[Air-L] Deadline Reminder, Friday, 27 January to host the 2023 AoIR Symposium

Michelle, Association of Internet Researchers ac at aoir.org
Mon Jan 23 13:06:25 PST 2023

To supplement our annual October conference, the Association of Internet
Researchers is seeking proposals for a one-day AoIR Flashpoint Symposium to
take place before the end of August 2023. As the 2023 AoIR conference takes
place in Philadelphia, USA, only proposals for locations outside of North
America will be considered.

An AoIR Flashpoint Symposium is a small event that provides an opportunity
to deepen or foster conversations about internet research among regions,
groups, and/or thematic research areas that have thus far been
underrepresented in the Association of Internet Researchers and its
conferences. The Association is making available one grant of up to
US$8,000 for the purpose of supporting a one-day symposium that will
contribute to the life and mission of AoIR and feed into its annual

Each symposium will be a standalone event to take place in a region of the
world that differs from that of the 2023 annual conference (Philadelphia,
USA). Preference will be given to regions and locations where an AoIR
conference has not yet been held, but where at least one active AoIR
member, who will be on the Flashpoint Symposium planning committee,
resides. We also require that the symposium makes a contribution to the
main 2023 AoIR conference in some way (e.g., a panel, pre-conference
workshop, or another format that presents key contributions and outcomes
from the symposium). In addition to local participants, all AoIR members
are invited to attend the Flashpoint Symposium.

*Deadline for the submission of this proposal is 27 January 2023*, with a
decision returned by the end of February 2023. Proposers are invited to
engage in conversation with the AoIR symposium committee.

Proposals should:


   Be no more than 1-2 pages in length.

   Outline a distinct issue or theme to be addressed by the symposium, and
   demonstrate how this theme has not been sufficiently addressed by AoIR
   conferences to date.

   Include a proposed date (between 1 April and 31 August) and schedule for
   the one-day event, and identify potential keynote speakers (keeping in mind
   AoIR’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity
   <https://aoir.org/diversity-and-inclusivity/>). Note: the proposal
   should ideally not suggest parallel sessions but rather envision a day of
   consecutive sessions (i.e. a single stream only).

   Include a brief description of the leadership team’s history with AoIR
   and their plans for future involvement.

   Demonstrate how this Flashpoint Symposium will connect with AoIR more

   Include a preliminary budget that demonstrates in-kind support and/or
   sponsorship from the host institution(s) and creates a preliminary plan for
   cost items. Please note that AoIR funding is not to be allocated for the
   funding of participant travel costs, staff costs in support of the
   symposium’s organization, or indirect costs (such costs must be borne by
   local sponsorship), but may include  keynote honoraria, travel of keynote
   speakers, meals, venue or labor costs.

   Indicate how regional and transnational graduate students will be
   encouraged to participate.

   Include a discussion of projected outcomes from this symposium and its
   potential for ongoing benefit to AoIR more broadly (e.g., AoIR conference
   panel, special issue, etc.). A selection of organizers and delegates should
   make a firm commitment to present key contributions and outcomes from the
   Flashpoint Symposium at the year’s annual conference.

AoIR’s commitment to the symposium will include:


   Support for promotion and administration through our various channels
   and platforms (e.g. via organization social media accounts and email
   lists), as well as limited AoIR administrative support.

   Up to $US8,000 disbursed in the form of reimbursements and invoices to
   cover costs related to organizing of the symposium.

   Mentorship from members of AoIR Executive Committee related to the
   organization of the symposium and subsequent deliverables/outcomes.

   Allocation of one session slot (panel, roundtable, fishbowl,
   experimental session, or pre-conference workshop) on the annual AoIR
   conference program to the symposium organizers. This session is invited and
   will be planned jointly by the symposium organizers, the AoIR Executive
   Committee, and the AoIR Conference organizers in order to present the
   symposium’s major themes and outcomes. It must involve several participants
   selected from among the organizers, keynote speakers, and/or other
   participants of the symposium in order to allow the symposium conversation
   to continue at the main annual conference.

   An additional $US2,000 in travel awards to help bring a panel of
   Flashpoint participants to the AoIR conference in Philadelphia. (This
   cannot be reallocated for any other purpose.)

Proposals will be ranked in relation to their ability to:


   Advance AoIR’s goal of diversification of membership and the expansion
   of geographical presence at the annual AoIR conference.

   Address a theme, topic, or issue not yet prominent in AoIR’s annual

   Articulate a clear outcome that will foster conversation in the future.

   Demonstrate a commitment to encouraging graduate student participation,
   particularly from those in the host region.

   Demonstrate capacity for carrying out the symposium in a manner that
   contributes to the benefit of AoIR and the individual organizer(s).

   Demonstrate a commitment to present outcomes at the annual AoIR

(This listing does not imply any ranking in the importance of these

AoIR will accept one symposium proposal in 2023.

Submit your proposals to symposia at aoir.org by Friday, 27 January, 2023.

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