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Communications Assistant at Publish What You Pay

Publish What You Pay seeks a Communications Assistant to provide support to the PWYP MENA office in facilitating regular communications and information exchanges with/between affiliated national members and the wider PWYP international network.

Applicants must be enthusiastic and well-organised with excellent communications skills and an ability to write with flair and accuracy. Excellent bi-lingual (English/Arabic) capabilities are essential for this position, given that Arabic is the principal working-language of these countries. French is a plus.

The PWYP MENA Communications Assistant will report to the PWYP MENA/Iraq Coordinator, but will also need to work in close cooperation with the PWYP international secretariat based in London.


Ensuring effective communications

• Set up and maintain a regional PWYP MENA list-serve to ensure dissemination of PWYP members’ news and achievements
• Facilitate regular contributions from Arab-speaking coalition members to the fortnightly PWYP international news update (in English); distribute translated summaries (digests) of relevant articles to MENA members
• Maintain and update the PWYP-MENA website with news of coalitions’ activities and achievements;
• Media monitoring, maintaining social media presence and news round ups in the MENA region;
• Promote more regular exchanges with members by developing the range of communications tools and modalities available (e.g. via PWYP intranet and online communities, use of social media, etc.)
• Amplify the work of national coalition members in the MENA region by documenting and publishing stories of grassroots activism, advocacy successes and coalition best practices

Support to Coalition-building and outreach in the MENA region

• Lend support to the PWYP MENA/Iraq Coordinator in responding to new members and disseminating relevant tools and resources so that they are fully involved in the campaign
• Set up and maintain a PWYP MENA region coalition contacts database;
• Facilitate ongoing learning for national coalitions and members through supporting the documentation of best practices and promoting peer-to-peer exchange

Integration with the international PWYP campaign

• Coordinate closely with the PWYP Communications team in London to ensure that the MENA country/regional pages on the main PWYP website remain regularly updated
• Support the organization of international/regional meetings organised in the framework of international PWYP or EITI-related events

Qualifications and Skills:

• Bachelors degree in a related field
• Excellent spoken and written English and Arabic;
• Ability to write with flair and accuracy;
• Excellent eye for detail;
• Interest in web design and social media;
• Highly organised team player, and ability to work under pressure;
• Interest in the global natural resource revenue transparency movement;
• Experience of using Content Management Systems (desirable);
• Editing experience (desirable)


One-year consultancy contract (renewable, subject to funding)

This position is a local hire, and will be based at the RWI MENA Regional Office in Beirut, Lebanon.

To apply:
Please email a CV and cover letter outlining why you meet the criteria for this post, to: sharding@publishwhatyoupay.org. Please include in subject line: PWYP MENA Communications Assistant.

Closing date: As soon as possible


Conference on the Role of Media in the Arab World’s Transformation Process


The University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, the Cologne University of Applied
Sciences and DW-AKADEMIE cordially invite you to take part in the
Third Deutsche Welle Media Dialogue.
The Role of Media in the Arab World’s Transformation Process
May 16, 2012
Deutsche Welle | Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3 | 53113 Bonn

Prof. Dr. Michael Krzeminski (University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg)
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt (DW-AKADEMIE)
Prof. Dr. Rolf Schwartmann (Cologne Media Law Research Department,
Cologne University of Applied Sciences)

Since the “Arab Spring” uprisings beginning in December 2010, social media and its influence on the transformation process in the Arab world has often been praised as being the core medium in times of revolution. In some countries, in fact, it appears to have played an important role.
But has social media been more effective than traditional media? Which other factors spurred these revolutions? Why have some uprisings been successful and others suppressed? And what role does media development play?
The conference aims to analyze the diverse structural, economic, legal and political dimensions of the media market in the Arab world and their influence on political developments.

Two panels will explore the following topics:
Panel 1 Regulation versus liberty: Media landscape transformation
The focus will be on the state and development of the media market in the Arab world,
the legal and economic situation, and future perspectives for the media there.
Panel 2 social media revolution and freedom of expression
The focus will be on the impact of social media on political mobilization, and on social
media’s possibilities and obstacles regarding the recent social processes in the Arab world.

The conference will be held in English. We invite international media academics and political scientists, economists, academic lawyers and journalists to participate.

Please send your proposal for a 15-minute presentation to DW-AKADEMIE (see e-Mail below) as a pdf or doc. file. The abstract should contain no more than 6,000 characters (including blank spaces) and should be assigned to one of the panels.

Submissions should be made in English. Please include a title page with your proposal containing the presentation title and name(s) and address(es) of the presenter(s). Please also include a short abstract which – should your proposal be accepted – will be used for the program.
Papers will be subject to review. Submitters will be informed by February 29, 2012. All accepted proposals will be published in full length in the conference transcript.

Authors are encouraged to submit their abstracts/papers for consideration as posters. Posters can be presented during the conference breaks. The above conditions regarding the selection process for papers also apply to the poster session.

Submission date: Submissions are now being accepted
Submission deadline: February 06, 2012.
Submitters will be informed by February 29, 2012.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt
International Media Studies
T +49. 228. 429- 2031
F +49. 228. 429- 3520

CFP: Union for Democratic Communication 2012 International Conference

CFP: Union for Democratic Communication 2012 International Conference
“Climates of Change: Democracy Movements, Media, and Global Environments”
Deadline: Submit your 500 word abstract toUDC2012@gmail.com  by January 15, 2012, and join us in Tallahassee for the conference May 10-12, 2012.

**The intersections of proliferating new media technology, economic inequality, and global environmental instability are producing new spaces for social and political agency, real and imagined. From astroturf campaigns of corporate sponsored populist outrage to the very real popular anger at the economic stagnation of the middle class, politicians and pundits are leveraging fear, doubt, and denial to advance old world agendas at the very moment when new media technologies are opening new pathways for social organization, information and fact checking. Further, in the face of economic restructuring and the continued dismantling of everything “public,” mainstream media outlets both celebrate the virtues of social media to liberate us from disinformation and domination and disseminate corporate ideology, misinformation, and distorted dichotomies in the name of objectivity.

The 2012 Conference of the Union for Democratic Communications seeks submissions that address the pressing issues manifested by climates of change. For example, how are social media tools being used to liberate and/or enclose democratic participation? What forces are structuring contemporary debates about global climate change and the cultural and economic impacts of policy decisions shaped by these debates? What media and communication tools and strategies are social movements using to counter and confront obstruction, disinformation and denial? How are mainstream media news frames challenged and reconfigured by new media news sources – blogs, Twitter, podcasts and citizen media?

Submit your 500 word abstract toUDC2012@gmail.com  by January 15, 2012, and join us in Tallahassee for the conference May 10-12, 2012.


Nicole B. Cox, M.S.
PhD Candidate
School of Communication
College of Communication&  Information
Florida State University

More info: http://www.democraticcommunications.net/home/CFP-UDC-2012

DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media/ CFP & Conference


Where? University of Toronto, Canada

When? 12-13 November, 2010


A renewed emphasis on participatory forms of digitally-mediated production is transforming our social landscape. ‘Making’ has become the dominant metaphor for a variety of digital and digitally-mediated practices. The web is exploding with independently produced digital ‘content’ such as video diaries, conversations, stories, software, music, video games—all of which are further transformed and morphed by “modders,” “hackers,” artists and activists who redeploy and repurpose corporately-produced content. Equally, communities of self-organized crafters, hackers, and enthusiasts are increasingly to be found online exchanging sewing and knitting patterns, technical guides, circuit layouts, detailed electronics tutorials and other forms of instruction and support. Many of these individuals and collaborators understand their work to be socially interventionist. Through practices of design, development, and exchange they challenge traditional divides between production and consumption and to redress the power differentials built into technologically-mediated societies.

“DIY Citizenship” invokes the participatory nature of these diverse “do-it-yourself” modes of engagement, community, networks, and tools—all of which arguably replace traditional with remediated notions of citizenship. The term “critical making” refers to the increasing role ‘making’ plays in critical forms of social reflection and engagement.

This interactive conference seeks to extend conversations about new modes of engaged DIY citizenship and politics evidenced by the exponential increase of DIY media, “user-generators”, “prosumers,” “hacktivists,” tactical media interventionists, and other ‘maker’ identities. We invite scholars, activists, artists, designers, programmers and others interested in the social and participatory dimensions of digitally-mediated practices, to engage in dialogue across disciplinary and professional divides. All methodological and theoretical approaches are welcomed. Submissions may include paper proposals, works of art and/or design, short video or audio segments, performances, video games, digital media, or other genres and forms. Potential topics include: the relation between social media and the ‘making’ of new forms of citizenship engagement—thus, for example, making movements; making community; making news; making play; making bodies; making health; making public; making education; making networks.

Plenary speakers include:

Anne Balsamo, Professor of Interactive Media in the School of Cinematic Arts, and of Communications in the Annenberg School of Communications, University of Southern California, co-founder of Onomy Labs, Inc. a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company that builds cultural technologies.

Suzanne de Castell, Professor (media, educational technologies) Faculty of Education Simon Fraser University, Vancouver: educational media theory, research, design and development, Founded Canadian Game Studies Association, co-editor of Loading…

Ron Deibert, Professor (Political Science), University of Toronto, Director of the Citizen Lab; a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor projects; co-founder and VP of global policy and outreach for Psiphon Inc.

Paul Dourish, Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, co-conspirator in the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction, and author of Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction, MIT Press.

Henry Jenkins, Provost’s Professor of Communications, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California. Blogger, henryjenkins.org. Author of Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. Currently doing research for MacArthur Foundation on youth, new media, and the public sphere.

Jennifer Jenson, Professor of Pedagogy and Technology, York University, Toronto: video game designer, co-editor of Loading…: The Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association

Natalie Jeremijenko, artist whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. Jeremijenko’s projects which explore socio-technical change have been exhibited by several museums and galleries, including the MASSMoCA, the Whitney, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt. Jeremijenko is the director of the environmental health clinic at NYU, assistant professor in Art, and affiliated with the Computer Science Dept.

Steve Mann, professor of Applied Engineering, and Arts and Sciences, University of Toronto, proliferate inventor including wearable computing, hydraulophone, and concept of ‘sousveillance’: “the effects a surveillance device has on others”

Trebor Scholz, Professor of Culture and Media Study, The New School, New York: media activist and artist, founder of the Institute for Distributed Creativity

Conference organizers: Prof. Megan Boler, University of Toronto; Prof. Matt Ratto, University of Toronto.

Please submit a 250-word proposal or description of work/presentation and a one-page artist or scholarly CV to submissions@diycitizenship.com by May 20, 2010. Please include up to five images of work to be shown/discussed or a web URL if appropriate. Notifications will take place by June 15, 2010. For more information, contact info@diycitizenship.com or visit our website at www.diycitizenship.com

Presenters will be invited to submit completed papers for an edited collection with a university press and/or a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Source: http://diycitizenship.com/

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

Glocal Conference: Inside Social Media

glocalGlocal Conference
New York University Skopje, Macedonia

Call for Papers 2009
Glocal: Inside Social Media

“The history of the world is but the biography of great men” is the famous Thomas Carlyle quote, in which he explains “it is the few, the powerful and the famous individuals who shape our collective destiny as humans”. If this used to be the leading concept in the past, then today we can say that an almost radical alteration is rapidly sweeping the globe.

Technology has reached a point where almost everyone has a voice. The voice articulated through social media, has already proven to be extremely powerful and able to change the behaviour of individuals, governments, companies and communities. The new digital universe, and the reality of our digital lives, is continuously blurring the existing boundaries. Social media are transforming the ways by which culture, politics and economics are enabled, often challenging the existing knowledge about ourselves and the principles on which our society was fashioned.

The intensity and the accelerating effects of those transformations confront the researchers, theorists, critics and practitioners, from many disciplines, with a need to understand and contextualize the influences of social media and their reflecting changes in everyday life.

The International Glocal Conference, “Inside Social Media” invites researchers and industry practitioners interested in creating and analyzing social media for a continuous discussion that was started, very successfully, at the last year’s conference “Glocal 2.0: Blogging: Evolution Treated as Revolution”.


1. Network Cultures
2. Collaborating, Connecting, Collecting (Aggregation and Syndication)
3. Social Media tools in working environment
4. Transforming Cultural Industries
5. Legal framework for Social Media
6. Growing business on top of social media
7. Social Video – new ways of visual communication
8. Shapeshifting identities
9. Relationship between social media and mainstream media
10. Learning practices and Social Media
11. Psychological, personality-based, and ethnographic studies of social media
12. Software architectures for Social Media


Abstract Submission: 10 June, 2009
Abstract acceptance:  1 July, 2009
Camera Ready Paper Submission: 15 September, 2009
Conference: October 15-17, 2009

Working language: English


Please submit your paper proposals (abstracts, 200-300 words) and a short CV at
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All accepted papers and extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings.
For more information please visit the Conference website.

All inquires to:

Jana Ivanovska
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Tel.: ++389 2 20 34 600
Fax: ++389 2 20 34 630

New York University Skopje
Faculty of Communication and Media Studies
Saraj bb., 1066 Skopje
Republic of Macedonia


Source: http://www.mladiinfo.com/trainings-conferences/glocal-conference-inside-social-media-new-york-university-skopje-macedonia.html