[Air-L] Final call for papers - 3rd International Symposium on Media Innovations - Oslo, April 24-25, 2014

Charles Ess charles.ess at gmail.com
Thu Nov 7 21:50:51 PST 2013

Dear AoIRists,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, and with the usual apologies for
duplication, etc. - and the request for further distribution to potentially
interested communities and individuals. Many thanks in advance -

Final Call for papers:
>From Digital Taxes to Beta Newsrooms: Media Innovation, Digital Industries
and Good Lives 
The Third Annual International Symposium on Media Innovations (ISMI14)

Dates: April 24-25, 2014
Venue: University of Oslo
Sponsors include: the Centre for Research on Media Innovations (CeRMI); the
Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo; Telenor Research
We invite scholars, editors, producers, and executives to contribute to our
on-going exploration of how changing technologies, and changing modes of
media usage and engagement bring about innovation and transformation of the
media sector. 
ISMI14 specifically examines recent transformations in the broadcast and
telecommunication industries. These include the impact of taxation policies
on innovation in digital services and focus on our shared interests in good
life and work vis-à-vis digital media innovations and innovation processes.
Keynote speakers
Thor Gjermund Eriksen, Director General of NRK (the Norwegian Broadcasting
Corporation). Keynote: ³Conditions for Innovations in Public Broadcasting²
Bjørn Taale Sandberg, Senior Vice President, Telenor Research
Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago Distinguished Professor
Provisional keynote title: ³Living the Good Life: IT Innovations and the
Quantified Self²
Submissions are invited that address the themes listed below.  Submissions
will be peer-reviewed.  Extended abstracts of proposed papers (750-word
maximum) should be sent to <symposium at mediainnovations.no>.
Deadlines and Dates
November 22, 2013: extended abstracts due
December 20, 2013: acceptance notices due
March 14, 2014: full papers due
April 14, 2014: best paper award announced
Special issue: Journal of Media Innovations.  Submitted papers will be
further reviewed for inclusion in a special issue of The Journal of Media
Innovations, Vol. 2, No. 1, Fall, 2014.
Anthology: Papers submitted to the workshop/seminar on digital media and
taxation policies (see below) will be considered for a planned anthology.
Themes for paper and panel presentations
(Workshop/seminar) Digital media and taxation policies: What are the roles
and implications of value-added tax (VAT) policies for the innovation
processes of new digital services?
Taxation policies regarding new digital services (e.g., eBooks, online
newspaper, music services) are central to both business practices (ranging
from design to decisions as to what country in which to incorporate) and
policy makers (e.g., as potential revenue streams are diverted to other
nations). Innovation processes within digital media are thus shaped and
influenced through taxation policies in multiple ways.  The goal of the
workshop is to bring forward new research and insight in this domain ­ in
part with a view towards publication of selected papers in a forthcoming
For additional information on the workshop/seminar, including abstract
submission details (due December 15, 2013), please contact the organizer,
Terje Colbjørnsen, <terje.colbjornsen at media.uio.no>.
Beta mentality: How are newsrooms dealing with constant change?
The speed of technology innovations is breath-taking, as is the way users¹
media habits are changing in front of our eyes.  New media platforms have
been introduced to the media mix, including Twitter, which has introduced a
new dimension of speed to news reporting.
To keep up with the development, many newsrooms are forced to change the way
they organize, work and think.  But change can be painful, difficult and
frustrating. What are some of the lessons media companies have learned in
order to adapt to this constantly changing media landscape?
Innovation and the good life
³We no longer have a way of living together ­ of conducting any domain of
life ­ _without_ media but we don¹t yet know how to live _well_ with media²
(Couldry 2013: 15; emphasis in the original).
Media production is often justified and/or evaluated in normative terms. 
For example, journalism is often defended in terms of freedom of expression
and its contribution to debate crucial to democratic societies.
We invite papers that offer normative analyses of media innovations, e.g.,
Do innovative forms of journalism ­ including so-called Œcitizen journalism¹
or crowdsourcing- contribute to a greater diversity of viewpoints,
tolerance, debate, and healthier democratic processes and/or to
(anti-democratic) fragmentation, Œherd mentality¹ and polarization?
The following themes are also of interest:
§  media entrepreneurs and small media firms as innovators, particularly:
³Break-through² examples that may serve as models for others?
³Learning from our failures² ­ how not to pursue innovation?
Best-case / worst-case examples of innovation
§  innovation in journalistic practices and media content
§  innovation in New Product Development routines and practices in media
§  ICTs and innovation in media production tools
§  innovation, accessibility, and customer service
§  innovation in children's media
§  genre innovation, including new genres and styles in e-books, social
media and mobile media
§  gender and media innovation
§  innovation vis-à-vis media economics and media and cultural policy
§  humanistic approaches to innovation in media design;
§  media innovations and political communication;
§  mobile media, apps, and innovation
§  media innovation and cultural institutions (museums, libraries, etc.)
All papers must be firmly connected with concrete and focused examples of
media innovation practices and products.
Accommodations: We strongly urge potentially interested participants to
explore the resource lists on the conference website
ccommodation.html> of recommended accommodations and book as early as
possible.  Notifications of acceptance will be issued sufficiently early
(December 20, 2013) so as to allow cost-free reservation cancellation if
need be.
Planning Committee
Jens Barland, Gjøvik University College
Niamh Ní Bhroin, University of Oslo
Charles Davis, Ryerson University
Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk, University of Oslo
Bente Kalsnes, University of Oslo
Arne H. Krumsvik, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Philippe Ross, University of Ottowa
Knut Kvale, Telenor 
We look forward to welcoming to you Oslo!

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