic)
Image Schemas: The Unperceived Communicative Clues to Global Meaning-Making

Gabriella Rava (Charles University, Czech Republic)
Traces and their (In)Significance

Giuseppe Michele Padricelli, Gabriella Punziano (University of Naples Federico II, Italy), and Barbara Saracino (University of Bologna, Italy)
Netnography and Digital Ethnography for a Comparison Between Virtual and Digital Methods in Social Research 

Barbara Sonzogni (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)
Sentiment Analysis and “Personal Influence”. A Theoretical and Methodological Comparison


Digital traces and footprints as strategic research materials. Big Data and small data: between awareness and recursivity 
: Alessandro Gandini (University of Milan, Italy) and Guido Di Fraia (IULM University, Italy)

Davide Bennato (University of Catania, Italy)
From Research to Investigation. Digital Traces and their Use in Data Journalism and OSINT

Nicoletta Vittadini (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy)
Digital Footprints, Algorithmic Media and Narrative Models of Social Media Users

Alberto Cossu (University of Leicester, England)
The Digital Traces of Crypto-Finance

Sara Monaci (Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy)
Digital platforms' affordances, dilemmas and potentials in the context of countering violent extremism social media campaigns

Elisabetta Risi and Riccardo Pronzato (IULM University, Italy)
Algorithmic prod-users. An empirical research on young users’ generated contents on Facebook and Instagram


Old Crimes Cast Long Shadows. What Colonial Violence Left Behind
: Giovanna Leone (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy) and Laurent Licata (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)

Rosa Cabecinhas (CECS/Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Historical Education, Cultural Memory, and Gender Asymmetries: The Erased Traces of Women in the Visual Representations of the Colonial Past

Stefano Migliorisi (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)
From Silence to Shock: The Ambivalent Traces of the Colonial Invasions in Italian History

Isora Sessa, and Alessia Mastropietro (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)
I Can See it on your Face: Aware and Unaware Traces of Emotional Reactions When Getting to Know Silenced Italian Colonial Crimes

Giovanna Leone, Alessia Mastropietro, Stefano Migliorisi, Rosa Maria Pazienza (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy), and Laurent Licata (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
The Bittersweet Taste of Colonial Times: Everyday Objects as Reminder of Silenced Italian Colonial Wars 


Digital Footprints and Personal Rights: Where is Legal Research Going?
: Paola Marsocci (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)

Paola Marsocci (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)
Footprints, Data Economy and People Permanently at Work

Maria Romana Allegri (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)
The Right to be Forgotten in the Digital Age

Emma Garzonio (Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy)
The Transparency of Algorithms: Objectives and Implications of the Reform of the European Digital Space

Simone Calzolaio (University of Macerata, Italy)
Ubi Data, Ibi Imperium: Public Law at the Stake of Data Localization

Marina Pietrangelo (CNR, Italy)
The Open Public Data between Transparency and Privacy




Keynote: Jeffrey Guhin (UCLA, USA)
Spooky Action at a Temporal Distance: Switchmen, Remnants, Repression, and Ghosts

Francesca Comunello, Fabrizio Martire, and Lorenzo Sabetta (Sapienza-University of Rome)
Concluding Remarks


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