Thursday, November 22, 2007

NCeSS Fourth International Conference on e-Social Science

4th International Conference on e-Social Science
Manchester, June 18th-20th, 2008

Initial Announcement and Call for Submissions

The aim of the conference on e-Social Science is to bring together leading international representatives of the social science, e-Infrastructure/ cyberinfrastructure and e-Research communities in order to improve mutual awareness, harmonize understanding and instigate coordinated activities to accelerate research, development and deployment of powerful, new research methods and tools for the social sciences and beyond.

We invite contributions from members of the social science, Infrastructure/cyberinfrastructure and e-Research communities with experience of, or interests in: 1) exploring, developing, and applying new methods, practices, and tools afforded by new infrastructure technologies - such as the Grid and Web 2.0 - in order to further social science research; and 2) studying issues impacting on the wider take-up of e-Research.

Submission categories include: full and short papers, posters, demos, workshops, tutorials and panels.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

* Case studies of the application of e-Social Science research methods to ubstantive social science problems

* Advances in tools and techniques for quantitative and qualitative e-Social Science, including statistical analysis, simulation, data mining, text mining, social network analysis and collaborative environments

* Enabling new sources and forms of sociological data through e-Social Science, including ethical issues and challenges in the collection, integration, sharing and analysis of sociological and other personal data

*The e-Research technical roadmap, including grids, web 2.0 and their future (co-evolution)

Important Deadlines:

Paper abstracts: January 25th, 2008.

Workshop, tutorial and panel outlines: February 22nd, 2008.

Poster and demo abstracts: March 21st, 2008.

Submission instructions will appear on the conference web site in December.

Authors will be informed of the programme committee’s decision in early March, 2008.

For full details of this call, including a full list of topics of interest and submission instructions, please visit


A new issue of the JOURNAL OF COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION is available at:

Be sure to check out the special theme section on Social Network Sites, guest edited by danah boyd and Nicole Ellison!

A Table of Contents is included below.

Volume 13, Issue 1, October 2007

The Rules of Beeping: Exchanging Messages Via Intentional "Missed Calls" on Mobile Phones
- Jonathan Donner

IM=Interruption Management? Instant Messaging and Disruption in the Workplace
- R. Kelly Garrett and James N. Danziger

Email Flaming Behaviors and Organizational Conflict
- Anna K. Turnage

Take Me Back: Validating the Wayback Machine
- Jamie Murphy, Noor Hazarina Hashim, and Peter O'Connor

The Impact of Language Variety and Expertise on Perceptions of Online Political Discussions
- Kenny W. P. Tan, Debbie Swee, Corinne Lim, Benjamin H. Detenber, and Lubna Alsagof

Every Blog Has Its Day: Politically Interested Internet Users' Perceptions of Blog Credibility
- Thomas J. Johnson, Barbara K. Kaye, Shannon L. Bichard, and W. Joann Wong

Writing for Friends and Family: The Interpersonal Nature of Blogs
- Michael A. Stefanone and Chyng-Yang Jang

Mein Nick bin ich! Nicknames in a German Forum on Eating Disorders
- Wyke Stommel

University Instructors' Acceptance of Electronic Courseware: An Application of the Technology Acceptance Model
- Namkee Park, Kwan Min Lee, and Pauline Hope Cheong

The Creative Commons and Copyright Protection in the Digital Era: Uses of Creative Commons Licenses
- Minjeong Kim

Special Theme: Social Network Sites

Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship
- danah m. boyd and Nicole B. Ellison

Signals in Social Supernets
- Judith Donath

Social Network Profiles as Taste Performances
- Hugo Liu

Whose Space? Differences Among Users and Non-Users of Social Network Sites
- Eszter Hargittai

Cying for Me, Cying for Us: Relational Dialectics in a Korean Social Network Site
- Kyung-Hee Kim and Haejin Yun

Public Discourse, Community Concerns, and Civic Engagement: Exploring Black Social Networking Traditions on
- Dara N. Byrne

Mobile Social Networks and Social Practice: A Case Study of Dodgeball
- Lee Humphreys

Publicly Private and Privately Public: Social Networking on YouTube
- Patricia Lange

This issue and all past issues of JCMC are available at

Journeys Across Media: Authenticity? - Call for Papers

Reality, Reliability and Access in Performance and Media

11 April 2008

Department of Film, Theatre & Television — University of Reading
Supported by the Standing Committee of University Drama Departments (SCUDD) and the Graduate School in Arts and Humanities, University of Reading.

What do we really mean when we say something is authentic? How important are questions of authenticity to our engagement with media texts, performance and institutions? As a concept, authenticity remains imprecise despite its frequent association with many aspects of film, theatre, television and new media. JAM 2008, the sixth annual conference for postgraduates run by postgraduates at the Department of Film, Theatre and Television welcomes proposals that interrogate and put pressure on the idea of ‘authenticity’ in film, theatre, television and new media.

The following themes and sample issues are central but not exclusive:

• Narrative – How important are issues of narrative status to both fictional and non-fictional texts? In what various ways is interiority constructed, presented and limited?

• Spectatorship and point of view – How does our perception of authenticity structure the critical and emotional experience of different media forms? How does the construction of point of view expand or limit our assessment of visual media and performance?

• Authorship — How do we conceptualise the ‘author’ within the construction and reception of the text? Is this more important and/or relevant when considering different media practices or performances? Does awareness of authorial intent affect practitioners, participants and academics differently?

• Form – In what manner is reality constructed and achieved in performance and media? How is this process important to our understanding of and engagement with the text? What is the status of aural and visual special-effects in relation to realism?

• Medium specificity – How do restrictions of access take on specific forms according to the medium involved? Do changes in performance rhetoric affect our understanding of authenticity across differing visual media?

Call for papers deadline: Friday 18th January 2008

Please send a 250-word proposal and biographical note to Lucy Fife at Papers should be no more than 20 minutes. Registration details will follow in January 2007.

Journeys Across Media (JAM) is an annual one-day interdisciplinary conference organised by and for postgraduate students. It provides a discussion forum for current and developing research in film, theatre, television and ‘new media’. Previous delegates have welcomed the opportunity to gain experience of presenting their work, at different stages of development, in the active, friendly and supportive research environment of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of Reading. Non-presenting delegates are also very welcome.

Green Pervasive 2008 - Call for Papers

Pervasive Persuasive Technology and Environmental Sustainability

Workshop to be held at the 6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing, 2008
May 19-22, Sydney, Australia

Environmental sustainability and climate change are issues which must no longer be ignored by anyone, any industry or any academic community. The pervasive technology, ubiquitous computing and HCI community is slowly waking up to these global concerns. The Nobel Peace Price 2007 was awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”. The citation highlights the urgency of the fact that information and awareness around causes and implications are necessary but not sufficient to combat climate change. Action is required.

The key theme of this workshop around environmental sustainability will be addressed threefold:

Providing people with environmental data and educational information – via mass communications such as film, TV and print and new media, or micro communications such as pervasive sensor networks (cf. Participatory Urbanism and Ergo at; real-time Rome at;; – may not trigger sufficient motivation to get people to change their habits towards a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. This workshop seeks to develop a better understanding how to go beyond just informing and into motivating and encouraging action and change.

Pervasiveness can easily turn invasive. It has already caused negative consequences in biological settings (e.g., algae in lakes and oceans, kudzu vine in the southeastern US, rabbits and cane toads in Australia). Pervasive can be a dangerous term when the ecological impacts are disregarded. Pervasive technology is no different. In order to avoid further serious damage to the environment, this workshop aims to lay the foundations to start re-considering the impact of pervasive technology from an ecological perspective.

Addressing the 21st century Digital Divide: The mass uptake of pervasive technology brings about digitally networked and augmented societies; however, access is still not universal. Castells and others use the notion of the ‘digital divide’ to account for those whose voices are not heard by this technology. Initially, the divide was seen only between the first and third worlds and then between urban and rural, but with today’s near ubiquitous coverage, the digital divide between humans and the environment needs to be addressed. Virtual environments could give the natural world an opportunity to ‘speak’. How can we address imbalances? For example, sensors embedded in the environment could allow creeks and rivers to blog their own pollution levels, local parks can upload images of native bird life. Can the process of ‘blogging sensor data’ ( assist us in becoming more aware of the needs of nature? How can we avoid the downsides?

We kindly ask prospective participants to submit a position paper (2-4 pages total, in English, .doc, .rtf or .pdf file formats) related to one of the workshop topics to Marcus Foth at m.foth [AT] by January 25, 2008. Each submission should include a short biography stating the author’s background and motivation for attending the workshop. Papers will be reviewed by the workshop committee and selected on the basis of relevance, originality and impact. Accepted position papers will appear in the Pervasive 2008 Workshops Proceedings. A template will be made available at the Pervasive 2008 website. The workshops proceedings will also be
published online and distributed electronically at the conference (on a CD or memory stick). All workshop participants will need to register for the conference.

Further information is available at

Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology
Christine Satchell, Queensland University of Technology
Eric Paulos, Intel Research Berkeley
Tom Igoe, Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York
Carlo Ratti, SENSEable City Laboratory, MIT

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Designing the Internet of Things for Workplace Realities - Call for Papers

Social-IoT 2008 Call for Papers and Participation

International Workshop on Designing the Internet of Things for Workplace Realities: Social and Cultural Aspects in Design and Organisation, 26 March 2008, Zurich, Switzerland

In Conjunction with the Internet of Things Conference 2008 - International Conference for Industry and Academia

Submission Deadline: 12 January 2008

PDF of this call:

Conference Website:

The rise of the Internet of Things has important socio-technical implications for organisations. While ubiquitous and wireless technologies are developed to enable new ways of working, to increase safety and to facilitate coordination, they may interfere with established work practices, undermine productivity and individuals’ satisfaction, and have an unforeseen impact on relations of power and control. These issues, however, are rarely addressed in development and research projects for the Internet of Things and in the public discourses surrounding it. We are interested in research, that addresses a wide range of social and organisational issues, such as organisational flexibility, organisational alignment, working roles, practices and strategies, and power and control.

The workshop has the goal to increase awareness of organisational issues of the Internet of Things and to provide a forum for discussion of design approaches to manage critical organisational issues. Furthermore we would like to build a bridge between the various research communities exploring organisational, social and cultural aspects of the Internet of Things and ubiquitous computing. A multitude of methods and guidelines (e.g. participatory design, work place studies, ethnomethodology, resilience engineering, socio-technical system approach, scenario-based design, ANT) have been developed to address organisational, human and social issues in technology design, deployment and use. However, those methods have often not yet been adopted and tested for the Internet of Things or ubiquitous computing. We encourage submissions presenting a particular design method to address social, cultural and organisational perspectives or relating experiences from modeling these processes within research and development projects.

The Internet of Things is emerging as a powerful force for reshaping organisational and social realities, potentially affecting the (work)lives of millions of people. Current political agendas, a rising awareness of health and safety issues, security, and new legal requirements due to the European legislation often first cause the need for a new (ubiquitous) technological system and also have an impact on the role ubiquitous computing plays. We welcome especially attempts to gauge the wider implications of these developments on society and culture that then in turn have an impact on organisations and workplaces. We not only want to consider the impact of the Internet of Things but rather understand those technologies and the surrounding cultural and social logics in a co-constitutive process.

Scope of the Workshop

We welcome contributions that investigate the Internet of Things and ubiquitous computing from a technical, organisational, cultural and social perspective from areas such as organisational studies, science and technology studies, anthropology and human computer interaction. We are especially interested in papers by practitioners, technologists, designers and social scientists and contributions that are interdisciplinary.

Position papers on the following topics are welcome:

• Organisational drivers and issues of the Internet of Things
• Adoption and use of Internet of Things technologies in organisations
• Real world case studies of Internet of Things applications in organisations
• The Internet of Things as a socio-technical system
• The alignment of the Internet of Things to workplace realities
• Design methods and processes that address organisational, cultural and social issues
• Methods that address how to manage opportunities and risks associated with the Internet of Things
• Public perception of and discourse about the Internet of Things (and the impact on technology development and adoption)
• High level and general drivers of the internet of things such as risk and information society
• Conceptual frameworks for the Internet of Things


The workshop will be highly interactive to maximize information exchange and foster collaborations. Three or four issues will be set as the agenda of the workshop. The activities will be based on the position papers and on the participants’ background. Major workshop activities will take place in discussion groups following presentations of workshop participants and invited keynote speakers. The selection of workshop participants is based on submitted position papers describing ongoing research and experiences.

Submission Guidelines

We solicit papers describing original research. Contributions should cover current, ongoing or recently concluded work and cannot in this version have been published elsewhere. The position paper should address at least one relevant organisational or social issue of the Internet of Things and will be peer reviewed by an international program committee.

All accepted workshop papers will be published in a single workshop proceedings volume. Submissions should be single-column and not exceed 6 pages in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format. LaTeX-users should use the Springer LaTeX2e template. While we strongly recommend LaTeX for the preparation of your document, you can also use a Word template if needed. You can download the templates from:

Please forward the workshop paper to in PDF format.

Important Dates

January 12, 2008: Submission Deadline
February 9, 2008: Notification of acceptance
February 18, 2008: Early registration deadline
March 1, 2008: Submission deadline for camera-ready papers
March 26, 2008: Workshop

Date and Place

This workshop will be held on March 26, 2007 in Zurich at the Conference Hotel of Internet of Things 2008 the International Conference for Industry and Academia.


Daniel Boos, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Katharina Kinder, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Gerd Kortuem, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Program Committee

Abraham Bernstein, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Paul Devadoss, Lancaster University, UK
Gudela Grote, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Stephan Haller, SAP Research
Lorenz Hilty, EMPA, Switzerland
Erik Hollnagel, Ecoles des Mines de Paris, France
Kalle Lyytinnen, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Martina Merz, University Lucerne, Switzerland
George Roussos, University of London, UK
Saadi Lahlou, R&D, Laboratory of Design for Cognition, France
Craig Shepherd, University of Leeds, UK
Nils Zurawski, University of Hamburg, Germany

Additional PC members will be added on the website.

For further information please contact the workshop organisers at

EFF miniLinks for 11/21/07

The week's noteworthy news, compressed.

~ Less Talk, More Action, Warner
Edgar Bronfman, Warner Music boss, says he and the industry "fooled ourselves" over lawsuits: so when will they stop fooling (and suing) the public?

~ Podcast: EFF and the RIAA square off on filesharing litigation
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Fred von Lohmann speaks opposite the RIAA's lead national counsel, Richard L. Gabriel, on the music industry's efforts to curb unauthorized music downloading.

~ Comcast Sued Over BitTorrent Blocking
California case alleges unfair business practices.

~ Russia Uses Copyright to Stifle Dissent
Selective prosecution of software infringement looks to be politically motivated.

~ Canadian Copyright Bill "Weeks Away"
Michael Geist reports on the politics behind this risky reform.

~ The Access Denied Map
Web 2.0 sites, and the countries that ban them.

~ Aaaaaarrrrrr-arrrrr-arrrrrrrrrrrr! (TM)
Tarzan's characteristic yell is not trademarkable in the EU, court rules.

~ The Strange Story of Dual_EC_DRBG
Was a random number generator standard backdoored by the NSA?

~ Real ID Splits the Republicans
First it hit Democrats: now Republicans are torn over a national ID system.

~ Anonymity for the Administration, but Not for Us?
What it means to consumers when a director of national intelligence says their privacy has to be "redefined".,1,7251549.column

EFF to Host Student Fellows for Google Policy Fellowship

This week, Google announced the Google Policy Fellowship, a program that gives students the chance to spend the summer working alongside host organizations on topics of Internet
and technology policy. Much like how the Summer of Code project aims to develop and promote open source projects, Google is hoping that the policy fellowship project will advance debate on key policy issues affecting the public.

Fellows will receive a summer stipend while working with host organizations on particular topics, and EFF is opening its doors to host interested applicants. Google's application deadline is January 1, 2008.

For more about the Google Policy Fellowship:

For a descripton of EFF's target issues for potential fellows:

For the Google Policy Fellowship application:

Yahoo! Learns the Cost of Facilitating Human Rights Abuses

Undermining Freedoms in China: Yahoo! Learns the Cost of Facilitating Human Rights Abuses

The EFF writes:

Last week, Yahoo! settled a US lawsuit with Shi Tao and Wang Xiaoning, two of the Chinese journalists who were imprisoned and tortured after their identities were handed over by Yahoo! to the Chinese authorities. The drubbing Yahoo! has received over this case has been excruciatingly public for the company. Few CEOs want to be described as representative of "moral pygmies" in a Congressional committee room.

Hopefully Yahoo!'s officers have learned their lesson. Privacy and free expression should never be seen as something that can quietly be brushed aside when doing business in repressive regimes. If U.S.-based Internet companies are to have any edge over local firms in these high risk overseas markets, it is because they offer the possibility that they will not capitulate to the authorities and will not bend to vague demands to restrict, or filter, or spy on their users for the local regime.

A defense of user privacy and free speech is, in the words of the marketplace, a "unique selling point" for U.S. Internet companies in these markets, and they should trade on that fact and design their technology to support these rights, not remove them.

We certainly hope that this spurs a broader movement by Yahoo! and others to resist efforts to turn them into the handmaidens of oppression around the world.

For EFF's open letter to Congress on principles for companies doing business in repressive regimes:

For EFF International Outreach Coordinator Danny O'Brien's complete post:

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Labor, Affect and Material Culture - Call for Papers


Rethinking Labour: Labour, Affect and Material Culture
April 19th and 20th, 2008
Clinton Institute of American Studies, University College Dublin

Plenary speaker: Professor Andrew Ross, Chair, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and Professor of American Studies, New York University


Recent studies have placed increased emphasis on the affective dimensions of labour. Social scientists, social theorists and historians have explored the ways in which affect shapes social relations, representation and identity in the labour process. At the same time material culture has received renewed attention as an important factor in shaping experience and behavior at work. The purpose of this conference is to explore the historical and contemporary implications of the labour/affect/material culture nexus and to generate discussion of what the “affective turn” holds for our understanding of labour. How are particular forms of affect produced and managed in the factory, the office and service work locations? How does material culture shape
habits, dispositions and affective processes in the workplace? How does affect shape identity, performance and authority in particular kinds of work? And how might an analysis of the relationships between affect and material culture inform labour history, the sociology of work, literary studies, aesthetics, social theory, public history and other fields that examine labour?

We invite papers that address any aspect of the historical and contemporary relationship between labour, affect and material culture but especially welcome work that crosses disciplinary borders. Papers are invited on, but are certainly not limited to, the following subjects and areas:

Structures of feeling
Workplace community
Ethics, conduct and performance
Visual culture and visuality
Authority and legitimacy
Race and ethnicity
Literature and literacy
Gender and Sexuality
Nation/alism & Transnationalism
Identity production
Policy and economics

Please e-mail abstracts (200-300 words) for 20-minute papers to by January 31st. We also invite abstracts for panels of 3-4 presenters. Applicants will be notified by February 15th. In the e-mail, please include the following information:

Presenter(s) name(s)
Title of paper(s)
Institutional affiliation(s)
Contact information

Questions or further information: David Gray, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4:

Visit the Clinton Institute website:

Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing Symposium Conference on Online Deliberation

Tools for Participation: Collaboration, Deliberation, and Decision Support

Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing Symposium Conference on Online Deliberation (DIAC-2008/OD2008)

Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and UC Berkeley School of Information

University of California, Berkeley
June 26 - 29, 2008

At the dawn of the 21st century humankind faces challenges of profound proportions. The ability of people around the world to discuss, work, make decisions, and take action collaboratively is one of the most important capabilities for addressing these challenges.

Researchers, scholars, activists, advocates, artists, educators, technologists, designers, students, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, journalists and citizens are rising to these challenges in many ways, including, devising new communication technologies that build on the opportunities afforded by the Internet and other new (as well as old) media. The interactions between technological and social systems are of special and central importance in this area.

DIAC-08 combines CPSR's 11th DIAC symposium with the third Conference on Online Deliberation. The joint conference is intended to provide a platform and a forum for highlighting socio-technological opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls in the area of community and civic action. Technology enhanced community action ranges from informal communities of practice to democratic governance of formal organizations to large social movements.

We are especially interested in technology development that is already being tested or fielded. We are also interested in theoretical and other intellectual work that helps build understanding and support for future efforts. In addition to exploring social technology, we must at the same time understand and advance the social context of technology, including its design, access, use, policy and evaluation, as well as intellectual frameworks and perspectives that inform technological as well as social innovation including requirements, case studies, critique and self-reflection, and infrastructures for future work.

Our areas of focus include but are not limited to: deliberative and collaborative systems, e-democracy and e-participation, mobilization and organization, negotiation, consultation, sustainability, community support systems, open source models, human rights, ecological awareness, conflict resolution, justice, transparency systems, media and civic journalism, media literacy, power research, citizen science, economic development and opportunity, peace and reconciliation, infrastructure development, policy, education, community networks, research and development for civil society, social software, virtual communities and civic intelligence.

We are currently interested in the following types of submissions: research paper and exploratory paper presentations (both of which will be peer reviewed), technology demonstrations, workshops and poster sessions. We are currently seeking co-sponsors who can help provide various types of assistance. We are also seeking donations and other support (including volunteer labor) to help make this event successful.

The DIAC symposia have resulted in six book publications (in addition to the proceedings). Although we don't have specific plans at this time, we are hoping to publish our seventh book based on this event.

Guidelines for papers and other submissions

All submissions must be made via the conference submission system on the DIAC-08 web site. Submissions should be written in English and foreign speakers are encouraged to have their submissions reviewed for language prior to submission. Submissions should be formatted for "US Letter" size using 11 point Times-Roman font. Research papers should be a maximum of 10 pages. Accepted research papers should be revised according to reviewer comments and resubmitted by the deadline. Workshop proposals (two pages) should include motivation, objectives, expected outcomes, intended audience, process (including specific description of how people will be engaged during the workshop). Taking a cue from PDC 2008, we are also interested in exploratory papers (4 pages), that reflect novel concepts, works-in-progress, reflections, manifestos or other ideas and issues that aren't currently suitable for a research paper.

Important Dates

December 1, 2007 Submission system available
December 15, 2007 Early registration begins
February 15, 2008 Research paper submissions due
March 15, 2008 Demonstration, workshop proposals due
April 1, 2008 Notices of research paper acceptances
April 15, 2008 Poster proposals due
May 1, 2008 Late registration begins
May 15, 2008 Completed research papers due
June 26-June 29, 2008 DIAC-2008/OD2008

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

CPSR is a public-interest alliance of people concerned about the impact of information and communications technology on society. By sponsoring international, national, and local projects and events, CPSR serves as a catalyst for in-depth discussion and effective action in key areas.

UC Berkeley School of Information

Providing the world with innovative information solutions and leadership, the UC Berkeley School of Information conducts research, provides policy counsel, and trains information professionals in five areas of concentration including information design and architecture, information assurance, social studies of information, human-computer interaction, and information economics and policy.

Conference Chair
Douglas Schuler

Program Chairs
Todd Davies, Jerome Feldman, and Douglas Schuler

Related Conferences

We also recommend the Participatory Design Conference which will be held in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. September 30, 2008 - October 4, 2008. See The theme of this 10th PDC is "Experiences and Challenges" and it is an excellent opportunity to reassess the achievements of the PD movement and to consider its future.

Media, Spiritualities and Social Change Conference - Call for Papers

Conference Call for Papers: Media, Spiritualities and Social Change June 4-7, 2008

Center for Media, Religion and Culture, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Colorado, Boulder

This interdisciplinary conference seeks proposals for papers and panels exploring the ways in which media culture, civic engagement and spiritualities intersect to form practices, discourses and the material expressions of social change. In an era of globalization, the media age has introduced a new set of conditions and opportunities for the nature, practice and integration of spirituality and civic engagement. Increasingly, the concept of ³spirituality² has become recontextualized, reinserted and reimagined within discourses about social and environmental change. Integral to this project are the media, which provide salient values and symbols to a
synthesis of public and private identities, practices and beliefs. New spiritual sensibilities articulate with new imaginaries of the civic sphere through media culture. Key questions are how and where values, practices and beliefs are articulated as spiritual and socially transformational.

In the interest of bridging theory and practice, we welcome submissions from scholars, activists, NGOs and health, business, and media professionals who wish to engage in an intellectual discussion about the engines of social change and its expressions through media culture and spiritual life. Papers and panels may employ any of a number of perspectives, issues and methodologies including but not limited to the following:

* Economics; conscious capitalism; late capitalism
* Environmental, sustainable or "green" practices, products and beliefs
* Ethics; morality; truth; philosophy; religion and spirituality
* Media culture; media technologies and applications; media institutions/policy
* Popular culture; cultural studies; material culture
* Society; community; citizenship; public-private partnerships
* Activism; social justice; social movements; positive politics; philanthropy
* Globalization; public sphere; civil society; governance and control
* "New"/alternative spiritualities
* Gender; race; age; class; identities
* Methodologies and theory
* Ideology; power; discourse

250-word abstracts for single papers and panel proposals (include description of panel, abstracts, and panelist biographical notes) due: Dec. 15, 2007 to: Dr. Monica Emerich, By mail: Monica Emerich, Center for Media, Religion and Culture, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Colorado, 1511 University Ave., 478 UCB, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0478.

This conference is co-sponsored and presented in association with Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado; The Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno; and The Fred W. Smith Ethics Seminar Series with the financial support of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses - Call for Papers

Extended deadline (November 30, 2007) for the following conference:

CFP: The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (SC3), Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, USA, June 5-8, 2008

Keynote Speakers: Jeanine Basinger, Wesleyan University and Matt Pateman, University of Hull, UK

Rhonda Wilcox and David Lavery, coeditors of Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies (, solicit your proposal for the third Slayage Conference: The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (SC3), sponsored by Henderson State University. This conference dedicated to the imaginative universe(s) of Joss Whedon—the Jossverse or Whedonverse(s)—will be held on the campus of Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, June 5-8, 2008. Dr. Kevin Durand, Associate Professor of Philosophy at HSU, will be the local arrangements chair.

We welcome a proposal of 200-300 words (or an abstract of a completed paper) on any aspect of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, his comics (e.g. Fray, Astonishing X-Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight), or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators. We invite presentations from the perspective of any discipline: literature, history, communications, film and television studies, women's studies, philosophy, religion, linguistics, music, cultural studies, and others. Discussions of the text, the social context, the audience, the producers, the production, and more are all appropriate. For a lengthy but not exhaustive list of possible topics, see All proposals/abstracts should demonstrate familiarity with already-published scholarship in the field, which includes over a score of books and, of course, six years of Slayage.

Papers are limited to a maximum reading time of 20 minutes. Please fill out the Word form to be found at and send as an
e-mail attachment. Submissions by undergraduates and graduate students are welcome; however, undergraduate students should provide the name, email, and phone number of a faculty member willing to consult with them (the faculty member does not need to attend). Please submit your proposals to

If you wish to propose a prearranged, complete session of multiple presenters, fill out (and send as an e-mail attachment, the form to be found at

Proposals must be submitted by November 30, 2007.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Study Abroad Studentships from the Leverhulme Trust

Leverhulme Trust
Study Abroad Studentships
Research Awards Advisory Committee

Approximately 20 Studentships are available to support a period of advanced study or research (not in the UK or USA) for 12 or 24 months. The awards provide an annual maintenance allowance of £15,000, a return air fare and baggage allowance, and an allowance of £5000 for a student accompanied by a dependent partner. Assistance with research costs and overseas fees is given at the Committee's discretion.

Applicants must have been resident in the UK for at least 5 years and hold an undergraduate degree from a UK institution. Undergraduates are not eligible. Candidates must be under age 30 on 1 June 2008 or, if older, must make a strong and appropriate case for special consideration. Applicants must be available for interview in London in late April 2008.

Eligible applicants can download application materials from the Trust's web site at

Closing date: 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 8 January 2008.

Research Awards Advisory Committee,
The Leverhulme Trust,
1 Pemberton Row,

Registered charity number 288371.

Forbidden Fruit: The censorship of literature and information for young people

Join the Forbidden Fruit conference wiki at

Forbidden Fruit: The censorship of literature and information for young people

Southport, UK

19th & 20th June 2008

This two-day conference offers an opportunity for practitioners from libraries, information services and education, researchers from a range of disciples, publishers, authors and policymakers from all sectors interested in to meet, network and share experiences. The conference will focus on the censorship of print, electronic and other literary and information resources for young people.

You are invited to present an abstract for a presentation in either of the following formats:

- Reflective paper (approx 30 minutes plus discussion)

- A case study (approximately 20 minutes plus discussion): a short report of a research activity or a practical project

- A poster (a visual presentation of a case study or issue, with opportunities for informal discussion)

Suggested themes include:

- Young people, the Internet and censorship

- Access to citizenship, health and other information for young people

- Pressure groups and censorship

- The role of information literacy

- Publishers and censorship

- Media literacy

- Authors for young people and censorship

- Media reaction to censorship

- Graphic novels and manga and 'crossover' novels

- Library selection policies

- The history of censorship

The closing date for submission of abstracts is 7th January 2008.

For more information, please contact or visit the conference wiki at

Sarah McNicol
Conference convenor

Amazon Unveils Kindle E-Book Reader

The Amazon press release says: today introduced Amazon Kindle, a revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight. More than 90,000 books are now available in the Kindle Store, including 101 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases, which are $9.99, unless marked otherwise. Kindle is available starting today for $399 at

"We've been working on Kindle for more than three years. Our top design objective was for Kindle to disappear in your hands -- to get out of the way -- so you can enjoy your reading," said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO. "We also wanted to go beyond the physical book. Kindle is wireless, so whether you're lying in bed or riding a train, you can think of a book, and have it in less than 60 seconds. No computer is needed -- you do your shopping directly from the device. We're excited to make Kindle available today."

Downloads Content Wirelessly, No PC Required, No Hunting for Wi-Fi Hot Spots

The Kindle wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet, uses the same nationwide high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones. Kindle customers can wirelessly shop the Kindle Store, download or receive new content -- all without a PC, Wi-Fi hot spot, or syncing.

No Monthly Wireless Bills or Commitments

Books can be downloaded in less than a minute and magazines, newspapers, and blogs are delivered to subscribers automatically. Amazon pays for the wireless connectivity for Kindle so there are no monthly wireless bills, data plans, or service commitments for customers.

Reads Like Paper

Kindle uses a high-resolution display technology called electronic paper that provides a sharp black and white screen that is as easy to read as printed paper. The screen works using ink, just like books and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. It reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlight, eliminating the eyestrain and glare associated with other electronic displays such as computer monitors or PDA screens.

Books, Blogs, Magazines and Newspapers

The Kindle Store currently offers more than 90,000 books, as well as hundreds of newspapers, magazines and blogs. Customers can search, browse, buy, and download from this wide selection wirelessly from their Kindle. The same Amazon shopping experience customers are accustomed to is offered in the Kindle Store, including customer reviews, personalized recommendations, 1-Click purchasing, and everyday low prices. Additionally, Kindle customers can download and read the first chapter of most Kindle books for free.

Kindle customers can select from the most recognized U.S. newspapers, as well as popular magazines and journals, such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, TIME and Fortune. The Kindle Store also includes top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland, including Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine and The Irish Times. Subscriptions are auto-delivered wirelessly to Kindle overnight so that the latest edition is waiting for customers when they wake up. Monthly Kindle newspaper subscriptions are $5.99 to $14.99 per month, and Kindle magazines are $1.25 to $3.49 per month. All magazines and newspapers include a free two-week trial.

The Kindle Store has over 300 blogs on topics ranging from Internet and technology to culture, lifestyle, and humor, to politics and opinion. Examples include Slashdot, TechCrunch, BoingBoing, The Onion, The Huffington Post, and ESPN blogs. Blogs are updated and downloaded wirelessly throughout the day so Kindle customers can read blogs whenever and wherever they want. Wireless delivery of blogs costs as little as $0.99 each per month and also includes a free two-week trial.

Holds Hundreds of Books in 10.3 Ounces

At 10.3 ounces, Kindle is lighter and thinner than a typical paperback and fits easily in one hand, yet its built-in memory stores more than 200 titles, and hundreds more with an optional SD memory card. Additionally, a copy of every book purchased is backed up online on so that customers have the option to make room for new titles on their Kindle knowing that is storing their personal library of purchased content.

Built-In Dictionary and Wikipedia

Kindle has built-in access to The New Oxford American Dictionary, which contains over 250,000 entries and definitions, so readers can easily look up the definitions of words within their reading. Kindle customers also have seamless access to the world's most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia,, and its collection of over 2,000,000 articles.

Long Battery Life

Customers can leave the Kindle wireless connectivity on and recharge approximately every other day, or turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Kindle fully recharges in two hours.


Kindle has a standard-layout keyboard that makes it possible for users to search the Kindle Store, their entire library of purchased content, and Customers simply type in a word or phrase and Kindle will find every instance.

Annotation and Bookmarks

The Kindle keyboard lets customers add annotations to text, just as they would write in the margins of a book. Customers can edit, delete and export these notes, highlight and clip key passages, and bookmark pages for future use. Additionally, Kindle automatically bookmarks the last page a customer reads of any content on their Kindle.

Ergonomic Design

Kindle is designed for long-form reading, so it is as easy to hold and use as a book. Full-length, vertical page-turning buttons are located on both sides of Kindle, allowing customers to read and turn pages comfortably from any position. The page-turning buttons are located on both the right and left sides of Kindle, which allows both left and right-handed customers to hold, turn pages, and position Kindle with one hand.

Adjustable Text Size

Kindle has six adjustable font sizes to suit customers' varying reading preferences.

Personal Documents

Customers can take their personal documents with them on their Kindle. Customers and their contacts can e-mail Word documents and pictures directly to their unique and customizable Kindle e-mail address for $0.10 each. Kindle supports wireless delivery of unprotected Microsoft(R) Word, HTML, TXT, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP files.

Comes Ready To Use

When customers order a Kindle, it arrives from ready to use. There is no software to load or set up. Customers are immediately ready to shop, purchase, download and read from Kindle.

Amazon is adding new book, periodical, and blog titles to the Kindle Store every day. Publishers and authors can submit their content and make it available to Kindle customers by using Amazon's new Digital Text Platform (DTP), a fast and easy self-publishing tool that lets anyone upload and sell their books in the Kindle Store. Sign up today for DTP at

Here's a video of CEO Jeff Bezos speaking to Wall Street Journal's Jeffrey Trachtenberg about the new Kindle electronic-book reader. This video won't play in feedreaders, please visit the site in order to view the video.

VII World Congress of Computer Law

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VII World Congress of Computer Law / VII Congreso Mundial de Derecho Informatico

When: 3-7 December 2007
Where: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Steering Committee: University of Puerto Rico / Puerto Rico Bar Association / Inter American University of Puerto Rico / Alfa-Redi


About the Congress:
The Puerto Rico Bar Association, the School Of Law of University of Puerto Rico, the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and Alfa-Redi, cordially invite you to the VII World Congress on Cyber Law to be held from December 3 to December 7 in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The VII World Congress on Cyber Law is a continuation of the worldwide congresses held in the cities of Quito (Ecuador), Madrid (Spain), Havana (Cuba), Cusco (Peru), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) y Edinburgh (United Kingdom).

These congresses have been the starting point of new proposals, the development of laws adopted in several countries, and laws that were welcomed as guidelines by different decision-making public and private organizations involved in the area of new technologies and the development of the information society. These international events are directed towards academic, regional and international stakeholders, government employees, and individuals representing organizations from the Civil Society involved in the processes related to Policies and Regulatory Framework of the Information Society at a regional and international level.

These spaces of dialogue are evoked to promote encounter, discussion and proposal developing in diverse topics of the Information Society, as can be shown in the different Web pages of past Congresses.

The subjects raised for this congress are:

1. Privacy and Personal Data Protection
2. E-Governance
3. Information and Communication Technologies in the Information Society
4. E-Commerce and Cyber-banking
5. Virtual Worlds
6. Copyrights and Intellectual Property
7. E-gaming

Given the global, international and transforming nature of the thematic relationship among policies and the regulatory framework of the information society, we consider of utmost importance the participation of international experts to provide a perspective to the participants of the event who will be able to make comparisons with their own experience, emphasizing on the harmonization processes that have been promoted by diverse international organizations.

This Congress will include workshops which will be imparted by international organizations interested in delivering lectures on specific subjects. These workshops will have a duration of one to two hours, being held during the first two days of the Congress, concerning issues such as Privacy and eGovernment, FTAs and Information Society, Licensing models of contents, Playing games in the net and E-commerce, realities and perspectives. If your organization is interested in delivering a lecture on any of the above mentioned subjects, please contact us.

More Information:

Undisciplined! - Rigour in emerging design disciplines and professions


Sheffield, UK on 16-19 July 2008.

This is the last call for papers for the 2008 DRS conference:

UNDISCIPLINED! Rigour in emerging design disciplines and professions

In the tradition of the DRS biennial conference series. Undisciplined! will be a broad-ranging event open to all topics and disciplines relevant to designing. Our conference theme will inform the choice of keynote speakers and we hope it will stimulate debate.

The fourth conference in our current series is an important opportunity to take stock. We will be using it to reflect on and develop the way we run these events as well as aiming to provide an important oversight of the state of the art in research across the designing disciplines. We promise to pay equal attention to the quality of content and the quality of your experience at the conference.

The conference theme, attending to the new kinds of designing that are emerging to challenge our framework of specialisms and reshape our field, will provide some focus for keynote speakers and debates and you may find that relevant to your own work. However this is the main conference for the whole of our society and we are open to all research that informs or arises from designing.

The deadline for extended abstracts is 1 December 2007

For information updates, please join the conference announcement mail list at

About the Design Research Society

The Design Research Society is the multi-disciplinary learned society for the design research community worldwide. DRS was founded in 1966, and since then has established a record of significant achievements in contributing to design knowledge.

DRS has facilitated an international design research network in around 40 countries comprising members who maintain contact through the publications and activities of the Society. Members are drawn from diverse backgrounds, not only from the traditional areas of design, ranging from expressive arts to engineering, but also from subjects like psychology and computer science. As well as running the biennial conference, DRS sponsors a wide range of other events and publications and produces a members' journal, Design Research Quarterly, that combines scholarly content with more general information about the society and design research.

You can find out more about DRS and the benefits of membership and join online at

The research subject that binds us is design in all its many fields.