[Air-L] Call for Papers: CIRC at USC Annenberg

Alex Halavais alex at halavais.net
Sat Feb 4 08:45:00 PST 2012

The following is forwarded by request. Please direct any questions to
the organizers. - Alex

Please note the following NEW DATES for the 10th Chinese
Internet Research Conference (CIRC) 2012, hosted by University
of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication &

Deadline for submission of papers has been extended to March 10, 2012.
Authors will be notified of acceptance latest by March 31, 2012. We will
make every effort to give earlier notification.
Conference dates: May 21-22, 2012.

CIRC10: Social Media, Digital Entertainment, Governance &
Social Movements

Ten years ago, when China’s Internet population totaled 22.5 million and
Facebook and Twitter had not even been conceived, a group of
researchers came together to organize a conference to study the Internet in
China. By all indications even then, it was clear that China would have a
major impact on the global digital economy. Ten years on, that
foresight has been vindicated.

China today has the largest Internet population of any country and it has
made its presence felt in the Internet space. In all aspects of the Internet –
online gaming, micro blogging, search engines, e-commerce, content
regulation, Internet governance, international domain names –
China is both changing and being changed by the Internet.

The annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) investigates
these phenomena, asking probing questions into what, how, to what extent,
and why these changes are taking and have taken place.

Hosted by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School
for Communication & Journalism, the 10th Annual Chinese Internet
Research Conference – CIRC10 – will be held on May 22-23, 2012, in Los
Angeles, the world's entertainment capital.

CIRC10 will examine trends and themes as we explore the ways in which
the Internet and other technologies interact with Chinese cultural and
social life.

We welcome contributions from all and disciplines that seek to address
these themes.

This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars, analysts,
industry leaders, journalists and legal practitioners from around the world to
examine the impact of the Internet on Chinese societies, its social, cultural,
political and economic aspects, as well as how China is changing the

Submissions may come from any discipline. Specific topics of interest
include but are not limited to:

* Industry involvement – gaming, youth, social media; consumption
patterns, online popular culture; China as original developer in gaming

* Governance issues – state regulation and content controls; e-government
and mgovernment; civil society and Internet governance; China and global
Internet governance;

* Online social movements – social media and grassroots activism; micro
blogging and its impact across traditional Internet portals and start-ups over
the new generation of Chinese “digital natives”;

* Ten years in retrospect – review of developments in digital/social media
and prognoses for the future of the internet

We will accept three categories of English-language submissions:

* Full papers – these should be 20–25 pages long with a maximum of
10,000 words.

* Extended abstracts – these should be 750–1,000 words.

* Panel submissions – these should have a maximum of 2,000 words.

All proposals will be peer reviewed. Submissions should be sent via e-mail
to chinainternet10 at gmail.com by March 10, 2012. Please include your
affiliation, title (include graduate student status if applicable), and contact
information. If you are proposing a panel, please include that information for
all panelists.

Authors will be notified of acceptance latest by March 31, 2012. We will
make every effort to give earlier notification.

Selected papers from the conference may be published in a conference
volume or a special symposium issue of an academic journal. Participation
in the conference neither guarantees nor compels publication of a paper.
A limited amount of travel funding will be available for promising young

To indicate interest in the travel scholarship, please attach your CV along
with the submitted abstract.

Graduate students may submit conference papers for the annual graduate
student paper competition . Eligibility is limited to papers that do
not include
any faculty co-authors submission.

Conference cooperating institutions include:

The Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School;
Institute for
Pacific Asia at Texas A&M University; School of Journalism and
Communication at Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Journalism
and Communication at Peking University; Singapore Internet Research
Center (SiRC) at Nanyang Technological University.

Past Chinese Internet Research Conferences were held at:

Georgetown University (CIRC9), Peking University (CIRC8), the University
of Pennsylvania (CIRC7), the University of Hong Kong (CIRC6), Texas
A&M University (CIRC5), Nanyang Technological University (CIRC4),
Michigan State University (CIRC3), University of California at Berkeley
(CIRC2), and the University of Southern California (CIRC1).

The Convener of CIRC10:

USC Annenberg School was founded in 1971 with generous support from
Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg. Its strategic location in Los Angeles at
USC enables it to foster dynamic synergies and multidisciplinary
approaches to the study of communication and journalism through
unparalleled access to the nation's and the world's entertainment,
media and technology industries. Today, with more than 83 full-time faculty
members and 120 adjunct professors, more than 2,200 undergraduate and
graduate students, and dozens of research and public
interest projects and programs, USC Annenberg has become a center for
discussion among scholars and professionals in journalism,
communication, public policy, media, and education.

Multidisciplinary and international in scope, focused and practical in
application, USC Annenberg scholars, both students and faculty, are
defining these fields for the 21st century and beyond.

USC Annenberg School is proud to host CIRC10, marking the tenth
anniversary from when the conference series first started at USC

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