Thursday, June 12, 2008

'Lower prices' boost mobile data

Price cuts and the popularity of 3G are prompting Europeans to use mobile data like never before, says a survey.

The GSM Association survey shows that European data roaming traffic grew by 75% between April 2007 and 2008.

Over the same period the numbers of 3G users doubled and the average price of data roaming services fell by 25%.

The rising numbers drove a 40% rise in the European mobile data market which now stands at 7bn euros (£5.53bn).

The GSM Association (GSMA) said there were now 112 million users of third generation (3G) mobile services in Europe - about 22.5% of all mobile users. By comparison 18.4% of US and Canadian mobile users are on 3G networks.

The survey questioned 38 mobile operators across Europe and found that the average price for downloading a megabyte of data within the EU was 5.06 euros (£3.99) at the end of March 2008. At the close of 2007 the cost was 5.62 euros (£4.43)

The average cost of sending a text message while travelling in Europe fell by 18% during the year being surveyed.

"We expect prices to continue to fall as operators further innovate around tariffs and more and more Europeans use these services as a part of their everyday lives," said Tom Phillips, chief government and regulatory affairs officer at the GSMA.

In some nations, said the GSMA, mobile broadband services now cost as much as fixed line broadband services.

The survey comes only weeks before EU imposed limits on roaming charges for making phone calls come into effect.

Approved in May 2007 the caps on charges could cut by 75% the cost of using a mobile to make a call outside a handset owner's home nation.

[via BBC Technology News]

Promised MySpace Self-Serve Ads Still on Hold

In November 2007, reports of a self-serve ad platform for News Corp.'s MySpace flooded the Web, but the News Corp. unit has yet to release it. Reached this week, MySpace said the tool, originally planned for launch by early 2008, is currently in beta testing and could be made widely available in late summer or early autumn of this year.

MySpace is testing the system with more than 80 advertiser brands. Like similar platforms on the market, the MySpace product provides customizable ad templates, making display ad creation accessible to the average mom-and-pop-shop and other small business marketers.

To ensure standards are met, the MySpace customer service team will review all ads built through the platform before they're unleashed on the social networking site's pages. Ads generated and placed in the system will be sold on a performance basis.

In addition to the ease-of-use factor, the promise of the product comes in its marriage with the micro-targeting system FIM launched on MySpace last year. The launch of that system was part of the company's mission to attract more brand advertisers -- and more advertisers in general -- to typically non-premium inventory. By combining user profile information with geographic and other targeting data, MySpace can to deliver more ads that are, in theory, highly relevant.

The do-it-yourself ad phenomenon is gaining ground as publishers build on what Google popularized through its self-serve text-based ad system. Most recently, The New York Times unveiled a self-serve display ad product for small and local businesses. Through a partnership with AdReady, the publisher is letting business owners create and manage CPM-based display ad campaigns to run on NYTimes.com. They can upload their own creative into the system or use its ready-made ad elements.

In May, News Corp.-owned Fox Interactive Media said it would soon launch a service for creating video and display ads targeted to small, local advertisers. According to FIM at the time, the CPM-based offering is to be accessible via local Fox TV station Web sites. Facebook and real estate site Zillow also enable self-serve ads that are mainly text-based but can include images.

The thinking behind these and other automated ad buying systems is that smaller advertisers who until now have limited their online ad spending primarily to text advertising can be enticed to engage in richer advertising if the process is simplified.

Word of the upcoming FIM self-serve product for local Fox TV station sites, in conjunction with the upcoming MySpace self-service offering, suggest the company might eventually build a DIY ad system to serve all its properties. Indeed, in announcing its new Audience Network division earlier this year, FIM indicated it may deploy its targeting technology on sites owned by other publishers in a broader network capacity.

That new division, created in April to handle performance ad optimization and operations, leads development of the delayed self-serve ad platform, in addition to dealing with third party publishers.

[via clickz.com]

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mobile Music - call for papers

Mobile Music
Call for Papers

A Special Session at the
MOBILE LIFE CONFERENCES and EXHIBITIONS


-- mSOCIETY 2008 -- The 1st International Conference on Mobile Society
-- EURO mGOV 2008 -- The 3rd European Conference on Mobile Government

15 -19 September 2008, Sheraton Voyager, Antalya, Turkey
http://www.mgovernment.org/events/index.html mlife@mgovernment.org


Chairs:
Michael Bull, Professor, Sussex University, UK


Session Description:
For the first time in history over 50% of consumers in industrialised cultures worldwide have the capability of listening to music whilst on the move - either through the use of their mobile
phones or on dedicated MP3 players such as the Apple iPod. In this stream we wish to discuss the social, aesthetic and commercial impact of the rise of mobile music consumption:

We wish to encourage contributions that discuss:

- The changing nature of the 'social' that might be implied by the personalised environment created through the use of mobile technologies.

- The potential for artistic and aesthetic production and consumption through the use of these technologies.

- The changing nature of consumption patterns - collaborative and individualised.

- What lessons might be learnt by the industries involved in terms of their response to new technologies, new markets and new patterns of consumption.


Submissions
Submissions in the form of research papers (max 10 pages) and practice talks (max 1 page) are solicited via the conferences online submission system at the
http://www.mgovernment.org/confadmin/confadmin.php
Further information on submissions and all about the conferences can be found at
http://www.mgovernment.org/events/


Contacts
For all enquiries please write to the session chairs: M.Bull@sussex.ac.uk
or the conference secreteria mlife@mgovernment.org

FM Offers Social Media Metrics

Online ad network Federated Media wants to make it easier for advertisers to track the impact their community-driven campaigns have online with a new suite of tools. Called Conversational Marketing Toolbox, the offering will allow advertisers to determine benchmarks for their campaign's success, handpick which data to track and view that data on a single interface. FM will run beta versions of the toolbox this summer, with the full product available later this year.

"Digital media and marketing has come a long way in the last few years," said FM CEO John Battelle in a written statement. "The success of online advertising can no longer be defined only by direct response metrics... This toolbox was designed specifically for the needs of the brand marketer looking for the power to leverage the conversational media space in the most effective and efficient way possible."

FM will work with clients at the outset to determine which data points would best determine success for their campaign, said FM marketing director Kim Kochaver by telephone. "That's a big problem for marketers," she said. "There are so many metrics out there and they don't know which ones to look at."

The metrics available will range from simple click-through rates, page views and conversions, to social media indicators such as Facebook bookmarks and RSS subscriptions, to signs of "amplification," such as blog posts, wiki entries and Twitter mentions. Each of the chosen metrics will appear on a "dashboard" on the clients' desktop.

Kochaver said a number of large companies will partner with FM for the beta tests, but would only identify one among them: Dell.

While much has been made of "conversational marketing" in recent years, efforts to track and measure it has been elusive. Kochaver said the toolbox would help set a standard for how conversational marketing is measured within the industry.

In a separate announcement, FM today unveiled plans to launch a technology information site with Harry McCracken, the former editor in chief of PC World. The site, Technologizer, will include reviews, analysis and commentary aimed at the tech community. It will debut this summer.

Earlier this year, FM secured a $50 million round of funding. The company said at the time that it would use the infusion partially to offer its clients deeper and more expansive branding services.

[via clickz.com]

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Gamer Theory (And beyond)

Gamer Theory (And beyond)
McKenzie Wark
Monday July 21 4.30pm
Theatrette 3, Economics and Commerce Building, University of Melbourne.


The study of culture faces two problems. One is to embrace new problems, new sites of conflict and development, in ways that do not merely add these to traditional approaches to the study of culture, but transform them. The other problem is to retain a critical edge to the study of
culture, to prevent critical theory from slipping into hypocritical theory. I will broach both problems -- which I do not pretend to have solved -- with reference to three recent bodies of work that look at questions of intellectual property, computer games, and the intellectual
legacy of the Situationist International, the last of the avant gardes.

McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto (Harvard UP), Gamer Theory (Harvard UP), 50 Years of Recuperation: the Situationist International (Princeton Architectural) among other things. Originally from Australia, he currently teaches at the New School for Social
Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City.

McKenzie Wark Works
In Virtual Geography, published in 1994, Wark offered a theory of what he called the ‘weird global media event’. Examples given in the book include the stock market crash of 1987, the Tiananmen square demonstrations of 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He argued that the emergence of a global media space – a virtual geography – made out of increasingly pervasive lines of communication – vectors – was emerging as a more chaotic space than globalization theory usually maintains.

In two subsequent books, The Virtual Republic, published in 1997, and Celebrities, Culture and Cyberspace (1999), Wark turned his attention to the national cultural space of his homeland, Australia. The first of these works examined the so-called ‘culture wars’ of the 1990s as symptomatic of struggles over the redefinition of Australian national identity and culture in an age of global media. The second of these ‘Australian’ books looked at the transformation of a social democratic idea of the ‘popular’ as a political idea into a more market-based and media-driven popular culture.

Both these studies grew out of Wark’s experience as a public intellectual who participated in public controversies, mainly through his newspaper column in The Australian, a leading national daily. He developed an approach based on participant observation, but adapted to the media sphere.

Wark descibed the process of culture by which "the jolt of new experiences becomes naturalised into habit" or second nature and describes the information society as not being new but something that changes through culture the balance between space binding and time binding media. This is described in his book "The Virtual Republic"

Wark emigrated to the United States in 2000. With the Australian poet John Kinsella, Australian novelist Bernard Cohen and Australian memoirist Terri-Ann White, he co-wrote Speed Factory, an experimental work about distance and expatriation. The co-authors developed for this the speed factory writing technique, in which an author writes 300 words, emails it to the next author, who then has 24 hours to write the next 300 words.

Dispositions, another experimental work followed. Wark traveled the world with a GPS device and recorded observations at particular times and coordinates. The media theorist Ned Rossiter has called this approach a ‘micro-empiricism’, and sees it as derived from the work of the philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

In 2004 Wark published his best known work, A Hacker Manifesto. Here Wark argues that the rise of intellectual property creates a new class division, between those who produce it, who he calls the hacker class, and those who come to own it, the vectoralist class.

Gamer Theory combined Wark’s interest in experimental writing techniques in networked media with his own developing media theory. Gamer Theory was first published by the Institute for the Future of the Book as a networked book with his own specially designed interface.

In Gamer Theory Wark argues that in a world that is increasingly competitive and game-like, computer games are a utopian version of the world (itself an imperfect game), because they actually realize the principles of the level playing field and reward based on merit that is elsewhere promised but not actually delivered.

Digital imageries: culture and reception call for papers

*Call for papers: Digital imageries: culture and reception

The deadline for submissions for this double issue is August 1st, 2008


Founded at the Université de Montréal, Kinephanos (www.kinephanos.ca) is a bilingual inter-university web-based journal. Focusing on questions involving cinema and popular media, Kinephanos encourages interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. The journal's primary
interests are movies and popular TV series, video games, emerging technologies and fan cultures. The preferred approaches include cinema studies, communication theories, religion sciences, philosophy, cultural studies and media studies.

Theme
Kinephanos' first issue aims to explore and understand how digital technologies change the communication relations between the object and the subject. As a double issue, "Digital imageries: culture and reception" will also be devoted to the different influences digital
technologies have brought to cinema and other forms of audiovisual expression, such as television, animation and video games. In addition the articles must incorporate ideas pertaining to the spectator's and/or gamer's reception. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- Remediation of film's aesthetics outside of cinema

- The new cinematographic experience and the challenge of archival

- Case study: critical reception of a digital movie (Speed Racer, Beowulf, 28 Days Later, etc.)

- Popular culture, virtual community and collective intelligence

- The video game trailer : trompe-l'oeil and out-of-bounds

- Who wants digital?

- Japanese animation: web and fansubbing

- Film and digital projection… or fiction!

- Digital legitimation


While Kinephanos privileges publication of thematic issues, we strongly encourage writers to submit articles exceeding the theme which will be published in each issue.


How to submit?
Abstracts of 750 words are to consist of the subject, the problem addressed and the title of the article. Please include bibliographical references, your name, email address and your primary field of study. Send submissions (in French or English) by August 1st, 2008 to:
marc.joly@umontreal.ca or
martin.picard@umontreal.ca
Following our approbation sent to you by email (2-3 weeks later), please send us your completed article by November 1st, 2008.


Editorial guidelines
Kinephanos is a refereed Web journal. Each article is evaluated by double-blind peer review. Kinephanos does not retain exclusive rights of published texts. However, material submitted must not have been previously published elsewhere. Future versions of the texts published
in other periodicals must reference Kinephanos as its original source. Your text must comply with the following specifications: 6,000 words maximum (excluding references but including end notes) with double spacing, Times New Roman 12-point font, a bibliography with all your
references, end notes must be inserted manually in the text as follow :
« ... » (1), references must be within the text as follow « … » (Jenkins 2000, p. 134), and 5 keywords at the end of the text.

Kinephanos accepts articles in French and in English

Internet in China -- special issue of Electronic Journal of Communication (EJC/REC)

The Internet in China
EJC/REC: Call for Papers


Edited by:
Randy Kluver, Texas A & M University, rkluver@tamu.edu
Teresa M. Harrison, University at Albany, harrison@albany.edu

China's population of Internet users has now increased to 221 million, matching the US for the largest number of users online in the world. The Internet is having revolutionary effects on Chinese society, allowing greater openness to expression, presenting challenges to the Chinese
government to control information, and posing the potential to improve the quality of life for Chinese citizens. While the Internet may be unlikely to "democratize" China, it is unquestionably modernizing Chinese culture and society, while providing radically new opportunities for Chinese citizens.

This special issue seeks to publish the best research addressing the impact of Internet use and new media technologies on China's culture and society. We invite submissions from scholars documenting the scope and depth of these changes in an effort to better understand the Chinese
information technology revolution and its consequences. We also seek submissions that consider these effects within the context of social theory and cultural criticism. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

* How the Internet is used in China to find, present, and discuss information about the world

* Chinese perceptions and attitudes about the Internet, the Web and new media

* The demographics of Internet adoption

* Internet and political communication in China

* Blogging, social networking, wikis, and other Web 2.0 phenomena in China

* Mobile, location-based services, and other emerging technologies in China

* Cross-cultural comparisons

* Cross-media use comparisons

* The history of the Internet in China


Inquiries to either editor about possible topics are welcome. Deadline for completed manuscripts is Monday, July 7, 2008. All submissions should be made electronically (.doc, .rtf or .pdf format), in English and emailed to Teresa Harrison (harrison@albany.edu). Manuscripts should conform to the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th Edition. For further information about EJC/REC, see http://www.cios.org/www/ejcmain.htm

Monday, June 9, 2008

Edited Collection on Southeast Asian Horror Cinema - call for papers

Edited Collection on Southeast Asian Horror Cinema
Call for Papers


Abstracts are sought for a collection of essays on Southeast Asian Horror Cinema. Although relatively modest in terms of production and aesthetics if compared to the horror cinemas of Japan and Korea for example, it is undeniable that the horror genre contributes greatly to the cinematic histories and cultures of Southeast Asia although for various reasons (political, market, religion, etc.) it has, for a period, suffered a lackluster existence.

For example, although Malayan cinema basically debuted in the guise of the pontianak (loosely translated as female vampires) films, which continued to spawn successful sequels, since the 1970s, Malaysia has more or less "banned" horror from its sociocultural landscape due to politico-religious reasons. And despite longstanding histories of horror in Indonesian and Thai cinema, they have until relatively recently been merely low-budget affairs.


In the last 10 years however, there has been a radical shift in the way Southeast Asian cinema views its horror offerings, possibly influenced by the amazing achievements, on both critical and popular levels, of the horror cinema of Japan and Korea.

Technically, narratively and aesthetically more sophisticated, horror films in Southeast Asia have either made a comeback, or have undergone a significant facelift, drawing considerable attention not only from local audiences, but audiences in the West as well. Yet, despite this newfound "success", critical appreciation of the region's horror cinema remains scarce. While scholarship on Korean and especially Japanese horror cinema abounds, work on Southeast Asian horror has garnered almost no academic attention.


The main aim of this collection is to redress this vacuum. It seeks to be as comprehensive as possible, and would serve primarily as a critical introduction to Southeast Asian horror cinema. Suggested topics would include but are not limited to:

- The history of horror cinema in Southeast Asia

- Horror cinema and the socio-political climate

- Gender and sexuality in Southeast Asian horror cinema

- Religion and the horror genre

- Horror, nationalism and ideology

- The philosophical dimension of Southeast Asian horror films

- Symbols and metaphors in Southeast Asian horror films

- Theoretical interpretations of Southeast Asian horror films

Abstracts could either emphasize the horror cinema of a particular Southeast Asian nation, or be executed as a comparative study (historically, thematically, representations, etc.).

Please send abstracts of 500 words maximum before 31 October 2008 to Andrew Ng at ng.hock.soon_at_artsci.monash.edu.my or andrwng_at_yahoo.com

Down to "The Wire": Urban Decay and American Television

Down to "The Wire": Urban Decay and American Television
Call For Papers - Edited Collection


Edited by Tiffany Potter and C.W. Marshall
(University of British Columbia)

Proposals are invited for an edited collection of original essays that examine "The Wire," HBO's
award-winning television series, which has just concluded its fifth and final season. The volume
will be published by Continuum , which also published "Cylons in America" (ed. Potter and Marshall), winner of the 2008 Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association award for Best Edited Collection.

The editors seek contributors who will examine "The Wire" from a variety of critical, theoretical, and cultural perspectives. This collection will be aimed at both academic readers and an educated general audience. We seek essays that are both scholarly and engaging.

The complexity of "The Wire" as unforgiving political and social commentary demands academic
investigation. Because the show addresses so many different social contexts, it is expected that
this volume will include chapters from several disciplines and methodologies, including literary
and cultural studies, political science, sociology, film and media studies, law, psychology,
criminology, and philosophy.

In addition to what we expect might include season-based examinations of drug crime, blue-
collar crime, social policy and practice, education, and the media, as well as discussions of the
nature of fictional representations of aspects of American life, the following is a list of topics
that contributors might explore, though we invite proposals from any disciplinary perspective on any aspect of the series and its reception.

• intersections between representations of race, economy, and criminality

• issues of masculinity

• gender and sexuality in police and criminal cultures

• the family, childhood, parenting, and criminality

• re-imagining of the heroic beyond traditional narratives of America

• roles for women in urban America

• the technology of crime

• street speech and class-based communication

• cultures of addiction and treatment

• constructions of violence

• stress and trauma narratives

• education and class

• interest groups and issues of governance

• cable television and representing America

• issues of genre and narrative

• The Wire as television: direction, cinematography, music, casting, etc.

• The Wire, The Corner, and Homicide: Life on the Street

• representations of Baltimore

Please send a 500-word abstract or completed essay (4,000-6,000 words), plus a brief
biographical statement (or c.v.), as email attachments (in Word or as a Rich Text File) to both of
the editors:

Tiffany Potter (tpotter_at_interchange.ubc.ca)
C.W. Marshall (toph_at_interchange.ubc.ca)

Deadline for abstract submission: 16 June 2008.

If your proposal is chosen for consideration, you will have until October 2008 for final
submission of your chapter.

CFP - Edited Collection on New Directions in Irish Film and Cultural Studies

Theorising the Visual: New Directions in Irish Cultural Studies
Call for Papers



The last twenty years has seen the development of the subject of Irish Film Studies into a distinct and notable field. There are now Film Studies centres in all of the Universities in the Republic of Ireland, highlighting its importance as a discipline at both the graduate and
undergraduate level.

Furthermore, academic publications in the area of Irish film are consistently increasing, signalling Irish cinema studies as a productive critical field and established academic discipline.


To date, the dominant paradigm operating within such academic work has been historical. So as to establish itself as a discipline, Irish Film Studies has focused on configuring a transparent trajectory that firmly locates texts within an historical context. This is to be applauded,
particularly since it has helped in the development of Irish Film Studies as a distinct academic field of study. However, as a consequence, it seems that there has been little investigation of, and engagement with, film theory and philosophy in relation to film, visual culture and media
studies. Given the contemporary climate of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, where notions of Irish identity are undergoing significant questioning and transformation, it seems this is a timely moment to consider the implications of theoretical approaches to visual culture.

This collection seeks to provide a forum for this engagement: to explore the intersections
of a peculiarly Irish visual culture and critical theory. The editors welcome essays that address conjunctions between Irish film, media and visual culture and theory.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Film Theory and Irish Cinema/Media

• Cultural Theory and Irish Cinema/Media

• Photography

• Animation

• Advertising

• Film Genres

• The Institutionalisation of Irish Film Studies

• Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity, Race

• New Technologies and Visual Culture

• Memory and Visual Culture


Abstracts of 400 words due Friday 11th July 2008.
Queries and submissions should be sent to Dr Emma Radley (University College Dublin) emma.radley_at_ucd.ie and Dr Claire Bracken (Union College, NY) brackenc_at_union.edu.

Anglia Television and the History of ITV Conference - call for papers

Anglia Television and the History of ITV: Programming, Regionalism and the
Television Economy
Call for Papers


A conference organised by the University of East Anglia To be held at the Archive Centre, Norwich, 14th and 15th November 2008

Conference Organisers: Andrew Higson, Su Holmes and Brett Mills


Anglia Television – now ITV Anglia – began broadcasting in the east of England in 1959, some four years after the launch of the ITV network. This conference will build on the current vibrant interest in television history, and especially the history of ITV, and will chart the story of the Anglia franchise, from 1959 to the present. Key issues to be explored will include the relationship between the regional and the national in British independent television history; Anglia's programme culture – the range of genres, series and programmes produced or commissioned by Anglia over the years; and the institutional organisation of Anglia and its operation as part of the ITV network.

The conference arises out of an AHRC-funded project at the University of East Anglia, which brings together colleagues from the School of Film and Television Studies and the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA). EAFA has an extensive collection of Anglia Television programmes, programme material and related documentation, which is being catalogued as part of this
project. Another strand of the conference will address the issues involved in archiving a regional television collection. There will also be a series of related archival screenings, including quiz and game shows, drama, sitcoms, talk shows and regional affairs programmes.

Speakers to include: Cathy Johnson, Rob Turnock, Lez Cooke, Sherryl Wilson, Su Holmes and Mark Jancovich.

We are seeking 20-minute papers on any topics relating to Anglia Television/ITV Anglia, or to any of the themes noted above, from the history of Anglia to current programmes, from archiving issues to questions of regionalism.

250 word abstracts or enquiries should be submitted by 23rd June 2008 to the conference administrator Jonathan Stubbs: j.stubbs_at_uea.ac.uk. Please include a brief biography.

BAAS Postgraduate Conference - call for papers

AMERICA: REAL AND IMAGINED
British Association of American Studies Annual Postgraduate Conference
CALL FOR PAPERS


Saturday November 15th, 2008
The University of Exeter
Exeter, United Kingdom

Keynote speaker: Professor Judith Newman (University of Nottingham)


The School of Arts, Languages and Literatures at the University of Exeter is pleased to be hosting the annual BAAS postgraduate conference. We are seeking proposals for 20-minute papers on all topics from all disciplines within the field of American Studies, including history, music, literature, philosophy, film studies, politics, sociology, popular culture, pedagogy and language.

This year we are especially interested in papers presenting new ideas and arguments that engage with the theme of "America and the West."

The West is often used as a generic term for the civilization that grew up and out of Greece, spreading first to Italy and then to northern Europe, before crossing the Atlantic and taking root in the New World – principally in the United States. This spread has been accompanied by the dissemination of core values that originated in classical antiquity, including limited constitutional government, civil liberties, the free exchange of ideas, private property, capitalism and the separation between religious and political/scientific thought – values all variously embodied in competing and contested ideas about the United States.

Yet within the U.S. there also is a West, both real and imagined. Annexation, migration and expansion west of the Mississippi was accompanied by theories about manifest destiny and the movable frontier as the site of contestation between the competing values of civilization and wilderness. Today, the "American West" can alternately conjure images of cowboys in Texas or hippies in San Francisco.

Possible areas of inquiry might include, but are by no means limited to:

• The American West/America as the West

• American/Western myths

• American and Western politics

• America/the West as represented in visual media

• The West(ern) as genre

• Cultures of/bordering the United States

• The imagined West

• Mapping the West

• America and the heritage of classical antiquity

• America and its allies

• East and West

• Writing America and/or the West

• The movement of history

• Western/westernizing narratives

• Frontiers and borderlands


Interested postgraduate students are encouraged to submit an abstract of no more than 200 words along with a brief biography (including institutional affiliation) to baas_at_ex.ac.uk no later than June 30th, 2008. For more information, please visit http://www.sall.ex.ac.uk/conferences/

Gorbachev Research Fellowship in Global Media at University of Oxford

Gorbachev Research Fellowship in Global Media
Rothermere American Institute
University of Oxford


Grade 6: Salary £24,403 p.a.

The Rothermere American Institute, in conjunction with Christ Church and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, proposes to appoint a fixed-term, three year Research Fellowship in Global Media, tenable from 1 October 2008 or soon thereafter.

The person appointed will have research interests in issues around the freedom of the press and the media in an age of globalisation. Applications are invited from those interested in the relation of nation states to global media, in questions of free speech and censorship, and/or in how transnational forms of communication affect international relations in a post-Cold War era.

This post provides an opportunity for an individual of exceptional calibre, at an early stage of their academic career, to develop a research agenda. Applicants must have an exemplary academic record, demonstrable research expertise and the ability to communicate the
results of their research effectively.

The starting salary will be £24,403 p.a. In addition to the salary, an annual research grant of up to £1,000 is available, along with a contribution of up to £750 per year towards meals in college.

Further particulars and details of how to apply are available at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/fp/ or http://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/institute/jobs.html.

Applications should be submitted no later than 17.00 on Thursday 12 June 2008. Interviews are planned for week commencing 30 June 2008. Applications by email are encouraged.

Internet Research 9.0 (AoiR 9) REGISTRATION OPEN

REGISTRATION for the AoiR Internet Research 9.0 conference, IT University of Copenhagen, October 16th - 18th 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark is now open for both presenters and all interested academics!

In order to discover HOW TO REGISTER, find instructions below.
If you are PRESENTER, please note, that you need to register as quickly as possible in order to finalise the program!


KEYNOTER ANNOUNCEMENT
AoiR is proud to announce the participation of three highly interesting and versatile keynoter speakers at this year's conference:

Mimi Ito, US/Japan, author of "Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life"
(http://www.itofisher.com/mito)

Stephen Graham, UK, author of the forthcoming book "Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism"
(http://www.geography.dur.ac.uk/information/staff/personal/graham/index.html)

Rich Ling, Norway, author of the forthcoming book "New Tech, New Ties: How mobile communication is reshaping social cohesion"
(http://www.richardling.com)


WORKSHOPS:
Don't forget to check out the preconference workshops, taking place at the conference venue, on Wednesday October 15th. You can still submit papers to and participate in the "Learning and Research in Second Life" and the "Writing and Publications" workshop.
More info at: http://conferences.aoir.org/workshops.htm

The Doctoral Colloquium and the "In the Game.." workshops are closed for further submissions and participants, but remember to register for the workshop, if your paper has been accepted!


EARLY BIRD PRICES
Don't miss our early bird prices! If you register before July 31st, the basic registration fees are:

Early Bird Professional: $320 (incl. one years membership of AoiR)
Early Bird Student: $190 (incl. one years membership of AoiR)

I encourage you all to also sign-up for the conference banquet! It will take place at the IT University in Copenhagen on Saturday October 18th, followed by an open student bar and partying/networking until the early hours of the morning...


HOW DO I REGISTER?
1) Go the conference website: http://conferences.aoir.org/
2) Click on "Registration" in the LEFT-hand menu
3) Follow the instructions :)


QUESTIONS?
Questions related to registration fees and inclusions: contact registration
liason and local conference coordinator, Anna Sommer: asommer@itu.dk.

Technical problems? Please contact registration webmaster Charlie Breindahl: charlieb@itu.dk

Questions related to the program or your presentation: contact program chair, Brian Loader: bl506@york.ac.uk

Questions related to content, venue, sponsoring etc: contact conference chair, Lisbeth Klastrup: klastrup@itu.dk

Questions regarding the workshops: please contact the relevant workshop organisers, see info at: http://conferences.aoir.org/workshops.htm

NB! If you for funding reasons need some form of formal document to verify your participation, contact Anna Sommer: asommer@itu.dk.