[LINK] REMINDER - Call for Papers - Internet Research 4.0: Broadening the Band - 4th Annual AoIR Conference

jeremy hunsinger jhuns@vt.edu
Thu, 6 Feb 2003 18:36:03 -0500

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Call for Papers - IR 4.0: Broadening the Band
International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of 
Internet Researchers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 16-19

Lead organizer Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of 

Submission site opens: January 15, 2003
Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2003

Conference Website:
http://www.aoir.org/2003 | http://www.ecommons.net/aoir

Digital communications networks such as the Internet are changing the 
way people interact with each other, with profound effects on social 
relations and institutions. Yet many remain excluded from access and 
meaningful participation. It is timely to consider who is included, who 
is excluded and what we now know about the composition and activities 
of online communities.

Internet Research (IR) 4.0 will feature a variety of perspectives on 
Internet, organized under the theme Broadening the Band. As in previous 
conferences, the aim is to develop a coherent theoretical and pragmatic 
understanding of the Internet and those that are empowered and 
disenfranchised by it. IR 4.0 will bring together prominent scholars, 
researchers, creators, and practitioners from many disciplines, fields 
and countries for a program of presentations, panel discussions, and 
informal exchanges.

IR 4.0 will take place at the Hilton Hotel in the heart of downtown 
Toronto. The conference is hosted by a team led by the Knowledge Media 
Design Institute (KMDI) and its partners at the University of Toronto. 
The IR 4.0 steering and working committees reflect the growing 
pan-Canadian network of Internet researchers, including members from 
Quebec, Alberta, and New Brunswick, in addition to the local contingent 
from Toronto, York and Ryerson Universities.

This year's theme, Broadening the Band, encourages wide participation 
from diverse disciplines, communities, and points of view. Under the 
umbrella theme, contributors are called to reflect upon, theorize and 
articulate what we know from within the emerging interdisciplinary 
space known as Internet Research.

In a cultural sense, the theme calls attention to the need to examine 
access, inclusion and exclusion in online communities. What role do 
race, gender, class, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, age, 
geography, and other factors play in the degree of online 
participation? What are the indicators of meaningful participation?

In a technical sense, the theme points to the development of broadband, 
wireless and post-internet networks and applications that are currently 
coming on-stream including community, private, public as well as 
national research networks (e.g. CA*net 4, Internet 2). We plan to use 
these technologies to make the conference an internet-mediated and 
internationally accessible event.

In an organizational sense, the theme reflects a widening of AoIR's 
reach to include more researchers and constituencies involved in the 
evolution of the Internet. French language presentations will be 
included in the call for papers for the first time. Researchers and 
practitioners in the arts and culture sectors are encouraged to 
participate alongside social scientists and humanities scholars and 

In a thematic sense, "Broadening the Band" suggests widening the scope 
of topics and problematics considered within past conferences, while 
retaining the consistent emphasis on rigorous research work. This call 
for papers thus initiates an inclusive search for theoretical and 
methodological correspondences between this expanding theme and the 
many disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches that are required to 
address it with precision.

Possible Topics:
- Who is bridging what: Questions and answers on the digital divide
- New directions in digital art
- E-me, e-you? (E- health, E-governance, E-commerce,E-business, 
E-games, E-entertainment, E-other)
- Ethnicity, race, identity, gender, sexuality, language(s) and diverse 
cultural contexts online
- Who Decides: Ethics, law, politics and policy of the internet
- We can't measure that, can we?  Meaningful indicators for internet 
access, participation, use and effects
- Who owns what? Value, space, and commons on the internet
- Is there an author, a publisher, or writing on the internet?
- Transformed by technics: new technologies and the post-internet age
- Who is watching your computer, when you're not watching it....
- When we are glocal: The internet in global and local manifestations
- I put my lesson plans on the internet, what changed?  Teaching, 
learning and the internet
- Digital media and terror/ism: global flows, economies, and 
- Social movements, net-based activism, and hactivism in a global arena
- Which methods, whose theories? Determining approaches to internet 
- Why did we digitize that, and what's it worth?  Exploring the value 
of digital content

This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather to trigger ideas 
and encourage submissions from a range of disciplines. The organizers 
will take an active role in generating and joining the various 
interests into appropriate formats.

Submission of Proposals

The Association of Internet Researchers invites paper, presentation, 
and panel proposals from AoIR members and non-members on topics that 
address social, cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic aspects of 
the Internet. We welcome interdisciplinary submissions as well as 
submissions from within specific disciplines. French language 
presentations will be included in the call for papers for the first 
time. We especially seek panel proposals that establish connections 
across disciplines, institutions, and/or continents. We also encourage 
creative presentations that will make use of Internet technologies and 
artistic techniques. Proposals for papers should be in the form an 
approximately 500-750 word abstract. Creative presentations and 
demonstration projects should consist of an approximately 500-750 word 
abstract, plus brief illustrative material. Panels will generally 
include three to four papers or presentations. The panel organizer 
should submit an approximately 500 word statement describing the 
session topic, include abstracts of up to 250 words for each paper or 
presentation, and indicate that each author is willing to participate 
in the session. Abstracts and proposals may be submitted for review in 
English or in French.

Papers, presentations and panels will be selected from the submitted 
abstracts on the basis of peer review, coordinated and overseen by the 
Program Chair, assisted by sub-chairs with expertise in specific areas 
of scholarly and aesthetic knowledge relating to the Internet.

Proposals can be for three types of contribution to the conference: - 
papers, creative presentations, and panels. Each person is invited to 
submit a proposal for 1 paper or 1 presentation. People may also 
propose a panel of papers or presentations, of which their personal 
paper or presentation must be a part. Average time allotted for a paper 
or creative presentation will be 20 minutes. Average time allotted for 
a panel will be 1 hour and 30 minutes, including discussion time.

Detailed information about format of submission and review is available 
at the conference website http://www.aoir.org/2003. All proposals must 
be submitted electronically at http://www2.cddc.vt.edu/confman/ (_note_ 
- submission site opens January 15, 2003).


Submission site available: January 15, 2003
Final date for proposal submission: March 1, 2003
Author notification: April 1, 2003
Presenter's Registration to the conference: September 1, 2003
Student Award: Completed paper: September 1, 2003

Graduate Students:

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. They 
should note their student status with submission in order to be 
considered for a special Student Award.  Students wishing to be a 
candidate for the Student Award must also send a final paper by 1st 
September 2003.

Canadian graduate students outside of central Canada should note that 
funds may be available for travel and subsistence. Notice will be sent 
out to the AoIR list as soon as funding commitments are confirmed.

To ensure diverse participation, registration fees will be kept low for 
presenters, and a billeting and room sharing system will be 
established.  Simultaneous French language translation will be 
available (subject to budgetary considerations) in certain sessions.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Prior to the conference, 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 inquires regarding pre-conference proposals should be 
submitted as soon as possible to the Conference Chair 
aoir@ecommons.net, and will be accepted up to June 15th. Notification 
of terms and space allocations will be sent out as soon as details are 
confirmed, with final acceptance required by June 30, 2003.


If you have questions about the conference, program, or AoIR, please 

Program Chair: Matthew Allen, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
- All inquiries on review and acceptances

Program Co-chair: David Mitchell, University of Calgary
- Inquiries on conference themes and special technology themes

Conference Chair: Liss Jeffrey, Knowledge Media Design Institute and 
McLuhan Program, University of Toronto
  - All inquiries on Toronto conference and pre-conference workshops

Associate coordinator:  Katherine Parrish, OISE/University of Toronto

AoIR President: Steve Jones

Association Website: http://www.aoir.org

Conference Website: http://www.aoir.org/2003 | 

jeremy hunsinger
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