Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Extraordinary Voyages: Jules Verne and Beyond

Extraordinary Voyages: Jules Verne and Beyond
The 2009 Eaton Conference

April 30-May 3
at the University of California at Riverside

Keynote speeches by:
- Marie-Hélène Huet, author of The History of the “Extraordinary Voyages”
- Walter James Miller, founder of modern American Verne studies
- John Rieder, author of Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction

invited panel discussions on:
- The Emergence of Modern Science Fiction
- Verne in Europe and the United States
- Verne in Film
- Steampunk after Verne
- Collecting and Translating Verne

- awarding of the Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award to Frederik Pohl, author of The Space Merchants, Gateway, Man Plus, and other SF classics

- Science Fiction Studies symposium on “The Histories of Science Fiction, with talks by De Witt Kilgore, Veronica Hollinger, and Roger Luckhurst

- annual awards ceremony of the Science Fiction Poetry Association

- tours of the Eaton archive

Call for Papers:
Extraordinary voyages have shaped world literature since the Biblical Flood and The Odyssey, but no single writer has done more than Jules Verne to forge this device into a narrative template for addressing modern issues. The UCR Libraries’ Eaton Science Fiction Collection, in
coordination with the North American Jules Verne Society, proposes a two and one-half-day conference that will examine the traditions Verne exploited, Verne’s own extraordinary work, and his far-ranging influence in modern fiction and culture. 

In 1863, Jules Verne published the first of the sixty-four novels and short story collections that would become known as the “Extraordinary Voyages.” Verne’s influence on the hardware and the locales of modern science fiction—the center of the earth, the bottom of the seas, outer space—is widely recognized.

More significant is his influence on the shape of modern SF: the extraordinary voyage has become a foundational motif by which scientific knowledge is linked to the exploration of richly-imagined worlds. This conference will explore the implications of the extraordinary voyage as a narrative and ideological model that resonates in world SF down to the present day.

The conference welcomes scholars, collectors, and enthusiasts of the extraordinary voyage and will address, but not necessarily be limited to, the following sets of questions. 

- What is the place of the extraordinary voyage within the complex of genres that makes up early or proto-science fiction: the utopia, the scientific romance, the hollow-earth tale, the Robinsonade, etc.? 

- How has the extraordinary voyage been linked to discourses of travel and tourism, to scientific and technological revolutions, to the history of European colonialism and the rise of industrial militarism? 

- In what ways does a detailed focus on the mechanisms of locomotion (balloon, rocket, steamship, submarine, train, aircraft) transform the imaginary voyage into an extraordinary voyage, and how has this technique influenced other SF traditions? 

- Does the theme of travel, of transit across physical borders and toward extreme destinations, serve as an allegory for contact and communication across other sorts of boundaries (linguistic, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, national)? 

- How do 20th-century writers (such as the so-called “steampunks”) rework legacies of Verne and other 19th-century SF, whether earnestly or satirically, as paradigm or as pastiche? 

- What accounts for the remarkable afterlife of Verne’s characters, and those of 19th-century SF more generally, who appear in numerous revisions and elaborations by 20th- and 21st-century SF writers? 

- What are the influences of the Vernian paratext—the thousands of maps, illustrations, photographs, and ornately colored and ornamented bindings of the first editions—on contemporary works of imaginative fiction? 

- How has the extraordinary voyage been translated into other cultures and other media, from comic books, graphic novels and film to theme parks and digital texts, and with what consequences?

Abstracts of 300-500 words (for papers of 20-minutes in length) should be submitted by December 15, 2008 to Melissa Conway, director of Special Collections in the Rivera Library,



$2 Million Competition

Focus: Participatory Learning
Application Deadline: October 15, 2008
Full information at:

Application Deadline: October 15, 2008

The second HASTAC/MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition is now open! The focus is participatory learning.

Awards will be made in two categories:

Innovation in Participatory Learning Awards support large-scale digital learning projects


Young Innovator Awards are targeted at 18-25 year olds

Full information at:



The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, Duke University and the virtual network HASTAC, announced today a second annual open-call competition that will provide $2 million in awards to innovators shaping the field of digital media and learning. The Digital Media and Learning Competition, supported through a grant to the University of California, Irvine and administered by HASTAC, has been expanded to pilot international submissions and introduce a new category focusing on young innovators aged 18-25.

"Digital media are helping to make the world smaller, spread ideas, and encourage collaboration across borders and among people who otherwise might not have an opportunity to work together," said MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton. "To ensure support for the freshest thinking and most innovative applications of digital media to learning, we have expanded this year's competition to include international submissions and ideas from young people, who are often the pioneers of the digital space."

Awards will be given in two categories:

Innovation in Participatory Learning Awards will support projects that demonstrate new modes of participatory learning, in which people take part in virtual communities, share ideas, comment on one another's projects, and advance goals together. Successful projects will promote participatory learning in a variety of environments: through the creation of new digital tools, modification of existing ones, or use of digital media in some other novel way. 
Submissions will be accepted from applicants in Canada, People's Republic of China, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States, countries in which HASTAC or MacArthur have significant experience. Winners will receive between $30,000 and $250,000.

Young Innovator Awards are designed to encourage young people aged 18-25 to think boldly about "what comes next" in participatory learning and to contribute to making it happen. Winners will receive funding to do an internship with a sponsor organization to help bring their most visionary ideas from the "garage" stage to implementation. For this competition cycle, submissions will only be accepted from applicants in the United States. Winners will receive between $5,000 and $30,000.

This year's competition will include an online forum where applicants can post their ideas, solicit feedback, offer their services, and connect with other applicants and potential collaborators. All material posted to this "Digital Media and Learning Scratchpad" is publiclyaccessible. Participation is voluntary and not required for application.

"Participatory learning allows people to work together online toward some collective purpose, sharing knowledge, insights, and expertise, and most important, learning together," said Cathy N. Davidson, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor at Duke Universit and HASTAC co-founder.

The open competition will be administered by the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC), which was founded and is primarily operated at two university centers, the University of California Humanities Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine and the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University. Applications will be judged by an expert panel of scholars, educators, entrepreneurs, journalists, and other digital media specialists.

"With the digital media and learning initiative, the MacArthur Foundation is playing a leading role in reshaping both institutional and informal learning practices," said David Theo Goldberg, HASTAC co-founder and director of the University of California's Humanities Research Institute. "Traditional learning practices are being supplemented and supplanted by new digital media, which both enable and extend their reach through virtual institutions like HASTAC. This is a natural partnership."

Competition winners will join an existing community of 17 awardees from last year, including a mobile musical laboratory, a digital humanitarian assistance game derived from existing military simulation technology, and a mobile phone project hat connects young African social entepreneurs with young North American professionals. Winners also will be invited to showcase their work at a conference that will include venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, educators and new media experts seeking the best ideas about digital participatory learning. Applications are due Oct. 15, 2008 and winners will be publicly announced in April 2009. Detailed information on the competition is available online at

About the MacArthur Foundation:
The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. MacArthur's $50 million digital media and learning initiative seeks to help determine how digital media are changing how young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. More information is available at or

A consortium of humanists, artists, scientists, social scientists and engineers from universities and other civic institutions across the U.S. and internationally, HASTAC is committed to new forms of collaboration for thinking, teaching, and research across communities and disciplines fostered by creative uses of technology. More information is available at

Press contacts:
MacArthur Foundation: Jen Humke, (312) 726-8000 (
HASTAC: Mandy Dailey, (919) 681-8897 (

The story behind Google's browser Chrome

The story behind Google's browser Chrome

Watch a video from the development team on the thinking and features behind Google Chrome.

I have been using Chrome since late last night and so far I have no complaints, I recommend you should try it, too. Visit to download and start exploring. (For the moment, it's available only for Windows users, but you can sign up on the download page to learn when the Mac and Linux versions are available.)

Visit the official Google Blog to learn more about Chrome by clicking here.

Wall Street Journal News Video: Google Enters Web Browser Wars

Google's new Internet browser, Chrome, is a strategic weapon in the company's battle with Microsoft. But prompting consumers to actively choose a browser, rather than use what's installed in their computer, is no easy task.

Reuters News Video: Google unveils Chrome browser

Google is taking aim at Microsoft by unveiling a new open source browser. The much-anticipated Google browser has made its debut. Chrome is designed to handle complex web video and applications, and claims to be faster and more secure than its rivals like Microsoft Internet Explorer 8. Bobbi Rebell reports.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Special Issue of E-Learning on globally networked learning in higher education

Special Issue of the journal E-Learning on globally networked learning in higher education

E-Learning, a peer-reviewed international journal directed towards the study of e-learning in its diverse aspects, invites submissions for a special issue on “Globalizing Higher Education Across the Disciplines: Innovative Partnerships, Policies, and Pedagogies for Globally Networked Learning Environments,” guest edited by Doreen Starke-Meyerring.

Early national and global policy discourses around the role of the internet in higher education advanced utopian and dystopian understandings of the internet as a new global market for existing industrial-model, locally produced higher education courses and programs to be repackaged for global delivery and global trade online. As a result, hundreds of millions of public and private dollars have been spent on global internet-based higher education marketing consortia, many of which have since failed. As initial responses to digital technologies, these initiatives had largely tried to reproduce established institutionally bounded practices in digital environments, disregarding the networked nature and peer production potential of digital technologies, and therefore lacking pedagogical innovation to re-envision learning in a globally networked world.

At the same time, however, many faculty across the disciplines in higher education have begun to develop alternative pedagogies and learning environments that take advantage of the globally networked nature of digital technologies. These globally networked learning environments (GNLEs) connect students with peers, instructors, professionals, experts, and communities from diverse contexts to help students develop new ways of knowledge making and learn how to build shared learning and knowledge cultures across traditional boundaries, especially with peers and communities that have been the most marginalized and disadvantaged in the emerging global social and economic order. However, such GNLEs are difficult to develop because they require robust partnerships, must negotiate a multitude of divergent national and institutional local policies, and as innovations, face challenges of institutional support infrastructures and policies designed around traditional local classrooms.

The purpose of this special issue is to understand the current state of globally networked learning environments across disciplines in higher education and to advance insights into their development and sustainability. The special issue therefore invites both conceptual contributions that address larger questions surrounding GNLEs as well as research studies of GNLE development across disciplines, addressing questions such as these (among others):

- What is the current state of globally networked learning in higher education?

- How have GNLEs addressed issues of global and local social justice?

- What kind of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge making do GNLEs enable that would be difficult to achieve in traditional institutionally bounded classrooms? How?

- What challenges do educators face in designing, implementing, and sustaining such partnered learning environments? How do they overcome them?

- How do national and global policies regulating higher education as well as those regulating digital technologies (e.g. privacy, intellectual property, and censorship policies) enable or constrain the development of GNLEs?

- How do local institutional policies, including policies regulating digital technologies, enable or constrain the development of GNLEs?

- What institutional initiatives (e.g., task forces, innovator networks, centres for research and faculty support, integrated support networks) have emerged to support the work of faculty innovators?

- What research is needed to advance globally networked learning environments in higher education?

- Proposals indicating the purpose, rationale, and possible approach of contributions (250-500 words): November 1, 2008

- Submissions (full manuscripts): January 15, 2009

- Accepted manuscripts revised for publication: May 15, 2009

- Scheduled publication of issue: Fall 2009

Please direct inquiries and proposals to the guest editor:

Doreen Starke-Meyerring

Please also contact the editor if you are interested in serving as a reviewer for this special issue.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Conversations about Connections - call for papers

Call for Papers
2009 Central States Communication Association in St. Louis
Conversations about Connections: Gateway to Communication at the "Heart of it All"

March 31-April 5, 2009

The Communication Theory Interest Group welcomes submissions of competitive papers and panel proposals for the 2009 CSCA Conference. Any topic related to communication theory is welcome. We encourage submissions that focus on the convention theme, "Conversations about
Connections: Gateway to Communication at the "Heart of it All."

The Communication Theory Interest Group is particularly interested in
submissions that:

• Investigate the interface of theory and practice

• Examine new or important developments in communication theory

• Address effective ways of teaching communication theory

• Consider the relationship between theory and method

• Highlight the works of important communication theorists

• Contribute to the development of communication as a theoretically informed discipline

A variety of formats are welcome including competitive paper panels, response and discussion panels, roundtable discussions, dialogue sessions, and debates. We welcome submissions from faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and communication practitioners whose work is informed by communication theory. The top competitive paper by a student and the top competitive paper by a faculty member or professional will be given a cash award. Others submitting top three papers will receive recognition.

Guidelines for Submission of competitive papers and panel proposals:

Competitive papers must conform to APA standards. On the title page include the name(s) of author(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information. Author(s) name and affiliation should only be included on the title page. Remove all author references from the text of the paper. Students submitting papers should mark the title page as a STUDENT submission.

Panel proposals must include a title, the name of person responsible for the program, and names, institutional affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of each panel participant. Include a 200-word abstract for the panel AND a 100-word abstract of or brief
explanation for each participant's purpose/perspective. Panel proposals must also include a 2009 CSCA "Panel Proposal Form" available in the "Program Planner Guide" section on

Submit papers and proposals as MICROSOFT WORD attachments to Tony Adams at Submissions must be received by October 1, 2008. Only complete papers and/or proposals will be considered.

If you have questions or need additional information please contact:
Tony Adams
Department of Communication, Media & Theatre
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Ave., FA 240
Chicago, Illinois 60625

More than Adaptation: Asking the Big Questions about Film, Narrative, and Disciplines

More than Adaptation: Asking the Big Questions about Film, Narrative, and Disciplines
Call for Papers

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Feb. 26-March 1, 2009

Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

We've all attended the conferences with the panels on film focused on the famous or obscure auteur, the hottest adaptation of a children's fantasy novel to the big screen, or the works of various national cinemas. These are all vital areas of study that illuminate the ways that individuals, histories, technologies, and cultures approach stories. This panel takes a step back and asks for us, as scholars, to consider the meaning and importance of why we study film outside of the cinematic discipline.

Film as a narrative (both fictive and non-fictive) medium presents certain challenges and advantages to the contemporary scholar who finds themselves pulled towards interdisciplinarity but also held to the standards of their individual departments. Film presents a fantastic
opportunity for us to not only deal with an immensely powerful communication tool of language and story. It also presents an arena for us to investigate the relationships between these ideas, and it is time that we came together to begin to articulate why and how we do so. With a debatably increase in the visual nature of narratives in contemporary society, we must prepare and interrogate the role of this powerful visual medium in our studies of language, literature, and rhetoric.

Specifically, this panel seeks to raise and address questions of the perspectives that we as scholars of modern language can bring to the study and teaching of film and also address the ways that leaving our discipline open to the ideas of those in the media, film, and visual
aesthetics fields provides vibrancy and challenges that strengthen and engage us. It is not intended as a venue for papers whose primary focus on the analysis of specific texts or individuals. I solicit papers from scholars working to theoretically bridge and mediate between the written, spoken, and viewed words, languages, and narrative.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Teaching, Studying, and Enjoying Film

Film as Politics, Pedagogy, Worship, or Identity

Film and Disciplinarity

Students and Non-traditional Approaches to Teaching with or about Film

"Visual Narrative" vs./and "Film"

Beyond the Blockbuster/Indy

Film and Culture

Theories of Film as Dialogue

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will
be posted in June at

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

The Future of the Internet

The Future of the Internet

Working and conducting business, creating and sharing content, learning, gaming or shopping, networking or phoning friends across the continents: all these activities are moving online. The Internet has revolutionised our social and business habits. It has evolved from a network of computers and information into a network of people. And change is far from over.

This video follows a conference organised by the Slovenian EU presidency in cooperation with the EC in Bled on 31 March 2008. The conference brings together European and international experts to discuss the way ahead for a Future Internet.

Already today, a billion of people are using the Internet. In a few years, once the Internet has become genuinely mobile, over 4 billion users and billions more devices and objects will be connected anywhere and anytime.

But before this can happen, the Internet must undergo important changes. Designed in the seventies, it is starting to face technical limitations which hamper its potential.

Browse through our website: discover the opportunities and challenges facing the Internet, and Europe's leading role in shaping its future.

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Latest issue of Adaptation now available online


Adaptation, The Journal of Literature on Screen Studies, is a new journal in 2008, edited by Deborah Cartmell, Timothy Corrigan and Imelda Whelehan. The latest issue is now available online.

Volume 1, Number 2, September 2008
Click on the links below to read article abstracts. You can also view the table of contents online at

Alessandra Raengo
A Necessary Signifier: The Adaptation of Robinson's Body-image in 'The
Jackie Robinson Story'

Thomas Leitch
Adaptation, the Genre

Yvonne Griggs
'Humanity must perforce prey upon itself like monsters of the deep':
King Lear and the Urban Gangster Movie

Lisa Hopkins
Hamlet Smokes Prince: 101 Reykjavik on Page and Screen

Professor Peter Childs
Film Review: Atonement-The Surface of Things

FREE ARTICLE: An article from the first issue of Adaptation is available free online. Click on the link below to read it:

Adaptation Studies at a Crossroads
Thomas Leitch

New in 2008, Adaptation provides an international forum to theorise and interrogate the phenomenon of literature on screen from both a literary and film studies perspective.

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*Find out more
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Digital Fringe 2008 call for submissions

Digital Fringe 08 Call for submissions

*Digital Fringe* is now accepting entries (video, stills or audio).

Ferret around your hard drives, dig out those gems and have your work seen on hundreds of public screens.

Uploaded content will play on an extensive network of screens around the world: from the web to retail television display walls to huge urban screens, hospitality venues, galleries, libraries and many other public nooks and crannys.

Visit to submit your works, and for more festival info.

Artist retain copyright of their works and have the option of utilising the Creative Commons licensing scheme.

Digital Fringe is also chasing *more screening venues* - so if you know of any idle screens in need of interesting art content in your area (in bars, shops, ....wherever) put them in touch with us or let us know at:

Digital Fringe is produced by *Horse Bazaar* as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival (September 24 - October 12)

Horse Bazaar in association with Melbourne Fringe & Film Victoria presents: DIGITAL FRINGE 08

1's & 0's in your eyes. Digital Fringe pixels will catch your eyeballs somewhere this festival season. Digital Fringe is the digital arts arm of The AGE 2008 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Digital art from all over the world will be streaming into all sorts of nooks and crannies, across the
Melbourne, Victoria & the world. See international emerging artists in your local pub, library, or shops. Have your eyeballs hijacked by MPU's guerilla projections as you wander through the cityscape at night. Digital Fringe is a web based digital art festival that links to Melbourne and regional Victoria through site specific streaming of artistic digital content. Produced by Horse Bazaar, Digital Fringe 2008 will load up, stream out and shine across Melbourne, Regional Victoria and the world from Wednesday 24 September to Sunday 12 October as Melbourne Fringe Festival swings open its artistic carrel for the 26th year.

Digital Fringe provides artists with access to a network of 100's of public screens and non-traditional audiences through-out the state (and the world). A continual playlist of digital art plays on a multitude of screens. This curated playlist is a compilation of silent, G rated visual works of animation, abstract, video art, short film, motion graphics, photography or other stills. It is the cream of the crop of 1000's of submissions that results from an extensive local, national and international callout. Submissions are received from all around the world; from professional artists to bedroom doodlers and everybody in between. Screening venues range from busy bars and cafes, bustling shopping centres, walls of TV's in Harvey Norman, JB Hifi & Retravision
stores, State and regional libraries and art galleries, suburban shop fronts and on massive public screens like Federation Square. All works are also available via the Digital Fringe website

Digital Fringe once again features the Mobile Projection Unit (MPU). 3 weeks of public projection shenanigans and culture jacking feature as a centre piece of the festival. As the MPU rolls through the streets of Melbourne, guerrilla pixels alter buildings and billboards, and hijack
public audiences across the city. Key features of the MPU van include realtime GPS map positioning of the van viewable on the Digital Fringe website, live video hookups to the artists in the van, text interaction between the MPU and the Web, and real-time monitoring of what the MPU is projecting. The MPU allows local artists to take their work to the streets and interact with the inner urban built environment, and the general Melbourne public at large.

Check out for info on the range of digital activities finding their way in from the fringe.


MIC Toi Rerehiko presents: CHRISTINE WEBSTER
August 29 - 11 October.

MIC is privileged to welcome the return of Christine Webster, one of New Zealand's most prodigious and well-respected talents working in photography and video. Christine Webster will be exhibiting Le Dossier, a deeply evocative and erotically charged rumination on cultural mores as they relate to sexuality as well as a sophisticated critique of the role of representation in both maintaining and challenging culturally sanctioned categories of decency. A new version of the video installation Blindfield will be shown alongside Le Dossier and explores the role of the individual in relation to structures of power. Webster will also be presenting her latest multi-screen video and sound installation ViGil, which examines issues around desire and vulnerability, intimacy and control amongst various heterosexual, bi-sexual, gay and asexual participants.

Le Dossier 2006

Three women shut themselves away in a chateau in France to mime out erotically charged actions related to events dredged up from a scandal, which had occurred in Toulouse. The building becomes a repository or vessel for these actions, its fragile structure and surrounding gardens heavily marked by time, but leaving no traces of evidence. Kyla MacFarlane
C-type prints (20" x 28")

Blindfield 2007

Blindfield is not by any means a sentimental film work. It is instead a cautionary tale that gives visibility to the voiceless; uncovering what resides in residues of a past asylum. With the knowledge that her Grandmother had received Electric Shock Treatment, Webster set out to
explore what it means to be institutionalized. There is a constant sense of waiting or foreboding without resolve however the viewer is given the power to question what is seen. Laura Earley
A video work

ViGil 2008

Vigil is a multi-screen installation presenting a number of seated nudes. This work explores issues around desire and vulnerability, intimacy and control, examining differing perceptions about sexuality. A collection of subjects of differing sexual orientations occupy eleven monitors. The nudes are strangely distanced, playing the role of observers whilst audio tracks provide intimate confessional stories.
A multi-screen video and sound installation

MIC Toi Rerehiko, 321 Karangahape Rd,
Newton, Auckland
August 29 - 11 October
Gallery Opening Hours:
Tue - Fri, 10am – 6pm Sat, 11am - 4pm

New releases from the Pew Internet Project

New releases from the Pew Internet Project

The Pew Internet Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit "fact tank"
that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Pew Internet explores the impact of the internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life. Support for the project is provided by The
Pew Charitable Trusts. The project's Web site:

New E-patient data shows the value of broadband connections

Associate Director Susannah Fox has posted new analysis of people who get health information online and documented the importance of broadband connections to that activity. Her material can be found here:

A survey of global internet activists: They want an internet "Bill of Rights"

Last November, hundreds of government, industry leaders and internet activists from around the planet gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the second Internet Governance Forum. It was the one in a series of five annual meetings aimed at creating a global conversation about the future
of the internet and perhaps recommendations to the United Nations and the World Summit on the Information Society about policies that might be developed to promote widespread public access to the internet and how the internet might be configured. We invited attendees to complete an online survey and found strong support for an internet "Bill of Rights."

These activists said they hoped the rights would include freedom of information, freedom of expression, and the right of people to have affordable internet access.

Our distillation of the highlights of the survey can be found here:

A full rundown of the findings can be found here:

21st Century Gothic Symposium - Call for Papers

21st Century Gothic Symposium - Call for Papers

The Film & Television and English programmes at St. Mary's University College are proposing a one-day symposium on the theme of the Gothic in the 21st Century with an aim of encouraging interdisciplinary and cross- disciplinary work. We encourage abstracts on all aspects of the Gothic within more contemporary culture, however proposals on historic aspects of the Gothic which provide a comment on 21st century or neo-Gothic are welcome.

It is the aim of the Symposium to provide a wide range of themed panels and to bring together researchers from different disciplines, creating a useful dialogue across the field of the Gothic. The symposium will allow researchers in the field to identify and explore current debates on the Gothic with a particular focus on contemporary culture. We encourage submissions from postgraduate students.

We are delighted to confirm Dr. Catherine Spooner as the Keynote Speaker.

Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited on (but not restricted to) the following:

- Re-readings of the Gothic

- Theorising the Gothic for the 21st century

- Recent adaptations of the Gothic

- The value of the Gothic in the 21st century/The Gothic and the postmodern

- Changing forms/functions of the Gothic

- Contemporary Gothic in film, television, music, poetry, and art

- Gothic architecture and 21st century spaces

- Gothic imagery and new media, e.g. gaming, internet

-Gothic (or Goth) audiences and fan cultures

The event is scheduled for Saturday 24th January 2009 and will be held at St. Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill campus, Twickenham, UK.

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 12th September 2008.

Conference organisers: Brigid Cherry, Peter Howell, Caroline Ruddell.

For further information please contact Caroline Ruddell on

Dr Caroline Ruddell
Lecturer in Film and Television
St. Mary's University College
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill
Twickenham, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8240 4174