CFP: Internet Research 14.0

Call for Papers, Panels, and Workshop Proposals: Internet Research 14.0: Resistance and Appropriation, 24-27 October 2013, Denver, USA. Most submissions due March 1st March 14th, 2013 (deadline extended as of Feb 14th). More information is available in the full CFP on the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Web site.


Internet Research 14.0 will focus on the theme of Resistance and Appropriation. Many people think of the internet and related technologies as basic infrastructure — a field for everyday life. But this ignores the processes through which we decide to use the internet, and the complex relationships between social practices and technologies. We invite contributions that help us to understand these processes and relationships. The conference organizers particularly invite explorations of how people, alone or together, choose to use these technologies in ways other than their most commonly accepted uses.

To this end, we call for papers, panel and pre-conference workshop proposals from any discipline, methodology, community or a combination of them that address the conference themes, including, but not limited to, papers that intersect and/or interconnect with the following:

  • The internet, technology and social movements
  • Appropriation of content and infrastructure
  • Reconfiguring meaning
  • Reconfiguring participation
  • The political economy of social-technical practice
  • User-centered/originated design
  • User appropriation and repurposing
  • Contention, cooperation and organization
  • Digital media artists

Sessions at the conference will be established that specifically address the conference themes, and we welcome innovative, exciting, and unexpected takes on those themes. We also welcome submissions on topics that address social, cultural, political, legal, aesthetic, economic, and/or philosophical aspects of the internet beyond the conference themes. In all cases, we welcome disciplinary and interdisciplinary submissions as well as international collaborations from both AoIR and non-AoIR members.

Submissions

We seek proposals for several different kinds of contributions. As in the past, we welcome proposals for traditional academic conference papers, organized panel proposals that present a coherent group of papers on a single theme, as well as pre-conference workshops which focus on a particular topic. We also invite proposals that will focus on discussion and interaction among conference delegates. A common form of this type is the roundtable session, but we would also like to encourage other formats, such as open fishbowl sessions. (See the Wikipedia entry under Fishbowl (conversation) for a description of this format. Fishbowl sessions should cover broad topics of interest to a wide segment of the AoIR community.)

Deadlines

Submissions Due: March 1 March 14, 2013 (Papers, Panels and Pre-Workshops)
Notification: May 31, 2013

More details on submission types and deadlines are available in the full CFP at AoIR’s Web site.

Contact Information

Program Chair: Hector Postigo, Media Studies and Production, School of Media and Communication, Temple University
Conference Chair: Lynn Schofield Clark, School of Communication, University of Denver

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