Friday, December 5, 2008

CALL FOR PAPERS: Communications Policy and Technology (CP&T) section

CALL FOR PAPERS: Communications Policy and Technology (CP&T) section

International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
27th Annual Research Conference,
July 21-24, 2009

National Autonomous University Of Mexico (Unam), Mexico-City, Mexico

Theme: Human Rights And Communication

The Communication Policy and Technology (CP&T) Section of the IAMCR invites the submission of abstracts bearing on the Conference theme as well as on the Section sub-theme ‘Human Rights, ICT Use & Technology Policy: Challenges, Options and the Way Forward’.

At the heart of the development, usages and policies of information and communication technologies are human beings, whose rights and interests should be paramount in the development process. Is there an inalienable right to information and communication as a basic survival tool within the emerging knowledge economy? How can we conceive internal and external media pluralism in the information age? Should access to the Internet and broadband technologies be a privilege or a right of citizens the world over? Are emerging social and citizen media entitled to the rights of traditional media in terms of press freedom? To what extent are the human rights and interests of children, elderly, disabled, poor and other socially disadvantaged people accounted for in strategic approaches and policy-making in the pre and post WSIS eras? And, with the focus on ‘Rights’, what importance do we accord to ‘Responsibility’ as part of the strategic thinking and policy objectives in the design, implementation and use of ICTs in the national and global communication spheres? What are the best methods to identify human concerns and to involve people’s practices in the design and social shaping of media technologies? How do people within different social-cultural settings experience and give meaning to new media in relation to the challenges of everyday life? How do people deal with hybridization and convergence in the new media ecosystem? Is there a new regulatory paradigm emerging?

Empirical and analytical work on these and other related issues will form the central thrust of presentations in the CP&T Section at the 2009 Mexico conference. Your carefully researched, analytical papers and well-crafted presentations could be part of the engaging series of sessions at the Conference. The CP& T Section welcomes abstracts of between 300 and 500 words from scholars of any academic discipline bearing on these and related issues. Topics of particular interest in abstract submissions to the Section include:

· Communication Rights in national and local contexts

· Human Rights, Internet Access and Sovereignty

· Internet Governance, Stakeholderism and Human Rights

· Open Access, Human Rights and ICT Policy-making

· Policy Challenges of the two IPs –Intellectual Property rights and Internet Protocol networks

· Open Source movement and creative commons

· Human Rights, Technology Designs and the Market

· Human Rights and Global Connectivity in the pre- and post-WSIS era

· Next Generation Networks & Net Neutrality

· Citizen Rights, Web 2.0 and beyond

· Convergence and Cross Media Use

· The Rights and Wrongs of the Digital Divide

· ICTs Role in Urban and Rural Everyday Life

· Cultural and indigenous innovations – the challenge of rights

· Technology and Human Rights in communicating wars, conflicts and crises

· Telecommunications Networks, Interconnection and Human Rights

· Social Innovation and User Involvement in ICT Design

· Disability, ICTs and Human Rights

· Human Rights and Virtual Communities

· ICTs to Support Social Bounding and Social Bridging

· Social Inclusion and Social Network Sites and Communities

· Youth and Elderly, ICT technologies and the right to communicate

· Digital Gaming and Citizen Rights

· The Impacts of National or Regional Communications Policies on Minorities

· Mobile Broadband, Telephony Usage Patterns and e-Exclusion

· Digital television, Switch-over Policies and Digital Divide

· Interdisciplinary Methods for Research on User Participation in ICT

· Community radio regulation

Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) addressing one or more of the above topics should be submitted via the official conference abstracts and registration site:

Also send a copy in Word-format to Bart Cammaerts (B.Cammaerts[AT] and Maria Michalis (M.Michalis[AT] All abstracts must be submitted before January 31, 2009.

Abstracts should state the title as well as the methods or approaches used and introduce the empirical and theoretical material on which the paper is based. Also include the relevance of the paper for the CP&T section.

Each abstract may be submitted to only one Section or Working Group of the IAMCR Conference. Offering duplicates of the same paper to different Sections of the Association is likely to result in elimination of the abstract.

Each abstract must include paper title, presenter’s name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and email address(es) of author(s). Applicants will be advised by March 15, 2009 of the outcome of their
submissions. The full text of accepted papers (with a maximum of 8000 words) will be required no later than April 30, 2009, in order to ensure that the authors' names and papers' titles are included in the final conference program.

For further information on the 2009 Mexico City Conference see Conference Website:
For more information on CP&T visit the IAMCR section site:


- Abstract length: Maximum 500 words

- Abstracts to be sent via:
with copy sent to Bart Cammaerts (B.Cammaerts[AT] and Maria Michalis (M.Michalis[AT]

- Deadline for abstracts: January 31, 2009
- Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2009
- Full papers due (max. 8000 words): April 30, 2009

Section Chairs: Jo Pierson and Hopeton S. Dunn (on leave, serving as acting Secretary General, IAMCR)
Deputy Chairs: Bart Cammaerts and Maria Michalis

2nd Digital Cultures Workshop: Social Media Publics

2nd Digital Cultures Workshop: Social Media Publics
Call for Papers
4-5 June, 2009
University of Salford, U.K.

Ben Light and Marie Griffiths, University of Salford
Sian Lincoln, Liverpool John Moores University
Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University

Confirmed Speakers
Dr. Carsten Sørensen
Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of Management, London School of Economics

Dr. Theresa Senft
School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies, University of East London

It is clear that the boundaries between the public and the private are becoming increasingly blurred within and amongst sites of home and work. Indeed, in the wake of reality television shows, national identity card schemes, increased social media usage and the like, publicity appears to be the order of the day. For this workshop we seek papers that discuss the issues raised for those living in environments where there is seemingly little room for privacy. As was the case last year, we intend for the workshop to be multi-disciplinary in nature, broad in the approaches participants take and issues they cover. If your work is about any aspect of digital culture, this is the workshop for you! The following are thus only indicative of potential topics that could be raised:

·How do people domesticate social media in their attempts to maintain a balance in publicity and privacy? Do they? Why do they, or don¹t they?

·What matters are raised by increased access to data about individuals and organizations?

·What does the blurring of boundaries between public and private mean for our knowledge and experiences of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and disability?

·How are ICT mediated spaces created and maintained at home, work and those spaces in between? For example, how are geek gamers finding spaces to play now the only console in the house can be in the living room?

·How are ICT policies shaping public and private spaces throughout societies around the world?

·What privacy issues are presented by media convergence?

·What role are mobile and ubiquitous computing technologies playing in public and private spaces?

·How is the increased commodification of social media affecting our privacy?

Following from the first workshop we continue to see this workshop having three purposes. First, we seek to give voice and structure to existing new media, ICT and technology related research which may not readily sit within conventionally accepted areas. Second, we wish to draw in research on new forms of digital technology, ICT, computing, organizing and social interactions. Third, we want to continue discussions regarding potential futures for ICT related research which combine research as related to the evolving forms and functions of work organizations and the changing boundaries and relations between these organizations and their social milieus.

We seek abstracts (of up to 600 words) that focus upon some aspect of digital culture. We hope to have a special issue of a journal associated with the workshop as was the case last year (a special issue of the Journal of Information, Communication, Ethics and Society is to be published early in 2009). Abstracts should be submitted to Ben Light at:

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Date: 28 February 2009
Notification of Acceptance: 31 March 2009
Workshop Dates: 4 and 5 June 2009

Workshop Arrangements
The fee for presentation/attendance at the workshop is £75. This will cover refreshments and meals throughout the workshop and a workshop dinner to be held on the evening of the 4th of June.

There is no fee for PhD students, however they still need to register for the workshop. PhD student registration includes refreshments during the workshop but excludes attendance at the workshop dinner (This is subject to a £25 fee, payable upon registration).

From February 2009, you will be able to register for the workshop at:

Further details regarding the location of the workshop will be posted nearer the time at:

If you experience any difficulties regarding the workshop arrangements, please do get in touch with Nathalie Audren-Howarth at:

Delegates should arrange their own accommodation with their preferred hotel.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Mass Communication, Public Spheres, and Nation

Media Society = Media Citizenship? Mass Communication, Public Spheres, and Nation

I am looking for panelists for the Convention of the American Studies Association. Next year's theme is "Practices of Citizenship, Sustainability And Belonging," and the convention will take place November 5-8, 2009 in Washington D.C. The pre-proposal abstract is below.

The papers in this panel investigate popular media and communication technologies as a site for the construction of citizenship and national belonging. They look at the engagements with media as practices that conceptualize nationhood and make claims about inclusion and exclusion within the zone of citizenship rights.

Historical media scholarship has tended to treat the public sphere and the imagined national community as synonymous. The resulting narratives eschew the question how media themselves are being constructed as gateways toward national inclusion as well as instruments of performing and regulating citizenship. The papers unhinge the assumed link between nation, public sphere, and citizenship. They emphasize how citizenship and American nationhood are articulated and contested in the public sphere that emerges through media. They pay particular critical attention to the ways in which engagements with media are also reflexive practices that continue to redefine how media can be strategically used as a resource to mobilize public spheres.

The presenters are encouraged to address this overarching question through historically situated cases and to approach the subject from different methodological and disciplinary perspectives.

Possible paper topics include:
- media criticism, reform, theory, activism

- cinematic narratives and spectatorship and citizenship

- broadcasting (radio and television) and the formation of audiences of citizens

- propaganda and the underlying discourses of citizenship

- public and educational broadcasting and its citizenry

- broadcasting genres and formats

- counterculture and protest movements

- cross-national popular culture and media citizenship

To be considered for the panel, please send paper proposals/abstracts (max. 500 words) with a tentative title (15 words) and a one-page CV to Lars Lierow ( by DECEMBER 18. Also direct any questions regarding this panel to

Web as Culture: Ethnographic, linguistic and didactic perspectives

Web as Culture: Ethnographic, linguistic and didactic perspectives
Call for Papers

International Symposium of the Giessen Graduate Centre for Study of Culture (GCSC) and the Centre for Media and Interactivity (ZMI), Justus Liebig University, Giessen

July 16 - 18, 2009

The World Wide Web is a cultural space in which new forms of social networking, of creating, acquiring and teaching knowledge and competencies, and of constructing personal and cultural identities have emerged.

The International Symposium "Web as Culture" is intended to address issues that are involved in the processes of the construction and the perpetuation of social structures, cultural narratives, memories, knowledge and language in the World Wide Web. Particular emphasis is placed on sociocultural processes of transformation such as the change of social networks, the change of teaching and learning cultures and language change instigated by the World Wide Web.

These sociocultural processes of transformation will be discussed from various disciplinary perspectives and at all relevant levels of analysis. It is very much in the spirit and tradition of an interdisciplinary study of culture that we invite scholars from all pertinent areas of research to participate in the International Symposium "Web as Culture".

Apart from researchers from the core disciplines of ethnography, didactics and linguistics, we would particularly like to invite scholars from the areas of media studies, literary studies, sociology, anthropology, philosophy and neighbouring disciplines to submit abstracts.

The plenary lectures will be given by:
- Prof. Dr. Henning Lobin (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen)
- Prof. Dr. Angelika Storrer (Universität Dortmund)
- Prof. Dr. Jörg Strübing (Universität Tübingen) [to be confirmed]
- Prof. Steven L. Thorne, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)

The Symposium will discuss the new cultural space provided by the World Wide Web with a particular focus on three topics: (1) Networks, (2) Learning, (3) Language. The three corresponding sections at the Symposium will address (but are not restricted to) the following research questions:

1. Networks

- How does the Web change structures and mechanisms of sociocultural interaction? How is the Internet influenced by social interaction?

- How do semantic structures and traditional concepts change on the Web?

- How is the cultural space of the Web created (from a sociological and technological perspective) and limited?

- In what ways can ethnographic methods contribute to research into sociocultural phenomena on the web and how would such an Internet-oriented application change and influence the ethnographic toolkit?

2. Learning

- How do learning processes change on the Web?

- What role does the Web play in different learning environments and contexts?

- How can the Internet as a medium of information, communication and production exert a positive influence on teaching and learning processes?

- What are the pedagogical challenges posed by the Web when it comes to integrating the Internet into learning processes?

3. Language

- How does language use change on the Web?

- Which new forms of communication and genres have emerged on the Web?

- How can the Web be utilized as a linguistic and language-pedagogical resource?

- How do Web-specific interactions (e.g. in social networks and in web-based learning processes) manifest themselves in language use?

Working languages of the Symposium are English and German. Please submit your abstract of max. 400 words by 31 January 2009 to
We intend to confirm acceptance of submissions by 28 February 2009. The paper presentations at the Symposium will be 20 minutes in length, complemented by 10 minutes of discussion time. We expect to publish a collection of selected papers after the Symposium.


Deadline abstracts January 31, 2009
Notification of acceptance February 28, 2009
Symposium July 16 - 18, 2009


Joybrato Mukherjee
Centre for Media and Interactivity
Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen
Ludwigstraße 34
35390 Giessen/ Germany

Marcus Burkhardt
International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
Justus-Liebig-University Giessen Alter Steinbacher Weg 38
35394 Giessen/ Germany

CULTURE UNBOUND: Signs of the City/City of Signs

CULTURE UNBOUND: Journal of Current Cultural Research
Special Issue: Signs of the City/City of Signs

What is the nature indissolubly, of the city as reality, as image, and as symbol?
(Hubert Damisch)

What kind of meaning is connected to the city and by what kind of mechanisms?
(Martin Krampen)

The city is a discourse and this discourse is truly a language: the city speaks to its inhabitants, we speak our city, the city where we are, simply by living in it, by wandering through it, by looking at it.
(Roland Barthes)

The modern city offers us an endless and, some might say, excessive proliferation of signs, symbols, and images. This density of representational practices has provided a rich field of study for scholars working in architecture, environmental psychology, sociology, popular music studies, anthropology, geography, communication, film, cultural and media studies, among others. In many of these studies, the signifying power of cities is seen as vital to the ways in which people make sense of urban contexts in intimate and profound ways. As has also been made clear, the stylization of cities and city life is often embedded in a range of ideological configurations whereby power makes itself both visible and invisible, namely through the material and symbolic environments available in the city. Thus, the notion of the city as a sign is not simply about reading the surface of the city to get at its depth; rather, an interdisciplinary approach to urban contexts offers nuanced considerations of the city as a multi-layered communicative phenomenon.

This volume of Culture Unbound is designed to bring together contemporary research on the city as sign/signs of the city. As this collection intends to make clear, the manner in which meaning circulates, the spaces through which it flows and to which it becomes affixed, provides ample opportunities for robust analyses of the signifying power of the city. In the end, this volume will examine the many textured resonances of urban signs by situating them in relation to a number of interrelated dimensions of city life.

Areas to consider (but not restricted to) can include:

The branded city

The (post)creative city

The mythic city

The cinematic city

The sonic city

The city of culture

The mediated city

The networked city

The built city

Abstracts and expressions of interest, of no more than 250 words, can be sent to the editor, Geoff Stahl, at by December 15th, 2008. Completed articles to be submitted by May 1st, 2009.

in 2009 as a new academic journal for border-crossing cultural research, including cultural studies as well as other interdisciplinary and transnational currents. It is globally open to articles from all areas in this large field, easily accessible for downloading as open access, and a forum with a wider scope than existing journals for cultural studies or other, more specific subfields of cultural research.


B for BAD cinema - aesthetics, politics and cultural value

B for BAD cinema - aesthetics, politics and cultural value

Inaugural Centre for Film and Television Studies Conference
MonashUniversity, Melbourne, April 15–17, 2009

Due to high levels of interest in B for Bad Cinema, the Conference conveners have extended the call for papers to a second round, with a new closing date of January 30, 2009.

Over the past decade, paracinema – a movement that has grown up around sleazy, excessive, or poorly executed B-movies – has seen a counter-cultural valorisation of all forms of cinematic trash or ‘badfilm.’ In many internet and print sources devoted to the celebration of paracinema, the term B-movie has (in contrast to its earlier studio-era sense) come to mean almost anything: disreputable and unworthy movies, low-budget exploitation movies, straight to TV or video movies, and even big-budget studio movies. B for BAD cinema seeks to negotiate some of the (aesthetic and moral) values and judgements inscribed in a B-movie culture in which films are deemed to be good-because-bad or bad-because-good.

B for BAD cinema invites international film scholars, critics and practitioners to present their thoughts on badfilm. The conveners additionally extend the scope of the second round to include papers devoted to television and new media.

Proposals should address the following broad themes:
Cultural value & theory
• Bad feeling & affect
• Aesthetic value & bad art
• Cultural morals & politics
• Bad film/media theory & criticism

Plenary speakers include
Elisabeth Bronfen
• Angela Ndalianis
Adrian Martin
• Ernest Mathijs
• Jeffrey Sconce

The Conference Conveners will accept proposals for individual papers or three-speaker panel sessions until January 30, 2009.
Inquiries and Abstracts of no more than 250-words and a 100-word biography should be sent to Con Verevis:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

OII Summer Doctoral Programme

The Oxford Internet Institute is accepting applications for the OII Summer Doctoral Programme 2009, to be hosted this year by our partners at the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia.

OII SDP 2009: Brisbane (6-17 July, 2009)

The programme aims to stretch the thinking of all students on a range of issues, to provide valuable advice and support for students' thesis research, and to establish a peer network of excellent young researchers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the thematic focus this year will be on 'Creativity, Innovation and the Internet': our partners on the SDP since 2003, the Creative Industries Faculty is at the forefront of pioneering international research initiatives in creative industries policy, applied creative industries research, digital media design, and the creative and performing arts.

As in previous years, the programme will involve daily research seminars and panel sessions given by leading academics, with students having the opportunity to present their research to their peers in informal seminars. Break-out sessions will allow groups to focus more narrowly on research questions of mutual interest, and time is made available for individual research and informal contact with tutors and fellow students.

Student feedback on the Summer Doctoral has always been overwhelmingly positive, and the SDP 2009 promises to be yet another excellent year in this series. I hope you will consider applying, encourage your students to apply, or forward this email to people who may be interested! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Best wishes,
Dr Victoria Nash, Director of Graduate Studies

1. SDP2009: Apply / Deadline
2. Candidates: What are we looking for?
3. Background: the OII Summer Doctoral Programme
4. Fees / Scholarships / Partners
5. Contact / Keep in Touch

1. SDP2009: Apply / Deadline

The SDP2009 Application Form is available on the website. The application process will close at 17:00 GMT on Monday 16 February 2009. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 April 2009.

Apply for the SDP2009:

All applications must be supported by one or more of the students' current doctoral supervisors (references will be requested). All teaching will be in English, so all applicants should be able to demonstrate their competence in this language.

2. Candidates: What are we looking for?

Up to 30 places are available and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Preference will be given to students at an advanced stage of their doctorate who have embarked on writing their thesis.

Like the course tutors, our SDP students come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds: computer science, sociology, law, etc. Whatever the background, the programme aims to facilitate deep discussion of both substantive and methodological research issues, and to help students frame their research questions and direct their research.

As in other years, the SDP2009 will seek to generate dialogue and debate between students from different disciplinary backgrounds on issues relating to the broad theme of creativity and innovation with a view to improving each student's doctoral thesis and identifying topics for future collaborative research. With these aims in mind, we are particularly keen to attract the most promising students who are prepared to engage with different disciplines, backgrounds and viewpoints.

Past student biographies, tutor lists and programmes:

3. Background: the OII Summer Doctoral Programme

Launched in 2003, the OII SDP is now an important fixture of the OII's year, a time when we bring together a diverse group of students and tutors for two weeks of intense work and discussion. We consciously encourage the international character of the SDP in order to encourage peer networks that are as diverse as possible, and to benefit students who may not have significant academic peer-groups in their own universities. The programme is held away from Oxford every other year: this is our third stint abroad (in 2005 we took the SDP to Beijing, and in 2007 we were hosted by the Berkman Center, Harvard University).

Quick Stats:
160 students
38 nationalities
80 tutors
320 hours of seminars .. since the first SDP2003. And counting.

SDP Home:

SDP Flickr Group:

4. Fees / Scholarships / Partners

The cost of the course will be AUD 3300.00, covering accommodation from 5-17 July 2009 (inclusive) and all course tuition fees. Travel to and from Brisbane is not included in this fee.

We are currently looking for additional funding to provide support for student scholarships. Students do not need to make a request for a scholarship at the application stage as this will be dealt with once the selection process has been completed.

We are grateful for the generosity of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) and all our academic partners in supporting this programme: the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation (iCi) (2009 co-organiser), the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Harvard University) and the Annenberg School of Communication (USC).

5. Contact / Keep in Touch

Laura Taylor
Graduate Studies Administrator

Summer Doctoral Programme 2009

Application deadline:
17:00 GMT on Monday 16 February 2009

SDP Alumni: contact Laura if you would like to be added to the SDP Alumni mailing list.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

"Best Research Thesis Award" in Internet Research

DGOF prize "Best Research Thesis Award"

The German Society for Online Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Onlineforschung, DGOF) announces its Best Research Thesis Award in the field of Internet Research. The prize has a value of 3000,- Euros. It will be given to students who have finished a thesis (Bachelor/Master/Ph.D.) in 2007 or 2008. The submission deadline is: December 31, 2008.

Submissions in English or German language must include an electronic version (word or pdf) of the thesis plus an additional English language extended abstract (600-1000 words) that summarizes the analyzed question, the used methods, the most important findings, and its relationship to relevant existing theories and earlier findings. The thesis must be written in 2008 or 2007. At the time the thesis was submitted all authors must have been graduate or postgraduate students only. Works by post-docs are not eligible for submission. The thesis may have multiple student authors.

Evaluation Criteria
The prize will be given to the author(s) of a thesis that provides an exceptional analysis of a specific issue in the area of internet research. The analysis should focus on aspects of

* social, organizational, or psychological consequences or aspects of mobile or online communication (Web 2.0, social networking, online communities, E-Health, digital inequality, etc). and/or

* method research (web surveys, online experiments, mobile surveys, multi-mode data
collection, statistical biases, innovative forms of data collection, etc).

All applications will be evaluated by a jury of experts in the area of internet research on basis of the following criteria, if applicable.

* innovativeness of the findings
* theoretical foundation
* adequacy of the chosen research design and, if applicable, the empirical foundation
* clarity of the presentation.

The Award
The author(s) will be given the opportunity to present the findings at the General Online Research Conference 2009 (see and to publish the work. 1300,- Euros of the prize will go directly to the applicant(s) who are selected as winners by the expert evaluators. Additional 1700,- Euros will be provided for publication in the book series "Neue Schriften zur Online-Forschung" and, if necessary, English language translation of a short manuscript that presents selected findings of the thesis for submission as an article to the International Journal of Internet Science

Applicants have to submit an electronic copy of their thesis, including the extended abstract and a copy of the received grade (if available) online at the GOR 09 Conftool: Email submissions are excluded. Authors of empirical as well as theoretical contributions that score high on the evaluation criteria are encouraged to submit their work. More information is available at and via

Submission via GOR09 Conftool at Please create an account ("Register new"), then submit your thesis. Please follow this scheme: "Your submissions" and after that please choose "DGOF prize "Best Research Thesis Award"".

The Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2009)

The Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2009)


The Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry will take place at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from May 20-23, 2009. The theme of the 2009 Congress is “Advancing Human Rights Through Qualitative Inquiry.” This theme builds on recent human rights initiatives taken by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Education Research Association, previous Congresses, as well as the American Anthropological Association, the American Psychological Association, The American Nurses Association, the Center for Indigenous World Studies, Scholars at Risk, and the Society for Applied Anthropology (see;;; Educational Researcher, 37, 1 January/February, 2008: 56). It is clear that in these troubling political times qualitative researchers are called upon to become human rights advocates, to honor the sanctity of life, and the core values of privacy, justice, freedom, peace, human dignity, and freedom from fear.

The 2009 Congress will offer scholars the opportunity to form coalitions and engage in debate and dialogue on on how qualitative research can be used to bridge gaps in cultural and linguistic understandings. Delegates will address such topics as academic freedom, researcher safety, indigenous human rights, human rights violations, ethical codes, torture, political violence, social justice, racial, ethnic and gender and environmental disparities in education, welfare and healthcare, truth and reconciliation commissions, justice as healing. Delegates will consider the meaning of ethics, evidence, advocacy and social justice under a humane human rights agenda.

Sessions will take up such topics as: the politics of evidence; alternatives to evidence-based models; mixed-methods; public policy discourse; social justice; human subject research; indigenous research ethics; decolonizing inquiry; standpoint epistemologies. Contributors are invited to experiment with new methodologies, and new presentational formats (drama, performance, poetry, autoethnography, fiction). Such work will offer guidelines and exemplars showing how qualitative research can be used in the human rights and policy-making arenas.

May 20 will feature several special interest Congress sessions, including A Day in Spanish and Portugese, followed by professional workshops on May 21. The Congress will consist of keynote, plenary, featured, regular, and poster sessions. There will be an opening reception and barbeque as well as a closing old fashioned Midwest cook-out.

We invite your submission of paper, poster and session proposals. Submissions will be accepted online only from October 1 until December 1 2008. Congress and workshop registration will begin December 1, 2008. To learn more about the Fifth International Congress and how to participate, please visit our website:

Keynote speakers

Antjie Krog, University of Western Cape

Antjie Krog, internationally acclaimed author of Country of my Skull , was appointed as an Extraordinary Professor in the Arts Faculty earlier this year. Krog, an accomplished Afrikaans poet, became well known as one of the SABC radio journalists who reported on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in the mid 1990s. Her best-selling book is an account of her TRC experience, and has recently been followed up by A Change of Tongue , a book that deals with South Africa's recent social and cultural transformation. Both texts featured on the SA Library's list of the ten most influential books published over the past ten years that focus on issues of democracy.

Frederick Erickson, University of California, Los Angeles

Frederick Erickson, is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has research interests in the organization and conduct of face to face interaction, sociolinguistic discourse analysis, ethnographic research methods, study of social interaction as a learning environment, anthropology of education. His recent publications are Definition and analysis of data from videotape: Some research procedures and their rationales. Chapter in J. Green, J. Camilli, and P. Elmore (eds.) Handbook of complementary methods in educational research. (3rd ed.) American Educational Research Association. (in press)...

Partial List of Session and Paper Topics

The topics for the 4th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry include, but are not confined to: Advocacy and Social Justice, Autoethnography & Performance Studies, Academic Freedom, Critical Pedagogies, Democratic Methodologies, Ethics, Evidence and Social Policy, Human Rights, Indigenous Pedagogies, Narrative Inquiry, Participatory Action Research, Research as Resistance, Social Justice and Community Ethics, Standards for Qualitative Inquiry.

We invite your submission of paper, poster and session proposals. Submissions will be accepted online only from October 1 until December 1 2008. Congress and workshop registration will begin December 1, 2008. To learn more about the Fifth International Congress and how to participate, please email

Changing the Future: Interventions into discourses on the ‘Information Age’

Changing the Future: Interventions into discourses on the ‘Information Age’
Call for papers

Studies in Language and Capitalism

In his conclusion to The Information Society: An Introduction, Armand Mattelart (2003, p. 159) charges that

“no pedagogical effort to foster grassroots appropriation of technology can neglect the critique of words which, though presented as having no national roots, nevertheless continually find their way into ordinary language and frame our collective representations.”

We understand this to be a potential site of collaboration between scholarship and activism. Studies in Language & Capitalism seeks contributions that engage in critically analyzing and challenging neoliberal representations of information technologies and the social and economic relations that they mediate. In particular, we are looking to work that will contest the processes of normalization that give legitimacy and universalize what is in essence a particular but pernicious geopolitical construct.

We also recognize that it is not enough to turn over the paving stones in hopes of finding a beach. Alternative ways of framing, conceptualizing, organizing and assembling technical systems need to be and are being devised:

“Informational neo-Darwinism must be countered by a new conception of technological systems, bringing into play the creative forces of science, the arts and social innovation. This will require reflection on the myriad interconnections among the modes of social, cultural and educational mediation through which the uses of digital technology are formed, and which are the very source of democratic life.”

Accordingly, we also encourage contributions that explore the possibilities of creative (re)appropriations and rearticulations of discourses surrounding digital technologies and their users.

Deadline for submission: April 1st 2009

All submissions should be directed to info at languageandcapitalism dot info

Further inquiries regarding this themed issue should directed to Ian Roderick (iroderick at wlu dot ca) and Brian Murphy (bmm at niagara dot edu).

Please see for further information regarding submission requirements.

LSE Information Systems and Innovation Group collection of videos

The LSE Information Systems and Innovation Group collection of videos now has over 80 items. This enables you and your students to see and hear many of the major contributors to their field and neighbouring ones.

From Avgerou to Zuboff via Boland, Introna, Lee, Luckmann, Orlikowski and Perrow.

All videoa are available under a creative commons licence for free, non-commercial use.

The list of videos so far:

Chrisanthi Avgerou
Information Systems Innovation in Organizations: Thinking Like a Social Scientist

Dick Boland
Ecology of Distributed Mediated Practice

Albert Borgmann
Information Growth and the Texture of Reality

Ricky Burdett
Social Aspects of Urban Form

Barbara Czarniawska
The Non-Identical Twins: Actor-Network Theory and Translation in Organization Studies

Bo Dahlbom
From Systems to Services

Yrjö Engeström
Theorizing Transformations in Practice: an activity-theoretical perspective

Elena Esposito
Probability and Fiction in Society and in Economics

Brian Fitzgerald
Open Source Software in the Trenches: lessons from a large-scale implementation

Leopoldina Fortunati
Discussing the Meaning of the Mobile Phone

John Gantz
The Expanding Information Universe

Lesley Gardner
CSL: An enterprise-wide learning management system: E-learning and development - New Zealand style

George Gaskell
Trust and Technology Development

Ole Hanseth
Technological Architectures, Infrastructural innovations and industrialisation of media: The case of mobile internet

Richard Hull
The Emergence of 'Knowledge' as a Unit of Analysis in the Social Sciences
(Knowledge, Economy and Society seminar)

Lucas Introna
Phenomenology, Technology and Ethics: Thinking about the Morality of our Machines
The Doing of Things: Reconsidering the Question of Technical Agency

Matthew Jones
The Trouble with Information Systems

Jannis Kallinikos
Information Growth Dynamics: Patterns and Implications
Living in Ephemeria: On the Short-lived and Disposable Character of Information

Jannis Kallinikos and Carsten Sorenson
Good Sociologists and Innovative Technologists or Real Amateurs: what does IS have to offer?

Roberta Lamb
ICTs and Collaborative R&D

Allen Lee
A Scientific Basis for Rigor and Relevance in Information-Systems Research
A Schema for Relating and Combining Quantitative, Qualitative, Positivist, and Interpretive Research Methods in the Discipline of Information Systems

David Lewis
Tripartite UK Information Technology and Development Workshop

Sonia Livingstone
Youthful Practices on Social Networking Sites: Balancing Questions of Design and Literacy

Thomas Luckmann
On the Communicative Construction of Reality

David Lyon
Surveillance after 9/11: a view from Japan

Lev Manovich
Info-Aesthetics: Information and Form
How to Track Global Digital Culture

Peter Miller
Mediating Instruments and Making Markets

Dermot MoranKeynote address to
Phenomenology, Information Technology and Management: an international workshop

Kristen Nygaard
Informatics (Computer Science and System Development): from procedures to systems to processes

Wanda Orlikowski
Sociomateriality: A Practice Lens on Technology at Work

Charles Perrow
Disasters Evermore? Reducing US Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters

Mark Poster
Global Culture and the media
From Digital to Analogue: Copyright Law as a Threat to Capitalism and Democracy
(courtesy of media@lse)

Danny Quah
Digital Goods and the New Economy,

Nikolas Rose
Governing at a Distance: some modest thoughts on information technology, democracy and security

Neil Selwyn
Faceworking: Exploring Students’ Educational Use of Facebook

SSIT2: ICTs and Globalisation
Videos of Ciborra, Sassen, Barrett, Walsham, Mansell, Giddens, Star, Slater and Roode

Panel on Information, Memory and Culture
Panel on the Organizational Consequences of Information Growth

Haridimos Tsoukas
Do we really understand tacit knowledge?
(Knowledge, Economy and Society seminar)

Robert Wade
Tripartite UK Information Technology and Development Workshop

Geoff Walsham
Implementing Public Information Systems in Developing Countries: Learning from a Success Story

Kitty Warnock
Tripartite UK Information Technology and Development Workshop

Leslie Willcocks
Global Sourcing of IT and Business Services: 15 years of learning

Robin Williams & Neil Pollock
The Biography of the Enterprise-Wide System: Or How SAP Conquered the World

Shoshana Zuboff
The Support Economy: re-inventing capitalism?

Making the Web Work for Science: The Impact of e-Science and the Cyberinfrastructure

Making the Web Work for Science: The Impact of e-Science and the Cyberinfrastructure

A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI. NFAIS and FLICC
Hosted by FLICC at the Library of Congress

"e-Science is used to describe computationally intensive science that is carried out in highly distributed network environments, or science that uses immense data sets that require grid computing; the term sometimes includes technologies that enable distributed collaboration."

FLICC of the Library of Congress is pleased to host this meeting in the Library of Congress Mumford Room, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, 20540. This timely and impactful workshop will take place on Monday, December 8, 2008, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

E-Science and the Web will begin with an overview of the current landscape and how the Web is being utilized for the advancement of science and scholarly communication. Following this thoughtful, high-level perspective, real-life examples will be given of how major communities such as librarians, publishers, and federal STI program leaders are using the Web to advance scientific knowledge and scholarly communication.

The Web has the potential to revolutionize the conduct of scientific research. Interactive communication, global collaboration, real-time data sharing and analysis of test results, and the shear speed with which new ideas can be widely distributed, verified, and built upon all hold much promise - not only for drug discovery, but also for the development of the sustainable energy and food alternatives essential to our world.

But is the Information Community acting quickly enough in leveraging the Web's potential to accelerate scientific discovery? What is the current status? How are libraries and content providers utilizing the Web to provide state-of-the-art information products and services, and do these services really meet researchers' needs? What are the challenges to fulfilling the Web's full potential and how are they being met? And what does the future hold for scientific discovery if the full potential of the Web is truly realized? Join us on December 8th and learn the
answers to these questions and more!

Dr. Christine Borgman, author of Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet, will provide a provocative keynote on the role that the Web currently plays in scientific research. Content providers Howard Ratner (Nature Publishing) and Dr. Walter Warnick (Department of Energy), along with Dr. G. Sayeed Choudhury (Johns Hopkins University), will discuss their organization's use of the Web in providing information products and services for researchers. Practicing scientists, Dr. Alberto Conti and Dr. Anthony Williams will provide their perspective on what still needs to be done to meet scientists' needs. Dr. Michael Nelson (IBM), Fred Haber (Copyright Clearance Center) and Dr. Michael Nielson (Perimeter Institute, Canada), will discuss the technological, legal, and cultural challenges to fulfilling the Web's potential for science. And the closing keynote, given by Dr. Chris Greer, recently of the National Science Foundation's Cyber-Infrastructure Office and, now, Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Director of the National Coordination Office, will discuss how the cyber-infrastructure will ultimately shape the advancement of science and scholarly communication.

More at:

Monday, December 1, 2008

Call For Papers: The Future of Politics & Media

Call For Papers: The Future of Politics & Media
Movement 1.2

In this historic presidential election, the interactions between media and politics were as symbiotic as they perhaps have ever been. However, virtually all interactions between the two can be seen as all three of the biological types of symbiosis at once – mutualastic, parasitic, or commensal. With various new media outlets and new movements in global, national, and local politics, there is much work to be done on the most effective ways to think about these interactions. The future of politics and media is the subject of Issue 1.2 of Movement. Some potential questions:

-- How do 24-hour news networks and websites contribute to political discourse?

-- How have forces of globalization affected political media in the US and in other national contexts?

-- How do national and transnational news outlets differ in their political reportage?

-- What is the role of blogging in the 21st Century political landscape?

-- What is the difference between an organization or news company having a blog and a regular Joe or Jane Sixpack having his or her own blog?

-- How is the political establishment reacting to new media types and outlets? How do political organizations use new media for processes such as community organization, information dissemination, recruitment, rumor spreading, or smearing?

-- How are political stars (e.g. Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, the Kennedy's) formed? To what purposes are they utilized? How do pre-established media stars (e.g. Jesse Ventura, Al Franken, Arnold Schwarzenagger) make the transition to politics?

-- How do entertainment media affect contemporaneous politics? One may consider the satire of The Daily Show, Colbert, SNL, or W. or political documentaries.

These questions can be treated as mere starting points. It is not necessary for proposals to be focused on US politics in isolation or at all. Comparative studies and studies of non-US media/politics are encouraged. Submitted papers need not solely be limited to addressing these specific questions—any proposals related to the subject at large on topics not specifically addressed here are encouraged as well. In addition to being futuristic in aim, papers are strongly encouraged to engage with media and political history.

Please send 300-400 word abstracts addressed to
by December 20. You will be contacted by January 2 as to whether or not your paper has been chosen for publication.

A brief description of the journal:
Media, as history has shown, has never been a static concept. And as the form and definition of various media continue to change, "media studies" changes as well. Movement, simply put, is a journal dedicated towards looking to the future in studies of the moving image. Movement aims not only to conceptualize the future of "media," but also to examine how studies in visual media can be adapted to the ever-changing agents, consumers, and distributors of such media.

Movement was created by graduate students, and is intended as a voice for scholars of all ages to commentate, analyze, and speculate on the future of media. As audio-visual media becomes more complex and pervasive, understanding such media becomes more essential to perceiving the world around us. Movement welcomes papers that aim to develop a progressive understanding of contemporary visual media. This also means rethinking the past, and Movement encourages submissions that aim to expand or challenge established studies in order to develop a more complete understanding of the future of visual media.
Movement 1.1 will be available mid-December at

conference on ethnographies of culture

Call for Papers - Living Cultures - Contemporary Ethnographies of Culture

The Institute for Communications Studies (ICS) and the Media Industries Research Centre (MIRC) at The University of Leeds invites papers for a 1½-day conference:

Living Cultures - Contemporary Ethnographies of Culture

Date: Monday March 30 (pm) 2009, Tuesday March 31 (full day) 2009

Location: The University of Leeds, UK

Keynote speakers:
Professor Les Back (Professor, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London), author of The Art of Listening (2007) and New Ethnicities and Urban Culture: Racisms and Multiculture in Young Lives (1996)

Professor Georgina Born (Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Music, University of Cambridge), author of Uncertain Vision: Birt, Dyke and the Reinvention of the BBC (2004) and Rationalizing Culture: IRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde (1995)

Conference theme:
The ever-increasing importance of the cultural to the social brings with it a vital need to investigate the processes implicated in contemporary meaning making, symbolic consumption, production and mediation. Recent scholarship from across the social sciences has sought to take up this challenge by examining the multifariousness of cultural materials-in-use, continuities and ruptures in the production/consumption of culture, the expanded purview of cultural policy and the effects of an expanding 'cultural economy'.

Through its careful attention to the irreducibility of human experience, ethnography has revealed an enduring ability to usefully intervene in debates within these arenas, making explorations into culture and cultural practice a quasi-specialism of ethnographic study. Yet how might 21st century ethnography better attune itself to the opportunities and challenges implied by attempts to understand contemporary culture and cultural experience 'from the inside'? Indeed, what limitations or boundaries are implied by efforts to study different cultural practices through ethnography and what might this mean for ethnography's contribution to social theory?

Contributions are invited from ethnographers willing to reflect on such questions and to share the methodological, substantive and theoretical insights gleaned, as well as the problems encountered, in the course of their own ethnographies of culture.

The conference should be of interest to scholars and particularly ethnographers from within sociology and social policy, media and communications studies, cultural studies, social/cultural anthropology and other allied disciplines.

Proposal deadline: abstracts (250 words max) should be sent, by Friday 16th January 2009, to the organising committee at:


or mail to: Dr Eleri Pound, Living Cultures Conference, Institute of Communications Studies, 16 Clarendon Place, The University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

Organising committee: Dr Mark Rimmer (convenor), Professor David Hesmondhalgh, Dr Chris Paterson, Dr Eleri Pound, Anna Zoellner, all of the Media Industries Research Centre, University of Leeds.

Living Game Worlds IV - Interplay: Multiplayer Games and Virtual Worlds

Living Game Worlds IV - Interplay: Multiplayer Games and Virtual Worlds

December 1-2, 2008

Step in to the vanguard of digital gaming at Georgia Tech's 4th annual Living Game Worlds symposium to be held December 1-2, 2008. Ralph Koster and Chris Klaus headline this year's conference which will showcase "InterPlay," networked online play and the rapidly-growing
domains of multiplayer games and virtual worlds. The symposium will also feature a pioneers panel including luminaries Richard Bartle, Brian Green, Randy Farmer and Pavel Curtis. More details at

Come join us in Second Life for a day of watching the stream live, playing Second Life board games, networking and chatting with colleagues, and interacting with the speakers! GVU Center,

Video will be streaming live for non-Second Lifers at

A conference-wide backchannel SL-IRC relay will be available at:
IRC clients:, port 6667, #gameworlds
java client:
html client:
for more information:

December 1:

*4:00 PM SLT - Evening Keynote*
-- Ralph Koster

December 2:

*6:00 AM SLT - Welcome & Intro*
-- Celia Pearce, Beth Mynatt

*6:15 AM SLT -Morning Keynote*
-- Chris Klaus

*6:45 AM SLT - Panel 1: Playing Well With Others: Collaboration in
Virtual Worlds and Games*
-- Jason Ellis, Amy Bruckman, Rhonda Lowry, Tim Holt

*8:00 AM SLT - Panel 2: Designing for New Audiences*
-- Emmi Kuusikko, Sam Lewis, Jason Achilli, Yasmin Kafai, Craig Kronenberger

*9:00 AM SLT - Lunch*
-- games, tea, and chatting in Second Life
-- Sneak Peak of Cartoon Network's FusionFall

*10:00 AM SLT - Panel 3:The City as Gameboard*
-- Susan Bonds, Ian Bogost, Blair McIntyre

*10:30 AM SLT - Panel 4: Shared Spaces (sponsored by ROSS)*
-- Michael Nitsche, Steffen P. Walz, Jay Bolter, Ali Mazalek, Doug
Wilson, Luke McCampbell

*12:00 PM SLT - Panel 5:Cultures of Virtual Worlds*
--Tom Boellstorff, Celia Pearce, Lisbeth Klastrup, TL Taylor

*1:00 PM SLT - Panel 6: Pioneers Panel*
--Richard Bartle, Pavel Curtis, Brian Green, Randy Farmer
--Celia Pearce (Moderator)

*2:30 PM SLT - Closing Remarks*
--Kenneth Knoespel, Janet Murray

Twitter hashtag #LGWIV, technorati/blogging/flickr everywhere else LGWIV. please email if you are liveblogging!

Second Life, Web 2.0, & video streaming inquiries: or Muse Carmona in-world.

We plan to put on an accessible conference but if you need specific assistance for a disability please notify us in advance.

The Second Life conference is produced by Katherine Mancuso (Muse Carmona) & Betsy Gooch (Rinehart Miami) of the Georgia Tech Experimental Game Lab, with help from dedicated volunteers Fauve Aeon & Aberdon Enigma of Ardentia Ars (RL & SL clothing designs) and Varahi Lusch of Buddha Wheel (a RL & SL serious game). Celia Pearce, Blair McIntyre, Brian Poole, and Don Schoner of the GVU Center provided invaluable assistance, and Katherine would like to thank Joyce Bettancourt (Vesuvius Group) and Evonne Kenzo (Amoration) for their
advice and support on mixed reality production.