[Air-l] Cultures of eBay conference, 2nd call for papers

Ellis, Rebecca M rellis at essex.ac.uk
Fri Apr 15 08:43:26 PDT 2005

Apologies for cross-posting.  Please disseminate widely.
Second call for papers. Please send abstracts/ poster ideas by 29th
April 2005.
Registration is now open.
This is a second call for papers, posters and interest in attending a
two-day conference at the University of Essex, UK:

Cultures of eBay: making sense of social and economic aspects of the
eBay 'phenomenon'

August 24th-25th 2005, Colchester, University of Essex



Conference background

This is the first independent UK conference which aims to look at the
cultural, social and economic aspects of eBay. The idea for this
originated from an ongoing ESRC project (RES-000-23-0433) at Chimera, a
of the University of Essex, which began in February 2004 and is due to
end in January 2006.
Results of this research project will be disseminated at the conference.

The overall aim of this conference is to bring together academics, and
practitioner groups from both business and the voluntary sector, to
explore and 'make sense' of the cultural, social and economic aspects
implications of eBay, the Internet auction site.
Keynote speakers:
Rebecca Ellis and Anna Haywood, University of Essex, 'Virtually
second-hand: results of a two year ESRC funded project on eBay'
Will Davies, Institute of Public Policy Research 'Implications of eBay
for the policy community'
Tim Dant, University of East Anglia 'The immateriality of Internet
Delegate speakers include:
Katrin Amelang, Humboldt University Berlin, 'Inconsistent Autonomies:
Entangled subjects, architects of time and paradoxes in projects of
self-employment based on eBay.'
Monica Bouaru Turinici, Latts/Enpc, France, 'User courses and trust
building on eBay.'
Janice Denegri-Knott and Mike Molesworth, Bournemouth Media School, 'The
ontological function of eBay as the actualisation of
Mary Desjardins, Dartmouth College, 'Ephemeral Culture/eBay Culture:
Film Collectibles and Fan Investments.'
Aloysius Edoh and Patricia. K. Litho, University of East London, 'CMOA
(Combinatorial Multi-attribute Auction): An Alternative to eBay.'
Torben Elgaard Jensen, Copenhagen Business School, 'Commerce and/or
Community - eBay's co-evolution of two different modes of ordering.'
Yasushi Fujita, University of Texas, 'eBay Japan's Mistake.'
Hilary Geoghegan, Royal Holloway, 'The virtual spaces of
telecommunications enthusiasm: the internet, Yahoo! Groups and eBay.'
Christian Heath and Paul Luff, King's College London, 'Transposing
auction practice: formalising the informal, globalising the local.'
Claire Hunter, 2CV: Research and Janice Denegri-Knott, Bournemouth Media
School, 'EBay as a labourer of love: A study of collectors, their
collections and their relationship with eBay.'
Alan Metcalfe (University of Sheffield), Nicky Gregson (University of
Sheffield) and Louise Crewe (University of Nottingham), 'The Unbearable
Lightness of eBay.'
Anna Notaro, Radboud University Nijmegen, 'Exploring Race in the Digital
Age: 'Blackness for sale' on eBay.'
Joanna M. Robson, University of East Anglia, 'Receiving the message loud
and clear? Audiencing and (web)sites of consumption.'
Michele White, Tulane University, 'From eBay to eGay: Rendering "Gay
Interest" in the Vintage Photography Category.'
If you would like more information on accepted abstracts, go to the
conference website:

Important dates

Abstracts and posters no later than: 29th April 2005

Acceptance notification: 3rd May 2005

PowerPoint presentations no later than: 29th July 2005

Formal registration for all no later than: 16th May 2005

Conference dates: 24th and 25th August, 2005.

Who should attend

Academics in the fields of (but not exclusively): new media, e-commerce,
cultural studies, sociology, human geography, HCI

Practitioners in relevant fields

Research students

Industry consultants

Conference themes

The conference themes have been written in order to accommodate the
interests of both academics and practitioner groups. See the conference
website (Conference themes and scope section) for a full and detailed
outline of potential research questions that could be addressed under
each theme.

Meta themes:

eBay and identity: the presentation of self/ others and knowledge

eBay and social capital

eBay, consumption and consumer lifestyles

Collecting in an e-society

eBay and employment effects

eBay, competition and the 'perfect market'

eBay and the 'real' economy

eBay and website design

eBay and the consumer

Representations of eBay

More information

For more information on any aspects of the conference, including
guidance for abstract and poster submissions, please see the conference


Additionally, please e-mail Mr Martin Hicks (hicksm and add @essex.ac.uk
to create full e-mail address) using the title 'eBay Conference' for any
queries you may have.  To go to this e-mail address automatically,
please go to the conference website.


Rebecca Ellis



Institute for Socio-Technical Research & Innovation

University of Essex


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