Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Media Interventions (CSA) - call for papers


The Media Interventions Division of the Cultural Studies Association (CSA) invites abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the Eighth Annual Cultural Studies Association Meeting, March 18-20, 2010 in Berkeley, California. The division welcomes submissions that examine media interventions, broadly conceived, from academic and practitioner perspectives. In addition, division seeks submissions that explore the use of media to popularize academic research.

The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2009.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

• DIY culture and aesthetics

• Local, national and transnational media reform campaigns

• Indigenous media culture

• Grassroots cultural production

• Collaborative and community-based media projects

• Youth media

• Citizens’ journalism/citizen storytelling

• Film, video, audio and multi-media projects

• Tactical media

• Media literacy/media pedagogy

• Alternative and activist media

• Social movement media

• New media and cultural politics

• Historical and institutional analysis of alternative, community and Indy media organizations

• Media and community building

The Media Interventions Division plans to sponsor one paper session and one roundtable/workshop session.

If you are interested in submitting a paper for consideration, please include the following:

1. The name, email address, phone number, department and institutional affiliation of the author(s);
2. A 500-word abstract for the paper;
3. A detailed list of any audio-visual equipment needs.

If you are interested in organizing a round table/workshop session please include the following:

1. The name, email address, phone number, department and institutional affiliation of the session organizer;
2. The names, email addresses, and department and institutional affiliations of each participant;
3. A 500-word abstract for the session.
In addition, please include concise (250-300 word) abstracts of each participant’s paper;
4. A detailed list of any audio-visual equipment needs.

Send inquires and completed paper/session proposals for the Media Interventions Division to:

Kevin Howley
Associate Professor of Media Studies
DePauw University

The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2009.

Additional information regarding the CSA meeting is available at:

Journal of Community Informatics - New Issue Published (Vol. 5 No.1)

The Journal of Community Informatics has just published its latest issue at

http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.

To subscribe to the Community Informatics Researchers elist send an email

to: sympa@vancouvercommunity.net
message: subscribe ciresearchers

Michael Gurstein, Ph.D.
Editor in Chief: Journal of Community Informatics,
Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training,
Vancouver CANADA
and Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

The Journal of Community Informatics
Vol 5, No 1 (2009)
Table of Contents http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/issue/view/28


Editorial: Building the Broadband Economy from the Bottom Up: A Community Informatics Approach to BB and Economic Development
Michael Gurstein

Points of View

Moving Community Informatics Research Forward
Aldo de Moor


Community Inquiry and Collaborative Practice: The iLabs of Paseo Boricua
Ann Peterson Bishop, Bertram (Chip) C. Bruce

Assessing the geodemographics of the People's Network in public libraries in Shropshire
Adrian Oliver Barlow

The role of Social Entrepreneurs in Deploying ICTs for Youth and Community Development in South Africa
Chijioke J Evoh

The Effect of Formal and Informal Social Capital on Diffusion of Wireless Encryption Practices: A longitudinal case study
Sorin Adam Matei

ICTs and Community Participation: An Indicative Framework
Dhanaraj Thakur

Notes from the field

Communities, Technologies and Participation: Notes from C&T 2009
Joe McCarthy


Role of ICTs in Indian Rural Communities
Siriginidi Subba Rao

"Tourism in Text, Theory, and Practice"- Call for Papers

Proposed Seminar: Tourism in Text, Theory, and Practice
Eighth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association
March 18-20, 2010, Berkeley, California
Sponsored by the Division of Cultural Studies and Literature

Seminar Description:

Risk tourism. Dark tourism. War tourism. Ecotourism. Heritage tourism. Sex tourism. Medical tourism. Space tourism. Sports tourism. As one of the world’s fastest-growing industries, tourism shapes economies, politics, societies, and cultures. Until now, the study of tourism has largely been the purview of the social sciences but this seminar intervenes in the discussion by bringing together literary and cultural studies to work towards an interdisciplinary model that lends equal authority to different kinds of knowledge.

This seminar invites readings of both literary representations of tourism and real tourist experiences from any discipline, genre, era, or area.

Potential topics include the intersections of tourism with work and leisure; nationalism and globalization; gender, sexuality, race, and class; violence; visuality; commerce and commodities; mobility and access; discourse and narrative; and power and resistance, among many others. The subject might be approached from the perspective of a specific field of inquiry such as anthropology, museum studies, or travel writing; from a theoretical angle such as postcolonialism or feminism; or anchored in a specific text or example.

Seminar Requirements:
To apply for this seminar, the prospective participant should submit via email a proposal (in the format of his/her choice) describing the research project that brings them to issues of tourism. Include contact information with email address, a brief bio, and any requests for audio-visual equipment. Proposals due no later than November 14, 2009.

Once accepted for the seminar, participants will be asked to read Dean MacCannell’s _The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class_, John Urry’s _The Tourist Gaze_, or another theory of tourism (details to follow). They should also be prepared to circulate abstracts of their projects to the other participants. We will aim to move back and forth between our theoretical readings and the research projects in order to generate a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of tourism for our respective objects of critical inquiry.

Seminar moderator:
Professor Helen Kapstein
John Jay College, CUNY
English Department
619 W54th St, Rm 752A
New York, NY 10019

Helen Kapstein is tenured in the English Department at John Jay College, The City University of New York. She earned her PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Her areas of interest include postcolonial and contemporary British literatures, cultural and media studies, and southern African literature and culture. Her current book project looks at tourism in postcolonial literature and culture.

3D Virtual Worlds for Health and Healthcare [Journal of Virtual Worlds Research: New Issue Published (Vol. 2 No. 2)]

The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research has just published its latest issue at http://jvwresearch.org. We invite you to explore the latest in research on 3D Virtual Worlds for Health and Healthcare.

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
Vol. 2, No. 2 - 3D Virtual Worlds for Health and Healthcare

Editor's Corner

Musings on the State of '3-D Virtual Worlds for Health and Healthcare' in 2009
Maria Toro-Troconis, Maged N. Kamel Boulos

Invited Articles

Virtual Worlds in Health Care Higher Education
Constance M Johnson, Allison A Vorderstrasse, Ryan Shaw

Peer Reviewed Research Papers

The Growth and Direction of Healthcare Support Groups in Virtual Worlds
John Robert Norris

Development of a Virtual Reality Coping Skills Game to Prevent Post-Hospitalization Smoking Relapse in Tobacco Dependent Cancer Patients
Paul Krebs, Jack Burkhalter, Shireen Lewis, Tinesha Hendrickson, Ophelia Chiu, Paul Fearn, Wendy Perchick, Jamie Ostroff

Does this Avatar Make Me Look Fat? Obesity and Interviewing in Second Life
Elizabeth Dean, Sarah Cook, Michael Keating, Joe Murphy

Research Papers

Development and Evaluation of Health and Wellness Exhibits at the Jefferson Occupational Therapy Education Center in Second Life
Susan Toth-Cohen, Therese Gallagher

Research-in-Brief Papers

Development of Virtual Patient Simulations for Medical Education
Douglas R Danforth, Mike Procter, Richard Chen, Mary Johnson, Robert Heller

"Think Pieces"

Virtual Worlds, Collective Responses and Responsibilities in Health
Rashid M Kashani, Anne Roberts, Ray Jones, Maged N. Kamel Boulos

Pitfalls in 3-D Virtual Worlds Health Project Evaluations: The Trap of Drug-trial-style Media Comparative Studies
Maged N. Kamel Boulos, Inocencio Maramba

Towards a virtual doctor-patient relationship: Understanding virtual patients
Vanessa Gamboa González

Editor-in-Chief's Corner

Cultural Identity in Virtual Reality (VR): A Case Study of a Muslim Woman with hijab in Second Life(SL)
Methal Mohammed

Shaping the ‘Public Sphere’ in Second Life: Architectures of the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election
Annabel Jane Wharton