[Asis-l] CFP: IR 10.0 Internet: Critical (Association of Internet Researchers)

Michael Zimmer zimmerm at uwm.edu
Wed Nov 19 14:33:23 EST 2008

Call for Papers

Internet Research 10.0 -- Internet: Critical

The 10th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the  
Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)

October 7-11, 2009
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

As the Internet has become an increasingly ubiquitous and mundane  
medium, the analytical shortcomings of the division between the online  
and the offline have become evident. Shifting the focus to the  
fundamental intermeshing of online and offline spaces, networks,  
economies, politics, locations, agencies, and ethics, Internet:  
Critical invites scholars to consider material frameworks,  
infrastructures, and exchanges as enabling constraints in terms of  
online phenomena. Furthermore, the conference invites considerations  
of Internet research as a critical practice and theory, its  
intellectual histories, investments, and social reverberations. How do  
we, as Internet researchers, connect our work to social concerns or  
cultural developments both local and global, and what kinds of agency  
may we exercise in the process? What kinds of redefinitions of the  
political (in terms of networks, micropolitics, participation,  
lifestyles, resistant or critical practices) are necessary when  
conceptualizing Internet cultures within the current geopolitical and  
geotechnological climate?

To this end, we call for papers, panel proposals, and presentations  
from any discipline, methodology, and community, and from conjunctions  
of multiple disciplines, methodologies and academic communities that  
address the conference themes, including papers that intersect and/or  
interconnect the following:

• critical moments, elements, practices
• critical theories, methods, constructs
• critical voices, histories, texts
• critical networks, junctures, spaces
• critical technologies, artifacts, failures
• critical ethics, interventions, alternatives.

Sessions at the conference will be established that specifically  
address the conference themes, and we welcome innovative, exciting,  
and unexpected takes on those themes. We also welcome submissions on  
topics that address social, cultural, political, legal, aesthetic,  
economic, and/or philosophical aspects of the Internet beyond the  
conference themes. In all cases, we welcome disciplinary and  
interdisciplinary submissions as well as international collaborations  
from both AoIR and non-AoIR members.


We seek proposals for several different kinds of contributions. We  
welcome proposals for traditional academic conference PAPERS and we  
also welcome proposals for ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS that will focus on  
discussion and interaction among conference delegates, as well as  
organized PANEL PROPOSALS that present a coherent group of papers on a  
single theme.


Call for Papers Released: 15 November 2008
Submissions Due: 1 February 2009
Notification: 15 March 2009


All papers and presentations in this session will be evaluated in a  
standard blind peer review.


- PAPERS (individual or multi-author) - submit abstract of 600-800 words

-FULL PAPERS (OPTIONAL): For submitters requiring peer review of full  
papers, manuscripts of up to 8,000 words will be accepted for review.  
These will be reviewed and judged separately from abstract submissions

- PANEL PROPOSALS - submit a 600-800 word description of the panel  
theme, plus 250-500 word abstract for each paper or presentation

- ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS - submit a statement indicating the nature of  
the roundtable discussion and interaction
Papers, presentations and panels will be selected from the submitted  
proposals on the basis of multiple blind peer review, coordinated and  
overseen by the Program Chair. Each individual is invited to submit a  
proposal for 1 paper or 1 presentation. A person may also propose a  
panel session, which may include a second paper that they are  
presenting. An individual may also submit a roundtable proposal. You  
may be listed as co-author on additional papers as long as you are not  
presenting them.


Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special  
issue of the journal Information, Communication & Society, edited by  
Caroline Haythornwaite and Lori Kendall. Authors selected for  
submission for this issue have already been contacted prior to the  

All papers submitted to the conference system will be available to  
AoIR members after the conference.


On October 7, 2009, there will be a limited number of pre-conference  
workshops which will provide participants with in-depth, hands-on and/ 
or creative opportunities. We invite proposals for these pre- 
conference workshops. Local presenters are encouraged to propose  
workshops that will invite visiting researchers into their labs or  
studios or locales. Proposals should be no more than 1000 words, and  
should clearly outline the purpose, methodology, structure, costs,  
equipment and minimal attendance required, as well as explaining its  
relevance to the conference as a whole. Proposals will be accepted if  
they demonstrate that the workshop will add significantly to the  
overall program in terms of thematic depth, hands on experience, or  
local opportunities for scholarly or artistic connections. These  
proposals and all inquiries regarding pre-conference proposals should  
be submitted as soon as possible to both the Conference Chair and  
Program Chair and no later than March 31, 2009.
Conference Workshops: http://conferences.aoir.org/workshops.htm


Program Chair: Susanna Paasonen, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Conference Co-Chairs and Coordinators: Elizabeth Buchanan, Michael  
Zimmer, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies and Center for  
Information Policy Research; Steve Jones, University of Illinois-Chicago
Vice-President of AoIR: Mia Consalvo, Ohio University
Association Website: http://www.aoir.org

Conference Website: http://ir10.aoir.org/

SPONSORS (partial list)**

• School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
• Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin- 
• Department of Communication Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago
• Center for Information and Society and the Department of  
Communication, University of Washington
• American Society for Information Science and Technology—Wisconsin  

**Institutions or organizations interested in sponsorship  
opportunities should contact Elizabeth Buchanan—eliz1679 at uwm.edu

Michael Zimmer, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies
Associate, Center for Information Policy Research
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
e: zimmerm at uwm.edu
w: www.michaelzimmer.org

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