[Air-L] The International School on Digital Transformation July 25-30, Porto, Portugal

michael gurstein gurstein at gmail.com
Tue Apr 27 22:09:39 PDT 2010

(Conflict of interest alert.. I'll be one of the faculty this year... :-)


-----Original Message-----
From: Karen Gustafson [mailto:kegustafson at gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 8:56 PM
To: michael gurstein
Subject: ISDT 2010 travel

The International School on Digital Transformation
July 25-30
Porto, Portugal
Extended deadline for applications: May 10

Applications are now open for the second annual International School on
Digital Transformation, to be held July 25-30, 2010, at the University of
Porto in Porto, Portugal. The School is accepting applications from advanced
students and recent graduates from around the world with an interest in
digital technology and the enrichment of civil society.

The International School on Digital Transformation is an intensive six-day
residential program, conducted in English and bringing together emerging and
established scholars and professionals from a variety of countries. During
the week, innovators in digital communications will serve as teachers and
mentors, presenting current projects and engaging in discussion. Presenters
and students will be regarded as peers during the School.

Students of the School will have the opportunity to develop and apply
research design skills to projects important to civil society. Consisting of
approximately 30 students and 15 faculty members, the School seeks to create
an atmosphere of scholarly collegiality, fostering dialogue among diverse
perspectives including those of design, policy, and research backgrounds.
The daily schedule will include time for presentations, workshop-style
collaboration, and informal brainstorming sessions among faculty and

The School's program will focus on these themes:

.       Democratic transformations of society through digital media
.       Innovations in transparency and political participation using
new online tools
.       Grassroots civic activities using digital technologies
.       Prospects for digital communication in developing regions
.       Economically and politically galvanizing historically underserved
.       Developing "open cities" and municipal participation through
technological interventions.

The School will be held at the University of Porto Rectory building in the
center of the city. Students and faculty will be housed at the Hotel
Eurostars Das Artes, a nearby four-star hotel. A link to the hotel site is

International School on Digital Transformation fees are:
.  370 Euros with accommodation at the Hotel Eurostars das Artes, breakfast
included .  170 Euros for Porto students with no accommodation required .
320 Euros for UT-Austin-Portugal PhD Program students with accommodation at
the Hotel Eurostars das Artes

The cost of the School includes a nightly dinner at a local restaurant
attended by all faculty and students, the daily program, and a cultural
activity. Participants are expected to be present at all dinners and
activities during the week. Travel to Porto is not supported; students must
find and pay for their own travel.

The International School on Digital Transformation is organized by the UT
Austin-Portugal program, a cooperative endeavor between the University of
Texas at Austin and some of the top universities of Portugal. The
co-directors of the School are Drs. Sharon Strover and Karen Gustafson, and
Gary Chapman of the University of Texas at Austin and Dr. Artur Pimenta
Alves of the University of Porto.

For more information about the School, its faculty, and to apply, please


More details on the program will be added and updated as they are confirmed.

The Eurostars Das Artes is a deluxe hotel located near many shops,
restaurants, and art galleries and it is just a few minutes' walk from the
ISDT meeting site. More information may be found at

For more information on the broader program, please see


There is limited space and the final deadline for applications is May 10.
For questions regarding the program or call for applications, please contact
Chris McConnell at cmcconnell at austin.utexas.edu.

Karen Gustafson, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute
Program Manager for Digital Media, UT Austin|Portugal Program The University
of Texas at Austin

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