The 12th ICA Mobile Pre-Conference

From Womb to Tomb: Mobile Research Across Genders, Generations, Ethnicities, Cultures, and Life Stages

San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 20-21, 2015

at the Hilton Caribe

Flamboyan (main conference room)

Ceiba (the breakout room)

Communication through mobile media has become central to people’s lives around the world, no matter age, gender, or ethnicity, and is driven by widespread adoption of a repertoire of mobile devices. Usage of mobile media is closely tied to the life circumstances of individuals. The 12th annual ICA Mobile Pre-conference aims to examine, scrutinize, and reflect upon the influence of this dominant new medium on everyday practices of communication through the theme “From Womb to Tomb: Mobile research across genders, generations, ethnicities, cultures, and life stages.”

 Preparing presentations

Presenters are allotted 12 minutes total presentation time. In an effort to synchronize the parallel sessions, session chairs have been instructed to retain a strict control of this time schedule. This is to allow participants to move from one session to another without missing anything of each presentation.

Presenters must bring their presentation on a USB memory stick and load their presentations to the computer in the conference room at the beginning of each day (08:30-09:00). It is the responsibility of the individual presenters (not the organizers) to ensure their presentations are correctly loaded before their session.

Full Schedule

Day 1



09:00 – 09:30

Registration (the registration will stay open until 10:30)
09:30 – 09:45 Opening RemarksWelcome and introduction to Mobile Preconference 2015, acknowledge to sponsors
09:45 – 11:00 Panel: Mobile Adoption

  1. Sharon Strover and Alexis Schrubbe – Social inequalities and mobile phones: Information seeking and the next digital divide
  2. Sarah Wagner – Cultural hegemony and resistance: Contestations of mobile technologies among Guaraní in Argentina and Bolivia
  3. Jakob Ohme, Claes de Vreese, Kim Andersen, Camilla Jensen, and Erik Albæk – Only the young? – Age and a smartphone-based measurement of media exposure to political information and its impact on civic engagement
  4. Cornelia Wolf and Alexander Godulla – “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Young people’s needs, motives, and gratifications to use visual communication via WhatsApp
  5. Rachel Somerstein and Jong-Hyuok Jung – Balancing aesthetics and efficiency: cultural institutions’ motivations for and hindrances to adopting 2D Mobile Barcode Technology 

Q&A (15 mins)

11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:30 Panel: Mobile Ethics, Gender and mHealth

  1. Maria Len-Ríos, Cara Streit, Sarah Killoren, and Gus Carlo – Mobiles and sexting among young adults: The roles of gender, relationship status, media use and past sexual behavior
  2. Ewa Maslowska and Heske van Boekel – mHealth in developing countries: Identifying trends and needs for mHealth interventions in Mozambique
  3. Trisha T.C. Lin and John Robert Bautista – Investigating Determinants Affecting triability of mHealth apps and youth’s mHealth literacy
  4. Ningxin Wang – The mediatization of parent-child relationship: New forms of negotiation
  5. Tim Highfield and Tama Leaver – Instagramming The Ends of identity: Pre-birth and post-death identity practices mapped via the #ultrasound and #funeral hashtags

Q&A (15 mins)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Panel: Mobility and Location

  1. Matthias Berg – The mediatization of social relationships – Patterns of communicative networking in job-related mobility
  2. Jordan Frith – RFID as mobile infrastructure
  3. Xiyuan Liu – “The magical tool to get laid?” Examining a location-based social app and its social implications within Chinese urban society
  4. Rabindra Ratan and Hsin-Yi (Sandy) Tsai – Carmunication Effects: Examining how communication through and with cars influences driving safety

Q&A (12 mins)

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30 Panel: Mobility and Cross-Media Communication

  1. Rhonda McEwen, Jenna Jacobson, and Chang Lin – Mobile & multiple media use across a community’s lifespan: A Canadian longitudinal analysis 1968-2014
  2. Brett Oppegaard, Thomas Conway, and Megan Conway – Mobile for everyone? An analysis of National Park Service audio description as a step toward improving universal design through mobile
  3. Andrew Schrock – Families and Porous Solidarity: Mobile-mediated visual rituals and social capital
  4. Emmanuelle Richez, Vincent Raynauld, and Derek Antoine – The #idlenomore factor: characterizing Twitter’s impact on aboriginal political engagement in Canada

Q&A (12 mins)

16:30 – 17:00 Wrap-upClosing Remarks by members of the Organizing Committee
17:30 – 20:00 Dinner @ Casa LolaAddress: 1006 Avenida Ashford, San Juan, 00907, Puerto RicoWe will leave the hotel by foot at 17:30.


Day 2

Time Description
08:30 – 09:00 Registration (the registration will stay open until 10:00)
09:00 – 09:05 Opening Remarks
09:05 – 10:05 Panel: Mobile News, Journalism, and Industry

  1. Oliver Hahn and Florian Stalph – Global Big Data to Go: Data-driven foreign news reporting on mobile devices
  2. Kenzie Burchell –“Take my picture”: Witnessing, recording and the performativity of terror
  3. Tony Liao – Negotiating the standards for mobile augmented reality: the creation and contestation over augmented reality markup language
  4. Yilang Peng – “An app alone doesn’t make a good picture”: boundary-work in photojournalism in the era of camera phones

Q&A (12 mins)

10:05 – 11:20 Panel: Mobile and Interpersonal Communication 

  1. Mariek M. P. Vanden Abeele and Marie Postma-Nilsenova – The impact of phubbing on perceived affiliation: a vignette-study on the underlying role of gaze direction in two situational contexts
  2. Janelle Ward – Is there something missing? Self-presentation practices on Tinder
  3. Ylva Hård af Segerstad, Alexandra Weilenmann, and Katerina Cerna – Communication across platforms: Switching between talk and text in mobile phone communication
  4. Sun Kyong Lee, Megan Bassick, and Stacie V. Wilson Mumpower – Fighting electronically: Long-distance romantic couples’ conflict management over mobile communication
  5. Michael Chan – Mobile phones and social capital from a lifespan perspective: Examining the roles of mobile function use and mobile competence

Q&A (15 mins)

11:20 – 11:25 Mini Break
11:25 – 12:25 Workshop for Emerging Scholars 

  1. Rena Bivens and Amy Hasinoff – Rape: Is there an app for that? A sociotechnical and speculative analysis of app design
  2. Victoria Chen – Are active audience really active? U&G approach to mobile news
  3. Maja Sonne Damkjaer – Entering parenthood in the digitized age – Mobile media as agents of change in the transition to parenthood
  4. Hogeun Seo – Bowling online: Mobile social games for Korean teen girls

Q&A (12 mins)

12:25 – 13:00 Closing Keynote “Mobile Visual Communication: Daydreams and Nightmares“Professor James E. Katz (Boston University)
13:00 – 13:30 Closing Discussion and Top Paper AwardClosing Remarks by participants and members of the Organizing Committee

Program Chair: 

Jun Liu, University of Copenhagen


Sun Kyong Lee, University of Oklahoma

Lali Abril, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Mobile Pre-Conference would like to thank our sponsors, without whom none of this would be possible: Caribou Digital; Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University; Communication Studies, University of Michigan; School of Communications, University of Hawaii; College of Communication, Division of Emerging Media Studies and Center for Mobile Communication Studies, Boston University.

The organizing committee of the 12th mobile pre-conference is headed by Jun Liu, Sun Kyong Lee, and Lali Abril. The wider organizing committee includes Joe Bayer, Maxwell Foxman, Rich Ling, Katy Pearce, Brett Oppegaard, Veronika Karnowski, Scott Campbell, and Andrew Schrock.

The Best Paper Award Committee includes Rich Ling, Brett Oppegaard, Veronika Karnowski, and Jun Liu.

12th Annual ICA Mobile Pre-Conference