Friday, December 19, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proposals indicating the purpose, rationale, and possible approach of contributions (250-500 words): January 31, 2009
Submissions (full manuscripts): May 31, 2009
Accepted manuscripts revised for publication: September 1, 2009
Scheduled publication of issue: Winter 2010
Please direct inquiries and proposals to the guest editor:

Doreen Starke-Meyerring

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

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Playful Experiences Seminar - Call for Papers

Playful Experiences Seminar - Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Playful Experiences Seminar, Tampere 2.-3. April, 2009

* UPDATE: the seminar commentators will be Aki Järvinen (ITU Copenhagen) and Oskar Juhlin (Interactive Institute).

What does it involve to enter the state of play? How games and other playful phenomena stand out among other everyday experiences, and can playful experiences be designed? Is there a way we can learn to understand games better by looking at phenomena that are not games, but where playful behaviours are common? How are play and function intertwined in Facebook, iPhone, Habbo Hotel and the other topical interactive products and services?

As, on the one hand, so-called gamer generations are spreading understanding of play and games literacy into society, and, on the other, digital information and communication technologies are having an impact on various use contexts and in different social processes, there will be increasing needs for understanding playfulness that is not restricted to games in the classic sense. Play as an attitude and mode of engagement is appearing in social Internet services, and also working life is becoming increasingly open towards playful and creative modes of thought and activity.

‘Playful Experiences’ seminar invites presentations from multiple points of view, promoting wider interdisciplinary dialogue around player studies and games research, and in related fields. The co-organisers, University of Tampere Games Research Lab and Nokia Research Center invite both theoretical as well as empirically based studies into ‘playfulness’. Particular fields of study include, but are not limited to:

- theories and methods for understanding play experiences;

- the social and cultural construction of play experiences;

- the nature of playful phenomena and playful attitude;

- the social character of games and playful experiences;

- the role of technology for playful experiences, e.g. play in mobile user contexts;

- user interface and usability issues related to playful interaction;

- play experiences beyond games.

The seminar is fifth in the annual series of game studies working paper seminars organised by the Games Research Lab in the University of Tampere, this time co-organised with Nokia Research Center. Due to the work-in-progress emphasis, we strongly encourage submitting late breaking results, working papers and/or submissions from graduate students. Early considerations from projects currently in progress are most welcome, as the purpose of the seminar is to have peer-to-peer discussions and thereby provide support in refining and improving research work in this area. After the seminar, separate consideration will be given to various options of publishing the seminar papers.

The papers to be presented will be chosen based on extended abstract review. Full papers are distributed prior the event to all participants, in order to facilitate discussion.

The two-day event consists of themed sessions that aim to introduce current research projects and discuss ongoing work in studies of games, play and their relation to surrounding phenomena. The seminar will be chaired by professor Frans Mäyrä (Hypermedia Laboratory, University of Tampere). There will be two invited paper commentators: assistant professor Aki Järvinen (ITU Copenhagen) and studio director Oskar Juhlin (Mobility Studio, Interactive Institute).

The seminar will be held in Tampere, Finland and will be free of charge; the number of participants will be restricted.

Important Dates

- Abstract Deadline: January 15, 2009
- Notification of Acceptance: January 30, 2009
- Full Paper deadline: March 6, 2009
- Seminar dates: April 2-3, 2009

Submission Guidelines

The extended abstract submissions should be between 500-1000 words (excluding references). Abstracts should be sent to as plain text only (no attachments). Guidelines for submitting a full seminar paper will be provided with the notification of acceptance.

Our aim is that everyone participating has been able to read materials submitted to the seminar, therefore the maximum length for a full paper is set to 6000 words (excluding references). Note also that the presentations held at the seminar should also encourage discussion, instead of only repeating the information presented in the papers. Tentatively, every paper will be presented for 10 minutes and discussed for 20 minutes.

Seminar web site:
Co-organised by: &
University of Tampere / Hypermedia Laboratory / Games Research Lab
Nokia Research Center / Media Laboratory / Human Practices and Design

Invitation to Participate in AOM 2009 Symposium "Crowdsourcing Innovation" (Call for Papers)

Invitation to Participate in AOM 2009 Symposium "Crowdsourcing Innovation" (Call for Papers)

Dear Colleagues,

Motivated by Chesbrough's call for a more open approach to innovation, scholars increasingly have investigated how organizations look outside their boundaries in order either to gain insight for their innovations. However, thus far solutions have been contained to the "usual suspects" for collaboration – through joint ventures, alliances, and licensing arrangements. Primarily, these avenues of collaboration have ignored the core of what it means to be "open": not knowing who will provide the input for the next radical innovation.

The advent of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) has led to a break with the 'same-place, same-time' restrictions on groups; whereas organizations traditionally have relied heavily on small, co-located teams in order to generate innovations, currently, we see large groups of individuals beginning to collaborate on the Internet with the explicit goal of leveraging their potential for innovation-related tasks. These groups either join or develop a community and exploit their crowd wisdom in order to solve R&D challenges – a phenomenon known as "crowdsourcing". In some crowdsourcing communities, individuals' contributions are neither marginal nor restricted to the project, but actually have inherent value. Therefore, a primary research interest is how organizations can strengthen their innovative capabilities through realizing the full potential of large online communities.

We believe that this research area should benefit from the phenomenon it studies. To this end, we would like to apply crowd wisdom to this area of research!* We invite scholars and practitioner colleagues to participate in our symposium "Crowdsourcing Innovation" at the AOM 2009 Annual Meeting in Chicago*. We welcome papers on related topics, which may or may not address the following research questions:

(a) How motivations to contribute to an innovative task are influenced by
(i) the design choices of an online community, such as level of interaction between individuals and sense of community created, 

(ii) reputation and reward systems, and 
(iii) the assignment of property rights.

(b) Which group processes are active in large groups above and beyond those that are active in small groups? Which characteristics influence the performance of large online groups above and beyond those that are of influence in small groups?

(c) What motivates individuals to sacrifice their potential intellectual property and reputation amplification for the chance of financial rewards? Furthermore, what mechanisms of accountability operate to ensure solution quality and also fair use?

(d) What are the processes within innovation communities that drive their performance and success?

(e) What are individuals' motivations for joining, for contributing to, and for remaining active in these communities?

(f) What can these communities do? What *can't* they do (i.e., what are the limits to their potential?)?

(g) What is the role of community among these solution groups?

(h) Should open innovation be open to all potential contributors? Or, should organizations gate-keep innovation groups' membership?

(i) How does the contextual situation and the project characteristics (e.g. collaborative, competitive, or co-opetitive task design) influence the performance of online innovative groups? What are the benefits and drawbacks of each task design for solution quality?

(j) Collectives v. Groups v. Teams v. Communities: which is the best level of formality? Or, which degree of structure is most applicable to which context?

(k) What is the potential for crowdsourcing as a business model? That is, can this approach to innovation be employed otherwise to the organization's advantage?

We hope that you will join us for this event, and we look forward to connecting with you this summer in Chicago!

Best regards,
Sarah M. G. Otner (London School of Economics)
Mark Boons (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

Next Generation Experience Design, Special issue of NRHM

Next Generation Experience Design
Call for Papers
New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia 2009 (2)
Special Issue

Guest Editors

Mark Blythe, University of York
Marc Hassenzahl, Folkwang University, Essen
Effie Law, University of Leicester

"In the old days and by the old days I mean two years ago..."
Eddie Izzard

Youtube, Facebook, Second Life, Wikipedia, Google Earth and even Google itself are all less than a decade old and yet for many they are as taken for granted and indispensable as books or pens and paper. It is not only the pace of technological change which is unprecedented but also the speed of distribution and acceptance. These technologies affect every aspect of our lives: work, play, sex, politics and religion. Small wonder then that studies of human computer interaction (HCI) have adopted a term as wide as "user experience" to address their impact. HCI has begun to consider such areas as: fun, enjoyment, beauty, aesthetics and affect. As users become more concerned with the social and environmental impact of their technologies "user experience" is being conceived in still wider terms to include such topics as: ethics, politics and sustainability.

"User experience" has become the default label for almost every study in HCI. It appears to have replaced usability as a focus for interaction design in both academia and industry. Courses in User Experience Design are offered at many universities and job titles such as "User Experience Engineer" are commonplace. Yet there are a very wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches to user experience some of which are radically opposed to one another.

A variety of methods and techniques have been developed from social science disciplines such as psychology, which tend to break user experience into component elements in search for general models and rules. Others employ more holistic and situated approaches, taking contextual factors into consideration. These two types of approaches have their advantages and disadvantages - together they provide new opportunities to transform HCI into the practice and science of experience with technology.

This special issue will reflect the diversity of approaches to user experience and explore the limits of current methods. We encourage submissions of both empirical and theoretical work.

Possible topics include but are not limited to -

- Fun, enjoyment and affect

- Beauty and Aesthetics

- Ethics and Religion

- Human Computer Sexual Interaction

- Green HCI and sustainability

- Approaches from Cultural and Critical Theory

The deadline for submissions is the 20th of February. Submissions may take the form of research papers or shorter technical notes and should be submitted electronically at the Journal's Manuscript Central site

Important Dates:

Paper submission 20th February 2009
Notification of Acceptance 3rd April 2009
Final papers due 28th April 2009.

Informal enquiries may be sent to:

For instructions for authors etc. see:

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

4th Global Conference Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace and Science Fiction - Call for Papers

Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace and Science Fiction
4th Global Conference

Monday 6th July - Wednesday 8th July 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project aims to explore what it is to be human and the nature of human community in cyberculture, cyberspace and science fiction. In particular, the project will explore the possibilities offered by these contexts for creative thinking about persons and the challenges posed to the nature and future of national, international, and global communities.

Papers, short papers, and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes;

* the relationship between cyberculture, cyberspace, science fiction

* cyberculture, cyberpunk and the near future: utopias vs. dystopias

* science fiction and cyberpunk as a medium for exploring the nature of persons

* humans and cyborgs; the synergy of humans and technology; changing views of the body

* human and post-human concepts in cyber arts and cinema

* bodies in cyberculture; from apes to androids - electronic evolution; biotechnical advances and the impact of life, death, and social existence; the impact on individuality

* gender and cyberspace: new feminisms, new masculinities

* electronic persons, community and identity; cyberspace, cybercommunities, virtual worlds

* digital culture and interactive storytelling

* old messages, new medium: cyberspace and mass communication

* nature, enhancing nature, and artificial intelligence; artificial life, life and information systems, networked living

* human and post-human politics; cyborg citizenship and rights; influence of political technologies

* cyberpolitics, cyberdemocracy, cyberterror; old conflicts, new spaces: elections, protest and war in cyberspace; nationality and nationalism in cyberculture; the state and cyberspace: repression vs. resistance

* cybercultures: the transnational and the local

* boundaries, frontiers and taboos in cyberculture

* religion and spirituality in cyberculture, science fiction and cyberpunk

* technology vs. the natural? cyberculture and the green movement

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 6th February 2009. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 5th June 2009.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Joint Organising Chairs
Dr Daniel Riha
Charles University
Czech Republic

Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR

The conference is part of the 'At the Interface' series of research projects run by ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume.

For further details about the project please visit:

For further details about the conference please visit:

PhD Studentship (Advertising / Marketing) - University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire
PhD Studentship
Advertising / Marketing

The University of Gloucestershire Business School, Cheltenham invites applications for a three-year full-time PhD studentship. Applicants may be from any country. The studentship will begin in February 2009.

The focus of your research should be in one of the following fields:

- Advertising or marketing communications

- Consumer behaviour

- Marketing, especially in services

The studentship covers fees, plus a maintenance grant of £12,940 each year for three years.

Candidates should have a relevant bachelor's degree, taken at a good standard (a British honours degree at 2:1 level or equivalent) and/or a cognate master's degree. There is a preference for those qualified to master's level.

Acceptable disciplines for your background include business, computing, management, marketing, information systems or similar. Alternatively, social sciences (sociology, economics, geography), or subjects such as communication studies or history might be suitable, depending on your research topic. Most importantly, we are looking for a motivated, engaged, individual. You should have an interest in and aptitude for business research, with good academic writing skills.

You would be joining a large community of 70+ research students in the Business School, Cheltenham.

You should complete an application form, including your research proposal, and an equal opportunities monitoring form. Please also include evidence (scan, photocopy) of your bachelor's and/or master's degree with your application.

Email your completed application to, or post to the address below, to arrive by 17.00hrs on 5 January 2009.

Administrative enquiries should be directed to and academic queries to Philippa Ward, Director of Studies, Doctoral Programmes (

Interviews (in person or by telephone) will commence on the 19 January 2009 and continue until the Studentship is awarded.

Postgraduate Research Centre
University of Gloucestershire
Francis Close Hall Campus
Swindon Road
GL50 4AZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1242 715367

PhD Studentships - Notthingham Trent University

PhD Studentships - School of Arts and Humanities

The School of Arts and Humanities invites applications from well qualified candidates, who have or expect to graduate with good first degrees or Masters level qualifications, to undertake doctoral studies in a range of the School's subject areas.

The studentships will pay UK /EU fees, and provide a maintenance stipend of £13,290 for up to three years.

The Graduate School offers a multidisciplinary research culture with a thriving postgraduate community and well-established staff/student research seminars. Students are supported by a training course in research practices, which provides a grounding in the methodologies and research skills that are essential to the professional researcher.

Research within the School is of internationally recognised quality. Areas of particular strength are Communication, Culture & Media and English, both of which were rated at 5 in RAE 2001, and French, which gained a 4 rating. The School has a successful record of external grant funding from the major research bodies (e.g. Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation). There is a range of continuing research projects based in the School which are clustered around several distinctive areas, including a number of post-doctoral researchers. Applications are invited for research projects in the following areas:

- Communication, Culture and Media (CCM)

- English

- History, Public History and Heritage

- International Relations

- Modern Languages

The School's website contains further information on research projects and staff research interests:

For informal advice relating to your area of study please contact Professor Martyn Bennett,

For an application pack please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)115 848 6335

The closing date for applications is Monday 16 February 2009.

New Pew Internet Report: The Future of the Internet III

A survey of internet leaders, activists and analysts shows they expect major tech advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, artificial and virtual reality become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself improves.

They disagree about whether this will lead to more social tolerance, more forgiving human relations, or better home lives.

Here are the key findings in a new report based on the survey of experts by the Pew Internet & American Life Project that asked respondents to assess predictions about technology and its roles in the year 2020:

* The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world in 2020.

* The transparency of people and organizations will increase, but that will not necessarily yield more personal integrity, social tolerance, or forgiveness.

* Voice recognition and touch user-interfaces with the internet will be more prevalent and accepted by 2020.

* Those working to enforce intellectual property law and copyright protection will remain in a continuing "arms race," with the "crackers" who will find ways to copy and share content without payment.

* The divisions between personal time and work time and between physical and virtual reality will be further erased for everyone who is connected, and the results will be mixed in their impact on basic social relations.

* "Next-generation" engineering of the network to improve the current internet architecture is more likely than an effort to rebuild the architecture from scratch.

For the full report please visit:

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

Discourses of Stability and Change

Discourses of Stability and Change
Human Communication and Technology Division

2009 NCA Convention Call
Deadline: February 11, 2009

The Human Communication and Technology Division invites papers, panels, and scholar to scholar (poster) sessions that examine the theory and application of communication technologies to relationships, communities, classrooms, and other organizational and social contexts.

The 2009 theme, "Discourses of Stability and Change” asks us to reflect on the multiple discourses at the heart of meaning-making, and how we manage these discourses as a discipline. Our collective communicative experiences are increasingly affecting and are effected by burgeoning media technologies. Consequently, the area of human communication and technology is well-suited to examine the interplay between discourses of stability, continuity, and routine, on the one hand and discourses of change, novelty, and surprise on the other.

Papers of scholarly work (no more than 25 pages of text) will be competitively evaluated. The Top Papers and Top Student Papers will comprise two panels. The Top Student Paper author(s) will receive an award of $75.

Common Theme Panels:
A group of panelists provides information around a specific theme with titled presentations. The contact person from the panel should submit a rationale (no more than 250 words) and brief abstracts (no more than 75 words) for the individual presentations/ papers for evaluation by reviewers.

Round Tables:
A group of panelists will discuss a specific topic, as described in an abstract (no more than 75 words) for the convention program. Individual presentations are not titled. A rationale (no more than 250 words) must also be submitted. The same text may be used for the rationale and the abstract but the rationale will be considered when evaluating the panel.

Panels (Common Theme and Round Tables) should include
•A title
•A list of presenters and their affiliations
•Titles and abstracts for each presentation/ paper (if Common Theme Panel)
•An abstract of no more than 75 words for the convention program (if Round Table panel)
•A rationale of no more than 250 words.

Scholar to Scholar:
The Scholar to Scholar session provides an interactive and media-rich format for communication and discussion with scholars in the field. We encourage all of our members to consider submitting their papers as Scholar-to-Scholar sessions to take advantage of the opportunities for visual display and a more interactive format. When you submit your paper or panel to the unit, you will be able to check the Scholar to Scholar box on the submission form.

Submission deadline: February 11, 2009

All submissions must be made online through the All Academic site. You will be directed to the All Academic site with prompts to clarify the process. Submissions will be accepted only in these formats: Word, PDF (Adobe Acrobat), and Rich Text. Please remember that if you are using bibliographic management software you must make sure your references are embedded in the text of your document, or else they will be stripped out when you upload your paper to the AllAcademic site. Do NOT compress files before sending. Audio and visual requests should accompany your submission.

Submission instructions and information can be found at

Authors are reminded that it is good practice, when submitting abstracts and other information to an online site, to compose in a local editor and cut and paste into the abstract and other fields.

Please note: All First Author or Designated Presenters, Chairs, Respondents, and Individual Participants who have had papers or panel proposals accepted or who are listed for participation in the NCA Annual Convention (in any unit or caucus) must pre-register in order to participate. Any individual who has not pre-registered for the Annual Convention will not appear in any version of the published or posted Convention Program.

Preregistration deadline: Thursday, September 17, 2009.

Questions? Contact the co-planners:

•John Howard, East Carolina University, School of Communication, 102
Joyner East, Greenville, NC 27858,, phone 252-328-530
•Kris Markman, University of Memphis, Department of Communication, 143
Theatre & Communication Bldg, Memphis, TN, 38152-3150,, phone 901-678-5458

Monday, December 15, 2008



The Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network invites submission of abstracts for its Annual Postgraduate Conference to be held:

Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th July 2009 at Bangor University, Wales.

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes papers on topics relevant to any area of media, communication, and cultural studies.

The conference is organised by postgraduate students and it is designed for Masters and PhD students, as well as early years postdoctoral researchers.

Presentations may take the form of papers, readings, performances, posters, films and multimedia presentations.

Panel proposals with up to four papers are also welcome.

Please email abstracts of 200 words (for 20 minute presentations), by 27th February to:

The abstract should include:

Your name, contact details, institutional affiliation and year of study;
Title and topic of research, including method(s) used;
Up to five key words, which will help the reviewers classify your proposal;
Technical requirements for the presentation.

• Bangor University Conference Page:


YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States

YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States
Call for Papers
April 16 & 17, 2009 - Amherst, Massachusetts

A two-day University of Massachusetts Amherst workshop jointly hosted by the:

Departments of Political Science, Computer Science, and Communication
Science, Technology, and Society Initiative (STS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Center for Public Policy and Administration
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Journal of Information Technology & Politics (JITP)
Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP)
National Center for Digital Government (NCDG)

*Submission Deadline: January 7, 2009*
Submission Website:
Conference Home Page:

Keynote Speakers

Day 1:
Richard Rogers, Professor in New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and Director of Dr. Rogers is a Web epistemologist, an area of study where the main claim is that the Web is a knowledge culture distinct from other media. Rogers concentrates on the research opportunities that would have been improbable or impossible without the Internet. His research involves studying and building info-tools. He studies and makes use of the adjudicative or 'recommender' cultures of the Web that help to determine the reputation of information as well as organizations. The most well-known tool Rogers has developed with his colleagues is the Issue Crawler, a server-side Web crawler, co-link machine and graph visualizer.

Day 2:
Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University, the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the School of Engineering, School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA. He is the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University. He is investigating factors that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks in communities. Specifically, his research team is developing and testing theories and methods of network science to map, understand and enable more effective networks in a wide variety of contexts including communities of practice in business, science and engineering communities, disaster response teams, public health networks, digital media and learning networks, and in virtual worlds, such as Second Life.

The Program Committee encourages disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches rooted in political science, media studies, and communication scholarship. The JITP Editor strongly endorses new and experimental approaches involving collaboration with information and computer science scholars. Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

- citizen initiated campaign videos,

- candidates' use of YouTube,

- bloggers use of YouTube to influence the primaries or election,

- the impact of YouTube on traditional or new media coverage of the election cycle,

- the effect of YouTube on citizen interest, knowledge, engagement, or voting behavior,

- social network analysis of YouTube and related election-oriented sites,

- political theory or communication theory and YouTube in the context of the 2008 election,

- new metrics that support the study of the "YouTube Effect" on elections,

- archives for saving and tools for mapping the full landscape of YouTube election content,

- use of YouTube in the classroom as a way to teach American electoral politics, or

- reviews of existing scholarship about YouTube.

Paper Submissions
Authors are invited to prepare and submit to JITP a manuscript following one of the six submission formats by January 7, 2009. These formats include research papers, policy viewpoints, workbench notes, review essays, book reviews, and papers on teaching innovation. The goal is to produce a special issue, or double issue, of JITP with a wide variety of approaches to the broad theme of "YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States."

How to Submit
Everything you need to know about how to prepare and submit a strong JITP paper via the JITP web site is documented at Papers will be put through an expedited blind peer review process by the Program Committee and authors will be notified about a decision by February 15, 2009. A small number of papers will be accepted for presentation at the conference. Other paper authors will be invited to present a poster during the Friday evening reception. All posters must include a "YouTube" version of their research findings.

Travel Support
We anticipate having the ability to support the travel expenses of the presenting author of accepted papers. Should the number of accepted papers exceed our ability to provide travel support, funds will go first to graduate students and then on an as-needed basis for other authors.

Best Paper and Poster Cash Prizes
The author (or authors) of the best research paper will receive a single $1,000 prize. The creator (or creators) of the best YouTube poster/research presentation will also receive a single prize of $1,000.

Conference Co-Chairs
Stuart Shulman, University of Massachusetts Amherst (
Michael Xenos, Louisiana State University (

Program Committee
Sam Abrams, Harvard University
Micah Altman, Harvard University
Karine Barzilai-Nahon, University of Washington
Lance Bennett, University of Washington
Ryan Biava, University of Wisconsin
Bob Boynton, University of Iowa
John Brigham, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tom Carlson, Åbo Akademi University
Andrew Chadwick, Royal Holloway University of London
Greg Elmer, Ryerson University
Kirsten Foot, University of Washington
Jane Fountain, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jeff Guliati, Bentley College
Mike Hais, Co-author, Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube and the
Future of American Politics
Matthew Hale, Seton Hall University
Justin Holmes, University of Minnesota
Helen Margetts, Oxford Internet Institute
Mike Margolis, University of Cincinnati
Andrew McCallum, University of Massachusetts Amherst
John McNutt, University of Delaware
Ines Mergel, Syracuse University
Andrew Philpot, University of Southern California-Information Sciences Institute
Antoinette Pole, Montclair State University
Stephen Purpura, Cornell University
Lee Rainie, Pew Internet & American Life Project
Ken Rogerson, Duke University
Jeffrey Seifert, Congressional Research Service
Mack Shelley, Iowa State University
Charlie Schweik, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Chirag Shah, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
John Wilkerson, University of Washington
Christine Williams, Bentley College
Morley Winograd, University of Southern California
Quan Zhou, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Michael Zink, University of Massachusetts Amherst