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Conference on Science and the Internet

DEADLINE EXTENDED: January 31, 2012!

Düsseldorf-Germany, August 1-3, 1012

Online media have brought about numerous changes in scholarly practices, including, but not limited to gathering data, finding relevant literature, making research and results accessible, organising collaboration, communicating with colleagues and students as well as creating fruitful learning environments.

The interdisciplinary conference “Science and the Internet”, to be held August 1-3, 2012 in Düsseldorf, brings together researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines (e.g. information science, computer science, sociology, communication and media studies, linguistics, educations studies, legal studies, etc.).

Keynote speakers are

  •  Axel Bruns (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
  • Isa Jahnke (Umeå University, Sweden)
  • Ralph Schroeder (Oxford Internet Institute, Great Britain)

We invite submissions on the following or related issues:

  • How is the research process transformed through the use of digital infrastructures?
  • How can the challenges of the public availability of (large scale) scientific data be met?
  • How do scholars make use of social networking platforms (micro-)blogs, wikis, or websites?
  • How does the Internet affect scholarly publishing (e.g. Open Access, unpublished manuscripts, blogs)?
  • How has the Internet changed the practice and relevance of citations and of receiving reputation?
  • How do teaching styles or beliefs and use of the Internet mutually influence each other?
  • Do Web 2.0 platforms offer opportunities to advance public understanding of science?
  • What is the role of ethics, policies, and legal regulation in academic use of the Internet?
  • What theoretical and practical implications do the aforementioned considerations have for science and the Internet?

Call for Submissions:

The conference language is English. We invite two types of submissions:

– Abstracts for talks (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for
discussion) should not exceed 500 words, excluding data and
references. In case of acceptance a full paper (max. 3.000 words or 12
pages) in either English or German must be submitted by July 15, 2012.
The full paper will be published in conference proceedings (print and
– Proposals for interactive workshops (90 minutes) should outline both
the thematic focus and the session design. Workshops should engage
participants in developing the topics. Proposals should not exceed
1.000 words.

Both abstracts for presentations and proposals for interactive
workshops must be submitted via EasyChair

Important Dates:

– Deadline for submitting abstracts: January 31, 2012

– Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2012

– Camera-ready submission of papers: July 15, 2012

– Conference dates: August 1-3, 2012

Registration:  A registration fee of 50 ? must be paid by Paypal or on site.
Updates will be posted on the conference website
http://nfgwin.uni-duesseldorf.de/de/cosci12 .


Spaces of Alterity: Conceptualising Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives

University of Nottingham, UK

28th-29th April 2011

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

ChinaMiéville and Dr. Alberto Toscano

This two day international conference for postgraduate and early career researchers explores interdisciplinary conceptions and representations of radical, counter-hegemonic space.

As concerns grow over such issues as spatial privatisation, commodification and homogenisation, surveillance, extra-legal spaces, social and political ‘non-spaces’, and the loss of common or public spaces, so too a plethora of interventions—across genre and disciplinary boundaries—have been launched in opposition to these trends. Examples are diverse, and can be found, for example, in literary studies of estranging narratives in contemporary fiction; spatial representations in film, TV and new media; the creation of critical spaces of alterity in political activism (such as semi-autonomous zones); psychogeographical spatial strategies, and philosophical and theoretical conceptions of counter-hegemonic space.

We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes from candidates across the arts and humanities, welcoming individual papers as well as group panels that respond to these and other conceptions of counter-hegemonic “Spaces of Alterity”. Possible research questions include, but are not limited to:

  • What estranging utopian, dystopian, post-apocalyptic and science fiction spaces of alterity are being utilised in contemporary aesthetic and cultural productions, e.g. film, literature, TV, art, computer games?
  • How do these narratives travel across media and what changes occur when they are adapted, reworked and transformed? What research questions are raised by such collaborations, transmissions and intermedial dialogues?
  • How can we approach traditionally-understood print and audio-visual texts in relation to virtual spaces of alterity, such as fan-based communities, social networking sites and other sites developed through user-generated content (UGC)?
  • What are the relationships between textual spaces of alterity and non-textual forums, communities and dialogues?
  • What physical spaces of alterity are being constructed in contemporary urban environments?
  • How are such spaces critical, oppositional or subversive and how do they draw on the contributions of local communities and organisations?
  • How do spaces of alterity which are informed by traditionally-understood “texts” function on the Internet and how can they inform our understanding of filmic, visual and literary textual methodologies and approaches?
  • What forms can counter-hegemonic, avant-garde, or ‘subtractive’ spaces—which can be spatial, but also temporal or conceptual—take?
  • What political, artistic, or scientific practices can such spaces foster? How does distance from institutions help form alternative political, literary and artistic practices?

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent by email as a Word attachment to spacesofalterity@gmail.com by Wednesday 3rd November 2010 and should include name, affiliation, e-mail address, title of paper and 4 keywords.


China Miéville is a distinguished “Weird Fiction” novelist, activist, and lecturer in creative writing at the University of Warwick. His publications include King Rat (1998), Perido Street Staion (2000), and Iron Council (2004). In 2010 he won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for an unprecedented second time with his latest novel, The City and the City (2009).

Alberto Toscano is senior lecturer in Philosophy at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has published extensively on social and political subjectivity, biopolitics, and the philosophy of Alain Badiou.

source: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cultural-studies/research/conferences.aspx

Centre for Research in Media & Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies we are holding a one-day conference on 14th June 2010 in The David Puttnam Media Centre, St Peter’s Campus, University of Sunderland at 10.30am. The conference will conclude with a wine reception at 5.00 and a conference dinner at 7.00.

 Speakers include:

Professor Sue Thornham (University of Sussex) ‘”It is much easier for a man to deal with that kind of material”: histories of Feminism and Media (Studies)’.

Professor Andreas Hepp (University of Bremen), ‘Mediatized worlds and media research: Non-media-centric media studies as a challenge’.

Professor Ann Gray (University of Lincoln), ‘Ways of Looking at History on Television: or, how do we get the kind of TV history we do?’

Professor Christine Gledhill (University of Sunderland), ‘Negotiating the Transnational’.

To register for the conference, please contact Lianne Hopper (<mailto:lianne.hopper@sunderland.ac.uk>lianne.hopper@sunderland.ac.uk) before 29th May 2010.

Attendance and conference dinner is £45.

Attendance only is £20.

Source: http://www.ecrea.eu

University of Denver Media Studies Postdoc

The Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies in the Divisions of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Denver invites applications for a lecturer-postdoctoral fellow beginning Fall 2010 with a three-year contract, renewable annually.  This position is designed for individuals who have recently completed their Ph.D. with the opportunity to participate in career development workshops and our division-wide faculty mentoring program.  Eligible candidates will have received a Ph.D. no earlier than May 2007.

Preferred qualifications include demonstrated expertise in international, global, and/or multicultural communication and/or media and the ability to teach research methods.

The department has foci in film, new media, journalism, strategic communication, politics, law and ethics, and health communication. The successful candidate will contribute to one or more of these existing areas. The successful candidate will teach six courses over three quarters each year, including one First-Year Seminar each fall quarter. The candidate will also have responsibility for courses in the common university-wide curriculum, which can be undergraduate seminars, related to their research interests that are framed to meet university and departmental learning outcomes.

We will begin considering applications after May 15, 2010.  For information about the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies, please see http://www.du.edu/ahss/schools/mfjs/.  Please complete the online application at https://www.dujobs.org/, and attach a c.v., the contact information for three references, and a letter of application that suggests courses to be taught or introduced.  Additional materials can be sent to: Lecturer-Postdoctoral Search Committee, Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies, University of Denver, 2490 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO  80208.  The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans.

Source: http://www.ecrea.eu

Call for Papers: Next Generation edition of Fast Capitalism

Fast Capitalism is a journal devoted to analyzing the impact of information and communication technologies on self, society and culture in the 21st century. It bridges the social sciences and the humanities and welcomes both disciplinary and interdisciplinary work. Because there is such an interesting body of work being pursued by graduate students and post-docs in the College of Liberal Arts and strong scholars doing strong work that pushes the academy forward, this issue seeks to highlight some of this work and offer a unique opportunity to focus on the newest members of the academy. This special issue seeks to engage critically with the intersections of self, society, and culture, particularly in terms of the speed, connectivity, and density of 21st century life.

Fast capitalism challenges notions of the modern and postmodern where traditional social institutions like work and family, education and entertainment, have blurred and fused in an accelerated, post-Fordist stage of capitalism. With new, faster, and greater numbers of mobile technology emerging every day, boundaries between the many segments of our lives seemingly disappear or break down entirely. But these invasive technologies that tether us to capital and control can also work to resist these tendencies. Through our mobile and active connections we create a public sphere where individuals and groups can express and enlighten, collaborate and organize; parents can manage their families and nurture children from the job site and on the road, challenging notions of public and private, and redefining traditional gender roles; knowledge once privileged within the confines of higher education has never been more free, more plentiful, or more available; information technologies afford connection, mitigate isolation, and even make way for social movements.

We invite contributions on these and related issues.
Suggested topics include:
•       21st century daily life, the home, family, and/or children
•       Internet and/or social media and politics, politicians, campaigns, or government
•       The culture industry, play, and/or leisure in the information age
•       21st century capital, labor, work, law, etc.
•       Cities, built environments and nature, theories of space and ecocriticism in an increasingly mobile and connected world
•       Issues of gender, race, and/or social class in a mobile and accelerated world
•       The changing face of education, the academy, and/or the public intellectual
•       Critical pedagogy and the promise of democratic education in the information age
•       Marxist explorations of social media
•       Identity politics and issues of hybridity in social/mobile media contexts
•       Globalization and the spread of technology
•       Media studies, cultural studies and philosophy of fast capitalism issues
•       Re-readings and reviews of social theory and its contributors
•       Theoretical approaches to any of the above
•       Pragmatic applications of any of the above
•       Visual or interactive explorations of any of the above

Articles between 1,500 – 8,000 words are welcome, as are alternative format submissions such as commentaries, reviews, audio, visual and digital contributions. Outlines and works in progress are also welcome. Please include a short bio. Send submissions for the special issue in .doc or .pdf format to ljacobs@uta.edu with the subject “Next Generation Submission.”

For Fast Capitalism’s editorial policy and style guidelines please got to http://fastcapitalism.com/.
For inquiries about the graduate student special issue, email Lorie Jacobs or Wilton Wright (Guest Editors): ljacobs@uta.edu or wilton.wright@mavs.uta.edu

Deadline: 15 Jun 2010
Jeremy Hunsinger
Political Science
Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Virginia Tech
Information Ethics Fellow
Center for Information Policy Research

Source: http://www.ecrea.eu

Human Rights Communication Conference


When? 21-24 Jul. 2009

Where? Mexico City, Mexico

The Center of Interdisciplinary Research in Sciences and Humanities (CEIICH) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the first university in Mexico and in Iberoamerica, recently recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, aims to welcome to the 2009 Annual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), “Human Rights and Communication”.

It is the second time that Mexico will be able to host the Conference. The National Autonomous University of Mexico aims to offer communication researchers the best possible framework for feedback of knowledge and debate on the major issues of communication, culture  and the media. In order for this exchange to be as fruitful as possible, the organisation aims to bring together a very broad-based international representation and to ensure the maximum dissemination of the results of the Conference by using new information technologies in its organisation.

The call for papers is going out to researchers in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and Oceania as well as to representatives of both national and international human rights organizations.

See the programme

Goals od the Conference

  • To promote a debate on the different issues that involves Human Rights in our societies in relation to communication and media studies, such as: the right to communicate, freedom of expression, freedom to hold opinions, freedom of information, equality of benefits from the development of technology, involvement of citizens in decision-making processes about communication and information policies, the promotion of the cultural diversity by media and NTIC’s, the access of social groups that have historically been excluded from the public sphere –such as women, indigenous and young people- to resources and tools to realize their right to communicate, and the protection of privacy and confidentiality of communication
  • To encourage scientific research on the Human Rights dimension of communication within states and across national boundaries.
  • To bring together the greatest possible number of communication and media researchers from the various regions of the world to facilitate the feedback of debates, ideas and opinions
  • To initiate a debate on the contribution of media and communications studies in the construction of social theory.
  • To promote the interaction among scholars who are conducting research.
  • To convert the contributions of the conference into a reference on the present-day social and cultural debate on communication and media in Latin America.

Source: http://www.iamcr2009mexico.unam.mx/english/

Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference, March 17-21, 2010


Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference, March 17-21, 2010
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles, CA

Deadline for submissions to this panel: August 9, 2009 11:59 PM CST

Submissions sought for a panel that considers the relationship between film reviewing and media culture. Papers addressing film criticism in ways that relate to the overall conference theme (SCMS at 50: Archiving the Future/Mobilizing the Past) are particularly welcome.

Cinema scholars such as Robert Kapsis, Barbara Klinger, and Charles Maland have examined the role of reviews in discursively constructing popular genres and directorial reputations during the Classical Hollywood era. Over the past three years, however, more than 55 professional film critics have lost their jobs, a statistic reported by Sean P. Means of The Salt Lake Tribune, who attributes this plight to buyouts, layoffs, reassignment, retirement, or the death of their print publications. Meanwhile, online criticism continues to flourish, as evidenced by review aggregators such as Rotten Tomatoes, movie websites such as IMDB, and blogs dedicated to film analysis and evaluation. This panel aims to investigate not only the status of the film critic in the contemporary mediascape, but also the impact of print and Internet film reviewing on global cinema culture.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

– Film reviews as historical evidence
– The future of film criticism
– Reviewing, academia, and cinephilia
– Popular opinion, moviegoing, and the DVD market
– Film criticism and film advertising
– The cultural presence of the public intellectual
– Canonicity, connoisseurship, and taste politics
– Print media vs. new media
– Coverage of international/independent films and film festivals
– Genre definitions (e.g. David Edelstein’s coinage of “torture porn”)
– The cult of the director

Send 300 word abstract and full academic CV (as separate e-mail attachments) to: Will Scheibel (willscheibel@gmail.com). Submitters will be notified as to the status of their proposal by August 15. Please visit the SCMS website for more details about the 2010 conference: http://www.cmstudies.org/

Will Scheibel
Indiana University
Department of Communication & Culture
800 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

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