[Air-L] CFP DEADLINE REMINDER: Politics: Web 2.0: An International Conference, New Political Communication Unit, RHUL

Chadwick Andrew Andrew.Chadwick at rhul.ac.uk
Thu Oct 25 06:18:43 PDT 2007

Dear AOIR list members,

Please find below the final call for papers for this forthcoming
conference, the deadline for which is November 2. I would be grateful if
you could please distribute this among your colleagues.

Thanks for your help.

Andy Chadwick


[Apologies for cross-posting. Please distribute widely.]

Politics: Web 2.0: An International Conference: 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.


Paper proposals DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 2, 2007

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

    * Stephen Coleman, Institute for Communications Studies, University
of Leeds.
    * Rachel Gibson, Institute for Social Change, University of
    * Robin Mansell, Department of Media and Communications, London
School of Economics and President, International Association for Media
and Communication Research.
    * 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 Committee.

Conference Sponsors

    * Routledge Publishers
    * Polity Press 

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 proposal

300-word paper proposals should be submitted via the secure online form:


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.

Details of registration and accommodation packages will be released
early in 2008.

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