Call for Abstracts for Chapters Volume 2 of the International Handbook of Internet Research

Call for Abstracts for Chapters
Volume 2 of the International Handbook of Internet Research
(editors Jeremy Hunsinger, Lisbeth Klastrup, and Matthew Allen)

Abstracts due June 1 2014; full chapters due Sept. 1 2015

After the remarkable success of the first International Handbook of Internet Research (2010), Springer has contracted with its editors to produce a second volume. This new volume will be arranged in three sections, that address one of three different aspects of internet research: foundations, futures, and critiques. Each of these meta-themes will have its own section of the new handbook.

Foundations will approach a method, a theory, a perspective, a topic or field that has been and is still a location of significant internet research. These chapters will engage with the current and historical scholarly literature through extended reviews and also as a way of developing insights into the internet and internet research. Futures will engage with the directions the field of internet research might take over the next five years. These chapters will engage current methods, topics, perspectives, or fields that will expand and re-invent the field of internet research, particularly in light of emerging social and technological trends. The material for these chapters will define the topic they describe within the framework of internet research so that it can be understand as a place of future inquiry. Critique chapters will define and develop critical positions in the field of internet research. They can engage a theoretical perspective, a methodological perspective, a historical trend or topic in internet research and provide a critical perspective. These chapters might also define one type of critical perspective, tradition, or field in the field of internet research.

We value the way in which this call for papers will itself shape the contents, themes, and coverage of the Handbook. We encourage potential authors to present abstracts that will consolidate current internet research, critically analyse its directions past and future, and re-invent the field for the decade to come. Contributions about the internet and internet research are sought from scholars in any discipline, and from many points of view. We therefore invite internet researchers working within the fields of communication, culture, politics, sociology, law and privacy, aesthetics, games and play, surveillance and mobility, amongst others, to consider contributing to the volume.

Initially, we ask scholars and researchers to submit an 500 word abstract detailing their own chapter for one of the three sections outlined above. The abstract must follow the format presented below. After the initial round of submissions, there may be a further call for papers and/or approaches to individuals to complete the volume. The final chapters will be chosen from the submitted abstracts by the editors or invited by the editors. The chapter writers will be notified of acceptance by January 1st, 2015. The chapters will be due September 2015, should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words (inclusive of references, biographical statement and all other text).

Each abstract needs to be presented in the following form:

· Section (Either Foundations, Futures, or Critiques)

· Title of chapter

· Author name/s, institutional details

· Corresponding author’s email address

· Keywords (no more than 5)

· Abstract (no more than 500 words)

· References

Please e-mail your abstract/s to:

We look forward to your submissions and working with you to produce another definitive collection of thought-provoking internet research. Please feel free to distribute this CfP widely.

Thank you
Jeremy, Lisbeth, and Matt

Special Issue of New Media & Society on the Democratization of Hacking & Making

Call For Papers:
Special Issue of New Media & Society on the Democratization of Hacking & Making

Research on hacker culture has historically focused on a relatively narrow set of activities and practices related to open-source software, political protest, and criminality. Scholarship on making has generally been defined as hands-on work with a connection to craft. By contrast, “hacking” and “making” in the current day are increasingly inroads to a more diverse range of activities, industries, and groups. They may show a strong cultural allegiance or map new interpretations and trajectories.

These developments prompt us to revisit central questions: does the use of hacking/making terminologies carry with them particular valences? Are they deeply rooted in technologies, ideologies or cultures? Are they best examined through certain intellectual traditions? Can they be empowering to participants, or are they merely buzzwords that have been diluted and co-opted by governmental and business entities? What barriers to entry and participation exist?

The current issue explores and questions the growing diversity of uses stemming from this turn of hacking towards more popular uses and democratic contexts. Submissions that employ novel methodological and theoretical perspectives to understand this turn in hacking are encouraged. They should explore new opportunities for conversations and consider hacking as rooted in a specific phenomena, culture, environment, practice or movement. Criteria for admission in this special issue include rigor of analysis, caliber of interpretation, and relevance of conclusions.

Topics may include:
– Disparities of access and representation, such as gender, race and ethnicity
– Open-access environments for learning and production, such as hacker and maker spaces
– “Civic hacking” and open data movements on city, state and national levels
– Integration of hacking and making within industries
– Historical analyses of making/hacking such as phreaking and amateur computing
– Popularization of terms like “hacker” in newspapers, magazines and other publications
– Open-source hardware and software movements
– Appropriation of technology
– Hacking in non-western contexts, such as the global south and China
– Political implications of a popular shift in hacker/maker culture

Please email 400 word abstract proposals, along with a short author biography, by May 1, 2014 to and Final selected articles will be due during September 2014 and will undergo peer review.

learning and research in second life

Please join us in a workshop on learning and research in Second Life on October 17, 2007 in Vancouver at Internet Research 8.0 (http://

Paper Deadline August 15th.

Second Life(R) is a 3d virtual environment created by Linden Lab which has captured the attentions of researchers and teachers from around the world from a variety of disciplines.

This workshop aims to improve the understanding of Second Life as a Learning and Research environment. It will bring 35 researchers together to collaborate, discuss and workshop diverse topics related to research and learning in Second Life. We will pursue a full-day schedule in which participants will discuss their work and interests on four different topics: learning in Second Life, integrated learning, the contributions of research to the community and ethical research methods. How can we better enable learning in this sphere? How can we better enable research?

As a highlight, Robin Linden will give a talk to the group, and members of Linden Lab will participate throughout the day.

We encourage researchers to submit papers and short biography to which will be selected and distributed amongst participants before the workshop. First invitations will be offered to those who provide full papers for consideration.

These papers have two purposes: first is to provide a common platform for understanding our research and teaching and second submitted papers may be considered for publication in an edited volume being produced in relation to the workshop, or possibly in peer reviewed publication derived from the workshop (these are currently under discussion).

Subsequent invitation will be made based upon research/teaching statement and biography. If you are interested in participating, please send an email containing your information to

Decisions will be made by September 1st, barring incident. There is a limit of 35 participants at the physical meeting; the event will be simulcast into Second Life.

We welcome professionals, faculty and graduate students to participate.

This workshop is sponsored by Linden Lab creators of Second Life and is organized by Jeremy Hunsinger and Aleks Krotoski. Free lunch, coffee breaks and the room is included in participation.

Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0

Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0:
Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0

The Social Informatics Research Unit (SIRU), University of York, will be running a conference on 5/6th September entitled ‘Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0′. This is in collaboration with the Taylor and Francis Journal Information, Communication & Society (iCS) and the ESRC e-Society Programme.
If you are interested in attending please email, and all details will be sent to you as they become available.
For further information, please visit 6/11/07 12:26 PM cbellamy web2.0


looks interesting… I’d love to go, but i’m out of travel funds.

International Prize of Digital Literature

International Prize of Digital Literature:
Submissions are now open for the annual Ciutat de Vinaros International Prize of Digital Literature, with a deadline of 14th September 2007. Works may be submitted in French, Spanish or Catalan, Italian or Portuguese, as well as in English. The two main prizes are in “Digital Narrative” and “Digital Poetry”, each offering a large purse of 2,500 euros to the winner (about £1,700). Works must be unpublished, have a high quality as interactive design and as literature, and should “explore and use the possibilities of the computer as a space for creation”.


great.. we need more of these.

The 3rd Living Knowledge conference

‘Communities building knowledge: innovation through citizens’ science and university engagement’

will take place in Paris from 30 August 30 till 1 September 2007.
The conference will provide a forum where information on community based
research, carried out in both community and academic settings, on new forms
of partnerships between research and civil society and on new modes of
innovation, can be shared and developed. It aims at disseminating and
exchanging information on community based and participatory research, on
citizens’ science and cooperative innovation.

Registration for the conference is open now!

You can also submit a proposal for a contribution (workshop or presentation)
within on of the five conference theme’s. At the conference website you will
find an overview of topics that can be addressed in the theme’s. The
(extended) deadline to submit a proposal is April 30.
Proposals can be submitted online at the conference website

Conference themes:
* University engagement with communities
* Citizens’ science and social movements
* Research policy – from local to global
* Innovation and citizens – added values for communities
* Participatory processes in science and technology

For additional information about the conference you can contact

I kindly request you to forward this announcement to your colleagues
and in your networks.

The conference organisation committee and the Living Knowledge
Network hope to meet you in Paris this summer.

Caspar de Bok

3rd Living Knowledge conference

Communities building knowledge:
innovation through citizens’ science and university engagement

Paris (Fr): August 30 – September 1, 2007

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The 3rd Living Knowledge conference

4th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society

4th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society:
Technology Conference 2008

Welcome to website of the Fourth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society.

The inaugural Technology Conference was held at the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco, in February 2005. Since then, the conference has been held in Hyderabad, India, 12-15 December 2005, a symposium on Technology and Democracy was held at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, 9-10 June 2006, and the Third International Conference at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, 9-12 January, 2007.


this could be cool

CFP: Changing politics through digital networks

Changing politics through digital networks: The role of ICTs in the
formation of new social and political actors and actions.

5-6 October 2007, Political Science Faculty, University of Florence, Italy

Organized by:

Department of Political Science and Sociology (DISPO), University of
Florence in collaboration with the Social Informatics Research Unit (SIRU)
based in the Department of Sociology, University of York

Sponsored by the journal: Information, Communication and Society (iCS)

Key note speakers include:

o Lance Bennett (University of Washington, USA)
o Donatella della Porta (European University Institute, Florence, Italy)
o Tim Jordan (Open University UK)
o Michele Micheletti (Karlstad University, Sweden)

It will address such questions as:

o How can ICTs be best used to facilitate the formation of social and
political identities?

o Do the ways ICTs are embedded in new social and political movements
contribute to change the sociological content of the relationships between
them, their members and their constituency?

o How can ICTs be best used to influence political processes and outcomes
at local, national and transnational levels?

Theoretical and empirical works focusing on political and
sociological aspects of such analytical dimensions as power structures,
organization, technologies, communication, individual and collective
behaviors are welcomed.

The full cfp and submission details are available on the symposium website

Designed Objects: New Craft – Future Voices (conference)

Designed Objects: New Craft – Future Voices (conference):
New Craft – Future Voices (conference)
New Craft – Future Voices is an international conference and exhibition organised to encourage debate surrounding the future of craft. It seeks to expose and articulate craft issues currently being investigated via doctoral research, post-doctoral research and craft practitioners, and to document new ways of questioning and disseminating the dialogue of craft practice.New Craft – Future Voices will explore the relation between skills, intellect and culture within the individual vision of crafts practitioners.Key Dates of the Conference:17 July, 2006 First call for abstracts28 September, 2006 Deadline for submission of abstracts26 October, 2006 Notification of acceptance of abstracts Call for Papers01 February, 2007 Deadline for submission of full papers

this looks interesting.

Transdisciplinary Studies

Transdisciplinary Studies

Transdisciplinary Studies is an internationally oriented book series created to generate new theories and practices to extricate transdisciplinary research from the confining discourses of traditional disciplinarities. Within transdisciplinary domains, this series will publish empirically grounded, theoretically sound work seeking to identify and solve global problems that conventional disciplinary perspectives cannot capture. Transdisciplinary Studies seeks to accentuate those aspects of scholarly research which cut across todays learned disciplines in an effort to define new axiologies and forms of praxis. This series intends to promote a new appreciation for transdisciplinary research to audiences that are seeking ways of understanding complex, global problems that many now realize disciplinary perspectives cannot fully address. Scholars, policy makers, educators and researchers working to address issues in technology studies, public finance, discourse studies, professional ethics, political analysis, learning, ecological systems, modern medicine, and other fields clearly are ready to begin investing in transdisciplinary models of research. It is for those many different audiences in these diverse fields that we hope to reach, not merely with topical research, but also through considering new epistemic and ontological foundations for of transdisciplinary research.