Thursday, December 11, 2008

Understanding Contemporary Culture

Understanding Contemporary Culture

SAGE Publications Understanding Contemporary Culture series aims to publish a range of books for students studying contemporary culture (fields, issues, politics), and cultural theorists and theories.

The rapid development of information and knowledge in the cultural sphere, and the complexity of the material with which cultural theory and sociology students must engage, make it extremely difficult for students to understand, absorb or apply key concepts in their work. Nor can they easily make sense of why particular theorists and theories are so central to this field, largely because much cultural theory is written in what is, for newcomers, a rather impenetrable style. Books in this series provide an engaging and accessible introduction to those theorists, theories and fields which students are expected to grasp. The books will be written in a lively,
accessible style, use examples taken from everyday life and cultural texts, and employ a cross-disciplinary approach.

Books in the series include:

Understanding Foucault 1999

Understanding Bourdieu 2002

Understanding Globalization 2003

Understanding Stuart Hall 2004

Understanding the Visual 2004

Understanding Sports Culture 2007

Understanding Representation 2009

Titles in production include:

Understanding Contemporary Film

Understanding Popular Music

Understanding New Media

Understanding the Body

Understanding Judith Butler

Titles still wanted on:





Interested authors are invited to submit proposals for new books in this series.

Information for Proposers

i. Format:
60,000-70,000 words. Books will include a glossary of key terms, and brief notes for further reading. Chapters should include a number of sub-headings, and a brief chapter conclusion.

ii. Style:
Authors will be encouraged to avoid jargon, but offer a basic vocabulary. Authors should aim for an open, engaging and entertaining style that stimulates thought.

iii. Pedagogical intent:
this is a series of introductory texts, and the aim is to provide an overall feel for a subject or theorist. The books should enable students to consolidate what they have learnt in lectures, and function as an aid to research and writing. The books should encourage student readers to engage with the subject, and give them the tools to think about the associated issues.

iv. Market:
the books should be pitched at any student coming to the topic for the first time ­ whether college or university students, or postgraduates. Typically the books in this series do not form the main textbook for a subject, but are used to elucidate key areas studied in a subject ­ as secondary texts and recommended readings.

To submit a proposal, please send the series editors the following information:

1. Proposed Title

2. Purpose of text:
A brief description of the rationale behind the proposal, particularly in relation to the topic, issue or theorist that is its subject. What are the book¹s main themes and objectives? Why should this book be written and published?

3. Word length:
Estimated overall length including references and footnotes, often best arrived at by assigning lengths to each chapter.

4. Manuscript delivery date:
And note whether any draft chapters are prepared.

5. Market (analysis of target audience):
Would this subject have international appeal? If so, where? Is the subject area of the proposal widely taught? (It is necessary to show that the topic is an essential part of the current curriculum, so include where it is being taught ­ including, where possible, subject/course names and institutions.)

6. Related titles and relevant competing works:
how is this work distinguished from those already on the market?

7. Special requirements:
e.g. illustrations, excerpts from texts, maps. Confirm copyright and reproduction rights are cleared.

8. Synopsis

9. Chapter summaries:
Provisional list of contents and working title, including chapter headings and subheadings, and paragraph-length chapter descriptions explaining what you intend to cover in each chapter.

10. Author(s) abbreviated CV and publication record:
Please make sure you supply correct details of full name, position, address, telephone number, email where available, together with brief details of other posts, degrees, relevant qualifications, publications (with any books indicated), and nationality.

11. Referees:
Please supply the names and addresses of several people whom you would regard as suitably qualified to comment on the proposal.

Each proposal will be reviewed by the Series editors, with additional reviewers as appropriate.

Send proposals or expressions of interest to:
Professor Jen Webb
Associate Professor Tony Schirato

5th International Conference on eSocial Science

5th International Conference on e-Social Science
24 - 26 June 2009
Maternushaus, Cologne.


The aim of the annual international conference on e-Social Science is to bring together leading representatives of the social science, e-Infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure and e-Research communities in order to improve mutual awareness and promote coordinated activities to accelerate research, development and deployment of powerful, new methods and tools for the social sciences and beyond.

We invite contributions from members of the social science, e-Infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure and e-Research communities with experience of, or interests in:

exploring, developing, and applying new methods, practices, and tools afforded by new infrastructure technologies - such as the Grid and Web 2.0 - in order to further social science research; and studying issues impacting on the wider take-up of e-Research.

Contributions from professionals working in and with data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences are especially welcome.

Submission categories include: full and short papers, posters, demos, workshops, tutorials and panels.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

- Case studies of the application of e-Social Science methods to substantive social science research problems

- Case studies of e-Research, including benefits and problems in collaboration across organisational, disciplinary and geographical boundaries

- Case studies of 'Open Access Science', social networking and 'Science 2.0'

- Best practice examples of social research data infrastructure, including virtual distributed databases, open access repositories, self-archiving

- Advances in tools and services for data discovery, harmonization, integration, management, annotation, curation and sharing

- Challenges of exploiting new sources of administrative, transactional and observational data, including security, legal and ethical issues in the use of personal and sensitive data

- Advances in analytical tools and techniques for quantitative and qualitative social science, including statistical modelling and simulation, data mining, text mining, content analysis, socio-linguistic analysis, social network analysis, data visualisation

- Case studies of collaborative research environments, including user engagement, development and use

- User experiences of e-Research infrastructure, services and tools

- Factors influencing the adoption of e-Research, including technical standards, user engagement and outreach, training, sustainability of digital artefacts, IPR and ethics

- New methods, metrics and tools for measuring the adoption and impact of e-Research and for informing policy-making

- The evolving research infrastructure technology roadmap, including grids, cloud computing and web 2.0

- National e-Infrastructure development programmes, international cooperation in e-Infrastructure development

Authors are requested to submit an abstract of approximately 1000 words.

Workshop, tutorial and panel organisers are requested to submit a one page outline of the topic, format, likely audience, special requirements.

Deadlines and submission instructions:

Paper abstracts: 26 January 2009.
Workshop, tutorial and panel outlines: 23 February 2009.
Poster and demo abstracts: 23 March 2009.

For full submission details and more information, please visit

Language in the (New) Media: Technologies and Ideologies

Language in the (New) Media: Technologies and Ideologies
International Conference

Thursday 03 to Sunday 06 September 2009
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Interactive announcement (with links):

**Keynote speakers**

. Naomi Baron, American University, USA

. Sally Johnson, University of Leeds, England

. Jannis Androutsopoulos, Kings College London, England

. Theo van Leeuwen, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

This is the third in a series of conferences organized around the role of the media in relation to the representation, construction and/or production of language. The first two conferences were held at Leeds University, England: in 2005, "Language in the Media: Representations, Identities, Ideologies" and, in 2007, "Language Ideologies and Media Discourse: Texts, Practices, Policies". In 2009, the conference will be leaving Leeds and coming to Seattle.

**Conference theme**
We invite you to submit abstracts for papers which explore the representation, construction and/or production of language through the technologies and ideologies of new media - the digital discourse of blogs, wikis, texting, instant messaging, internet art, video games, virtual worlds, websites, emails, podcasting, hypertext fiction, graphical user interfaces, and so on.

Of equal interest are the ways that new media language is metalinguistically represented, constructed and/or produced in print and broadcast media such as newspapers and television.

With this new media theme in mind, the 2009 conference will continue to prioritize papers which address the scope of the AILA Research Network on "Language in the Media" by examining the following types of contexts/issues:

. standard languages and language standards;

. literacy policy and literacy practices;

. language acquisition;

. multilingualism and cross-/inter-cultural communication;

. language and communication in professional contexts;

. language & class, dis/ability, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality and age;

. media representations of speech, thought and writing;

. language and education;

. political discourse;

. language, commerce and global capitalism.

**Abstract submission**
Please submit abstracts for papers (20 minutes plus 10 for discussion) by email to no later than Thursday 26 February 2009. Abstracts should include a title, your contact details (name, mailing address, email) and a description of your paper (250 -350 words). The conference committee will begin reviewing abstract submissions immediately after the deadline; notification of acceptance will be Thursday 19 March.
(Please send your abstract as a Word document or in the body of your email.)

**Program and registration**
In order to help your early planning for the conference, we have already finalized the basic program structure for the conference a copy of which can be downloaded from the conference webpage (see above). This outline shows the start and finish times of the conference, the main social events (reception, BBQ and conference dinner), as well as lunches and coffee breaks. The conference planning committee is also arranging an optional program of tours and activities for Sunday 06 September. A business meeting for the AILA Network will also be scheduled for the Sunday morning.

Official conference registration will begin on Thursday 19 March, with early registration ending Thursday 21 May. The final deadline for presenter registration will be Thursday 23 July in order to be included in the final program. Registrations after 23 July will be charged an additional late registration fee of $25.00.

**Conference registration**
The Language in the (New) Media conference is planned as a not-for profit event. Your registration fee will cover the main operating expenses as well as scheduled buffet-style lunches, coffee breaks, the conference dinner, a reception on the first night and a BBQ on the second night. Wine and soft drinks are also included for the evening gatherings.

Early registration - until 21 May $350
Early registration (full-time students) $300
Registration - until 23 July $380
Registration (full-time students) $330
Day rate registration (accepted until 20 August) $150

In addition to a number of good local hotels near to campus, the University of Washington offers pleasant, affordable accommodation.

Double room (3 nights, 3-6 Sep, with breakfast) $156 p/p
Single room (3 nights, 3-6 Sep, with breakfast) $222 p/p
Additional night (e.g. 02 or 06 Sep, double room) $46 p/p
Additional night (e.g. 02 or 06 Sep, single room) $68 p/p

The conference organizers can also make recommendations for hotels in and around the University District. More information will be available in due ourse.

Conference co-organizer Crispin Thurlow is planning to edit a volume provisionally titled "Language in the New Media: Technologies and Ideologies" and is in discussion with the editors of the Oxford University Press' series Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics. His goal would be to publish this volume in 2011. To this end, Crispin would like to receive good quality, previously unpublished chapters which may or may not be based on papers presented at the conference. Contributions should be of no more than 7,000 words in length and should conform to APA format, please. More information about the scope of this volume will be made available nearer to the conference; in the meantime, the anticipated deadline for submission of chapters for review will be 31 January 2010.

The conference is co-hosted by the University of Washington, Seattle, USA and the University of Leeds, England, UK. Organizers are Crispin Thurlow, Kristine Mroczek and Jamie Moshin, Department of Communication, University of Washington, Box 353740, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. Please direct any queries to the organizers at

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mediated Presence: Virtual Reality, Mixed Environments and Social Networks

Special Issue of Virtual Reality on "Mediated Presence: Virtual Reality, Mixed Environments and Social Networks"

Guest Editors:
Prof Luciano Gamberini PhD and Anna Spagnolli PhD (University of Padova)
Matthew Lombard PhD (Temple University)

Often described as a sense of "being there" in a mediated environment, presence is broadly defined as a psychological state or subjective perception in which a person fails to accurately and completely acknowledge the role of technology in an experience. It is a rich, fascinating subject of scientific investigation, artistic exploration and diverse application, with increasingly important
implications for the ways in which people interact and technologies are developed. Designing technologies and imagining practices to modify, prolong and reconfigure the possibilities of being present has been a continuous endeavour of the human species, from early attempts at constructing communication and transportation devices, to the many current technologies we
continue to develop to reach other places and people. Originally focused on bringing "presence" from the real world to a simulated one, the phenomenon is today analyzed and investigated in the context of diverse environments and involves questioning simple distinctions between "'real" and "artificial".

This opening to a wide range of mediated environments is accompanied by a growing involvement of different research fields that are continuously updating and modifying the contours of presence scholarship. The phenomenon of presence is challenging from a scientific point of view as much as it is viable in everyday life, where people participate in simultaneous mediated experiences, feeling present or copresent in digital locations without any need for explicit instructions and orchestrating technical and cognitive resources to control and enhance presence. What it means to be present in mediated environments is then an extremely relevant and enticing question, bearing all sorts of implications for the design and application of diverse technologies.

This special issue aims at illustrating the variety of research questions and approaches that are needed in order to tackle the phenomenon of mediated presence in virtual reality, mixed environments and social network. Topics include:

• Presence in shared virtual environments and online communities

• Presence in social interactions with virtual agents and digital counterparts; parasocial interaction and relationships

• Real bodies, avatars and cyborgs

• Presence and ubiquity with mobile and geo-location technologies

• Presence as a socio-cultural achievement; practices, preferences and material resources to manifest presence

• Linguistic and non-verbal strategies to create, negotiate and challenge presence in mediated environments

• Realistic action in virtual environments

• Cognitive processes and the sense of presence; neuro-psychology of presence

• Presence affordances in digital technologies

• 3D sound, acoustic environments and presence

• Advanced broadcast and cinematic displays (stereoscopic TV, HDTV, IMAX)

• Haptic and tactile displays

• Holography

• Affective and socio-affective interfaces

• Presence analysis, evaluation, and measurement techniques

• Causes and consequences (effects) of presence

• Presence augmentation through social, physical, and contextual cues

• Presence, involvement and digital addiction

• Presence applications (education and training; medicine; e-health and cybertherapy; entertainment; communication and collaboration; teleoperation; usability and design; art and performance, etc.)

The special issue will appear in the Springer journal Virtual Reality
( Submissions are invited from authors who contributed to 11th Annual International Workshop of Presence, authors who did not contribute to the workshop are also welcome.


Papers should typically be around 8,000 words and of standard journal content:
reports of original research, or review papers. Submissions will be peer reviewed in accordance with the journal's normal process.

Papers should be submitted online in Microsoft Word format and uploaded to In order to use this system, authors need first to register in it, wait to receive a password by e-mail and then log in. When choosing 'Submit new manuscript' they are asked to select on article type from a list. They must select: 'S.I. Presence'.

Please direct all correspondence to, and

DEADLINES (extended):

Submission of paper: January 31 st, 2009

Notification of acceptance to authors: March 21st, 2009

Revised papers received by April 20th, 2009

Publication: June 2009

Much more information about (tele)presence is at

Literary Journalism: Past, Present and Future

International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
Call for Papers

"Literary Journalism: Past, Present and Future"
The Fourth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies

Northwestern University
Medill School of Journalism
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A.

14-16 May 2009

The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies invites submissions of original research papers, abstracts for research in progress and proposals for panels on Literary Journalism for the IALJS annual convention on 14-16 May 2009. The conference will be held at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA (Evanston is the first suburb immediately north of the city of Chicago). The conference hopes to be a forum for scholarly work of both breadth and depth in the field of literary journalism, and all research methodologies are welcome, as are research on all aspects of literary journalism and/or literary reportage. For the purpose of scholarly delineation, our definition of literary journalism is "journalism as literature" rather than "journalism about literature." The association especially hopes to receive papers related to the general conference theme, "Literary Journalism: Past, Present and Future." All submissions must be in English.

The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies is a multi-disciplinary learned society whose essential purpose is the encouragement and improvement of scholarly research and education in Literary Journalism. As a relatively new association in a relatively recently defined field of academic study, it is our agreed intent to be both explicitly inclusive and warmly supportive of a wide variety of scholarly approaches. Details of the programs of previous annual meetings can be found at:

I. Guidelines for Research Papers

Submitted research papers should not exceed 7,500 words, or about 25 double-spaced pages, plus endnotes. Please regard this as an upper limit; shorter papers are certainly welcome. Endnotes and bibliographic citations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Papers may not be simultaneously submitted to any other conferences. Papers previously published, presented, accepted or under review are ineligible. Only one paper per author will be accepted for presentation in the conference's research sessions, and at least one author for each paper must be at the convention in order to present the paper. If accepted, each paper presenter at a conference Research Session may be allotted no more than 15 minutes. To be considered, please observe the following guidelines:

Submission by e-mail attachment is required, in either an MS Word or Adobe PDF format. No faxes or postal mail submissions will be accepted; Please include one title page containing title, author/s, affiliation/s, and the address, phone, fax, and e-mail of the lead author. Also include a second title page containing only the paper's title and the paper's abstract. The abstract should be approximately 250 words in length. Your name and affiliation should not appear anywhere in the paper [this information will only appear on the first title page; see (b) above].

II. Guidelines for Poster/Work-in-Progress Presentations (Abstracts)

Submitted abstracts for Poster/Work-in-Progress Sessions should not exceed 250 words. If accepted, each presenter at a conference Poster/Work-in-Progress session may be allotted no more than 10 minutes. To be considered, please observe the following guidelines:

Submission by e-mail attachment is required, in either an MS Word or Adobe PDF format. No faxes or postal mail submissions will be accepted; Please include one title page containing title, author/s, affiliation/s, and the address, phone, fax and e-mail of the lead author; Also include a second page containing only the work's title and the actual abstract of the work-in-progress. The abstract should be approximately 250 words in length.

III. Guidelines for Proposals for Panels

Submission by e-mail attachment is required, in either an MS Word or Adobe PDF format. No faxes or postal mail submissions will be accepted; Panel proposals should contain the panel title, possible participants and their affiliation and e-mail addresses, and a description of the panel's subject. The description should be approximately 250 words in length; Panels are encouraged on any topic related to the study, teaching or practice of literary journalism; SPECIAL NOTE: A panel on the subject of the practice and/or teaching literary journalism in the new era of digital media is already under consideration. Anyone interested in participating as a panelist is invited to contact the Conference Program Chair (e-mail address below).

IV. Evaluation Criteria, Deadlines and Contact Information

All research paper submissions will be evaluated on originality and importance of topic; literature review; clarity of research purpose; focus; use of original and primary sources and how they support the paper's purpose and conclusions; writing quality and organization; and the degree to which the paper contributes to the study of literary journalism. Similarly, abstracts of works-in-progress and panel proposals will be evaluated on the degree to which they contribute to the study of literary journalism. Submissions from students as well as faculty are encouraged.

Please submit research papers or abstracts of poster/works-in-progress presentations to:

Prof. Isabel Santos
Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Portugal)
2009 Conference Research Chair, International Association for Literary
Journalism Studies

Please submit proposals for panels to:

Prof. Norm Sims
University of Massachusetts, Amherst (U.S.A.)
2009 Conference Program Chair, International Association for Literary
Journalism Studies

Deadline for all submissions: No later than 31 January 2009

For more information regarding the conference or the association, please go
to http://WWW.IALJS.ORG or contact:

Prof. David Abrahamson
Northwestern University (U.S.A.)
President, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies

Prof. Alice Trindade
Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Portugal)
Vice President, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies

Prof. John Bak
I.D.E.A., Nancy-Université (France)
Past President, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies

Mixed Media, Mixed Messages: Media and Mediality in the Eighteenth Century

Mixed Media, Mixed Messages: Media and Mediality in the Eighteenth Century
Call for Papers

The Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University is pleased to announce the eighth Bloomington Eighteenth-Century Workshop, to be held on May 13-15, 2009. The workshop is part of a series of annual interdisciplinary events that has been running since 2002, with 20-30 scholars presenting and discussing papers on a broad topic in a congenial setting.

Our topic for 2009 is "Mixed Media, Mixed Messages". In declaring an eighteenth-century "media revolution" most scholarship has focused on the circulation of new printed forms and the emergence of a public sphere. In this workshop we would like to go beyond well-established narratives of print culture, the effects of the printing press and the history of the book, to consider "the media revolution" - if there was one in the eighteenth century - in a wider sense. We are especially interested in the relationships between media, their differences, their limits, and their cultural, social, and/or political ramifications. How are messages affected when the medium changes? To what extent were eighteenth-century actors/ agents/ cultural producers aware of mediality and mediation, or of the implications of placing form above content? Did the eighteenth century witness a "media revolution"? How effectively can we, in the twenty-first century, assess the cognitive or affective impact and significance of messages first sent in the eighteenth century (and since transmitted through multiple media)?

Papers might address topics such as:

* the relationship between the textual and the visual

* the eye, the ear, and the voice (also inner voice)

* spatiality and temporality in different media

* the afterlife of Horace's ut pictura poesis

* pragmatic aspects of new media, such as new forms of teaching (e.g. Alphabetisierung), of reading, of circulation, of institutionalization

* intersections of new media with 18th-century religious practices and spirituality

* the global and local consequences of seriality, repetition and synchronicity

* the implications of media for running and experiencing empires

* the effects of media forms on information and narration

* how are media regulated, and how do media change regulation?

* remediation and a heightened sense of immediacy

* money as medium

The workshop format will consist of focused discussion of four to six papers a day, amid socializing and refreshment. The workshop will draw both on the wide community of eighteenth-century scholars and on those working in this field at Indiana University-Bloomington. The workshop will cover most expenses of those scholars chosen to present their work: accommodations, travel (up to a certain limit), and most meals.

We are asking for applications to be sent to us by Thursday, January 8, 2009. The application consists of a two-page description of the proposed paper as well as a current CV. Please email or send your application to Dr. Barbara Truesdell, Weatherly Hall North, room 122, Bloomington, IN 47405, Telephone 812/855-2856, email Papers will be selected by an interdisciplinary committee.

For further information please refer to our website, , or contact the director of the Center, Dror Wahrman, Dept. of History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, e-mail

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New Pew Internet Data Memo on Adults and Video Games

New Pew Internet Data Memo on Adults and Video Games

The Pew Internet Project recently released a data memo on Adults and Video Games. Among the main findings:

More than half - 53% - of all American adults play video games of some kind, whether on a computer, on a gaming console, on a cell phone or other handheld device, on a portable gaming device, or online.

Age is the biggest demographic factor in game play by adults. Younger adults are significantly more likely than any other game group to play games, and as age increases game play decreases. Independent of all other factors, younger adults are still more likely to play games.

Among older adults 65+ who play video games, nearly a third play games everyday, a significantly larger percentage than all younger players, of whom about 20% play everyday.

Age is also a factor in determining an individual's preferred game-playing device. Gaming consoles are the most popular for young adults: 75% of 18-29 year old gamers play on consoles, compared with 68% who use computers, the second most popular device for this age group.

Out of all the gaming devices, computers are the most popular among the total adult gaming population, with 73% of adult gamers using computers to play games, compared with 53% console users, 35% who using cell phones, and 25% using portable gaming devices.

The full text of the data memo is available at:

Film & History - Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Film & History
Final-round Deadline for Abstracts/Proposals: 15 December 2008

Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations' 30th Anniversary

Albuquerque, NM, February 25-28, 2009

Proposals are now being accepted for the Film & History Area. Join us this year as a returning or first-time participant in the scenic Southwestern city of Albuquerque to celebrate the Southwest/ Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Associations' 30th anniversary

Our area is concerned with the impact of motion pictures on our society and how films represent and interpret history. Presentations can, for example, feature analyses of individual films and/or TV programs from historical perspectives, surveys of documents related to the production of films, or analyses of history and culture as explored through film. Genres could include historical films attempting to define history, propaganda films, documentaries, docudramas, newsreels and broadcast media, war films, music videos and concert films, reality shows, avant-garde, cinema verite, actualities, and direct cinema.

Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations and/or panels, but topics not included here are also welcome:

- Historical eras and coverage of historical events

- Popular culture

- Politics and government

- Gender

- Ethnicity, race, and class

- Sports and leisure

- Science and technology

- Religion and spirituality

- Pedagogy

- Film schools and theory

If you wish to form your own panel within the Film & History area, we would be glad to facilitate your needs. Roundtable sessions and international participation are also encouraged.

Please send 100-200 word abstracts and proposals for panels via email by 1 December 2008 to:

Tobias Hochscherf, Co-Chair Film & History
Visual Arts
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Northumbria University
Lipman Bldg.
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Phone: ++44(0)191-227-4932


Christoph Laucht, Co-Chair Film & History
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
University of Liverpool
Chatham Street
L69 7ZR
United Kingdom
Phone: ++44(0)151-794-2404

This year's keynote address will be given by former New Mexico Governor David F. Cargo. David F. Cargo began his legislative career in the New Mexico State House of Representatives from 1963-1967, then served two terms as the Governor of New Mexico from 1967-1971. As Governor, David Cargo founded the New Mexico Film Commission, the first of its kind nationwide, which brought Hollywood film production to New Mexico. Continuing a tradition of governors who act, David Cargo played roles in several films such as The Gatling Gun (1973), Bunny O'Hare (1971), and Up in the Cellar (1971). Gov. Cargo holds a B.A., M.A., and law degree from the University of Michigan.

Information about our areas of study, graduate student awards, conference travel, lodging, and the organization can be found on our regularly updated website:

For information about the journal, Film & History, go to



In recent years, the Internet and other information and communication technologies have had great impacts on almost all aspects of human life, locally and globally. The extant of these impacts can be seen in the ubiquity of the use of the prefix 'e-', as in e-commerce, e-business, e-government, e-democracy, e-science, e-learning, e-entertainment and so on. Thanks to the cheaper prices and ease of use of these technologies, more and more people are able to access digital contents, as part of a mass audience, and more and more people are able to create and publish content off their own initiative. The Web has moved from being a one-way communication channel extending traditional media, to a complex "peer-to-peer" communication space with a blurred author/audience distinction and new ways to create, share and use knowledge in a social way. This establishes new global fora, started by a few, and sustained by millions of local acts. This change of paradigm is currently profoundly transforming most areas of our lives: our interactions with other people, our relationships, ways of gathering, creating and disseminating information, ways of developing social norms, opinions, attitudes and even legal aspects as well as ways of working and doing business. It also raises a strong need for theoretical, empirical and applied studies related to how people may interact on the Web, how they actually do so and what new possibilities and challenges are emerging in the individual, business and technology dimensions. It is not the first time in the history of social media that a new technology becomes suddenly available to a wider group of people due to a specific social, economical and historical context.

The last time something similar happened, the availability and diffusion of the printing press, according to many authors, the opportunities for the rise of modern society emerged. We are probably facing a similar new extraordinary change that we can barely describe today. According to the law of accelerated return identified by Ray Kurzweil, this change is taking place at a much faster speed than before. This is a major challenge for social science in a world where 'internet time' now runs at a clock speed several orders of magnitude faster than that of academic research.

In order to explore these possibilities and tackle the challenges, a more interdisciplinary scientific approach is required. The visionary founding fathers of cybernetics and systems theory urged for this new vision of the sciences as soon as they started working on teleological machines interacting with human beings during the Second World War. Not surprisingly, today, Sir Tim Berners Lee (the inventor of the World Wide Web) is developing a vision for new field of interdisciplinary study called Web Science. The goal of this conference is therefore to bring researchers and practitioners together to explore within a sociocybernetic approach the issues and challenges related to social aspects of the new communication technologies and especially the Web.

Possible topics should include, but are not limited to:

- Local issues with respect to a particular geographical region, political entity or cultural or ethnic group;

- Global issues affecting all mankind in the 21st century;

- Emerging technologies and the link between the micro and macro levels of individual actors and social institutions, respectively;

- Social systems and economic models of the web;

- Y Generation and participation on the web (politics, business and entertainment);

- Culture, knowledge and social impact of the Semantic web;

- e-Social Science;

- Cyberculture, knowledge and local communities;

- Teaching the digital natives in networked space;

- The public/private distinction on the Internet;

- Cybernetics and Web Science;

- Social capital in social network sites (SNSs).

Papers with a strong sociocybernetic orientation addressing other topics (conceptual, methodological, practical) are also welcomed

Please submit a 500 to 1000 word detailed abstract for the review process and for assignment to a particular session. In addition, 250 word regular abstracts are needed for the Conference Programme and Abstracts booklet and for publication on the RC51 website.

All abstracts should be sent to the Chair of the Abstracts Committee, Michael Paetau via the online abstract submission form:

- February, 1 2009: 500-1000 word detailed abstracts
- March, 1, 2009: Notification of acceptance
- May, 3, 2009: 250 word regular abstracts
- May, 24, 2009: Registration
- June, 14, 2008: Full paper

The official language of the conference will be English.

The 9th International Conference of Sociocybernetics will take place in the Faculty of Sociology of University of Urbino "Carlo Bo".

More info:

Official conference website:

For any further questions and information, please consult the RC51 website at
You may also directly contact any of the members of the International Organizing Committee or the Coordinator of the National Organizing Committee.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Help this blog out!

This blog has been going since early 2007 when I was still an undergraduate student. Over the years I learned a lot from just posting news, calls for papers, workshops, symposiums and book announcements.

This whole Internet/Media/Marketing thing, the growth in popularity of social networks, virtual communities and video portals has sometimes suprised me bit it was very interesting to be part of it. This little project was (and is) a great addition to my degree.

One thing that is missing though is popularity. Popularity for this blog. So if any of you out there actually read Internet: Marketing and Messages and have found it to be useful, could you please bookmark it with technorati or a similar service you might use? Maybe even link to it from your own blog? Or spread the word around to colleagues, students and friends? That would be just great!


The Radio Conference 2009: A Transnational Forum

The Radio Conference 2009: A Transnational Forum
Call for Papers

Location: York University, Toronto, Canada,
Dates: July 27-30th, 2009

This conference – the fifth transnational forum – aims to continue the work of Sussex 2001, Madison, Wisconsin 2003 Melbourne 2005 and Lincoln 2007 to bring together scholars, practitioners, and students of radio to share ideas and perspectives on radio’s cultural role in an increasingly global media context.

We welcome proposals and abstracts for papers, panels, and symposia on all aspects of radio – historical, cultural, critical, and institutional – including investigations of the changing form and content of radio and its associated audio media.

Preference will be given to papers and panels which report on current empirical research, introduce innovations in learning and teaching strategies, or engagement with key areas of theory or debate in radio studies.

You may submit proposals for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, or symposia. Papers should be in English primarily. Should there be sufficient interest, French and/or bilingual panels may be formed. See our website at for information and instructions on how to submit your proposal. Information about keynote speakers, accommodation, travel, helpful links, and the conference schedule will be posted when available.

Submission deadlines

Abstracts deadline is Friday 30th January 2009 and decisions will be communicated before Tuesday 30 March 2009. If you have a particular need for an earlier decision please explain why in your submission. Please send a 250 to 300 word abstract, brief author’s biography and contact information to Anne MacLennan at (radio zero nine at

The conference is jointly sponsored by the York University, Toronto and the Radio Studies Network.

The proposals will be peer reviewed by a panel of international scholars including:

Gail Philips, Murdoch University, Australia
Per Jauert, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Ken Garner, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
David Hendy, University of Westminster, UK
Paul Moore, University of Ulster, UK
Michael Keith, Boston College, USA
Peter Lewis, London Metropolitan University, UK
Anne Dunn, University of Sydney, Australia
David Goodman, University of Melbourne, Australia
Hugh Chignell, Bournemouth University, UK
Eric Rothenbuhler, Texas A&M University, USA
Kate Lacey, University of Sussex, UK
Russell Johnston, Brock University, Canada
Jeff Webb, Memorial University, Canada
Len Kuffert, University of Manitoba, Canada
Organizing Committe

Anne MacLennan (York University, Canada; Joint chair)
Tim Wall (Birmingham City University, UK; Joint chair)
Michele Hilmes (University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA)
John Tebbutt (Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia)

Please contact to submit abstracts and for further information. You may also post questions and comments that you think will be generally useful at Information will be regularly updated.

3rd Workshop on Social Aspects of the Web (SAW 2009)

3rd Workshop on Social Aspects of the Web (SAW 2009)
in conjunction with
12th International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS 2009)

Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2009

Poznan, Poland
April 27, 28 or 29, 2009

In recent years, the Web has moved from a simple one-way communication channel, extending traditional media, to a complex "peer-to-peer" communication space with a blurred author/ audience distinction and new ways to create, share, and use knowledge in a social way.

This change of paradigm is currently profoundly transforming most areas of our life: our interactions with other people, our relationships, ways of gathering information, ways of developing social norms, opinions, attitudes and even legal aspects, as well as ways of working and doing business.

The change also raises a strong need for theoretical, empirical and applied studies related to how people may interact on the Web, how they actually do so, and what new possibilities and challenges are emerging in the social, business and technology dimensions.

Following the two previous events, the goal of the 3rd Workshop is to bring researchers and practitioners together to explore the issues and challenges related to social aspects of the Web.


* People on the social Web

* Individuals on the Web (identity, privacy, incentives, activity models, trust and reputation, ...)

* Communities on the Web (roles, leadership, social norms and conflicts, types of communities, ...)

* Collaboration on the Web (content and data development and maintenance, decision taking ...)

* On-line and off-line life (mixed interaction models, on-line vs. off-line communities, ... )

* Business activities in the social Web (sales, exchanges, word-of-mouth, recruiting, marketing, ...)

* Data and content on the social Web

* Social content organization (tagging, classification, recommendations, collaborative filtering, ...)

* Content dynamics (content flow and evolution, mashups, comments, collaborative creation, ...)

* Semantic social Web (standards, annotation of social content/data, ontology learning, ...)

* Data and social network portability (standards, policies, technologies, licenses, ...)

* Social software and services

* Specific types of social software (social networks, blogs, wikis, resources sharing, ...)

* Development (architectures, technologies, platforms, infrastructures, ...)

* Adoption (critical mass problem, socio-technical gap, data and social network migration, ...)

* Alternative user interaction models (games, mobile, mixed reality, ...)

* Social software in the enterprise (knowledge management, CRM, collaborative software, ...)

* Business models of social services (pricing, cost models, customer relation, content acquisition, ...)

* Mining the social Web
* Mining user-generated content (opinion, comments, rankings, forums, ...)

* Mining the social graph (collaborative filtering, social network analysis, ...)

* Mining activity patterns (access, used features, participation, interactions, ...)

* Entity-centric content integration (on people, experts, objects, companies, locations, ...)

* Social Web mining in business (for marketing, products design, customer support, ...)


* Long papers: max. 12 pages
* Work-in-progress reports: max. 6 pages
* Demo papers: max. 4 pages

Papers must be submitted in PDF format according to Springer LNBIP template available from

Submission system is available at

Papers approved for presentation at SAW 2009 will be published in BIS 2009 workshop proceedings, as a volume in Springer's Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series.


All authors of accepted papers as well as other participants will be asked to read accepted papers abstracts before the workshop (papers will be available on-line in advance) to facilitate discussion. Workshop participants will be also invited to take part in the BIS conference and other BIS workshops.


* February 1, 2009 - submission deadline for papers
* February 22, 2009 - notification of acceptance/rejection
* March 15, 2009 - submission of final papers
* April 27, 28 or 29, 2009 - the workshop


* Poznan University of Economics, Department of Information Systems


* Dominik Flejter
* Tomasz Kaczmarek
* Marek Kowalkiewicz


* Krisztian Balog, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
* Simone Braun, FZI Karlsruhe, Germany
* John Breslin, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
* Tanguy Coenen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
* Sebastian Dietzold, University of Leipzig, Germany
* Davide Eynard, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
* Dominik Flejter, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
* Adam Jatowt, Kyoto University, Japan
* Tomasz Kaczmarek, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
* Marek Kowalkiewicz, SAP Research Brisbane, Australia
* Marcin Paprzycki, Polish Academy of Science, Poland
* Katharina Siorpaes, STI, University of Innsbruck, Austria
* Jie Tang, Tshingua University, China
* Celine van Damme, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
* Valentin Zacharias, FZI Karlsruhe, Germany

British ISPs blocking access to Wikipedia

British ISPs blocking access to Wikipedia

At least six of the United Kingdom’s main Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have implemented monitoring and filtering mechanisms that are causing major problems for UK contributors on websites operated by the Wikimedia Foundation, amongst up to 1200 other websites. Some ISPs have blocked customers from accessing some Wikimedia websites including the free, online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, altogether.

The filters appear to be applied because Wikimedia sites are hosting a Scorpions album cover which some call child pornography. The Scorpions are a German rock band who have used several controversial album covers and are perhaps best known for their song, “Rock You Like a Hurricane”.

The measures applied redirect traffic for a significant portion of the UK’s Internet population through six servers which can log and filter the content that is available to the end user.

The filtering is in response to the Internet Watch Foundation’s list of websites that host or contain content that have been reported to contain inappropriate images of naked children, under the age of 18. The IWF considers those images child pornography.

However, in the United States (where the websites of the Wikimedia Foundation are hosted), it is not considered obscene under the criteria of the Miller test, which requires that an obscene work lack “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value” (as album art is used to “brand” the album, it is considered to be artistic). Contributors or individuals attempting to view an affected image or file, depending on their ISP, may get a warning saying, “we have blocked this page because, according to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), it contains indecent images of children or pointers to them; you could be breaking UK law if you viewed the page.”. Other ISPs provide blank pages, 404 errors, or other means of blocking the content.

Source: Wikinews

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Webometrics workshop

Webometrics workshop 22-23 January, 2009 in Wolverhampton, UK
Hosted by the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

This Webometrics workshop is aimed at existing researchers working in the area of Webometrics (gathering and analysing data from the web on a large scale) and social scientists wishing to find out about webometrics. Participants will receive training in the use of Webometric methods in social science research as well as hearing presentations on Webometrics
topics and having the opportunity to share their own research (not necessarily webometrics) and to meet other researchers. The cost is free but participants will be expected to make their own accommodation arrangements, for example asking for the university discount in the local
Britannia Hotel, which is in the city centre and 5 minutes from the train station and University. Participants will receive a free draft copy of a new introductory book on Webometrics.

All are welcome but please email m.thelwall to pre-book as numbers are limited.

Thursday 22 January.
11.30 Welcome and coffee
12.00 Lunch at local café
2pm-5pm Open forum –
Each attendee has up to 15 minutes to give a formal or informal presentation of their research, with 15 minutes for questions. 7-9pm Dinner at a world-class Wolverhampton curry house

Friday 23 January
9.30-10.30 Presentation by Mike Thelwall, University of Wolverhampton - Introduction to webometrics methods
10.30-12.00 Computer workshop practical training sessions with the LexiURL Searcher and SocSciBot 4 software
12-2pm Lunch at local café
2-3pm Webometric vs. bibliometric profiles of oceanographic research institutes by Tina Ruschenburg, Universität Bielefeld
3-3.30 Coffee

Immediately following the workshop there will also be an opportunity to attend a lecture relevant to information science: "Bradfordizing, Relevance and Information Retrieval" by Phlipp Mayr, GESIS-IZ Social Science Information Centre, Bonn, 3.30-4.30pm

Re:live - Third International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science

Re:live - Third International Conference on the Histories of Media Art,
Call For Papers * Deadline 19th December 2008
Melbourne 26-29 November 2009

The media art history conference Re:live has currently confirmed keynote speakers Stelarc and Zhang Ga.

There are a number of events happening prior to the commencement of the Re:live, making Melbourne the place to be in November 09.

::: Currently planned events :::
- The Leonardo education Forum LEF@Re:Live 25th November 09
- SymbioticA workshop: 16 - 20 November 09
- Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) are presenting SuperHuman - Revolution of the Species: symposium, exhibition, masterclass, public talk 22 - 25 November 09.

::: Call :::
Following the success of Media Art History 05 Re:fresh in Banff and Media Art History 07 Re:place in Berlin, Media Art History 09 Re:live in Melbourne will host three days of keynotes, panels and poster sessions Media Art History 09 - Re:live, a refereed conference, is calling for papers, panels and posters on the histories of digital, electronic and technological media arts. With the theme of Re:live we are especially interested in expanding the range of topics to include sustainability, live arts and the technological arts of life, both organic and nonorganic.

-How do the media arts change? Through innovation, accident, discovery, mutation or crisis? How did contemporary media arts come to look and sound like they do? What options and potentialities and eccentricities in the history of media have been lost or overlooked or suppressed? What hopes have been realised and which dashed? What is the history of speculation on alternate histories, and how have they altered the course of media art history?

-Participants are encouraged to look at the themes suggested to address in submitting abstracts at

-We particularly wish to encourage presentations from and about these histories in the Asia-Pacific region. Proposals are welcomed from artists, curators, arts organizers and researchers in media, art history, performance studies, literature, film, and science and technology studies.

Abstracts of 200 words can be submitted as text, rtf, pdf or doc files via the dedicated website with updates and online paper submission system at

Sean Cubitt and Paul Thomas, conference co-chairs.

2008 Horizon Report - Australia and New Zealand

2008 Horizon Report - Australia and New Zealand

The NMC today released the first in a new series of regional and sector-based Horizon Reports with the Horizon Report: 2008 Australia-New Zealand.

The new series is a product of the New Media Consortium's Horizon Project, an ongoing research project that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression within higher education around the globe.

This volume is the first in a new series of regional reports, and examines emerging technologies as they appear in and affect higher education in Australia and New Zealand in particular.

In defining the six selected areas

- Virtual Worlds & Other Immersive Digital Environments;
- Cloud-Based Applications;
- Geolocation;
- Alternative Input Devices;
- Deep Tagging;
- and Next-Generation Mobile

the project drew on an ongoing discussion among knowledgeable leaders and practitioners in Australia and New Zealand business, industry, and education, as well as published resources, current research and practice, and the expertise of the NMC community itself.

The Horizon Project's Australia-New Zealand Advisory Board probed current trends and challenges in post compulsory education as they uniquely are expressed in Australia and New Zealand, explored possible topics for the Report, and over several rounds of rankings and dialog, selected the final technologies.

The Horizon Report: 2008 Australia-New Zealand Edition (304K, 32 pp) is available now on the NMC website at:

The 32-page report is free, and has been released with a Creative Commons license to facilitate its use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.