Annual Meeting

Moral Media 2019

We are excited to announce the fourth meeting of the Moral Media working group. This year’s #moralmedia19 agenda features a combination of research presentations and breakout discussion sessions with the goal of sharing ideas and fostering concrete opportunities for collaboration. Researchers working in the area of media and morality (broadly defined) are encouraged to attend.

Support for #moralmedia19 is generously provided by:


Date: September 21, 2019

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2019

Location: Michigan State University, Communication Arts and Science Building Room 182
Parking: Free! (on weekends), Parking Lot #52
Questions: email

Registration is free. Travel funding is not provided. 

Presentation & Poster Format

We intentionally kept this year small to allow for more time for discussion and planning of future work. Speakers, please plan for 12-15 min talks with 15-20 min discussion for speakers (in general, unless we spoke about a shorter time period for your talk). Posters can be standard conference poster size (42” x 91”) unless a smaller size works better for your topic. We will provide pins or poster sticky to hang your work.


Friday, September 20, 2019:

Saturday, September 21, 2019:

Communication Arts and Sciences Room 182

  • 8:30-9:00: Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:15: Welcoming remarks by Allison Eden to celebrate the fourth annual Moral Media Meeting
  • 9:15-12:00: Morality & Media Theory
    • It’s all Disposition Theory to me – Ron Tamborini
    • Twisting ADT: Investigating how schema-atypical behaviors affect moral evaluations – Nic Matthews & Alex Bonus
    • Is character morality relative? – Matthew Grizzard
  • 12:00-1:30: Lunch & Poster Session
    • Character interdependence in narratives – Joe Francemone
    • The evaluative condition of political attitudes through moral exemplification – Henry Goble & Sara Grady
    • The effect of dominant versus overriding intuitive moral cues on audiences’ attention and character perception – Josh Baldwin, Melinda Aley, & Sanguk Lee
    • Emotional flow and moral processing – Kaitlin Fitzgerald, Matthew Grizzard, Joe Francemone, Kelly Merrill, Rebecca Frazer, & Eleanor Kapcar
    • Moral conflict in video games: Effects on guilt, game enjoyment, and desire to replay – Lu Zhang & Allison Eden
  • 1:30-3:00: Morality & Methods
    • Beyond Self-Reports: Challenges and solutions for the implicit measurement of moral intuition. Frederic Hopp, Jacob Fisher, Sujay Prabhu, Ron Tamborini, & Rene Weber
    • Moralizing mass shooting: Do mass shooters use moral language to justify their behavior? Richard Huskey
    • Implicit measures in moral media – Matt Grizzard & Richard Huskey
  • 3:00-3:30: Coffee Break
  • 3:30-4:30: Morality & Media Scholarship
    • What do scholars mean by antisocial? Lindsay Hahn
    • The centrality of moral inquiry in media research – Allison Eden
  • 4:30-6:00: Break, small group meeting opportunity
  • 6:00: Dinner: Midtown Brewing Company 402 South Washington Lansing, MI 48933

Download the full conference agenda, here.