[Air-L] Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2012

Mark D. Johns mjohns at luther.edu
Thu Feb 16 06:05:26 PST 2012


Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2012
Sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research

The Carl Couch Center issues an annual call for student-authored
papers to be considered for Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award. The
Couch Center welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that (1)
apply symbolic interactionist approaches to internet studies, (2)
demonstrate interactive relationships between social interaction and
communication technologies, and/or (3) develop symbolic interactionist
concepts in new directions.

Papers will be evaluated based on the quality of (1) mastery of
symbolic interactionist approaches and concepts, (2) originality, (3)
organization, (4) presentation, and (5) advancement of knowledge.
Those contemplating entering should note that an interactionist
approach demands thoughtful analysis, and not mere description, of
human interactions.  Evaluation will be administered by a Review
Committee of four:

    Mark D. Johns, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
    Lori Kendall, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Annette Markham, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
    Lois Ann Scheidt, Indiana University, Bloomington

Competition is open to graduate or undergraduate students of all
disciplines. Works that are published or accepted for publication are
not eligible for award consideration. Entries should not exceed 30
pages (approximately 7500 words) in length, including references and
appendices. Limit of one entry per student per year.

The top paper will receive the Couch Award to be presented at the 2012
meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (aoir.org) at the
University of Salford, (near Manchester) UK. The top paper will be
awarded a certificate and a cash prize of $300 US and the author will
be invited to present their work at a session of the AoIR conference,
October 18-21, 2012 in Salford.

Those interested should send a copy of their paper, with a 100-word
abstract, electronically to Mark D. Johns: mjohns at luther.edu
Application deadline is April 30, 2012. Notification of award will be
sent by June 15.

Those with questions or comments about Couch Award application, please contact:

Mark D. Johns
Luther College Study Centre
Nottingham, UK
UK phone: (44) 115-929-2721
US phone: (563) 387-1347
E-mail: mjohns at luther.edu

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