Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Carl Couch Internet Research Award

Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2009

Sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research

The Carl Couch Center issues an annual call for student-authored papers to be considered for Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award. The Couch Center welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that (1) apply symbolic interactionist approaches to Internet studies, (2) demonstrate interactive relationships between social interaction and communication technologies as advocated by Couch, and/or (3) develop symbolic interactionist concepts in new directions. Papers will be evaluated based on the quality of (1) mastery of Symbolic Interactionist approaches and concepts and Couch’s theses, (2) originality, (3) organization, (4) presentation, and (5) advancement of knowledge. Evaluation will be administered by a Review Committee of four:

Dr. Mark D. Johns, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Dr. Lori Kendall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Annette Markham, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Dr. Dennis Waskul, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Competition is open to graduate or undergraduate students of all disciplines. Works that are published or accepted for publication are not eligible for award consideration. Entries should not exceed 30 pages (approximately 7500 words) in length, including references and appendices. Limit of one entry per student per year.

The top three papers will receive Couch Awards to be presented at the 2009 meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (aoir.org) at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. The top paper will be awarded a certificate and a cash prize of $500 US, runner up will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $300 US, and a third paper will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $100 US. All three authors will be invited to present their work at a session of the AoIR conference, October 7-11, 2009 in Milwaukee.

Those interested should send a copy of their paper, with a 100-word abstract, electronically to Mark D. Johns at mjohns@luther.edu

Application deadline is April 30, 2009. Notification of award will be sent by June 15.

Those with questions or comments about Couch Award application, please contact:

Mark D. Johns
Dept. of Communication Studies
Luther College, Decorah, IA 52101 USA
Tel: (563) 387-1347
E-mail: mjohns@luther.edu

Distributed Creativities

Distributed Creativities
Call For Papers
Graduate Conference

University of California, San Diego Visual Arts Department

The Ph.D. graduate students in the Visual Arts Department at UCSD are soliciting papers for their 2009 Graduate Conference, scheduled for April 4, 2009. The conference, "Distributed Creativities," will explore the distribution of creativity and issues of collaboration. These issues have played a central role in artistic production since ancient times. From era to era and culture to culture, assigning (or taking) credit for artistic authorship has involved an ever-changing /shifting set of criteria. In the modern period, corporate involvement with and patronage of art, along with increasingly sophisticated techniques of mass production have challenged the authenticity of artistic expression as well as the notion of individual artistic genius celebrated by Giorgio Vasari in the 16th century.

In this conference we hope to explore the connections between collaboration, creativity and artistic production, from the construction of ancient cities to the pervasive influence of digital media in contemporary art practice.

Possible points of questioning include, but are not limited to:

- problematics of authorship

- premodern guild systems

- artists and artisans

- Originality, copies, remix, mashup

- humanism and the individual genius

- locative media - place, mobility, augmented reality

- the rise (and fall?) of the "creative class"? (Richard Florida)

- Intellectual property issues

- collective storytelling, audio narratives and sound art

- open source and crowdsourcing

- tactical media - performance, agency and activism

- responsive architecture and relational environments

- advertising and marketing strategies

- digital and interactive work

- mechanical reproduction (Walter Benjamin)

- material labor

- cognitive capitalism

- free culture

- digital commons and social networking

- fair use of creative products in a creative society

- defending ownership

We welcome all graduate students with related interests to submit abstracts (300-400 words) or full papers by January 5th, 2009. Participants will be notified in mid January, and final papers will be due in mid March. The authors of chosen papers will be asked to prepare presentations of approximately 20 minutes.

Please send all submissions to visarts-conference@ucsd.edu
Kindly include the name of your university or home institution, department of study and degree program (MA, PhD, etc.).

We would like to open submissions to graduate students in departments such as: Art History, Visual Arts, Cultural Studies, Area Studies, Classics, Antiquities, Film Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, Communications, Urban Studies, and others, this list is by no means exhaustive.

To learn more about last year's event, including the full program and abstracts of papers presented at last year's conference, please visit http://visartsconference.blogspot.com/

More information about our department and programs can be found at http://visarts.ucsd.edu

Monday, November 24, 2008

7th Chinese Internet Research Conference

Call for Papers for the 7th Chinese Internet Research Conference

The Chinese Internet and Civil Society: Civic Engagement, Deliberation and Culture

Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania Sylvie,
Wednesday May 27 and Thursday May 28, 2009

By the end of June 2008, China had reached 253 million Internet users, surpassing the United States and becoming the country with the largest number of netizens. The theme of the 7th Chinese Internet Research Conference, "The Chinese Internet and Civil Society: Civic Engagement, Deliberation and Culture," is designed to bring together scholars and professionals to examine the Chinese Internet from socioeconomic, political and cultural perspectives and explore uncharted areas in innovative ways. While much of the research so far has focused on the political implications of the Internet in China, we have yet to understand the changes the Internet is fostering in civil society, the intersection between the market and the state, and the Internet's cultural implications for identity formation, emergent cultural phenomena and social networking.

Topics of the conference include but are not limited to the following:

1. Civil society and its obstacles:
What is the role of the internet in the emergent civil society of China? Is there an online public sphere and what does it look like? How does the internet shape the interplay between the private, public and state sectors? What are some of the negative aspects of Chinese online social networking, e.g. what role does the internet play in enabling terrorism, extreme nationalism, or violence in China?

2. The Internet and youth:
How do young people use the Internet and are there generational differences in Internet use? What cultures/subcultures emerge over the Internet? How are civic cultures formed through online cultural practices such as peer production, gaming, and social networking in spaces such as Facebook, YouTube, and Myspace? What new cultures emerge in virtual worlds such as Secondlife and Hipihi, the blogosphere and other online spaces?

3. The Internet, national crisis and media events:
What is the role of the Internet in managing national crisis, for example, by organizing, coordinating and advancing volunteerism, donations and social support in cases such as the Sichuan Earthquake? What is the role of the Internet in managing the national image and advancing cultural understanding? What is the role of the Internet in media events such as the Beijing Olympics?

4. Entertainment, deliberation/opinion-formation and popular culture:
How have the boundaries between news and entertainment changed and what effect does it have on deliberation and opinion formation? What is the role of entertainment in Internet use? To what extent are people addressed as consumers rather than citizens online? How are concepts such as "fun" and "play" applied in Internet use?

5. Chinese minorities, China Proper, Greater China or "Cultural China":
How do Chinese minorities use the Internet? How are they represented over the Internet? How is the Internet used in other Chinese-language speaking areas, including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore? How do Chinese diasporas use the Internet? Is global Chineseness, if it exists, fostered through the Internet?

6. Research methodology:
What are the appropriate methodologies to study the Chinese Internet and civil society in particular? What comparative models can explore the overlap and differences between the Chinese Internet and the global Internet?

The conference is organized and hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. It is the first time that the conference will be held on the East Coast of the United States, which provides new opportunities to link scholars from China and the rest of the world.

Paper Submission:
We welcome proposals of quantitative, qualitative and critical studies from all disciplines. English proposal are preferred, but Chinese proposals will also be carefully considered. Invited papers will build upon the conference theme or address other significant issues regarding Internet development, use, and impacts in China and the Chinese-speaking world.

A proposal of approximately 1000 words is due by Jan. 15, 2009.
Submissions should be sent to Dr. Hongmei Li and Sylvie Beauvais at penncirc2009@asc.upenn.edu. Accepted papers will be announced on February 15, 2009. Completed papers should be submitted by April 24, 2009.

Competitive scholarship:
A limited amount of travel funding will be available for promising young scholars, especially for those travelling from Asia. To indicate interest in the travel scholarship, please attach your CV when you send your abstract.

Paper Award:
Following a tradition of this conference, graduate students may submit papers for the Annual Best Graduate Student Paper Award. Cash prizes will be given to the winner or winners. To qualify, submissions need to be full conference papers written in English authored by or coauthored among graduate students. Deadline for submission is April 24, 2009.

Conference cooperating institutions include:
The Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong, the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, the Institute for Pacific Asia at Texas A & M University, the Singapore Internet Research Center (SIRC) at Nanyang Technological University, the School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University, and the Center for US-China Relations at Tsinghua University. Paste conferences were held at the University of Hong Kong, Texas A & M University, Nanyang Technological University, Michigan State University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.

Participants are responsible for paying for their hotel. You are encouraged to reserve a room at the Club Quarters of Philadelphia:
www.clubquarters.com, 1628 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, (215) 282-5000.

When making a reservation, please specify that you are reserving as a guest of the University of Pennsylvania.

Other hotels include the Sheraton University City (http://www.philadelphiasheraton.com/) and the Inn at Penn (http://www.theinnatpenn.com/) .

There is no fee to register for the conference. The conference is open to the public. If you would like to attend the conference, please register by emailing your name, institutional affiliation and title, and email address.

Visa Support Letters
The organizers will provide visa support letters upon request. Please email your request to PennCirc2009@asc.upenn.edu in an email entitled "VISA SUPPORT" specifying your name as it appears in your passport, your dates of travel, the address of the embassy to which you will be submitting a visa request, and any other information you would like us to include in the letter. We will email you a PDF of the support letter.

The Annenberg School, which is part of the University of Pennsylvania, is located at 3620 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA. The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is a 20 minute taxi ride from either the university campus or downtown Philadelphia. Public rail transportation is also available from the airport. You can also fly to Newark International Airport (EWR) and take a one-hour train to Philadelphia.

Annenberg School for Communication
Founded in 1959 through the generosity and vision of diplomat and philanthropist Walter Annenberg, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is devoted to furthering our understanding of the role of communication in public life through research, education and service. Annenberg offers students a firm grounding in a wide range of approaches to the study of communication and its methods, drawn from both the humanities and the social sciences. It is an intellectual crossroads built on nearly 50 years of interdisciplinary dialogue. Annenberg's doctoral program prepares students to make professional contributions to communication scholarship, research, and policy.

Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication
The Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) is a leader in international education, research, and training in comparative media law and policy. It affords students, academics, lawyers, regulators, civil society representatives and others working in the media sector the opportunity to evaluate critically and discuss comparative, global and international communications issues. CGCS draws on various disciplines (law, political science, and international relations among others) to explore public policy issues and the way media and globalization intersect with the changing nature of states.

Humanities and Technology Annual Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS: Humanities and Technology Annual Conference
March 26-28, 2009
University of Virginia
Special Topic:Technology, Democracy, and Citizenship

Democracy and democratic citizenship shape and are shaped by technology. Taking the broad approach, this conference invites papers and session proposals bringing insight to the important albeit complicated and intricate relationships among technology, democracy, and citizenship.

Besides scholars in Science and Technology Studies and the Humanities and Social Sciences, we hope to attract practitioners and researchers in engineering, science, public policy, architecture, government, and international development to engage in a series of wide-ranging conversations focused on three broad intersections of technology and democracy:

*IDEALS*—For example, how can technology be managed so that it promotes democratic ideals? How can technology undermine democratic ideals? Exactly what do we mean by "democracy" and "democratic citizenship"?

*PROCESSES*—This category includes socio-technical systems directly involved in democratic processes, such as voting machines and blogs, as well as broader questions of education, public discourse, deliberation, and decision-making.

*DECISIONS*—Perhaps the broadest category of all, this includes the full range of specific areas in which democracies must establish policy and make decisions—energy, the environment, national defense, transportation, homeland security, health care, regulation of business and entrepreneurship, genetic engineering, funding of research, and more.

To propose a paper, send an abstract of no more than 250 words. To propose a session, include a session title and rationale as well as an abstract for each paper. Include the affiliation and relevant contact details for all authors.

Please direct electronic submissions and questions to Andreas.Michel@rose-hulman.edu, or write to

Andreas Michel,

HTA 2009 Program Chair,

Humanities and Social Sciences,

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology,
5500 Wabash Ave,

Terre Haute,

IN, 47803.

We will begin reviewing proposals as soon as they are received.
*Proposals are due no later than January 30, 2009*

Openness and the Future of Higher Education

Call for Papers - Openness and the Future of Higher Education

This Call for Papers is for a theme issue of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (www.irrodl.org) entitled:
Openness and the Future of Higher Education.
The projected publication date is October 2009. The Guest Editors are Dr. David Wiley and John Hilton.

The aim of this Special Issue is to further our understanding of the manner in which the open source, open access, and open education movements are now and will impact higher education organizations, learners, and other stakeholders in the future.

Our intent is to stimulate critical debate, encourage collection and analyses of relevant data, and add to the theoretical foundations used in policy and planning discussions related to openness within institutions of higher education. Special consideration will be given to articles that present analyses and interpretations of empirical data, but rigorous theoretical submissions will also be considered.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Those submissions accepted for publication will be published under Creative Commons license in www.irrodl.org.


* Submission Proposals: January 15, 2009
* Notification of Acceptance: February 15
* Papers Due: May 1
* Peer Reviews Returned: June 30
* Finalized Papers Due: August 1
* Publication Date: October 15


Individual or multiple authors must first submit an abstract-length proposal of approximately 500-750 words to IRRODL's Managing Editor at irrodl@athabascau.ca.

Those who have had their abstracts accepted will be formally invited by the Guest Editors to submit a full-length paper of approximately 5000 words. For IRRODL's submission guidelines, visit: http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/about/submissions

All full-length papers submitted to IRRODL will be subject to multiple blind peer review. All blind peer reviews will be shared with the authors. While influenced by the outcome of the blind peer reviews, the Guest Editors reserve the right to make final publication decisions.


* Critical perspectives on open education

* Effect of openness on access to educational opportunity

* Evaluation of open educational resources and services

* Issues of affordability and openness

* Issues of quality and localization of open educational resources

* Openness and accreditation

* Openness and future course management systems / personal learning environments

* Open models for awarding credit or degrees

* Open / peer tutoring and advising models

* Open source, open access, or open education policy in higher education

* Open teaching / massively open online courses ("MOOC")

* Open textbooks

* Social implications of open education

* Structures and patterns of reuse of open educational resources

* Sustainable models of creating and sharing open educational resources

* Unique impact of openness on institutions in developing countries