Thursday, August 15, 2013

Call for Submissions for a Session on Disaster Warnings at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology

Call for Submissions for a Session on Disaster Warnings at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology


July 13-19, 2014 Yokohama, Japan


On-line abstracts submission: June 3, 2013, 11:00 GMT - September 30, 2013 24:00 GMT.


Session Organizer


Michael LINDELL, Texas A&M University, USA, mlindell@archone.tamu.edu


Session in English


This session will address issues associated with warning sources (e.g., authorities, news media, and peers), warning channels (e.g., broadcast, print, Internet), and message content (e.g., threat, responses by authorities, recommended household protective actions). The session will also examine differences among warning recipients in their perceptions of warning sources, channel access and preferences, cognitive processing of message content, and responses (e.g., information seeking, protective response, and emotion-focused coping).


Call for Submissions for a Session on Building Networks and Sharing Mental Suffering at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology

Call for Submissions for a Session on Building Networks and Sharing Mental Suffering at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology


July 13-19, 2014 Yokohama, Japan


On-line abstracts submission: June 3, 2013, 11:00 GMT - September 30, 2013 24:00 GMT.


Session Organizer

Breno FONTES, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, brenofontes@gmail.com


Session in English


We propose to organize a section to discuss questions about virtual social networks in relation to mental health and coping. These networks support interactions that are mediated by the worldwide computer network and are capable of structuring secondary (predominantly) and primary (occasionally) sociabilities. Similarly to landform social networks, these Internet networks can mobilize resources and provide social support for their members.


This proposal invites abstracts that discuss the meaning and structure of these new social networks for people who seek advice and support for mental health. Examples include internet discussion groups for people with mental disorders, chat rooms, comunication mediated by computers (facebook, orkut, and others), online therapy and more. These online mental health communities are an important vehicle for the creation of social support networks, the dissemination of information on practices of care, and the formation of public opinion about mental health.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Commission announces €13.7 million boost to cross-border digital public services

Following the successful collaboration between EU Member States, industry, national administrations, academia, the private sector and local communities on a series of projects to make living, working, travelling, studying and doing business across borders easier, the European Commission is making a €13.7 million investment to further develop cross-border digital public services. The new "e-SENS" project (Electronic Simple European Networked Services) will help develop digital public services which make it easier for companies to do business in their own Member State and elsewhere in the EU -including setting up a company, fulfilling legal requirements and taking part in public tenders. It will also link up national digital services for citizens who visit a different Member State on holiday, or for work or study.



via http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=11756