Thursday, November 20, 2008

Internet Research 10.0

Internet Research 10.0
Internet: Critical

The 10th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)

Call for Papers

October 7-11, 2009
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

As the Internet has become an increasingly ubiquitous and mundane medium, the analytical shortcomings of the division between the online and the offline have become evident. Shifting the focus to the fundamental intermeshing of online and offline spaces, networks, economies, politics, locations, agencies, and ethics, Internet: Critical invites scholars to consider material frameworks, infrastructures, and exchanges as enabling constraints in terms of online phenomena.

Furthermore, the conference invites considerations of Internet research as a critical practice and theory, its intellectual histories, investments, and social reverberations. How do we, as Internet researchers, connect our work to social concerns or cultural developments both local and global, and what kinds of agency may we exercise in the process? What kinds of redefinitions of the political (in terms of networks, micropolitics, participation, lifestyles, resistant or critical practices) are necessary when conceptualizing Internet cultures within the current geopolitical and geotechnological climate?

To this end, we call for papers, panel proposals, and presentations from any discipline, methodology, and community, and from conjunctions of multiple disciplines, methodologies and academic communities that address the conference themes, including papers that intersect and/or interconnect the following:

• critical moments, elements, practices

• critical theories, methods, constructs

• critical voices, histories, texts

• critical networks, junctures, spaces

• critical technologies, artifacts, failures

• critical ethics, interventions, alternatives.

Sessions at the conference will be established that specifically address the conference themes, and we welcome innovative, exciting, and unexpected takes on those themes. We also welcome submissions on topics that address social, cultural, political, legal, aesthetic, economic, and/or philosophical aspects of the Internet beyond the conference themes. In all cases, we welcome disciplinary and interdisciplinary submissions as well as international collaborations from both AoIR and non-AoIR members.


We seek proposals for several different kinds of contributions. We welcome proposals for traditional academic conference PAPERS and we also welcome proposals for ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS that will focus on discussion and interaction among conference delegates, as well as organized PANEL PROPOSALS that present a coherent group of papers on a single theme.


Call for Papers Released: 15 November 2008
Submissions Due: 1 February 2009
Notification: 15 March 2009


All papers and presentations in this session will be evaluated in a standard blind peer review.


- PAPERS (individual or multi-author) - submit abstract of 600-800 words

-FULL PAPERS (OPTIONAL): For submitters requiring peer review of full papers, manuscripts of up to 8,000 words will be accepted for review. These will be reviewed and judged separately from abstract submissions

- PANEL PROPOSALS - submit a 600-800 word description of the panel theme, plus 250-500 word abstract for each paper or presentation

- ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS - submit a statement indicating the nature of the roundtable discussion and interaction

Papers, presentations and panels will be selected from the submitted proposals on the basis of multiple blind peer review, coordinated and overseen by the Program Chair. Each individual is invited to submit a proposal for 1 paper or 1 presentation. A person may also propose a panel session, which may include a second paper that they are presenting. An individual may also submit a roundtable proposal. You may be listed as co-author on additional papers as long as you are not presenting them.


Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of the journal Information, Communication & Society, edited by Caroline Haythornwaite and Lori Kendall. Authors selected for submission for this issue have already been contacted prior to the conference.

All papers submitted to the conference system will be available to AoIR members after the conference.


On October 7, 2009, there will be a limited number of pre-conference workshops which will provide participants with in-depth, hands-on and/or creative opportunities. We invite proposals for these pre-conference workshops. Local presenters are encouraged to propose workshops that will invite visiting researchers into their labs or studios or locales.

Proposals should be no more than 1000 words, and should clearly outline the purpose, methodology, structure, costs, equipment and minimal attendance required, as well as explaining its relevance to the conference as a whole. Proposals will be accepted if they demonstrate that the workshop will add significantly to the overall program in terms of thematic depth, hands on experience, or local opportunities for scholarly or artistic connections. These proposals and all inquiries regarding pre-conference proposals should be submitted as soon as possible to both the Conference Chair and Program Chair and no later than March 31, 2009.
Conference Workshops:


Program Chair: Susanna Paasonen, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Conference Co-Chairs and Coordinators: Elizabeth Buchanan, Michael Zimmer, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies and Center for Information Policy Research; Steve Jones, University of Illinois-Chicago
Vice-President of AoIR: Mia Consalvo, Ohio University
Association Website:

Conference Website:

SPONSORS (partial list)**

• School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

• Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

• Department of Communication Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago

• Center for Information and Society and the Department of Communication, University of Washington

• American Society for Information Science and Technology—Wisconsin Chapter

**Institutions or organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Elizabeth Buchanan—eliz1679 at

AMCIS Mini-Track - Virtual Worlds for Delivery and Integration of Information Systems Education

Virtual Worlds for Delivery and Integration of Information Systems Education

The use of virtual worlds for teaching has become of great interest lately, partially due to the popularity of online massively multiplayer games and environments such as ActiveWorlds, Second Life, Google’s Lively and others.

Discussion groups and lists such as the Second Life Research List, Second Life Educators List, and several in-world educators groups have started to talk about educational research and how best to use virtual worlds to supplement or deliver education and training, either to augment face-to-face, or to support the delivery of online education.

One educational domain, however, that rarely arises in these group discussions and mailing lists, is the domain of information systems (IS) education. It appears that the use of virtual worlds for IS education research in this area is sparse, and research in this area is even rarer.

This mini-track will be a gathering point for those currently delivering IS education using virtual worlds, those performing research about IS educational possibilities in virtual worlds, and those who are interested in exploring the possibilities that virtual worlds afford.

Of particular interest are those not simply delivering lectures to avatars in large virtual lecture halls, but those researchers and practitioners who are using the affordances the virtual worlds provide to do something innovative in information systems education, such as:

· curriculum integration

· student retention and team building activities

· novel delivery of online content

· virtual mentoring

· virtual simulations and case studies

· IS pedagogy including innovative methods for teaching IS online

· intelligent cognitive, conversational and pedagogical agents

· intelligent and affective tutoring in VWs

· formation of communities of practice, legitimate peripheral participation, and other educational
phenomenon among participants in virtual learning activities

· use of VWs in teaching specific IS subjects

· virtual computing libraries, reference services, and other support services delivered in VWs

Papers are welcome that document recent research and/or capability development, work-in-progress, evaluation studies, and novel integrations of existing technologies. Papers and presentations which include demonstrations of new IS educational technology are especially welcome.

Mini-track Chairs:
Scott P. OvermyerCenter for Graduate StudiesBaker CollegeFlint, Michigan USA
Hossein SarrafzadehInstitute for Information and Mathematical StudiesMassey UniversityAuckland, New Zealand