[Air-l] IR7.0 - Internet Convergences - deadline extended

O'Riordan, Kate k.oriordan at lancaster.ac.uk
Tue Feb 7 15:12:40 PST 2006

Hi Denise - extended to 21 Feb - see below


Internet Research 7.0, Brisbane 28-30 September 2006


International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of 
Internet Researchers

Brisbane, Australia
28-30 September 2006

Pre-Conference Workshops: 27 September 2006


The Internet works as an arena of convergence. Physically dispersed 
and marginalized people (re)find themselves online for the sake of 
sustaining and extending community. International and 
interdisciplinary teams now collaborate in new ways. Diverse cultures 
engage one another via CMC. These technologies relocate and refocus 
capital, labor and immigration, and they open up new possibilities 
for political, potentially democratizing, forms of discourse. 
Moreover, these technologies themselves converge in multiple ways, 
e.g. in Internet-enabled mobile phones, in Internet-based telephony, 
and in computers themselves as "digital appliances" that conjoin 
communication and multiple media forms. These technologies also 
facilitate fragmentations with greater disparities between the 
information-haves and have-nots, between winners and losers in the 
shifting labor and capital markets, and between individuals and 
communities. Additionally these technologies facilitate information 
filtering that reinforces, rather than dialogically challenges, 
narrow and extreme views.


Our conference theme invites papers and presentations based on 
empirical research, theoretical analysis and everything in between 
that explore the multiple ways the Internet acts in both converging 
and fragmenting ways - physical, cultural, technological, political, 
social - on local, regional, and global scales.

Without limiting possible proposals, topics of interest include:

- Theoretical and practical models of the Internet
- Internet convergence, divergence and fragmentation
- Networked flows of information, capital, labor, etc.
- Migrations and diasporas online
- Identity, community and global communication
- Regulation and control (national and global)
- Internet-based development and other economic issues
- Digital art and aesthetics
- Games and gaming on the Internet
- The Net generation
- E-Sectors, e.g. e-health, e-education, e-business

We call for papers, panel proposals, and presentations from any 
discipline, methodology, and community that address the theme of 
Internet Convergence. We particularly call for innovative, exciting, 
and unexpected takes on and interrogations of the conference theme. 
However, we always welcome submissions on any topics that address 
social, cultural, political, economic, and/or aesthetic aspects of 
the Internet and related Internet technologies. We are equally 
interested in interdisciplinary proposals as well as proposals from 
within specific disciplines.


We seek proposals for several different kinds of contributions. We 
welcome proposals for traditional academic conference papers, but we 
also encourage proposals for creative or aesthetic presentations that 
are distinct from a traditional written 'paper'. We welcome proposals 
for roundtable sessions that will focus on discussion and interaction 
among conference delegates, and we also welcome organized panel 
proposals that present a coherent group of papers on a single theme.

This year AoIR will also be using an alternative presentation format 
in which a dozen or so participants who wish to present a very short 
overview of their work to stimulate debate will gather together in a 
plenary session involving short presentations (no more than 5 
minutes) and extended discussion. All papers and presentations in 
this session will be reviewed in the normal manner. Further 
information will be available via the conference submission website.

- PAPERS (individual or multi-author) - submit abstract of 500-750 words

- SHORT PRESENTATIONS - submit abstract of 500-700 words

- CREATIVE OR AESTHETIC PRESENTATIONS - submit abstract of 500-700 words

- PANELS - submit a 250-500 word description of the panel theme and 
abstracts of the distinct papers or presentations

- ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS - submit a statement indicating the nature of 
the roundtable discussion and interaction.

Papers, presentations and panels will be selected from the submitted 
proposals on the basis of multiple blind peer review, coordinated and 
overseen by the Program Chair. Each person is invited to submit a 
proposal for 1 paper or 1 presentation. People may also propose a 
panel of papers or presentations, of which their personal paper or 
presentation must be a part. You may submit an additional paper/
presentation of which you are the co-author as long as you are not 
presenting twice. You may submit a roundtable proposal as well.

Detailed information about submission and review is available at the 
conference submission website http://conferences.aoir.org. All 
proposals must be submitted electronically through this site.


All papers presented at the conference are eligible for publication 
in the Internet Research Annual, on the basis of competitive 
selection and review of full papers. Additionally, several publishing 
opportunities are expected to be available through journals, again 
based on peer-review of full papers. Details on the website.


Graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. Any 
student paper is eligible for consideration for the AoIR graduate 
student award. Students wishing to be a candidate for the Student 
Award must also send a final paper by 31 July 2006.


The IR7.0 Doctoral Colloquium offers PhD students working in Internet 
research or a related field a special forum on 27 September 2006 
where they will have a chance to present their research plans and 
discuss them with peers and established senior researchers.

Interested students should prepare a 2 page summary of their 
research. This should provide a context for the research, describe 
the methods being used, the progress to date and expectations and 
hopes from the colloquium. Please submit your 2 page application by 1 
April 2006 to Marcus Foth at m.foth at qut.edu.au

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 1 June 2006. Successful 
applicants will be asked to prepare an 8 page paper on their research 
by 1 August 2006.

Doctoral Colloquium Host and Sponsor: Creative Industries Faculty 
Queensland University of Technology


Prior to the conference, there will be a limited number of pre-
conference workshops which will provide participants with in-depth, 
hands-on and/or creative opportunities. We invite proposals for these 
pre-conference workshops. Local presenters are encouraged to propose 
workshops that will invite visiting researchers into their labs or 
studios or locales. Proposals should be no more than 1000 words, and 
should clearly outline the purpose, methodology, structure, costs, 
equipment and minimal attendance required, as well as explaining its 
relevance to the conference as a whole. Proposals will be accepted if 
they demonstrate that the workshop will add significantly to the 
overall program in terms of thematic depth, hands on experience, or 
local opportunities for scholarly or artistic connections. These 
proposals and all inquires regarding pre-conference proposals should 
be submitted as soon as possible to the Conference Chair and no later 
than 31 March 2006.


Final date for proposal submission: 21 February 2006

Presenter notification: 21 March 2006

Final workshop submission deadline: 31 March 2006

Submission for publication/student award: 31 July 2006

Submission for conference archive: 30 September 2006


Program Chair: Dr Fay Sudweeks, Murdoch University, Australia, 
f.sudweeks at murdoch.edu.au

Conference Chair: Dr Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology, 
Australia, a.bruns at qut.edu.au

President of AoIR: Dr Matthew Allen, Curtin University of Technology, 
Australia m.allen at curtin.edu.au

Association Website: http://www.aoir.org

Conference Website: http://conferences.aoir.org

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