[Air-L] "YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States" - Final Call for Papers - Updated to Reflect New Travel Support Provisions

Stuart Shulman stuart.shulman at gmail.com
Sat Dec 13 14:01:10 PST 2008

Call for Papers - Updated to Reflect New Travel Support Provisions

"YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States"
April 16 & 17, 2009 - Amherst, Massachusetts

A two-day University of Massachusetts Amherst workshop jointly hosted by the:
Departments of Political Science, Computer Science, and Communication
Science, Technology, and Society Initiative (STS) at the University of
Massachusetts Amherst
Center for Public Policy and Administration
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Journal of Information Technology & Politics (JITP)
Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP)
National Center for Digital Government (NCDG)

*Submission Deadline: January 7, 2009*
Submission Website:
Conference Home Page: http://www.umass.edu/polsci/youtube/

Keynote Speakers
Day 1: Richard Rogers, Professor in New Media & Digital Culture at the
University of Amsterdam and Director of govcom.org. Dr. Rogers is a
Web epistemologist, an area of study where the main claim is that the
Web is a knowledge culture distinct from other media. Rogers
concentrates on the research opportunities that would have been
improbable or impossible without the Internet. His research involves
studying and building info-tools. He studies and makes use of the
adjudicative or 'recommender' cultures of the Web that help to
determine the reputation of information as well as organizations. The
most well-known tool Rogers has developed with his colleagues is the
Issue Crawler, a server-side Web crawler, co-link machine and graph

Day 2: Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University, the Jane S. &
William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the School of
Engineering, School of Communication and the Kellogg School of
Management at Northwestern University, USA. He is the Director of the
Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at
Northwestern University. He is investigating factors that lead to the
formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social
and knowledge networks in communities. Specifically, his research team
is developing and testing theories and methods of network science to
map, understand and enable more effective networks in a wide variety
of contexts including communities of practice in business, science and
engineering communities, disaster response teams, public health
networks, digital media and learning networks, and in virtual worlds,
such as Second Life.

The Program Committee encourages disciplinary and interdisciplinary
approaches rooted in political science, media studies, and
communication scholarship. The JITP Editor strongly endorses new and
experimental approaches involving collaboration with information and
computer science scholars. Potential topics might include, but are not
limited to:

- citizen initiated campaign videos,
- candidates' use of YouTube,
- bloggers use of YouTube to influence the primaries or election,
- the impact of YouTube on traditional or new media coverage of the
election cycle,
- the effect of YouTube on citizen interest, knowledge, engagement, or
voting behavior,
- social network analysis of YouTube and related election-oriented sites,
- political theory or communication theory and YouTube in the context
of the 2008 election,
- new metrics that support the study of the "YouTube Effect" on elections,
- archives for saving and tools for mapping the full landscape of
YouTube election content,
- use of YouTube in the classroom as a way to teach American electoral
politics, or
- reviews of existing scholarship about YouTube.

Paper Submissions
Authors are invited to prepare and submit to JITP a manuscript
following one of the six submission formats by January 7, 2009. These
formats include research papers, policy viewpoints, workbench notes,
review essays, book reviews, and papers on teaching innovation. The
goal is to produce a special issue, or double issue, of JITP with a
wide variety of approaches to the broad theme of "YouTube and the 2008
Election Cycle in the United States."

How to Submit
Everything you need to know about how to prepare and submit a strong
JITP paper via the JITP web site is documented at
http://www.jitp.net/. Papers will be put through an expedited blind
peer review process by the Program Committee and authors will be
notified about a decision by February 15, 2009. A small number of
papers will be accepted for presentation at the conference. Other
paper authors will be invited to present a poster during the Friday
evening reception. All posters must include a "YouTube" version of
their research findings.

Travel Support
We anticipate having the ability to support the travel expenses of the
presenting author of accepted papers. Should the number of accepted
papers exceed our ability to provide travel support, funds will go
first to graduate students and then on an as-needed basis for other

Best Paper and Poster Cash Prizes
The author (or authors) of the best research paper will receive a
single $1,000 prize. The creator (or creators) of the best YouTube
poster/research presentation will also receive a single prize of

Conference Co-Chairs
Stuart Shulman, University of Massachusetts Amherst (mailto:stu at .edu)
Michael Xenos, Louisiana State University (mailto:xenos at lsu.edu)

Program Committee
Sam Abrams, Harvard University
Micah Altman, Harvard University
Karine Barzilai-Nahon, University of Washington
Lance Bennett, University of Washington
Ryan Biava, University of Wisconsin
Bob Boynton, University of Iowa
John Brigham, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tom Carlson, Åbo Akademi University
Andrew Chadwick, Royal Holloway University of London
Greg Elmer, Ryerson University
Kirsten Foot, University of Washington
Jane Fountain, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jeff Guliati, Bentley College
Mike Hais, Co-author, Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube and the
Future of American Politics
Matthew Hale, Seton Hall University
Justin Holmes, University of Minnesota
Helen Margetts, Oxford Internet Institute
Mike Margolis, University of Cincinnati
Andrew McCallum, University of Massachusetts Amherst
John McNutt, University of Delaware
Ines Mergel, Syracuse University
Andrew Philpot, University of Southern California-Information Sciences Institute
Antoinette Pole, Montclair State University
Stephen Purpura, Cornell University
Lee Rainie, Pew Internet & American Life Project
Ken Rogerson, Duke University
Jeffrey Seifert, Congressional Research Service
Mack Shelley, Iowa State University
Charlie Schweik, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Chirag Shah, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
John Wilkerson, University of Washington
Christine Williams, Bentley College
Morley Winograd, University of Southern California
Quan Zhou, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Michael Zink, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Stuart W. Shulman
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst
stu at polsci.umass.edu

Editor, Journal of Information Technology & Politics

Director, QDAP-UMass

Associate Director, National Center for Digital Government

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