Friday, July 18, 2008

Spanish-Language Ad Trends

Advertisers spent nearly $6 billion in Spanish-language media last year, up 3% from $5.64 billion in 2006. Cable TV saw the greatest percentage increase, rising by 76%, according to Nielsen Monitor-Plus.

Spanish TV networks remained on top, collecting $3.01 billion in 2007. Spot TV ad spending rose 8% in 2007 to $1.67 billion.

Media is extremely influential in the lives of US Hispanic adults. Among respondents to a Vertis Communications survey, 23% said they were influenced to buy something by watching television, compared with 19% of the total US population. US Hispanics were also more likely to be influenced by the Internet.

The focus on television belies the amount of time that US Hispanics spend online—a discrepancy that is true for the total population as well. US Hispanic Internet users in particular spend at least as much time online as they do watching TV, according to a February 2008 study sponsored by Terra Networks and conducted by comScore Media Metrix.

Those numbers would be lower if the sample had included all US Hispanics, not just Internet users, but the amount spent on Spanish-language TV ads still dwarfs what is spent on Web ads.

[for the full article with graphs and stats click here]

LIMINA: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies - call for papers

LIMINA: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies
Call for Submissions, Volume 15

Submissions Deadline 30 September 2008

Limina is an online, refereed, academic journal of historical and cultural studies based in the Discipline of History at The University of Western Australia. Limina provides opportunities for new work to be communicated in a lively and diverse forum, and encourages studies that engage with, discuss and enlarge theoretical debates.

We are especially committed to publishing the work of postgraduate students and early career researchers. Research students include current postgraduates working on Graduate Certificates and Diplomas, Masters students, and Doctoral candidates. Early career researchers are students whose research degrees are in progress or were completed within the last five years.

Limina publishes scholarly articles of approximately 5000 words from any field within the humanities, favouring work of an interdisciplinary nature. They must demonstrate original research and must be substantially different from other published work.

Please ensure that your submission conforms to the Limina style guide. For more information please visit our website at:

Submissions (in MS Word or RTF format) or enquiries by email:

The final submission date for articles to be considered for Volume 15 is 30 September 2008 with intent to publish in June 2009.

Broadband Boom Lifts IPTV

Telecom providers Verizon and AT&T are rolling out IPTV services in the US. eMarketer forecasts that there will be 12.7 million IPTV subscribers in the US by 2012, up from 3.3 million in 2008.

This activity comes against the backdrop of a worldwide rise in Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) subscriptions. Subscriber levels in March 2008 were twice as high as they were in March 2007. It was the second year in a row that subscribership had doubled, according to a study sponsored by The Broadband Forum and conducted by Point Topic.

The companies did not make IPTV totals available to the public, but did release broadband figures by region. Broadband growth worldwide has helped fuel IPTV growth, and worldwide broadband subscriptions have passed the 370 million mark.

"IPTV operators around the world have shown that systems are scalable and can handle rapid growth in subscriber numbers," said John Bosnell, senior analyst at Point Topic, in a statement.

With IPTV, all content is on-demand. Internet users are accustomed to the idea of search and retrieve on the Web, and IPTV allows them to interact with their TV in the same way. There is no such thing as missing a TV show in an IP world, because all programs are stored and then retrieved from the network, similar to Internet content on the Web.

The technology holds special promise for marketers because it allows for microtargeting by addressable ads. The technology could also deliver long-tail revenues for niche video content providers in the same way the Internet does for online publishers: Instead of a standard TV channel package, IPTV could let consumers to customize their programming, including shows that would not normally draw enough viewers to warrant wide distribution.

Point Topic said that nearly 15.5 million people now subscribe to IPTV services, with over 8.4 million of those subscribers in Europe.

But IPTV is still in its infancy, and estimates of future subscribership vary. For 2011 to 2012, for example, worldwide IPTV estimates range from 38.4 million subscribers (Informa) to over 100 million subscribers (iSuppli).

[for the full report with graphs and stats click here]

Brazilian E-Commerce

E-commerce in Brazil, like many other Internet activities in that country, is maturing quickly.

Between the first half of 2005 and 2008, e-commerce revenues as reported in e-bit's "Web Shoppers" study nearly quadrupled to reach BRL3.8 billion ($2.2 billion).

According to Valor Economico, in 2007 alone the market expanded by 43%. In terms of the number of individuals buying online, the figures are almost as dramatic, with 2.6 million buyers in 2003 rising to 9.5 million in 2007.

More likely than not, adult Internet users in Brazil have purchased something online, according to a December 2007 study by Symantec.

Brazil's 79% of users who have purchased online is in the upper reaches of worldwide rates, comparable to such advanced Internet players as Japan (82%), the UK (79%) and Germany (78%). In contrast, only 63% of US Internet users have made an online purchase. Simply put, Brazilians who use the Internet tend to use it for everything, including e-commerce.

Online buyers in Brazil are huge media consumers. Books, magazines and newspapers ranked as the top e-commerce categories with a 17% market share in 2007, according to e-bit.

Almost one-half (49.47%) of Brazil's online buyers use a credit card to make their purchases, versus 39.06% who use a banking ticket to buy online. Other payment methods, including debit or electronic transfer, and payment on delivery, were each favored by less than 10% of respondents to an Ipsos Public Affairs survey.

Females, who make up almost one-half of Internet users in Brazil, are a key factor driving the explosion of e-commerce. A study from e-bit reported in Business News Americas found that online transactions by females increased nearly 10% since 2000.

[for the full report with graphs and stats click here]

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Online Publishing (SCMS) - call for papers

Online Publishing Workshop
Call for Papers for a Proposed Workshop
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference
Tokyo, Japan
May 21-24, 2009

Publishing in the cinema and media studies community has grown considerably in the past few years. In addition to the traditional print format, online journals and blogs have become a viable resource for educators and students in our field. This workshop will examine the state of publishing in cinema and media studies by looking back at what has already been accomplished in print, and looking forward towards the promising (and potentially not so promising) directions that online publication might take.

We will consider the differences between print and online forums of scholarly discourse, as well as evaluate the role that online publications fulfill for both the exploration of subjects and also for professional advancement. Topics for discussion will include (though need not be limited to): the
production of online journals; the past, present, and future of print publication; the scholarly opportunities and limitations of blogs; and the legitimacy of print and online publications as resources for scholars and students alike.

Questions for consideration include:

-• What are the challenges and opportunities of online publishing?

-• Is there a future for print publication?

-• What is the relationship between print and online publication?

-• Are blog posts viable resources for academic research and writing?

-• What role does professional accountability/peer review play in the self-publishing/blog paradigm?

-• Are there networks or communities of academic cinema and media studies publications or bloggers?

-• What role should interactive or dynamic content play in online academic discourse?

-• Is there resistance to open-access models of online academic publishing?

-• How does (or should) academic writing change across media platforms (print, online, blog)?

We would like to bring together professionals with direct experience producing print and/or online publications, academics who have extensive experience publishing in print and/or online publications, as well as graduate students currently working on the staff of online and/or print publications to discuss the past, present, and future of academic publication in cinema and media studies.

If you are interested in participating, please contact: John Bridge ( and Jen Porst (

Speaker announcement: Continuity & Innovation: Contemporary Film Form and Film Criticism

Continuity and Innovation: Contemporary Film Form and Film Criticism
5th - 7th September 2008, University of Reading Film Conference


We are delighted to announce that award winning German director Birgit Grosskopf will be discussing her work at the conference.

There will be a screening of Birgit's debut feature film Prinzessin (2006), which has won various prizes including: German Independence Award at the Oldenburg Film Festival (2006), the Saarland Minister President's Award at the Max Ophüls Film Festival (2006), Edinburgh Film Festival First Steps Award for best German debut feature (2006). She is also the director of several short films: Babies in Pockets (1999), The Pilot (2000), Live Boys (2001), Tabula Rasa (2003).

Further details of other practitioners discussing their work will follow.

Confirmed Keynote speakers are Gilberto Perez, Douglas Pye and Adrian Martin.

This conference seeks to consider the critical challenges contemporary film form poses for us as film critics and theorists, in an approach rooted in the detail of the film text itself. In addition, the conference wishes to reflect and engage with the diversity of contemporary aesthetic choices and filmmaking practices. On the one hand, the conference will explore the continuities and innovations in contemporary film style, to move towards an account of contemporary cinema's aesthetic practice and the ways in which these formal elements shape the production of meaning. On the other hand, the conference will provide an important opportunity to explore and extend
the continuities and innovations possible in contemporary film criticism.

In addition to the familiar pattern of panel discussions and plenaries, the conference will include workshops in which speakers will present frameworks for analysis of the detail of a movie, as an introduction to discussion. Titles of films to be discussed at the conference will be circulated in advance.

A draft programme will be available before 28th July.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the conference website:

Enquiries should be directed to the conference organisers Lisa Purse and John Gibbs at

Postgraduate Conference on New Perspectives on the American Nineteenth Century

New Perspectives on the American Nineteenth Century
Call For Papers - AHRC-funded Postgraduate Conference
October 17th 2008
School of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham, UK

Plenary Speaker: Prof. Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)

"Our age is retrospective. It builds sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories and criticism."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (1836)

Recent criticism has provided a litany of potential new treatments of nineteenth-century America. Along with an increased emphasis on the importance of historical and social context to an understanding of how American identities and cultures are formed, the challenges to traditional disciplinary boundaries posed by transnational and interdisciplinary methodologies have provided new pathways through classic American Studies.

At the same time, the American nineteenth century continues to occupy a richly contested space in the modern imagination, either through creative re-imaginings of the period in literature, film and television (The March, Gangs of New York, Deadwood) or the persistent presence of nineteenth-century ideas and institutions in contemporary American thought and culture (Postmodern Pragmatism, the renewed controversies over Darwinism, and the legacy of racialised slavery).

This one-day interdisciplinary postgraduate conference seeks to investigate the multiple ways that this exciting, traumatic century is treated within contemporary criticism.

We invite applications from postgraduates in all disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, film, philosophy, art history/visual culture, drama and performance studies, politics,
cultural studies etc. We seek papers that either engage with the American nineteenth century directly or show how the nineteenth century has been appropriated, adapted and re-imagined in the modern world.

Deadline for abstracts is August 1st 2008

Send abstracts of no more than 250 words, along with a brief CV, by email to:

Special issue on Technology and Humanity, eSharp journal - call for papers

Technology and Humanity - Call for papers

The following is a call for articles for a forthcoming themed issue of eSharp, an established peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality research by postgraduate students. eSharp is pleased to support new and early-career authors, and has actively encouraged emerging academic talent since 2002.

The twelfth issue of eSharp will consider the cultural and personal consequences of scientific and mechanistic innovation. We welcome articles which examine and engage with the effects, influences or application of technology in any area of the arts, humanities, social sciences and education, and we encourage submissions from postgraduate students at any stage of their research.

In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the journal the ideas of technology, innovation and culture can be interpreted as broadly as authors wish, and may consider, but are by no means limited to, themes such as:

- cyberspace and identity

- politics, surveillance and privacy

- the history, art and literature of the industrial and digital revolutions

- digital media and technologies of exhibition

- new technologies and the law

- cybernetics, gender and the body

- the movable type revolution

- digital narratives and virtual worlds

- education and innovation

- dystopias, dyschronias and utopias

- forensic and corpus linguistics

Submissions must be based on original research and should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. Please accompany your article with an abstract of 200 to 250 words and a list of three to five keywords to indicate the subject area of your article. For more information, a full list of guidelines and our style sheet, please visit

Please email submissions and any enquiries you may have to

The deadline for submission of articles is Friday 12 September 2008.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Global Fusion Conference - call for papers

Ohio University Inn and Conference Center
Athens, OH, Friday Oct. 31 – Sunday Nov. 2, 2008

The purpose of the Global Fusion Conference series is to promote academic excellence in international-intercultural communications studies worldwide. These conferences bring together scholars and professionals interested in mass communication, journalism, comparative broadcasting, diplomacy, transnational communication, advertising, new communications technologies, media economics and privatization, cultural effects, visual communication, media and international law, and global dialogues in search of peace.

The conference series is sponsored by the Global Fusion Consortium comprised of the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication, Southern Illinois University's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, the Texas A&M University Department of Communication, and the University of Texas at Austin College of Communication.

Paper Submission Guidelines
Global Fusion 2008 will conduct two peer-reviewed paper competitions (one for faculty, one for graduate students) on any topic dealing with the areas of interest listed above. Papers jointly authored by students and faculty must be submitted to the faculty competition.

Papers must not exceed 30 pages, including references, and should conform to the latest APA style manual. A separate title page should include a 200 word abstract, state whether the paper is a faculty or student submission, and for each author: Her/his name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and telephone number.

Please send the body of the paper, and the separate title/abstract page, as attachments to an email message to the following address (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS AN E-MAIL ADDRESS)

The deadline for submissions is 11:00pm. EST, August 1, 2008. But earlier submissions are encouraged to permit a timely paper review process. For those who are currently living outside the United States an expedited review process will be available to help with making travel arrangements, and visa applications where necessary.

Decision notices will be e-mailed to those who submitted papers by September 1, 2008.

Global (Tele)visions - call for papers

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference
Tokyo, Japan
May 21-24, 2009

Call for Papers for a Proposed Panel


This is a general call for papers for a proposed panel about television and televisuality in a global context for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan this year. Once I have received and selected abstracts for the panel, I will craft a more specific abstract to submit to SCMS. Please email me with inquiries and abstracts by August 10th.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- television's impact on globalization (or globalization's impact on television)

- the broadcasting and planning of internationally-televised sporting events, such as the Olympics or World Cup

- national identity and national media production

- television and war

- race, nation and visibility as reflected on/in (inter)national television

- cross-cultural television censorship (e.g. the censoring of American programs in a foreign context)

- international politics, propaganda and television

- dubbing and subbing of television programs; also, fan-dubbing/subbing of television shows (e.g. the fan-subbing of Japanese anime on sites like YouTube)

- comparisons of international television show remakes (e.g. British and American versions of "The Office" or Israeli and American versions of "In Treatment")

- international celebrity/celebrities

- multiculturalism and/or multiracialism as presented by/on American television

- the televisual portrayal of America in an international context

All topics and perspectives (i.e. industry or cultural) are equally encouraged.

If interested, please send a 300-word abstract and short bio to by midnight, August 10, 2008.

Call for Papers: M/C Journal 'Still'

Call for papers: Media Culture Journal 'Still'

A topology of stillness haunts the space of flows. Against a backdrop of increasing research in mobilities and the mobilisation of forces of all kinds, in this issue of M/C Journal we seek submissions that attend to and reflect upon stillness. 'Still' might be many things: stillness as descriptor of a particular form of action, behaviour or disposition; stillness in an object sense; or still as in an action - to become still.

This multiplicity, in turn, prompts many questions. How much effort is required to remain still or keep other bodies, things or ideas still? What might it be to think through 'still' not as a coherent and singular being-in-the-world, but something that is more fluid, diverse, fragmented and splintered? As such, what are some of the various configurations, vocabularies and politics of stillness?

Perhaps this could involve stillness as a strategy, such as to ignore or dissipate the actions of others. In the writings of idlers, or in the actions of those who refuse or cannot move into lives of
permanent transit, we can see the actions of still. Here, stillness might emerge as a particular capacity in order to achieve something - where stillness becomes a productive tool rather than apprehended as a weak form of action.

Alternatively, there is the still implied by delegation that comes about through trust in objects or various dispositions of delegation. Can we think about still as form of Spinozian pact, or a collective suspension? Stillness might be restorative whereby rest or being still assists with the activities of the day. Is mesmeric, dreamy stillness different from radical stillness? What about stillness that is, paradoxically, active - where it is willed, coerced or designed? What about a more passive stillness that is not willed intentionally by the body? What do these different forms of 'still' do to the body? What do they demand from the body? What are some of the bodily shapes and comportments that are associated with different forms of being or doing 'still'? And
since they are not mutually discrete, how are different stills related to each other?

Still in the social sciences has often been a limited antithetical relation with life, animation and ineluctability of perpetual motion: it is the arrest of photography, or the limit of a frame. Perhaps in Walter Benjamin's phrase the 'archaic stillness' of text we see the power of stillness moving through time, but on the whole, still has enduring pejorative associations with passivity, the feminine and notions of negation. In this issue we seek to expand, recuperate and explore further stillness beyond these narrow affiliations. What does an appreciation of still do to our understanding of action and practice? As Paul Harrison claims, perhaps stillness is a necessary
and 'intrinsic rather than contingent aspect of activity'. For instance, contemporary networked infrastructures produce subjectivities and ontologies in which the relation of stillness to movement is not binary or negative but fully integrated into the processes, aesthetics and politics of mobility.

Stillness in all its forms is more critical in contemporary life, by virtue of and not despite, increased mobility. And yet stillness remains more or less unexplored. In this issue of M/C Journal we ask what, then, is significant about still?

Article deadline: 16 Jan. 2009

Release date: 11 Mar. 2009

Editors: David Bissell (University of Brighton) and Gillian Fuller (University of New South Wales) Journal website:

Please send any enquiries, and complete articles of 3000 words, to

PhD in Digital Content Management: Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL)

PhD Studentship in Digital Content Management

The School of Computing at Dublin City University has an opening for a PhD research position. The position is available from 1 April 2008. The position is available for up to 4 years.

Research in the research group ( focuses on a range of techniques for software and information systems engineering. The working group comprises six researchers and offers a dynamic multi-cultural research atmosphere with high international visibility.

The project is "Generation of Metadata and Subject Models: Subject Models and Lightweight Domain Models". The objective is to research and develop tools to support automatic and semi-automatic generation of lightweight subject ontologies. Information extraction techniques from semi-structured text sources e.g. document collections (corporate), website material, hypermedia encyclopaedia shall be used. The approach is to use knowledge to find knowledge (ontological and category knowledge). The project aims to develop a set of tools to provide informed generation or extension of subject models and ontologies.

This project is part of the Science Foundation Ireland SFI funded CSET Next Generation Localisation, in which digital content management is a research area that is addressed in close collaboration between Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.

Candidates are expected to have an interest in pursuing research in foundations and techniques for information architectures. A stipend of € 16,000 per year for initially three years (tax free) plus a generous travel allowance is available for the position.

PhD candidates need to possess a University degree (normally, a four-year Bachelor or a Master degree) in Computer Science or a closely related discipline. Ideally, candidates have a strong background in the foundations of domain modelling and ontologies as well as techniques and methods of information extraction and model generation. Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required.

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a vibrant city located at Ireland's east coast. Dublin is Ireland's economic, cultural and academic centre. Dublin and Ireland are tourist hot spots that offer a wide range of recreational activities. Dublin's airport is well connected to Great Britain, mainland Europe and North America.

Please send your application (electronically as PDF or as plain ASCII text), including a CV, a list of publications (if applicable), copies of certificates and transcripts, and the names of at least two academic references to Dr. Claus Pahl, email: For more information see

Emerging Ethical Issues of Life in Virtual Worlds

Emerging Ethical Issues of Life in Virtual Worlds

Call for chapters

Scholarly articles on emerging issues of life in virtual worlds such as Second Life are solicited. Work that connects streams of ethics research and theory to virtual worlds as they are and to what they are developing into is particularly sought.

Among the virtual world issues explicitly invited are:
privacy, monitoring and eavesdropping, the fear of being exploited, the loss of identity, ethical impacts of aesthetic decisions, values and ethics manifested in the social processes and their relevance for activities such as design there, professional ethics, standards of integrity given identity issues and practices, malevolence and altruism, legal and ethical doctrines of confidential and privileged information, ethics for students and instructors, ethical development stages and issues, vandalism, harassment and crime, how ethics and values are inscribed in the discourse and practices of social groups, and how they can change and emerge in the midst of pragmatic concerns, such as collective tasks.

Proposals of any length are welcome, though the more detailed and clear the easier it will be for us to have it properly reviewed. Also, include your full contact information, institution affiliation and position. Please include information on your related publications and other work.

Proposals due August 15, 2008.

Notification of acceptance/rejection decision after review process, September 1, 2008.

First drafts of chapters due, January 15, 2009.

Revised final drafts due, March 15, 2009.

Publication, June 15, 2009 (Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC).

Editors: Charles Wankel, St. John’s University, New York, and Shaun Malleck, University of California, Irvine. Send all correspondence to both and Include in the subject field VW ETHICS.

After Convergence - Issue 13 of the Fibreculture Journal - online now

After Convergence - Issue 13 of the Fibreculture Journal - online now

Edited by Caroline Bassett (University of Sussex, UK), Maren Hartmann (University of the Arts Berlin, Germany), Kate O'Riordan (University of Sussex, UK)

After convergence: what connects? Making this question the subject of this special issue we set out to address two questions at once. The first was: 'Are we after convergence?' and by this we meant to invite explorations of the exhaustion of the original convergence model. The second was: 'What kind of convergence are we after?' Which is to say what kind of convergence do we want?

Adrian Mackenzie - Wirelessness as Experience of Transition

David M. Berry - A Contribution Towards A Grammar of Code

Jonathan Sterne, Jeremy Morris, Michael Brendan Baker and Ariana Moscote
- The Politics of Podcasting

Caroline Bassett - New Maps for Old?: The Cultural Stakes of '2.0'

Teodor Mitew - Repopulating the Map: Why Subjects and Things are Never Alone

Aylish Wood - Proliferating Connections and Communicating Convergence

Helen Thornham - Making games? Towards a theory of domestic videogaming

The Fibreculture Journal is affiliated with the Open Humanities Press -

Virtual Praxis: Women's Community in Second Life - call for papers

CALL FOR PAPERS - Virtual Praxis: Women's Community in Second Life

To be held on Minerva, the teaching and research space in Second Life maintained by The Department of Women's Studies, Ohio State University, Saturday, November 15, 2008

As teachers, librarians, artists, health care workers, and as volunteers in the many charitable and activist organizations of Second Life, women are a very visible element of our virtual community.

The number of women's groups and community centers is increasing, supported by an informal network of committed individuals. Those who come here out of curiosity often find themselves involved in these community activities, and those who came for professional reasons often find that their interests have widened and diversified as they have come into contact with Second Life society.

Is what we do here just relaxation, a metaphor for what we do in real life, or do our Second Life activities have importance for our home communities and for society in general?

You are invited to submit an abstract (250 words maximum) for individual 20-minute presentations or panels on an aspect of women's contribution to the Second Life community. Proposals will be selected with a view to giving a broad perspective of how women are using Second Life.

Please include RL contact information with your submission, as well as your time zone, to the address below. The deadline for submissions is August 15.

E-mail to:
Dr. Sharon Collingwood
Department of Women's Studies
The Ohio State University

Flow Journal, Vol. 8, Issue 3 now online

Te new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture is available at

This issue features columns from Shayla Thiel-Stern, Jennifer Fuller, Bambi Haggins, Karen Lury, and Carly A. Kocurek.

This issue's columns in brief:

"Interpreting Exile in Guyville’s Legacy…"
by Shayla Thiel-Stern
A personal reflection on the legacy of Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville in relation to the 15 year anniversary re-issue of the album.

"Into the Maelstrom with Flavor of Love"
by Jennifer Fuller
A critical look at the black, female representation on the reality television show Flavor of Love.

"George Carlin, the Last of the Trinity"
by Bambi Haggins
Late-night musings on the last of the original kings of comedy.

"Same As It Never Was: Nostalgia and Children’s TV"
by Karen Lury
In recollection, children’s television emerges as somewhere between speech and writing; and there is something important about that intangibility.

"Gaming for the Gal on the Go: Advertising the Nintendo DS"
by Carly A. Kocurek
The Nintendo DS is being sold to the Sex and the City generation.

We look forward to your visit and encourage your comments.