Saturday, September 22, 2007

2008 SW/Texas PCA/ACA Conference - Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 13-16, 2008

Video and Computer Game Studies
Computer Culture Area

The 29th Annual Meeting of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

http://www.h-net.org/~swpca/


The Computer Culture Area of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association welcomes paper, panel, and other proposals in video and computer game studies. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

Alternative reality games
Archiving and artifactual preservation
Economic and industrial histories
Educational game design and development
Foreign language games and culture
Game advertising (both in-game and out)
Haptics and interface studies
Localization
Luddology and other theories of play
Machinima
MOGs, MMOGs, and other forms of online/networked gaming
Narratology
Performance
Pornographic games
Religion and games
Representations of race and gender
Representations of space and place
The rhetoric of games and game systems
Serious games
Table-top game design and theory
Technological, aesthetic, economic, and ideological convergence
Wireless and mobile gaming



For Paper Proposals:

Please submit 250 word abstract embedded in the body of an email.
Include contact information (e.g., postal and preferred email address, phone and fax numbers, etc.) and a biographical note about your connection to the topic.


For Panel and Other Proposals:

Feel free to query first. Panel and other proposals should include all of the information requested for individual paper proposals, as well as a 100-word statement of the panel's raison d'etre and any noteworthy organizational features.

As always, proposals are welcome from any and all scholars, including graduate students, independent scholars, and tenured, tenure-track, and emeritus faculty. Also, unusual formats, technologies, and the like are encouraged.


Send proposals by November 15, 2007 to:

Judd Ruggill
School of Media Arts
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
jruggill@email.arizona.edu

Friday, September 21, 2007

More DMCA Bait from Apple

via http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/005442.php

On the heels of Apple's other two pieces of anti-competitive DMCA-bait, it now appears we have a third bit of lawyer-chum in the water: Apple has reportedly locked its latest iPods to its own iTunes software. So third-party applications (like Songbird) will no longer be able organize or sync your (unDRM-ed) music on these iPods.

While many have noted that this is bad news for Linux users, it's also bad for Windows and Mac users. iTunes (the software, not the store) has built a considerable lead in the "media jukebox" category on both sides of the Windows-Mac divide. This latest move looks like an effort by Apple to consolidate and hold that beachhead, blocking competitors from entering the market and leaving consumers on all platforms with fewer choices.

We'll see whether Apple licenses this iPod "feature" and, if so, on what terms. And now that the reverse engineering of the iPod-iTunes lock is successful, we'll see whether Apple starts issuing DMCA threats (as they did to Real Networks back in the day).


For the Ars Technica article, "Apple's New iPod Checksum Cracked by GtkPod Coders":
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070916-gtkpod-coders-crack-apples-new-ipod-checksum.html

Read EFF's updated report, "Unintended Consequences: Seven Years Under the DMCA":
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004555.php

Electronic Commerce Research - Metaverses/SL - Call for Papers

Electronic Commerce Research: Special Issue Call Reminder

Deadline: 1st December 2007

For more information please visit:
http://www.ebusiness-newcastle.com/news/article.php?id=40


I HAVE AN AVATAR THEREFORE I EXIST: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN METAVERSES



Millions of users from around the globe participate in massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG), such as Second Life and World of Warcraft, 3D worlds that are often considered the next generation Web. With their user base growing at an exponential rate we are already experiencing the development of a phenomenon that may be as significant as the Web itself. The rapid development of MMORPGs and metaverses is likely to bring about significant business as well as social, legal, policy, methodological and technological opportunities and challenges.


This special issue aims to explore these and contribute to this rapidly expanding field by focusing on issues relevant to electronic business and management. Academics and practitioners are invited to submit conceptually and empirically based original papers addressing areas such as those listed below:

Business opportunities and challenges
Marketing implications
Identity management issues
Virtual economies and economic policies
Virtual entrepreneurship and metaverse ebusiness models
Developing MMORPGs and related strategies and ebusiness models
Real money trading Consumer and business ethics in metaverses
Case studies (e.g. Second Life, World of Warcraft etc)
Human-computer interaction issues in metaverses
Psychological aspects of participating in metaverses
Legal issues (e.g. copyright and ownership of virtual property)


The above areas are just indicative and this special issue would welcome papers discussing other relevant topics. For the manuscripts guidelines please visit the journal's web site. All papers, accompanied by a short biographical note for each author (approximately 200-250 words per author), should be submitted as an email attachment to the Guest Editors (Email: savvas.papagiannidis@ncl.ac.uk). All papers will be double blind refereed.

CALL FOR ESSAYS ON "EMERGENT INDIGENEITIES"

CALL FOR ESSAYS ON "EMERGENT INDIGENEITIES"

From: Kim Fortun and Mike, Editors, Cultural Anthropology


In spring 2007, the Board of the Society for Cultural Anthropology deliberated signing a letter drafted by the American Anthropological Association to be sent to the United Nations advocating passage of the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The letter generated intense discussion because of recognition among Board members that indigenous and minority status is configured very differently in different regions of the world, such that policies and programs addressed to ³indigenous rights² have varied effects, and sometimes occlude critical political dynamics. The SCA decided to sign the letter, eager to support the gains some groups have achieved within the rubric of ³indigenous rights.² The Board also agreed that the Society's journal, Cultural Anthropology, could play a role in drawing out differences among indigenous groups, and how the rubric of indigenous rights can circumscribe political attention, entitlements and cultural production.

We hope to receive essays that address various regions of the world, and various dynamics through which indigenous and minority status is produced and plays out. Critical, from our perspective, is attention to the way indigenous and minority status is what Michael Fischer terms an ³emergent form of life² - produced through complex social, cultural and political economic interactions, likely requiring reconsideration of conventional ways of thinking about politics, geography, sovereignty, rights, and other core categories. We also would like essays that highlight the double binds that emerge in efforts to deal well with indigenous and minority issues within established political, legal and cultural frameworks. In other words, we are interested in essays that examine how the politics of indigeneity can operate as what Stuart Hall famously called a ³politics without guarantee² - attuned to the many ways mechanisms of liberations are entangled with what they critique.

Critical questions, in our view, include the following: How have constructions of indigenous and minority status in a given region changed over time, and what kinds of political and legal infrastructure have been involved? How have social scientists focused on indigenous and minority issues in a given region contributed to the construction of identity categories? How have local and academic or political notions of indigeneity traveled across regions and fields of action? What roles have groups granted indigenous and minority status played in stabilizing, contesting and otherwise negotiating their status? What are the range of interests in play in designating indigenous and minority rights, and what examples of innovative governance of these interests can be brought to bear in future governance efforts? How have governing mechanisms traveled, and how can vast differences among terrains of application be accounted for and addressed?

We encourage authors to think broadly and innovatively about how their research bears on issues related to indigeneity and minority rights, and are happy to discuss possible angles. Key AAA documents on this issue are available here: http://www.aaanet.org/press/PR20070620.htm

Previous Cultural Anthropology essays on indigeneity include Faye Ginsburg's "Indigenous Media: Faustian Contract or Global Village?" (1991); Andrea Muehlebach's "'Making Place' at the United Nations: Indigenous Cultural Politics at the U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations" (2001); and Charles R. Hale's "Activist Research v. Cultural Critique: Indigenous Land Rights and the Contradictions of Politically Engaged Anthropology" (2006).

We would appreciate hearing from you right away if you are considering a submission. Abstracts of essays are due November 15, 2007. Final essays are due February 15, and should be approximately 9,000 words long (through much shorter pieces will also be considered). All submissions will be peer reviewed.

Mike Fortun, Associate Professor
Co-editor, Cultural Anthropology
Department of Science and Technology Studies, Sage 5112
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street Troy, NY 12180
v: 518-276-6598 f: 518-276-2659

Thursday, September 20, 2007

NBC.Com To Offer Users Free, Ad-Supported Downloads Of Popular Shows

NBC.com announced yesterday the launch of its new service, "NBC Direct," which will allow users to download and view NBC's popular primetime and late-night entertainment programming on their desktops for up to one week after broadcast.

The first version of this new feature, which will begin beta testing in October, will allow users to download full length episodes for viewing on Windows based PCs. Each original episode will be licensed to users for viewing through "NBC Direct" for one week following broadcast and will then expire. The downloaded file will provide users with an improved overall viewing experience compared to traditional streaming video.

The list of programs available at launch will include "Heroes," "The Office," "Life," "Bionic Woman," "30 Rock," "Friday Night Lights," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Later in the beta launch, users will be provided the free subscription option that will allow them to pre-select their favorite NBC programs they want to watch. Those shows will be automatically delivered to their computers as soon as they are available after the original broadcast. The downloadable player will also have filtering technology, which will prevent it from playing any stolen copyrighted material.

Future versions of "NBC Direct," which will roll out over the next several months, will provide expanded platform functionality and will allow DRM ("digital rights management") protected versions of its programs to be downloaded to Macs and portable devices in addition to PCs. NBC.com plans future enhancements such as high-resolution versions of programming made available via a closed P2P ("peer to peer") distribution network. Using closed P2P will ensure that the maximum number of users will be able to view consistent, high-quality content directly from their desktops. Later in 2008, NBC.com plans to offer other business models for downloaded content in order to provide its users multiple options to consume their favorite NBC programs. These paid business models may include download-to-own, rental and subscription.

Video Game Market to Set New High Score

The wait for new consoles is over.

The worldwide video game market is expected to grow to $47 billion in 2009, up from $33 billion in 2006, according to DFC Intelligence.

The newest generation of video game consoles is driving this growth. Based on sales so far, DFC said it had raised its forecast for the Nintendo Wii and the Sony PlayStation 3 and lowered its forecast for Microsoft's Xbox 360.

"The Xbox 360 will need to build a strong base outside North America to avoid being in a fairly distant third," said David Cole, DFC analyst, in a statement.

DFC predicted that the Wii would have the strongest sales through at least 2008, but that PlayStation 3 game revenue could grow starting in 2009.

"We could have a situation where the Wii sells more hardware units, but by 2012 the PlayStation 3 is generating more software revenue," Mr. Cole said.

DFC also estimated PC game revenue would grow to more than $13 billion by 2012. Online game subscriptions, advertising and digital distribution were named as the main revenue drivers.

eMarketer's own worldwide video game revenue estimates for 2009 are right in line with DFC's, at $46 billion. Revenues will climb to $54 billion in 2011, up from $34 billion in 2006.


for the full article with graphs and stats click here.

SYNTHETIC AESTHETICS OF NEW MEDIA ART - Final Call For Papers

Final Call For Papers:

THE SYNTHETIC AESTHETICS OF NEW MEDIA ART

Presented by The New Media Caucus in Association with the College Art Association
February 20-23, 2008; Dallas, TX

http://conference.collegeart.org/2008/


Panel Chair: Carolyn Kane, PhD Candidate Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University clk267@nyu.edu



Contrary to traditional aesthetic theories that argue for the primacy of either the subjective and phenomenological, or formal and objective interpretations of artwork, the aesthetics of electronic media, like the logic of technical media itself, is thoroughly removed from anthropomorphic sensibility. One could say that electronic media aesthetics are marked by technical trauma.

However, much contemporary new media art criticism exemplifies a hermeneutic approach that seeks to rationalize and transform work into intelligible *art objects* for canonization and social theories. Is this approach problematic for the logic of technical media? Can certain attributes such as color, form, affect, or sound, effectively reconcile computer based artwork with the subjective and humanistic drives in art making?

The panel invites papers that address the aesthetics of New Media art in distinction to previous aesthetic models or media platforms. For instance, papers suggesting the ways in which color, sound, line, form, symbolism, affect, anti-aesthetics or ideology may be distinct to new media aesthetics are all welcomed. Essentially the panel inquires: what do theoreticians and practitioners address in New Media art, and why? Which artists and / or commercial work do you think best exemplifies these issues? Special attention will be given to those abstracts that are concerned with the use of color in New Media work.

Presenters can propose brief lectures; media or artist presentations of their own, or other artist's work; discussions; or other acceptable suggestions.

Timeline:
Due by October 1, 2007:
*Abstracts (max 500 words)
* Paper / Presentation Titles
*Confirmation that presenters will be able to travel to Dallas on February 20-23, 2008
* Current CV and a brief bio.
*Specification of presentation format

Send proposals and / or any question to Carolyn Kane clk267@nyu.edu
For CAA conference information visit:
http://conference.collegeart.org/2008/

Irony and Politics - Call for Papers

Call for Papers — Special Issue of Electronic Journal of Communication

Irony and Politics: User-Producers, Parody, and Digital Publics

Deadline: November 1, 2007



Irony as a cultural form has two main requirements: first, that there is a shared social language, and second that the shared language can and should be violated for the purposes of socio-cultural evolution. Irony is therefore posed almost always in distinction (if not direct opposition) to dominant rhetoric, discourse, and politics. This is not, as theorists such as Linda Hutcheon have reminded us, always a progressive or emancipatory shift, but it does reframe language and community outside of accepted pathways of behavior.

Although commodity and advertising corporations have co-opted irony as a tactic of capital, it has retained the ability to become the focus and reason for controversy and (potentially subversive) subculture identities, particularly as internet communities such as YouTube and MySpace have flourished. This special issue will chart instances of irony throughout the past few years of U.S. media culture, specifically with an eye to: (a) how irony, political satire, and parody have been popularized particularly as forms of expression in the wake of political repression since September 11, 2001; and (b) how the web-based convergence of traditional print and broadcast with digital media help crystallize oppositional discussion and a new digital publics based on the fragmentation and reframing of discourses with an intent to change the political landscape.

Drawing from but providing crucial new elements to the work of theorists such as Guy Debord, Raymond Williams, Gilles Deleuze, Claire Colebrook, Manuel Castells, and Michel de Certeau we seek locations in which old and new media collide in order to form emergent, nomadic communities that rely on the shared and shifting language of irony.

We encourage the submission of a broad variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, including historical analyses, literature reviews, and ethnographic studies. "New media" should be understood broadly as both internet-based media (including the community and interactive functions of Web 2.0) and the connections between such media and more residual forms of communication such as newspapers, comic strips, and lectures (Stephen Colbert's appearance at the 2006 White House Correspondent's Dinner being one of the best known examples).


Possible topics include:

Flash Animation
Blogs
Vice Magazine
The Onion
Michael Moore
South Park
The Simpsons
YouTube
MySpace
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report
The Chappelle Show
Political Cartoons
The Boondocks


The special issue is scheduled for publication in July 2008. Deadline for completed manuscripts November 1, 2007. Submissions should be electronic (.doc or .rtf format only) and should follow MLA formatting guidelines; mss. length from 5000-7500 words . Authors should take care to include images only when they do not violate intellectual property guidelines, and are responsible for gaining permission for image use. Inquiries about possible topics are welcome. Submissions and inquiries should be directed to:

Megan Boler
University of Toronto
mboler@oise.utoronto.ca

Ted Gournelos
University of Illinois
gournelo@uiuc.edu

Television Under Dictatorships - Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

Television Under Dictatorships:

Call for Submissions to an Edited Collection of Academic Articles



Scholars from various fields have often written about the strategic value of media control to repressive regimes, but very little has been published concerning the specific television cultures and programmes that have developed in such political contexts. In particular, little attention has been given to the wide range of programme forms, genres and texts that have been broadcast under dictatorships. This lack of attention may have perpetuated the view that such television has been constituted by a stream of broadcasts of military parades, personality cults and propagandised 'news' content. Yet television may also have included other programmes such as soap opera and serious drama, documentary, talk, entertainment, music and sport.

Television produced under repressive regimes has also been thought of as of low quality, with little aesthetic merit, and lacking in intellectual or artistic value because it was constrained by tight controls and censorship. This too overlooks the diversity and complexity of television programming and production.

We are therefore seeking contributions to an internationally-based and historically-focused edited collection that begins to explore a number of these television forms and issues. We are interested in contributions that address questions that include, but are not restricted to, the following:

- What types of programmes and genres were shown (parades/personality cults/ news/ soaps/ drama/ entertainment/ music etc.)?

- Was there a distinctive aesthetic/ textual character to the television programmes shown? (If there was, how might this be attributable to the political context rather than cultural/ national variation? What was the relationship between the political context and production practices?)

- What were the cultures of viewing under such regimes? (For example, how closely aligned were such programmes to audience tastes and interests? To what extent were audiences ambivalent or resistant? Could certain programmes be interpreted as subversive?)

- How much influence did foreign television systems or foreign-originated programming have on the character of television?

- How was television implicated at times when the nation came together (state rallies, for example) or fractured apart (revolution, civil war, etc.)?


We envisage a series of case studies about television in particular states under dictators, military juntas or one-party rule, and involving any time-period from the birth of television to the mid-1990s. Although we recognize that authors will need to place television within a national institutional/ regulatory context, the main focus of the book will be on accounts of television content/ programme texts, aesthetics, production practices and audience experience, whether in relation to everyday life, 'media events' or at moments of particular crisis. We welcome contributions covering television in Europe, the former Soviet bloc, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South America or any other part of the world.

Interested scholars should e-mail a proposal (250 words approx.), together with a biographical note, to Rob Turnock (Royal Holloway, University of London, rob.turnock@rhul.ac.uk) or Peter Goddard (University of Liverpool, P.Goddard@liverpool.ac.uk) by 19 November 2007. We would normally expect finished articles to be submitted within 12 months from when the proposal is approved.

Upcoming Conference - R/Evolutions, University of Glasgow

Upcoming Conference

R/EVOLUTIONS: Mapping Culture, Community, and Change


The Sixth Annual Conference of the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities, University of Glasgow, 19 to 21 October 2007


Conference Website: http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/revolutionsandruptures/



The organizers for R/Evolutions: Mapping Culture, Community, and Change, are proud to announce the inclusion of three exciting plenary speakers: Ion Sorvin of the Danish Art Collective, N55; Dr. Olga Taxidou from the University of Edinburgh; and Dr. Adrian Wisnicki from the University of Nottingham. Registration forms and provisional programme are now available online for your perusal:

www.arts.gla.ac.uk/revolutionsandruptures


We hope you'll join us for this exciting event.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at
revolutions @ arts.gla.ac.uk

European Study: SMS Ads Can Be Too Much of a Good Thing

When it comes to SMS text-based mobile advertising, less is apparently better.

When a higher portion of mobile phone subscribers receive a text ad, the response rate to SMS advertisements declines, reports M:Metrics, citing a survey of mobile phone subscribers in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and United States.

Country-by-country data came from surveys taken in July and released this week by M:Metrics, a mobile media measurement firm based in London and Seattle.

In Spain, 75 percent of that country's mobile phone users -- the highest portion of the six countries surveyed -- had received an SMS ad. Only 6.1 percent responded to an ad for mobile phone-related products and services, such as mobile downloads, or for news, information, or entertainment-related services. In the United States, where 17 percent of mobile phone users received an SMS ad, while 12 percent responded. That response rate was the highest of the survey's six countries.


The response rate was the lowest in Germany, where only 5.7 percent responded to an ad. About one in three mobile subscribers in that country received an SMS ad.
The M:Metrics survey also highlights the problem of unsolicited advertisements; 17.5 percent of subscribers said they had received an ad from a company they'd not given permission to hear from.

Evan Neufield, senior analyst M:Metrics, cautioned that SMS could lose its impact if overused. “The early days of SMS advertising are similar to the advent of e-mail, which was initially a very effective, high conversion advertising platform," he said in a news release. "However, e-mail’s value decreased over time because of over-messaging and spam.”

Whether SMS ads are an unwelcome replacement for spam or a powerful marketing utility, M:Metrics reported nearly 148 million such ads were been sent out across these six countries.

“Certainly the level of interaction is impressive compared to almost any advertising vehicle available today” Neufeld said. “It is undeniable that text-based mobile advertising is both a highly prevalent and an extremely effective medium for engaging customers.”

Separately, M:Metrics released a report Wednesday that examined the U.S. mobile advertising network AdMob. Data, collected from 2,000 sites during the third quarter of 2007, reveals that 18 to 34-year-olds comprise the lion’s share of AdMob's audience, with 65.5 percent of respondents in this age range.

The findings also suggest that the AdMob network offers a broad demographic reach. While African-Americans comprise 6.3 percent of mobile subscribers, some sites that targeted this demographic had an African-American audience of more than 50 percent. M:Metrics cited similar results for females, (with 60% of females against 42% of mobile browser population) and Hispanics, among other demographic profiles.

Omar Hamoui, AdMob CEO, said the study's findings show that brand advertisers can reach their target audience on mobile phones using sophisticated demographic targeting.

via clickz.com

MeCCSA 2008 Conference: Second call for papers

MeCCSA 2008 Conference: Second call for papers

MeCCSA is the UK subject association for those teaching and researching in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies. It joined with AMPE (the Association of Media Practitioners in Education) last year and the new organisation holds its first conference from January 9th to 11th 2008, hosted by the School of Journalism Media and Cultural Studies, at Cardiff University (with some locations as featured in Dr Who!). It includes a reception in the Wales Assembly Building (the Senedd) and evening meal in the nearby Millennium Centre, both in the Bay area (the pricing chart for the conference is listed below).

We are inviting papers, presentations of practice, posters and panels across the range of interests represented by the Association and its networks (see www.MeCCSA.org.uk). Some sessions, we hope, will weave together 'practice' and 'research' focused papers, and there will be separate screenings in full of material referred to in these. George Monbiot's presence signals the hope that at least one panel will explore the relation of media and cultures to environmental politics, and perhaps also to H.E. practices.

Confirmed plenary speakers:
- Toby Miller (University of California, Riverside)
- George Monbiot (Guardian columnist and environmental activist)
- Greg Philo (Glasgow University)
- Annabelle Sreberny (SOAS).

Other speakers who have said they intend to take part include Martin Barker, Georgina Born, Nick Couldry, Ros Gill, Ian Hargreaves (OFCOM), Sonia Livingstone, Angela McRobbie, Jackie Stacey, Gillian Swanson, Richard Tait (BBC Trust), Keith Tester and Valerie Walkerdine, as well as staff from the Cardiff School.

There will be a poster competition with a prize of £100, to be judged by the MeCCSA Exec.Cttee. (see http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/speaking/poster/pop2a.cfm for advice if you're uncertain how to present this).

The Art Design Media - Higher Education Academy Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) are also offering a £300 prize, and publication, for the best paper analysing key issues impacting on media, communications and cultural studies in higher education. Submission details as for other papers etc. below.

Abstracts of papers, presentations of practice and posters, no longer than 250 words, should be sent to MECCSA2008@cardiff.ac.uk. by September 30th in order for peer review to take place. They will be accepted from July 1st onwards. For panels, let us have a short description and rationale for the whole (200 words), abstracts for each of the papers (250 words each) and the name of the person chairing.

If you're screening in full material referred to in a 'practice' presentation, make sure you send some DVD or VHS preview material (not the whole item) with the abstract.

We're aiming to produce a conference CD so will need full electronic versions of any paper (pdf format please) shortly before the conference date.



The pricing chart for the 2008 MeCCSA Conference in Cardiff is as follows:


*Early Bird deadline: November 16, 2007

Attendance 1 Day
Member Early £140
Member Non Early £150

Non-Member Early £160
Non-Member Non Early £180

Attendance 3 Day
Member Early £185
Member Non Early £205

Non-Member Early £230
Non-Member Non Early £250

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Exploring new media worlds - Call for Participation

Exploring New Media Worlds:

Changing Technologies, Industries, Cultures, and Audiences in Global and Historical Context

An international conference hosted by Texas A&M University, February 29 to March 2, 2008

Integrating fields of study in a time of change; setting a new agenda for media studies.



Papers and proposals are invited on any aspect of the conference themes, offering reports of new research, position-taking conceptual essays, discussions of media and telecommunication policy, and both international and historical comparisons on changing technologies, industries, cultures, and audiences.

The program will include keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, thematic panels, prominent scholars as respondents, and time for interaction. A wide selection of papers from the conference will be published. Travel grants are available for student members of the National Communication Association (see our webpage for more information).

Send papers or proposals (abstracts or annotated outlines) with a 50 word professional biography by email attachment to mediaworlds@tamu.edu. Panel proposals are also acceptable. Deadline: November 20, 2007.

For more information see http://comm.tamu.edu/mediaworlds
email mediaworlds@libarts.tamu.edu or Rothenbuhler@tamu.edu.


Keynote speakers:
Larry Grossberg; Steve Jones; Vinny Mosco; and Ellen Seiter.


Confirmed participants:
Carole Blair, Sandra Braman, Celeste Condit, Bruce Gronbeck, Andrea Press, Ronald Rice, Paddy Scannell, Joseph Turow, Angharad Valdivia.


And the Texas A&M faculty:
Patrick Burkart, Heidi Campbell, Antonio La Pastina, Srivi Ramasubramanian, Eric Rothenbuhler, Michael Stephenson, Randy Sumpter, and Ian Weber plus strong faculty groups in Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Health Communication, and Organizational Communication.

The Exploring New Media Worlds conference is hosted and co-sponsored by the Department of Communication, the College of Liberal Arts, the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, and the Program in Presidential Rhetoric, Texas A&M University, with support from the National Communication Association.


Contact:
Eric Rothenbuhler, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication
Texas A&M University
Email: mediaworlds@libarts.tamu.edu
Visit the website at http://comm.tamu.edu/mediaworlds

Google Docs get presentation tool

Google unveiled their new presentation tool, this is qutoted from the official Google blog:

[...] today we're unveiling the new Google Docs presentations feature and invite you to try it at documents.google.com. Maybe more than any other type of document, presentations are created to be shared. But assembling slide decks by emailing them around is as frustrating as it is time-consuming. The new presentations feature of Google Docs helps you to easily organize, share, present, and collaborate on presentations, using only a web browser.

Starting today, presentations -- whether imported from existing files or created using the new slide editor -- are listed alongside documents and spreadsheets in the Google Docs document list. They can be edited, shared, and published using the familiar Google Docs interface, with several collaborators working on a slide deck simultaneously, in real time. When it's time to present, participants can simply click a link to follow along as the presenter takes the audience through the slideshow. Participants are connected through Google Talk and can chat about the presentation as they're watching. Not wanting anyone to feel left out, we've made the presentation feature available in 25 languages; Google Apps customers can also access it as part of Google Docs.

We hope the millions of people who already create and share documents and spreadsheets will find presentations a welcome addition to the Google Docs family, and we can't wait to add even more features and enhancements.

If you're new to Google Docs, watch this video to learn more about creating and collaborating on documents (and now presentations!).





via http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/09/our-feature-presentation.html

2008 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (IPCC 2008) - Call for Proposals

Call for Panel and Paper Proposals: IEEE International Professional Communication Conference 2008 (IPCC 2008)

Conference Theme: Opening the Information Economy

Conference Location: Concordia University, Montréal, Canada

Conference Dates: July 13-16, 2008



The information economy is based on the collection and the exchange of data and ideas. We all either contribute to or use materials from the information economy in most aspects of our everyday lives. As a result, the information economy exists as an environment in which we are all contributors and consumers. Within this system, effective communication is essential to success, allowing individuals to contribute ideas and information effectively and to make efficient use of the goods and services. Few of us, however, understand all of the nuances of the information economy or the communication factors that affect its operations.

This conference seeks to examine or to "open" this economic model by examining the connections between communication practices and the products, practices, and services that constitute the information economy. The objective of such an examination will be to help attendees better understand and participate in the information economy as both contributors and consumers.

The conference will take place on the campus of Concordia University in Montréal, Canada and will consist of paper presentations and panel discussions that focus on various communication, design, social, and cultural aspects of the information economy.


POSSIBLE TOPIC AREAS

Suggested topic areas include but are not limited to the following:

• Establishing and assessing the value of knowledge work and knowledge products

• Information design, usability, and accessibility

• Virtual teams, online collaboration, and distributed models of work

• Cross-cultural communication, globalization, outsourcing, translation, and localization

• Legal policies and social issues related to the information economy

• Media selection and multimodality

• The role of and perspectives on teaching and training within the information economy

• Content management, open source software, single sourcing, and XML



PROPOSAL SUBMISSION PROCESS AND SUBMISSION DATES

Send 1-2 page (250-500 word) proposals to IPCC2008@gmail.com by

• 15 October 2007 (deadline for submissions to be considered for early acceptance)

• 15 December 2007 (deadline for regular submissions)

For conference- or proposal-related questions contact: IPCC2008@gmail.com

Art in Public Spaces - Call for Papers

Call for Papers
“Art in Public Spaces”

The Visual Culture Division invites submissions for the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (U.S.) to be held on the campus of NYU in Greenwich Village, in New York City, May 22-24, 2008.

Deadline: October 22, 2007




Art in Public Spaces

Public art, particularly in the form of monuments, has a centuries-old history, one traditionally associated with civic and state ideals—ideals that were increasingly subverted in the post-revolutionary era by the destruction of extant monuments and the erection of anti-monuments. Urbanization provided an important backdrop to the development of the public spaces of modernism, enabling as it did the flourishing of mass culture and mass media. As the nature and function of public space continued to shift over the course of the twentieth century, so did the meaning of “public” and of “art” in those spaces.

From Vladimir Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International to Maya Lin’s Vietnam Memorial; and from Spencer Tunick’s Naked States to Creative Time’s Panasonic-funded The 59th Minute: Video Art on the Times Square Astrovision, not only have the role and function of art in public spaces changed, so has the definition of public art’s “social responsibility.” As the rhetoric of globalization increasingly de-emphasizes the city in favor of the flows of capital, information, and identity, what is meant by “public space” is less clear as the boundaries between public, private, and corporate space are increasingly blurred—if indeed they ever really were secure. Theories of “public space” now often include not only the “virtual” public space of, for example, Second Life, but, more problematically, even the “private spaces” now made public on the Internet via webcams and surveillance.

In the face of Robert Smithson’s “non-sites,” of controversy over Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc, of graffiti gone high art, and of home videos gone “viral,” how are we to understand the ways that the art and visual culture of public spaces intersects with or redefines social responsibility today? Can we even talk about “public space” or “public art” anymore? What, if anything, is lost or gained by the redefinition of these terms?



Topics might include, but are certainly not restricted to the following:

- The nomadism of site-specific art characterizing encounters between local and global artists characterizing biennales of the last decade

- The AIDS quilt

- The ongoing destruction of traditional monuments such as the Bamiyan Buddhas by the Taliban in Afghanistan and that of Saddam Hussein by US troops

- Graffiti art, street art, tagging, web graffiti, hacking

- Homelessness and private space in public

- Public space and invasion of privacy

- Surveillance in public and self-surveillance in private


Please submit via email a 500-word abstract of a 15-20 minute paper proposal, including name, department, and institutional affiliation, email address, and one-page CV by October 22 to:

Kelly Dennis
Chair, CSA Visual Culture Division
Department of Art and Art History
830 Bolton Rd U-1099
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-1099
kelly.dennis@uconn.edu

MindTrek Conference, October 3-4, Tampere, Finland

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MindTrek, 3 – 4 October 2007
Tampere, Finland, http://www.mindtrek.org

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MindTrek 2007 is proud to announce keynote speakers like: Jyri Engeström (Jaiku), Rick Falkving (The Swedish Pirate Party), Marc Canter (Broadband Mechanics), and Jim Zemlin (Linux Foundation). The conference streams will present the current themes of digital media. The streams are:

* Social Media
(http://www.mindtrek.org/ohjelma/social-media-stream_en)

* Open Source Business & Innovation
(http://www.mindtrek.org/ohjelma/open-source-innovation-stream_en)

* Ubimedia
(http://www.mindtrek.org/ohjelma/ubimedia-stream_en)

* Games as Services
(http://www.mindtrek.org/ohjelma/games-as-services-stream_en)

* Government, eGovernment – Virtually Yours
(http://www.mindtrek.org/ohjelma/information-society-e-services-stream_en)

For full details on this conference, and to register, please visit:
http://www.mindtrek.org

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Media / communications policy research grants available - proposals due October 15

COLLABORATIVE GRANTS IN MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS

Proposals Due October 15, 2007

Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere Program

http://www.ssrc.org/programs/media

http://mediaresearchhub.ssrc.org/




WHAT
The SSRC is pleased to announce a new round of small grants for academic-advocacy collaboration in the media and communications field. This project will provide grants of up to $7,500 for research that supports efforts to change the media / telecommunications infrastructure, practices, policies or content. The grants are intended for short-term work, completable and usable by advocacy partners within the next 4-12 months. Proposals for this round must be submitted online by October 15, 2007 by 5PM EST in order to be eligible for funding. Grant recipients will be announced by November 16, 2007.


WHO
Proposals must be:

(1) Submitted by a US-based nonprofit advocacy, organizing or community group working on media and/or telecommunications issues. Groups with nonprofit fiscal sponsorship are also eligible. (A limited number of international non-profit organizations will be solicited by invitation only.)

(2) Structured as a partnership with an academic researcher based at a university, college or other research institution. This can include advanced graduate students.

There are no citizenship requirements for participants in these projects.



CRITERIA
Please review the list of criteria and the "Guide to Submitting a Proposal" posted online carefully before preparing your proposal.


All projects must:
* Be strategically useful in their proposed advocacy and/or organizing context.
* Produce scholarship that meets academic standards.
* Have a realistic workflow and timeframe.

The selection committee will also favor proposals that:

* Address issues of disparate impact on communities on the basis of race, class, gender, ethnicity, age or other identity/status category.

* Have a clear plan for the application of the findings of the research in policy-making processes or advocacy campaigns to change the media / telecommunications infrastructure, practices, policies or content. Scholarship that facilitates field-building (i.e. curriculum development, tool-building, analysis of best practice) will also be considered.

* Be useful for organizations, communities, and advocacy efforts beyond the applicant organization.

* Build capacity-skills, tools, experience, access to data sets-within the "user" organization and/or community.

* Use methods or models of research that have proved effective in similar contexts.

* Reflect diversity in the staff or group involved with the project.

* The committee will seek to fund a diverse mix of projects, including consideration of regional diversity, issue-area, scope (local, state-wide, national, etc), type of organization (national lobbying, grassroots community, transnational, etc.) and goals and methods (e.g., capacity-building, policy interventions, project or movement analysis, surveys and/or data collection, etc.)


Bonus points for proposals that:

* Involve collaboration between two or more advocacy/community groups in the project design and the plan of use for the research.

* Use participatory methods to engage community and/or advocacy group members in framing the questions, data collection, and/or analysis.

* Are related to issues of telephony, publishing, privacy, intellectual property, independent media, or spectrum.



PROPOSAL STRUCTURE
Please submit proposals via the online submission form at http://www.mediaresearchhub.ssrc.org/grants. The online proposal includes the following fields:

* A short description (max. 100 words) of how the research will be used to advance public-interest change in the media/communications arena.

* A general description of the research project (max. 1000 words). Please address the following:

* What is the political/social change this project aims to achieve and how will it accomplish that aim?

* What is the collaborative process and who are the people involved: at what stages, in what ways will they participate?

* How is this project needed/innovative in relation to the existing/previous research and advocacy on the issue?

* What is the timeline for project activities?

* What is the final project you will share with SSRC upon completion of the study?

* How will you assess and evaluate the process and success of this project?

* How do you see other organizations potentially using the findings and products of the research project?

* A description of the proposing organization (max. 200 words), including mission, constituency, geographical scope of work, and annual budget.

* The name, institutional affiliation(s), research experience and CV of the academic partner.

* A project timeline.

* A budget of up to $7500, with itemized major expenditures. Budget items should include:

* Other funding support - amount and source, including in-kind contributions

* Personnel and consultants costs

* Relevant travel

* Relevant advocacy group costs

* Dissemination, outreach costs



PREVIOUSLY FUNDED PROJECTS

You can find listings of other research projects that have been funded by the program online:

* First Round of Small Grant Recipients
http://programs.ssrc.org/media/collaborative_grants/smallgrants0806/

* Second Round of Small Grant Recipients
http://programs.ssrc.org/media/collaborative_grants/smallgrants1206/

* Third Round of Small Grant Recipients
http://programs.ssrc.org/media/collaborative_grants/smallgrants0507/




BACKGROUND
The Collaborative Grants project is part of the Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere (NKDPS) Program of the Social Science Research Council, working in partnership with CIMA: Center for International Media Action and the McGannon Center for Communications Research at Fordham University. The program is funded by the Media, Arts and Culture program of the Ford Foundation.

The NKDPS program is launching a series of funding opportunities to help increase the production, use and capacity for research to serve public-interest advocacy and organizing around media and communications. These mini-grants for collaborative advocacy- academic partnerships have been initiated to meet the short-term research needs of advocacy and policy actors.

Past submissions that were approved in previous rounds can be viewed online at: http://www.ssrc.org/programs/media/collaborative_grants/ . Note that new applications do not have to work within the exact same range of topics as we encourage a diversity of issues that relate to the media and communications field.

Several other funding projects will be launched in the next months, including a "Research Bounties" project that place prizes on advocacy-defined research and a larger program to support longer-term advocacy-academic research partnerships and training.

For more information on the program, see http://www.ssrc.org/programs/media. For all program-related inquiries, please write to mediahub@ssrc.org . Subscribe to MediaResearchHub-News for program updates, research funding opportunities, and conference information at http://listserve.ssrc.org/mailman/listinfo/mediaresearchhub-news

PUBLIC Special Anniversary Issue - Call for Papers

CFP: PUBLIC

Special Anniversary Issue, *Public?*


The journal *PUBLIC: Art/Culture/Ideas* invites submissions for a reflexively-themed anniversary issue devoted to current theorizations and practices of the public sphere.



PUBLIC #36 celebrates twenty years of critical thinking and creative engagement with the notion of the public sphere—as imaginary relation, politico-juridical construct, and material spatial practice. And yet, celebration invites pause, the reflection of return. Thus, at this historical juncture, we are interested in querying the role which the public continues to play within current thinking about art, culture and technology, in defining the political, and in imagining new forms of intervention, engagement, and interference that attempt to transform the parameters of citizenship, the phenomenology of everyday life, the architecture of our urban landscape, and our understandings of democracy.



In 1988 PUBLIC was launched by the Public Access Collective which simultaneously began to curate public exhibitions that utilized urban screens as a means to consider the potential of public art for both engendering collective experience and insight and for inciting debates and raising awareness in a city (Toronto) that was quickly privatizing every inch of shared space. Since that time PUBLIC has expanded but continues its mandate to investigate ideas of art and culture within the urban context. In twenty years the landscape of the public has changed dramatically: the Internet has emerged as an important space for consolidating and collaborating, bringing with it a renewed emphasis on the figure of the commons; spatial topographies have been transformed through the new architectures of information and media; temporary autonomous zones have been used as performance spaces; non-places such as airports have become important sites of critical investigation for artists and activists; counter-publics and scenes have been created through events both spontaneous and community-based; boundaries (national, urban, and personal) have become at once more blurred and more policed. PUBLIC 36 aims to reevaluate and reposition the idea of the public, placing it within these contemporary contexts and concerns. How do we think the public today?



We are seeking papers that interrogate and address:

—the theoretical and historical framework of the public sphere, particularly in relation to artistic/cultural practice;

—alternative conceptions and occluded possibilities;

—the very (im)possibility of critical public art amidst governmental/corporate constraints;

—the aesthetic strategies, ethics, poetics, and rhythms of publicity and counter- publics;

—the variety of experiences and articulations of the public sphere in different localities/temporalities;

—the effect of digital media on the public's contours;

—the question of the public's very composition (i.e. *res publica*);

—the seemingly essential relation between the public and the polis;

—the affective dimension of the public sphere (or the psyche's public)

—the difficult boundaries between public and private;

—surveillance, monitoring, and data collection;

—architecture's adaptation to new notions of the public;

—the rise of participatory culture/the public as actor and audience;

—the dominance of the urban in theories of the public;

—the public's negotiation of physical place and transition to 'placelessness';

—intellectual property and public access to information and knowledge;

—networks as tools for community and collective artistic practice;

—the new possibilities of engagement, new spatial topographies



This list is not exhaustive and proposals on other relevant topics are welcome. Please submit paper proposals (abstracts of up to 300 words) to the issue's editors at public@yorku.ca, by *October 31st*. Full manuscripts (short and long—2,000-6,000 words) should be received by January 10th.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced with a list of works cited (using 'The Chicago Manual of Style,' 15th edition). More information about the journal can be found at http://www.publicjournal.ca. We welcome essays in either English or French.



*Editors for this issue*:

Aleksandra Kaminska (York University)

Janine Marchessault (York University)

Jason Rovito (Ryerson University)

Nebula (online, Generalist/All Topics, 11/25/2007) - Call for Papers

Nebula 4.3 is now available online and with unrestricted access at http://www.nobleworld.biz .
The table of contents is listed below for your convenience. Our current call for papers follows the table of contents.


Note on contributors

Lopamudra Basu.
“Crossing Cultures/ Crossing Genres: The Re-invention of the Graphic Memoirin Persepolis and Persepolis 2.” 1-19

Dvir Abramovich.
“The Holocaust World of Yechiel Fajner.” 20-39

Michael Angelo Tata.
Rrose Sélavy, Barbarella, Madonna: Cybersublimity after the Orgasmotron. 40-62

A.A. Asiyanbola.
A Syntactic and Semiotic Analysis of Some Yoruba Sexist Proverbs in English Translation: Need for Gender Balance. 63-78

Sarah Atkinson.
“Crossed Lines: The Creation of a Multiform, Multiscreen Interactive Film.” 79-100

Mike Kent.
“New Technology and the Universal Service Obligation in Australia: Drifting towards Exclusion?” 101-124

Ahmad Abu Baker.
“The Theme of ‘Futility’ in War Poetry.” 125-140

Joseph Benjamin Archibald Afful.
“Academic Literacy and Communicative Skills in the Ghanaian University: A Proposal.” 141-160

Tara Brabazon and Stephen Mallinder.
“Into the Night-Time Economy: Work, Leisure, Urbanity and the Creative Industries.” 161-178

Sunday Adejimola Amuseghan and Akinrelere Lucy Olayinka.
“An Evaluation of Intensive English (Book I) as a Coursebook for English as Second Language in Nigeria.” 179-201

Carra Hood.
“Final Scene.” 202-213

Ismail Baroudy.
“In Search of a Remedial Philosophy: A Consecutive Study of Hafez and Goethe.” 214-245

Oswald Yuan Chin Chang.
“Connections, Dislocations and Displacements: Personal and Societal Relationships in Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.” 246-265

Ayo Ogunsiji.
“Aspects of the Phono-Graphological Design in Soyinka’s ‘Faction.’” 266-279

Tom Murphy.
“Cyborg Ontology in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas On the Road to Consciousness: The Red Shark, The White Whale & Reading The Textual Body.” 280-291

Stephen Mallinder.
“Sheffield is not Sexy.” 292-327

Rickey L. Cole and Kimberly S. Adams.
“Mississippi: An Emerging Democracy Creating a Culture of Civic Participation among Formerly Oppressed Peoples.” 328-338



Nebula is an online, peer-reviewed, academic periodical which is interested in all things intellectual with the intention of providing a platform for interdisciplinary reading. Unlike other academic periodicals, Nebula is not limited to one Faculty or subject.

We accept academic articles from any discipline provided that these are written in non-specialist language and in a manner that appeals to a broad audience.

Nebula also publishes intellectual writings that may not necessarily meet the generic conventions of an academic article. In addition, we encourage academics and intellectuals to participate in a public debate as regards world politics.

We particularly welcome submissions of a marginal or “against the grain” nature and those that heavily interrogate popular political ideologies in a sound and well-evidenced manner. Writings of high calibre that are particularly underrepresented in other academic periodicals are most welcome for consideration.

Nebula also publishes literary and art works and is willing to consider any (graphic, cartoon etc.) material, which can be published on the world wide web.

Submissions intended for Nebula are not limited by a particular house style; we simply ask that whichever referencing style is being used, that it is used consistently and thoroughly throughout each piece. Please note that we receive a large volume of submissions for each issue and cannot consider material which is, or appears to be, in draft form.

Submissions for Nebula 4.4 are due November 25, 2007.
Email articles in .doc or equivalent to nebula@nobleworld.biz or editors@nobleworld.biz, please also include a brief biographical note and a brief CV

Monday, September 17, 2007

Cultural Aspects of Interaction Design - International Journal of Design - Call For Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

A Special Issue on "Cultural Aspects of Interaction Design"



The notion of interaction design has become an indispensable aspect of product design and development, especially for those products with embedded information technologies. While traditional industrial design focuses on a product's functionality and its physical features, interaction design focuses on the interactive experience of users. Since products are becoming more pervasively and more tightly interwoven with our daily activities, design calls for a deeper understanding of the diverse perspectives of product use.

Culture has been considered to play a critical role for users in their understanding, acceptance, positioning, and use of an artifact. The quality of an interactive experience is produced in a particular cultural context and is determined or evaluated in that context. Yet, when it comes to incorporating cultural factors effectively in design practice, knowledge is insufficient at all levels -- conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and practical. Cultural factors need to be integrated in the design process in order to achieve the high quality of product interaction that enables our experience with a product to be effective and enjoyable.

For this special issue of the International Journal of Design, we are seeking papers that present breakthroughs in conceptual, theoretical, methodological and practical research that enhance the formalization of design knowledge with regard to the "cultural aspects of interaction design." In particular, these contributions should focus on representing cultural factors in describable, operable, and usable forms of design knowledge with relevance to interaction design. The following topics are of particular interest, covering fundamental and contemporary issues in this
domain:

- Conceptual framework of cultural factors in interaction design
- Acquisition and representation methods for cultural factors in design
- Formal models of cultural factors in interaction design
- Planning, design, and evaluation methods that involve cultural perspectives
- Cultural aspects of interaction methods and languages
- Assessment of the cultural effects of new interactive products
- Cultural factors in Kansei/emotional/affective aspects of interaction
- Cultural contexts of interaction design for ambient intelligence environments
- Cultural factors related to usability


Schedule:

Full Paper Due: 28 February 2008
Notification of Acceptance: 30 April 2008
Final Version of Paper Due: 31 May 2008
Special Issue Publication Date: 1 August 2008


Submission of Papers:

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the guidelines found at

www.ijdesign.org/authorGuidelines

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A double-blind review process will be employed for this special issue.

Manuscripts should be sent through the on-line system at

www.ijdesign.org/submissions

Authors should choose "Special Issue on Cultural Aspects of Interaction
Design" as the Journal Section when submitting papers.

Special Issue Editors:

Keiichi Sato
Institute of Design
Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Tel: 312-595-4912
E-mail: sato@id.iit.edu

Kuohsiang Chen
Department and Institute of Industrial Design
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Tel: +886 6-2757575, ext. 54335
E-mail: kchen@mail.ncku.edu.tw

VIDEO: GMAIL A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES

A compilation of clips submitted by Gmail fans as part of our collaborative video project. Selected from over 1,100 clips from fans in more than 65 countries. Quite interesting to see how creative some people can get.

Learn more at http://mail.google.com/mvideo


VIDEO: 1999 A.D. (Shopping from Home)

Clip from the 1967 film 1999 A.D. in which we see the family of the future shopping, paying bills and using electronic mail from home. Quite funny really.

Censorship and Regulation - Call for Papers

Call for Papers: The Velvet Light Trap, Issue #63, Spring 2009 ­ Censorship and Regulation

Though recent debates over YouTube and FCC regulations have brought censorship into the public light once again, these instances truly serve to underscore the manner in which our lived experience with media is in fact structured by acts of censorship and regulation. In theoretical engagements with censorship, broadly defined, media critics have increasingly abandoned romantic notions of the struggling artist and the institutional censor to embrace a more diffuse and complex understanding of power relations and production. Indeed, censorship has, and continues to function as a transfer point wherein power, politics, authorship, and reception overlap. The time has come for media studies to ask what “censorship” means in the current
political and economic landscape of media production, to reinterrogate past instances of manifest censorship, to consider the productive qualities of censorship, and to uncover instances of “structural censorship” which upend the system itself.

Issue #63 of The Velvet Light Trap will explore the play between expression and control that censorship engenders, and how these moments are situated within cultural and sociopolitical matrices of power. We welcome fresh perspectives on previously interrogated modes of manifest censorship, such as American cinema’s Hays Code. Special consideration, however, will be given to those pieces which explore censorship within a global context or that trouble previously held distinctions between coherent text and censor. Additionally, the editors anticipate a wide variety of theoretical approaches to the subject, be they textual analyses, institutional criticism, political economy approaches, discourse analyses, or any number of viable critical frameworks.


Possible areas to explore in a broad-based definition of censorship and regulation include, but are not limited to:

Institutional regulation (censorship codes or direct government intervention)
Censorship as performance, spectacle, or public ritual
Market censorship
Film rating system and its enforcement
Cutbacks in government funding for controversial art
Boycotts and lawsuits
“Taste” or “high/low” hierarchies as legitimation/denigration
Regulation of identity and subculture through censorship
Pornography and “obscenity” regulation
Marginalization of artists according to race/gender/class/sexuality
Technologies of censorship (V-Chip, etc…)
“Unrated” and Direct-to-Video markets
Marketing marginality through censorship
Television ratings as a prohibiting mechanism
Delegitimation as censorship
“Media effects,” the vulnerable audience, and censorship
Censorship and regulation of video games
FCC regulation and enforcement
Transnational media flow and translation/alteration/censorship
Censoring as an act of (re)authorship/inscribing meaning
Internet censorship and regulation (YouTube, etc…)
Alternative modes of address created under censorship
Rhetorical investigations of censorship debates


Papers should be between 6,000 and 7,500 words (approximately 20-25 pages double-spaced), in MLA style with a cover page including the writer's name and contact information. Please send four copies of the paper (including a one-page abstract with each copy) in a format suitable to be sent to a reader anonymously. All submissions will be refereed by the journal's Editorial Advisory Board. For more information or questions, contact Andrew Scahill at adscahill@mail.utexas.edu. Submissions are due January 30, 2008, and should be sent to:

The Velvet Light Trap, c/o The Department of Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin, CMA 6.118, Mail Code A0800, Austin, TX, 78712

The Velvet Light Trap is an academic, peer-reviewed journal of film and television studies. Issues are coordinated alternately by graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Texas-Austin. The Editorial Advisory Board includes such notable scholars as Charles Acland, Peter Bloom, David Desser, David Foster, Sean Griffin, Bambi Haggins, Charlie Keil, Michele Malach, Dan Marcus, Nina Martin, Joe McElhaney, Tara McPherson, Jason Mittell, James Morrison, Steve Neale, Karla Oeler, Lisa Parks, and Malcolm Turvey.

Television Without Borders - Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

Television without Borders: Transfers, Translations and Transnational Exchange

An International Conference at the University of Reading
27-29 June 2008



Call for Papers
In the last few years, critics have decried the end of television, but television has responded to challenges relatively quickly. Globalisation has increased the revenues of many national broadcasting institutions, created new export markets and fostered international co-productions, while digital technologies have been adapted and exploited to entice those audiences back that appeared to turn to other media, most notably the internet. The conference will explore how television crosses borders: how are television programmes imported and exported? What role do international co-productions play? How does television translate into, and borrow from, other media? These and many other questions will be at the heart of the three-day conference.


Confirmed speakers are
Prof. Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Prof. Jeffrey Miller, Augustana College
Prof. John Ellis, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof. Jonathan Bignell, University of Reading

There will also be television professionals speaking at the conference, who will include executives, archivists and programme-makers with expertise in television policy, international acquisitions, programme planning and digital archiving.

We are currently seeking proposals for papers to be delivered at the event. We are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in the following topics:

• Challenges to national television histories
• Programme flow between countries
• International co-productions
• Adaptation of programme formats
• Creation of geo-linguistic markets
• National broadcasters and international programme flow
• Impact of foreign product on national programming
• The relationship between the global and the local
• Crossing borders via the internet
• Inter-medial adaptations (games, films, etc.)
• The role of YouTube, TV.com, Facebook and other webpages
• On Demand Services
• Digital television archives
• Satellite technologies and national borders
• Diasporic communities and transnational television


Papers:
Please send proposal of no more than 250 words with a title and brief biographical details to the address below.


Panels:
For Panels, please send a panel rationale of no more than 150 words and the three proposals of no more than 250 words each, with biographical details of the speakers, to the address below.

For further information or to send proposals, please contact:
Elke Weissmann: e.weissmann_at_reading.ac.uk
or:
Elke Weissmann
University of Reading
Department of Film, Theatre and Television
Bulmershe Court
Woodlands Avenue
Reading, RG6 1HQ
UK

Deadline for any proposals is Friday, 14 December 2007.

Computer-Mediated Social Networking (ICCMSN), 2008 - Call for Participation

Call for Participation

Computer-Mediated Social Networking
Dunedin, New Zealand
11-13 June 2008

http://www.business.otago.ac.nz/infosci/Conferences/Isn2008/

The International Conference on Computer-Mediated Social Networking (ICCMSN 2008) will explore social networking issues such as formation of online communities and how collaboration and cooperation can be achieved. The topics covered encompass multiple disciplines, including Computer Science, Sociology, Epidemiology, Economics, Marketing, Education, etc. Some of the applications that can benefit from social network structural models include social norm spreading, disease propagation, opinion dynamics, and collective knowledge construction. Network topologies can play an important role in these applications. The conference will examine the links between these topics.


Topics of interest include:

* Facilitating effective structure in a Social Network Structure (SNS)

* Agent-based simulation for studying the dynamic behaviour in on-line societies

* Issues and solutions in modelling virtual collaborative environments

* Integration of various communication tools such as Wikis, Blogs, Discussion Boards etc.


Important dates:

Submission date: 15 February 2008
Acceptance notification: 8 March 2008
Camera-ready submission date: 30 March 2008
Conference: 11-13 June 2008

We invite your participation by submitting research papers in the relevant areas of your interest. Inter-disciplinary research papers are also encouraged.

CFP: Design and Culture (new journal)

CALL FOR PAPERS

Design and Culture is a new interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published by Berg. Edited by Elizabeth Guffey (State University of New York, Purchase, United States) and associate editors Guy Julier (Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, England), Pekka Korvenmaa, (University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland), and Matt Soar (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada), it is the official journal of the Design Studies Forum.

Design and Culture will publish three issues annually beginning in the spring of 2009. Design and Culture explores the dynamic, contingent relationships between design and its many cultural contexts. Encompassing the numerous professional, quasi-professional, and amateur fields of design, the journal identifies and explores cultures of design and designs of culture, investigating the tensions often encountered between critical, analytical, and intellectual activity and traditional studio-based endeavors.

The journal aims to broaden the discourse of design by examining its relation to other academic disciplines, including anthropology, cultural studies, economics, geography, marketing, management, material culture, politics, and visual culture. It also seeks congruence between traditional divisions within design practice, such as graphic, product, industrial, and environmental design. In so doing, the journal's editorial board proposes to strengthen, clarify, and promote the study of design cultures, including history, criticism, and design practice, in the contemporary academy.

Design and Culture invites interpretive critiques, review essays, interviews, book reviews, case studies, and field reports that address designed objects, systems, and practices and their contexts, texts, and reception.


SUBMISSIONS
Guidelines for contributors and instructions for submitting manuscripts are available at Design and Culture’s website, www.designandculture.org

Books for review and suggestions for books to review may be sent to:
Prof. Carma Gorman
Lead Book Review Editor
Design and Culture
School of Art and Design
Allyn Building 113, mail code 4301
1100 S. Normal Ave.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901-4301
USA
Email: cgorman@siu.edu

Call for Nominations for 2007 AIIP Technology Award

The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP - http://www.aiip.org/) is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for our 2007 AIIP Technology Award. Members and non-members alike are welcome to nominate any company or individual that produces information products (databases, web organizers, Internet sites) as an entry in the competition via a short and simple nominations form found online.

There will be two categories; one for web based services and another for desktop software. Successful entries in each category will be new or revamped products or technologies that help information professionals with their day-to-day operations in locating, analyzing and organizing information. The product must be related to the information field; AIIP does not consider accounting, word-processing, database or spreadsheet, or other programs not directly related to locating, analyzing, or organizing data appropriate for this award. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 28, 2007.

The brief form for AIIP Technology Award nominations can be found at:
http://www.aiip.org/AIIP_Tech_Award_Nomination_2007.doc

Please send requests for the nomination form or your questions to:
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1999: Webforia Organizer

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MediaDefender Internal Emails Go Public

via Torrentfreak.

When TorrentFreak reported that Media Defender (MD) was behind the video site MiiVi, they cast doubt on us. Now, in what is surely the biggest BitTorrent leak ever, nearly 700mb of MD’s emails have gone public. When MD’s Randy Saaf found out we rumbled MiiVi he said, “This is really fucked.” This is too, but much more so.

When we reported in July that an Anti-Piracy Gang Launches their own Video Download Site to Trap People and that the company was called Media Defender and, as anyone who aims to be a credible news resource would, we checked and double checked our sources. We said, with some confidence:

Media Defender, a notorious anti piracy gang working for the MPAA, RIAA and several independent media production companies, just launched their very own video upload service called “miivi.com”. The sole purpose of the site is to trap people into uploading copyrighted material, and bust them for doing so.

However, in comments made to Ars technica, Media Defender’s Randy Saaf chose to rubbish our claims, calling it an ‘accidentally un-secured internal project’.

From the emails we cannot be sure that it’s an entrapment site or that it is related to the MPAA (perhaps it’s a legit a P2P video client?), but it does look suspicious.

Unfortunately for Media Defender - a company dedicated to mitigating the effects of internet leaks - they can do nothing about being the subject of the biggest BitTorrent leak of all time. Over 700mb of their own internal emails, dating back over 6 months have been leaked to the internet in what will be a devastating blow to the company. Many are very recent, having September 2007 dates and the majority involve the most senior people in the company. Apparently this is not the first time that a MediaDefender email leaked onto the Internet.

continue reading this developing story over at Torrentfreak.