[Easttimorstudies] Postgrad and ECR Workshop Understanding the
Internet in the Asia-Pacific: UoW
jenster at cres10.anu.edu.au
Tue May 23 14:09:25 EST 2006
>Workshop on Understanding the Internet in the Asia-Pacific
>25 September 26 September 2006
>University of Wollongong
>The Centre for Asia Pacific Social
>Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS), with the
>support of the Asia-Pacific Futures Research
>Network (APFRN), is calling for applications
>from PhD students and Early Career Researchers
>at Australian universities to participate in a
>workshop on the theme of understanding the Internet in the Asia-Pacific region.
> From the mid-1990s onwards, the Internet has
> shifted fundamentally from its co-ordinates in
> English-speaking countries, especially North
> America, to become an essential medium in a
> wide range of countries, cultures, and
> languages. Its uptake in the Asia/Pacific has
> been particularly notable. According to March
> 2006 statistics, Chinese language now
> represents 14.1% of all Internet communication
> and media use, Japanese 9.6 % and Korean, at
> 4.1%, has more users than does French. At 35.8%
> and falling, English use is now a minority in
> terms of overall online language use. However,
> communications and media scholarship,
> especially in the Anglophone world, has not
> registered the deep ramifications of this shift
> and the challenges it poses to the concepts,
> methods, assumptions, and frameworks used to study the Internet.
>The purpose of this one-and-a-half-day ECR
>seminar on Understanding the Internet in the
>Asia/Pacific is to acknowledge that Internet
>use and Internet studies take place elsewhere
>in various national and international contexts.
>Through bringing together researchers whose
>daily experience of the Internet is mediated
>through Asian languages and cultures as well as
>researchers situated within the Anglophone
>academy whose work focuses on cultures in our
>region, we hope to promote the visibility of
>work already being done outside the Anglophone
>world. We also aim to encourage new work that
>critically engages with Anglophone Internet
>scholarship that is based on research into
>diverse locales and draws upon a range of intellectual traditions.
>The aim of the Workshop is to:
>o Bring together four leading Internet experts
>working on Asia/Pacific Internet cultures who
>will offer a seminar on their region of
>expertise, discuss their work and highlight some
>of the difficulties and particularities of
>researching the Internet in the region.
>o Give Australian postgraduate students and ECRs
>working on Asia/Pacific Internet cultures and
>histories the opportunity to present their work
>and receive feedback from leading experts in the field.
>o Lead to an edited book or special journal
>edition or refereed online publication of
>papers, thus adding to our understanding of the
>specificities of the Internet as a medium of
>communication in the region and contributing to
>the career development of the ECR participants.
>Through the presentation of short papers on
>their research, participants will have the
>opportunity to discuss their research with peers
>and with a number of senior research mentors. It
>is hoped that these presentations and
>discussions will assist participants to publish their research.
>What is CAPSTRANS?
>CAPSTRANS is an Australian Research Council
>(ARC) Key Centre for Teaching and Research and a
>joint venture of the University of Wollongong
>and the University of Newcastle. The Centre
>seeks to examine social transformation processes
>in the Asia-Pacific region through innovative
>research by combining methods from a variety of
>disciplines, including political science,
>economics, sociology, anthropology, social
>history and media studies. An overview of our
>research interests is available on our website http://www.capstrans.edu.au/
>What is the Asia-Pacific Futures Research Network (APFRN)?
>The APFRN is a network of Asian and Pacific
>researchers supported by the Australian Research
>Council. Its broad goals are to provide stimulus
>for innovative research that makes links across
>disciplinary and area boundaries to enhance
>Australia's interactions with and knowledge of
>the Asia Pacific region. Further information is
>available at: http://www.sueztosuva.org.au
>Who are the expert researchers?
>Dr Nasya Bahfen (RMIT), an expert in online
>cross-cultural communication who has conducted
>extensive research into the take-up of the
>Internet in Malaysia and the Islamic world more generally.
>Dr Gerard Goggin (USyd), one of Australias
>foremost Internet scholars who has published
>widely on the development of the Internet in
>Australia, including Virtual Nation: The Internet in Australia.
>Dr Merlyna Lim (Annenberg Center for
>Communication, USC) who researches online
>activism in Indonesia and is an expert on cyberactivism in South-East Asia.
>Dr Mark McLelland (UOW) researches the Japanese
>Internet and was co-editor of the Routledge
>volume Japanese Cybercultures, the first book to
>look at the cultural dimensions of Internet use in Japan.
>Who can apply to participate?
>PhD students enrolled in any faculty at an
>Australian university and early career
>researchers with less than 5 years since the
>award of their PhD, whose current research
>examines an issue related to the Internet in the
>Asia-Pacific, including Asia-Pacific diaspora in
>Australia. Doctoral candidates should have
>completed at least the equivalent of 2 semesters
>full-time of their PhD program.
>What is involved in participating in the Workshop?
>Successful applicants will come to Wollongong
>from the 24 September to the 26 September 2006.
>They will present a brief paper based on their
>research with the aim of turning that
>presentation into a publication in an edited
>collection or proceedings. The presentation should:
>* Provide a clear statement of the research
>question or issue under investigation,
>* The methodology employed, and
>* A discussion of findings and conclusions of the paper
>Unlike a typical academic conference, this
>workshop aims to provide each presenter with the
>opportunity to discuss his or her research in
>depth. For this reason, all participants should
>submit a 4000-word paper for pre-circulation to
>other Workshop participants by 1 September 2005.
>Guidelines on the preparation of this paper will
>be sent to successful applicants.
>Applicants should in first instance seek funding
>from their home institution. However, a limited
>number of partial and full bursaries will also
>be awarded. Applicants should indicate in their
>travel budget whether they have applied for
>funding from their home institution. Offers of
>places in the workshop will be made by 14 July.
>How do I apply to attend the workshop?
>Please email your application containing the
>following items to Mark McLelland
>(markmc at uow.edu.au <mailto:markmc at uow.edu.au>):
>* Curriculum Vitae (1 page maximum)
>* Abstract (500 words maximum)
>* Travel budget
>* Letter of recommendation from your supervisor.
>Doctoral students should arrange for their
>Thesis Supervisor to send a brief reference
>about the relevance of this workshop to the
>students research topic and the benefits that
>they believe the applicant will gain from
>attending. Early-career researchers should
>arrange for a letter of reference from their
>current head of department or academic
>supervisor. The letter should also indicate the
>level of financial support that the university
>can offer to the attendee in case full travel
>and accommodation assistance cannot be provided by the workshop organisers.
>The letter of application should also contain
>your name, full contact details, and in the case
>of doctoral students, their PhD enrolment
>details: i.e. institution, faculty and student number.
>E-Mail your application to:-
>markmc at uow.edu.au <mailto:markmc at uow.edu.au>
>(Subject: Asia-Pacific Internet Workshop)
>**CLOSING DATE for applications and referee's
>reports: 5pm, Friday 30 June 2006.
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