Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Call for Papers: Virtual Praxis II: Women's International Community in Second Life

Virtual Praxis II: Women's International Community in Second Life

To be held on Minerva, the teaching and research space in Second Life maintained by The Department of Women's Studies, Ohio State University, November 21 and 22, 2009.

You are invited to submit an abstract for an individual 20-minute presentation or group panel discussion on an aspect of women's participation in the international Second Life community.

In 2008 the first Virtual Praxis Conference studied the growing women's community of activists, artists, musicians, educators, librarians, and health care workers in Second Life. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn what others are doing and to build social networks. The conference dealt with a wide variety of Second Life experience, and many of the papers are archived here:

This year we will meet again to discuss the increasingly international nature of our community. If you are using Second Life to work on issues of social or environmental justice, if your group is concerned with globalization, if you are building international communities around issues of sexual orientation, health or ability, if you are teaching with a cross-cultural or international perspective, or if you are working to foster understanding between linguistic communities, please consider sharing what you have learned.

Whenever possible, papers should be presented in voice. All papers should be accompanied by an English-language text to be pasted into chat during the presentation. Slide presenters will be available in Second Life. If you need help in setting up or in giving your presentation, a volunteer will be provided to help you.

Proposals will be selected with a view to giving a broad perspective of our growing community. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to the address below. Please include your contact information and time zone. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2009.

E-mail to:
Dr. Sharon Collingwood
Department of Women's Studies
The Ohio State University

CFP: Journal of Media Practice

Journal of Media Practice

ISSN: 14682753 Published by Intellect
Editor: Lina Khatib, Royal Holloway, University of London

Call for submissions

The Journal of Media Practice is an international forum for debate on media practice, both within and outside of academia. The Journal is looking for contributions from colleagues involved in media practice around the world, whether as teachers or practitioners.

The Journal invites international contributions reflecting on the media practice landscape, addressing television, radio, video art, documentary, film, screenwriting, the internet, the press, or any other form of print, audio, visual or audiovisual media.

Submissions on policy, “industry” (or sites of practice), creative practice, aesthetics, pedagogy and critiques of the range of what can be called media” are welcome.

In addition to academic articles, the Journal encourages the submission of:

- Visual essays (images accompanied by text)

- Interviews with key media personnel and artists

- Reflections by media practitioners on their own practice (whether within institutions or as independent practitioners)

- Reviews of exhibitions and other media events and of books

- Critical pieces about changes in technology, content and delivery of media products and tools, or the work of media institutions around the world

Articles should be 5000 words, reviews 500-1000 words, and critical pieces and reflections between 1000-3000 words. The Editor is happy to discuss other possibilities with potential contributors.

All submissions are subject to peer review. Please send all submissions to

Informal queries can be sent to the Editor Lina Khatib:

Call for Competition Entries - Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Award

Call to participate in the 3rd Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Awards Competition

September 30th -October 2nd, 2009, Tampere, Finland

For previous years' entries, newslist subscription, and our facebook group - check out:

Competition deadline: August 7th
Award Sum: 7.000 Euros

The purpose of the competition is to encourage makers of digital media to generate ideas and develop new and innovative ubimedia products & services.

The entries are expected to take a stand on the following questions, for example:

* How does ubiquitous computing affect media environments?

* What are intelligent media environments like?

* What will the location- and context-aware media services of the future be like?

A few other examples are:

* Pervasive and ubiquitous games

* Ambient installations

* Artistic works related to ubiquitous media and computation

* Business models

* Ambient and ubiquitous media technology

* Ubiquitous and ambient media services, devices, and environments

* Context aware, sensing, and interfaces for ubiquitous computation

* Ergonomics, human-computer interaction designs, and product prototypes

* Software, hardware and middleware framework demonstrations

* Ambient television

* etc.

The total award sum for the Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Award is 7 000Euro. The sum can be awarded to one entry, divided between several entries or not awarded at all if the award criteria set by the jury are not fulfilled.

All ubimedia, ubiquitous, pervasive, or ambient products or product and service concepts which have been finalized during the previous year after 1st January 2008 are eligible to take part in the competition.

Competition deadline is August 7th

How to participate?

Please check out the website for entry forms and actual information, and for previous years' entries, newsletter, and our facebook group.

In case of questions, please contact: ubiaward (AT)

Rules of the Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Awards

1. Organizers

The Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Award is a category of the 2009 MindTrek competition.
The category is organized collaboratively by MindTrek, Tampere Region Centre of Expertise in Ubiquitous Computing, New Ambient Multimedia Group (NAMU)/Tampere University of Technology, the TAMK University of Applied Sciences, and Nokia. The award is funded by Nokia and the Tampere Region Centre of Expertise in Ubiquitous Computing.

2. Products qualifying for participation

All Ubimedia products or product and service concepts which have been finalized during the previous year after 1st January 2008 are eligible to take part in the competition.

An example of a suitable competition entry is a finished product, product pilot or demo. No drafts or mere ideas without relevant documentation will be accepted.

The competition rules do not place limitations on the technology used in the products.

The jury has the right to reject the participation of an entry if it does not fulfil the participation criteria. All jury decisions are final.

3. Entry Submissions

For completing a successful submission, the following information is required from your side:

* filled application form;

* video documenting the submission (approx. 3-5 minutes, also longer will be accepted);

* documentation of the concept;

A demonstration, production, pilot, or demo is eligible to be submitted to the competition. Each entry should be in form of a video documenting the submission (approx. 3-5 minutes, however also longer videos will be accepted). The video should clearly indicate how the demonstration, production pilot, or demonstration works and relates to ubiquitous media.

In addition to the video, a short English-language based description of the concept should be attached to the competition entry in form of e.g. sketches, images, power points, word documents, or implementations. The description should present the key characteristics and benefits of the product or service in a concise and marketing-oriented manner. In addition, also other materials supporting the jury in their decision (e.g. sketches, images, power points, word documents, implementations) can be attached to the competition entry.

However, the jury decision will primarily be based on the video submissions, and additional materials will be used in case of further questions. We welcome also links to project homepages, but the jury decision can only base the decision on submitted materials.

4. Participation

Registration for the competition ends on 7th August 2009 at 15:00 (+2 GMT).

If the competition entry is delivered to MindTrek via mail, it must arrive at the MindTrek Association’s office in three (3) copies no later than 7.8.2009 at 15:00 (+2 GMT). If the competition entry is implemented on the internet, its web address must be submitted to MindTrek when registering within the deadline. Late entries will not be accepted.

In addition to submitting the competition entry, participation requires registration using the registration form at the MindTrek website.

All submissions must be in English.

Originals sent to the competition will not be returned, so you should keep a copy for your own use. Post and packaging costs are the responsibility of the entrant.

5. Award

The total award sum for the Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek competition category is EUR 7,000. The sum can be awarded to one entry, divided between several entries or not awarded at all if the award criteria set by the jury are not fulfilled.

6. Immaterial property rights

The immaterial property rights related to the competition works remain the property of the competitors. The entrants are responsible for ensuring that they have full copyrights to their competition entries and the right to use the works and their elements when participating in the competition.

The material submitted to the award programme remains the property of the author and may not be modified, changed in any way or used in whole or in part for the production of any other work.

7. Evaluation of the entries and the jury

The participating works will be evaluated in the following areas:

* Innovativeness

* Commercial potential

* Entertainment value and/or usefulness and/or artistic merit and creative implementation

* The usability of interactive and context-aware functions and functions utilizing ubiquitous computing in some other manner

* Feasibility (in terms of technology and production)

* Visual implementation and technical functionality

Nokia, Tampere Region Centre of Expertise in Ubiquitous Computing and MindTrek will jointly assemble the jury for this competition category. The jury will comprise at least one member from Nokia, one member from MindTrek and one member from Tampere Region Centre of Expertise in Ubiquitous Computing, and have a minimum of four members in all. In addition to the actual jury, MindTrek’s preliminary jury will take part in the evaluation if required, by carrying out a preliminary elimination.

8. Reference rights

MindTrek has the right to use the competition entries and a mention of the entrants as references in its marketing communications.

MindTrek, Nokia and Tampere Region Centre of Expertise in Ubiquitous Computing have the right to disseminate information about the competition arrangements, competition entries, the awarding of the winners and other details related to the competition in their marketing and advertising, e.g. on the web and in brochures and newsletters.

The submitted works may be used by MindTrek without any restrictions or written permission in all presentations, TV broadcasting, CD/DVD productions, CD/DVD compilations and advertisements (internet, CD-ROM, TV, print).

MindTrek has the unlimited right to use the submitted material for distribution on DVDs and other media, especially the right to distribute the video material to labels and broadcasting companies.

9. Announcement of the results and presentation of the awards

The results of the competition category will be announced and the awards presented at the MindTrek Awards Ceremony. The winners will be announced at Hotel Rosendahl on 1.10.2009 at the MindTrek Awards Ceremony. Later there will be the Awards Party to honor the winners of the competitions.

Award nominees will be notified in advance. The presence of the nominees at the MindTrek event in October is strongly recommended.

All nominees are invited to give a half day workshop around the ideas of their nominated project with the students and tutors at Demola,

10. Compensation of the finalists' travel and other expenses

MindTrek will pay travel and accommodation costs up to the sum of EUR 800 per team for a maximum of three invited finalists/teams flying from abroad in economy class. Any Finnish entrants among the finalists will not receive compensation for their travel costs. However, MindTrek will pay for one conference ticket (includes entrance to the MindTrek Awards Party) and one entrance ticket to the MindTrek Awards Party for all finalist teams. MindTrek will not pay compensation for any other possible costs incurred by the entrants due to their participation in the competition.

Further Information
Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Awards Competition ubiaward (AT) Or in
urgent matters the competition chairs:
Artur Lugmayr, artur.lugmayr (AT), Tel.: +358 40 821 0558 Cai
Melakoski, cai.melakoski (AT), Tel.: +358 50 555 6581 Kirsi Lindfors,
kirsi.lindfors (AT), Tel.: +358 40 820 4608

Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Awards Jury 2009

Head Of Jury:
* Bjoern Stockleben, RBB , DE

Competition Chairs:
* Artur Lugmayr, NAMU group, Tampere Univ. of Technology (TUT), FI
* Cai Melakoski, TAMK University of Applied Sciences, FI
* Kirsi Lindfors, Hermia, FI

Jury Members (to be completed):
* Petros Belimpasakis, Nokia, FI
* Jonas Forth, Abo Academy, FI
* Glen Gebhard, LMU, US
* Michael Hausenblas, Johanneum Research, AT
* Andreas Holzinger, MBCS Head Research Unit HCI4MED, Medical University Graz (MUG), AT
* Juha Kaario, Nokia, FI
* Mirette Kangas, YLE New Media, FI
* Katri Lietsala Gemilo OY, FI
* Timo Ojala, Universit of Oulu, FI
* Daniel Salber,, NL
* Susanne Sperring, Abo Academy, FI
* Joelle Stemp, Yu Centrik, CA
* Riku Suomela, Nokia, FI
* Teija Vainio, TUT, FI
* Robert Wierzbicki,, DE
* Roger Zimmermann, National University of Singapore, SG
* Demola students

About the MindTrek Conference

Conference Venue

MindTrek takes place at Hotel Scandic Rosendahl, in Tampere, Finland. The organizer of the conference has booked quota for the conference delegates from this hotel. Please, look for more information on accommodation and registration later from our website. Please note that the accommodation is not included in the participation fee. There is also other accommodation available in Tampere, ranging from modern first-class hotels to smaller traditional hotels and dormitories. If you select one of these options, you should make the reservations by yourself with that specific hotel.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hooray for Horrorwood: "Famous Monsters of Filmland" and Fandom

CFP: Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Los Angeles, March
17-21, 2010

Call for Panel Papers: Hooray for Horrorwood: "Famous Monsters of Filmland" and Fandom

Ostensibly aimed at an audience of largely male pre-teen and teenage readers, "Famous Monsters of Filmland" (FM) remains under the radar of most academics and under-recognized as a highly significant text in terms of audience studies, gender studies, canon theory, and populist conceptualizations of cinema history. The photo-heavy and fan-pleasing FM offered a bi-monthly archive of stills of classic, rare, and lost horror films, as well as news on upcoming films, profiles of actors, and behind-the-scenes features on make-up artists. FM evinced a love for, and more importantly, a sound knowledge of, genre film history. This tone was set by editor Forrest J Ackerman, who served as an avuncular, enthusiastic epistemological guide, providing readers not only with knowledge of old and often forgotten films, but serving as a role model for how to be a fan, including an investment in preserving and disseminating cinematic pleasures and knowledge.

This panel examines the phenomenon of primarily young monster movie fandom during the 1960s (the height of monster-mania) and how such fandom allowed readers to express agency via their consumption, interpretation, and remediation of horror films. Importantly, FM encouraged and received much input from readers, publishing their letters, photos, artwork, makeup and costume experiments, and reporting on readers’ own film projects; Ackerman also invited readers to submit requests for images from and information about films of their interest to be featured in the magazine.

By emphasizing active, participatory fandom as well as consumption, FM legitimated fans’ interest in the culturally marginalized pleasures of horror and science fiction films, empowering them to assert an increased degree of social authority and control. Panel topics could include analyses of FM as a forum for enactments of non-hegemonic masculinity and/or femininity, as an impetus for readers to become media producers as well as consumers, as a text shaping populist knowledge of film history, as an indicator of cult or niche audiences and their relation to mainstream media, as an influence on canon formation, as a study of the fan as celebrity, or as a popular culture archive, amongst others.

Deadline for submissions: August 15, 2009

Please submit presentation abstracts of no more than 450 words (plus bibliography), along with institutional affiliation, to:

Matt Yockey at
Mark Hain at