[Air-L] Politics: Web 2.0: An International Conference: Second Call For Papers

Chadwick Andrew Andrew.Chadwick at rhul.ac.uk
Thu Oct 4 07:53:16 PDT 2007

Politics: Web 2.0: An International Conference: Second Call For Papers

Hosted by the New Political Communication Unit, Department of Politics
and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London.

April 17-18, 2008.


*Apologies for Cross-Posting*

Second call for papers

Has there been a shift in political use of the Internet and digital new
media - a new Web 2.0 politics based on participatory values? How do
broader social, cultural, and economic shifts towards Web 2.0 impact, if
at all, on the contexts, the organizational structures, and the
communication of politics and policy? Does Web 2.0 hinder or help
democratic citizenship? This conference provides an opportunity for
researchers to share and debate perspectives.

Confirmed keynote speakers to date

Stephen Coleman, Institute for Communications Studies, University of
Rachel Gibson, Centre for Mass Communication Research, University of
Helen Margetts, Oxford Internet Institute; 
Micah Sifry, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Personal Democracy Forum
and formerly of The Nation; 
Michael Turk, Vice President of Industry Grassroots for the National
Cable & Telecommunications Association, formerly e-campaign director,
Bush-Cheney '04, and e-campaign director for the Republican National

Further keynote speakers to be announced.

Conference Sponsor

Routledge Publishers. 

Potential themes could include (in no particular order):

    * Theorizing Web 2.0.
    * Changes in political journalism, news production, and consumption.
    * Social networking (MySpace, Facebook) and election campaigning.
    * Citizen activism from the local to the transnational.
    * Blogs, wikis, and user-generated content.
    * Changing social, cultural, and political identities.
    * Social software and social media: design, technologies, tools, and
    * Social network analysis.
    * Surveillance, privacy, and security.
    * Security, foreign policy and international communication.
    * Hacktivism.
    * Radical transparency.
    * The impact of online video.
    * E-government, web 2.0, and new models of public service delivery.
    * New models of social and political collaboration and
    * 'Little brother' phenomena.
    * Political life in virtual worlds.
    * Netroots versus the war room model of election campaigning.
    * New challenges for media regulation.
    * Collaborative production of political knowledge networks.
    * Changing party, interest group, and social movement strategies.
    * Web 2.0 and political marketing.
    * Collective intelligence, smart mobs, crowdsourcing.
    * Fragmenting audiences, the long tail, and the political economy of
web 2.0 media.
    * Civil society, civic engagement, and mobilization.
    * Web 2.0, ICT4D and the changing digital divide.
    * The politics of intellectual property.
    * Hyperlocalism.
    * The political aesthetics of Web 2.0.

Journal of Information Technology and Politics special issue

Conference presenters will be invited to submit their papers to a peer
review process for publication in a special issue of the new Journal of
Information Technology and Politics. http://www.jitp.net.

Submitting a paper or panel proposal

Paper proposals should be submitted via the secure online form here:


Full panel proposals are also welcome. If you would like to propose a
panel of three papers on a common theme, with or without a discussant,
please email the proposal to the Conference Convenor: Dr. Andrew
Chadwick (Andrew.Chadwick at rhul.ac.uk).

Deadline for all proposals: November 2, 2007.

Successful proposals will be announced in December 2007. Details of
accommodation packages will be released early in 2008.

About the New Political Communication Unit

Led by the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal
Holloway, University of London, the New Political Communication Unit was
created in the Spring of 2007. Our research agenda consists of three

    * Comparative and international political communication: the
Internet's impact on political mobilization, campaigning and identity;
the relationship between media, war, new security challenges and
conflict; audience reception studies in the context of the proliferation
of media; the dynamic between citizens' changing uses of media and a
transforming news environment; citizen journalism; technology and
    * Communication and comparative governance: e-government,
e-democracy and the changing interface between representative
institutions, public bureaucracies and citizens; changing organizational
practices shaped by new patterns of communication.
    * Comparative and international communication policy: Internet and
new media governance and regulation; privacy, surveillance and security,
the political economy of new media; cultural diversity policy; digital
divide and development issues.

We offer a taught Masters stream in New Political Communication and PhD
supervision in our areas of expertise.

The Unit's network inside Royal Holloway incorporates academic staff
from the Department of Politics and International Relations, the
Department of Media Arts, the School of Management, the UNESCO Centre
for ICT4D in the Department of Geography, the Department of Psychology
and the Department of Computer Science.

Our external networks include scholars and practitioners in a wide
variety of organisations and countries.

For more information, please visit our home page

About Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway is one of the major Colleges of the federal University of
London and is among the elite group of ten university institutions whose
departments all hold the top three ratings for research, with scores of
4, 5 and 5*. Our beautiful parkland campus is about 15 minutes by taxi
from London Heathrow airport, and about 35 minutes from central London
by train. For further information visit the College home page:

Dr Andrew Chadwick,
Head of Department,
Department of Politics & International Relations, 
Director, New Political Communication Unit,
Royal Holloway, 
University of London.
New Political Communication Unit: http://newpolcom.rhul.ac.uk
Associate Editor, Journal of Information Technology and Politics:
Department Pages:
Latest Book Site: http://www.andrewchadwick.com

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