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Conference on Wikipedia by the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, 26-27 March 2010: program
The conference is part of a bigger Research Initiative dealing with Wikipedia:
Besides setting up a network for critical Wikipedia research with its own mailing list and organizing two events early 2010 in Bangalore and Amsterdam (to start with), the aim is to gather materials for a Wikipedia Research Reader that will be published in the INC Reader series late 2010
Research and editorial group: Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer (Amsterdam), Nathaniel Tkacz (Melbourne), Sunil Abraham (Bangalore), Johanna Niesyto (Siegen), Margreet Riphagen (Amsterdam), Juliana Brunello (Amsterdam), Serena Westra (Amsterdam)
Tales of the Unexpected: Vision and Reality in Community Informatics
We are seeking submissions from academics, practitioners and PhD students for a conference at the Monash University Centre, Prato Italy (near Florence). The Centre for Community Networking Research, Monash, in conjunction with the Community Informatics Research Network, has held many highly successful events since 2003 in Prato, as well as associated workshops over the years, in the UK, France, and Portugal.
The conference has an increasing representation of delegates from Francophone and Spanish-speaking countries, and we welcome your attendance. While the official conference language is English, if there are sufficient papers for either language, specific sessions will be arranged.
The Prato campus provides an exceptional environment for academics, students, practitioners or policy-makers to exchange ideas. We emphasize participatory processes in the conference. The Centre is just off the main piazza of a small Tuscan town and is close to Italian transport hubs.
Expressions of interest up to 500 words via conference website by 1 April 2010
Is an anthropology of the internet possible? If so, what would it look like? I will attempt a provisional answer here, building on my book about the consequences of the digital revolution for the forms of money and exchange. People, machines and money matter in this world, in that order. Most intellectuals know very little about any of them, being preoccupied with their own production of cultural ideas. Anthropologists have made some progress towards understanding people, but they are often in denial when it comes to the other two; and their methods for studying people have been trapped for too long in the 20th-century paradigm of fieldwork-based ethnography. I do not advocate a wholesale rejection of the ethnographic tradition, but rather would extend its premises towards a more inclusive anthropological project, better suited to studying world society, of which the internet is perhaps the most striking expression. For sure, we need to find out what real people do and think by joining them where they live. But we also need a global perspective on humanity as a whole if we wish to understand our moment in history. This will expose the limitations of the modern experiment in the social sciences — their addiction to impersonal abstractions and repression of individual subjectivity.
Two Pew Internet Project surveys of teens and adults reveal a decline in blogging among teens and young adults and a modest rise among adults 30 and older. Even as blogging declines among those under 30, wireless connectivity continues to rise in this age group, as does social network use. Teens ages 12-17 do not use Twitter in large numbers, though high school-aged girls show the greatest enthusiasm for the application.
more at: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Social-Media-and-Young-Adults.aspx
Call For Papers – Special Issue of tripleC (http://www.triple-c.at): Information and Communication Technologies and the Current Crisis: How Are They Connected?
The Crisis that began in 2007 continues to convulse the world. Labelled by some as merely a recession, yet it is associated with dramatic changes in national and global power. Others frame the Crisis as merely a consequence of over-promoting a narrow range of financial transactions associated with subprime mortgage instruments. These were indeed overly aggressively oversold by deregulated bankers, but this was likely only an important trigger of the Crisis, not the primary cause.
Bloggers as Early Adopters of Public Opinion: Ethnography of Influencing Networked Publics
For half a century communication researchers have been putting to the test theories of mass media effects on public opinion. However, the blogosphere‘s ability to influence public opinion is not yet backed by consistent empirical evidence or an account of the relevant practices.
Similar to the situation in Austria, Israeli political blogging is ignored by national commercial mass media. As a result, case studies from the Israeli blogosphere provide us with a rare opportunity to isolate the resulted influence of blogging efforts and learn about the ways that blogging shapes public opinion. The research presented in the talk is based on an ongoing ethnography of the Israeli blogosphere conducted as a participant observer since 2004, observing the formation of the Israeli „A-list“ political blogs as a discourse that emerged from scattered personal journals, and tracing the activities during two election campaigns (municipal and national).
Carmel Vaisman is a communications scholar and freelance journalist based in Israel with a research focus on Internet culture and digital folklore. She explored issues of identity and agency in her PhD thesis entitled „Israeli girls and digital subcultures: language, gender and playfulness on blogs“. Institutionally, Carmel Vaisman is affiliated to the Department of Communication at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
4. Februar 2010, 20:15h am Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft der Universität Wien
Schopenhauerstrasse 32, 1180 Wien; Hörsaal 2, 2. Stock
Der Vortrag ist in englischer Sprache ohne Übersetzung.
Eine Veranstaltung der Gruppe Internetforschung an der Universität Wien
Ankündigung als PDF zum Download
IADIS International Conference – ICT, Society and Human Beings 2010
29 – 31 July 2010
Call for Papers: http://www.ict-conf.org/cfp.asp
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have changed our lives significantly over the last few decades, and they will continue to do so. ICTs influence the way we live, work, and organize. These changes we are facing as societies (and as individuals) bear positive and negative side effects that concern academia as well, since science and research serve a function in and for society.
Deadline for full paper submission: February 28th, 2010.
Workshop zur Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie 27.-29.05.2010, Universität Paderborn
Die Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie (ANT) hat den Anspruch, ,das Soziale neu zu versammeln‘, und in der kultur- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung etablierte Grenzziehungen zu ueberwinden. Sie fordert einen neuartigen, strikt empirischen Blick auf die Verflechtungen zwischen Natur, Kultur, Gesellschaft und Technik. Zu diesem Zweck proklamiert sie ein generalisiertes Symmetrieprinzip, das jegliche a priori- Unterschiede zwischen Entitäten einebnet. Mit diesen Positionen hat die ANT in den letzten Jahren fuer kontroverse Diskussionen gesorgt, die weit ueber die Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung hinaus gehen. Der Workshop schließt an diese Debatte an und bietet Raum, um ueber die ANT, ihren Blick auf Prozesse der Strukturentstehung sowie Anschlussmöglichkeiten zu etablierten Theorieangeboten zu diskutieren. (more…)
Am 14.12. stieg das zweite Youtube-Kino im MQ Raum D. Passend zu Weihnachten hatten wir uns „das Sakrale und das Profane“ ausgesucht, die Interpretation des Themas ging in vielfältige Richtungen. Eine schöne Gruppe von geschätzten 50-60 ZuschauerInnen war dabei, auch da von Jana’s „Tweetup“ zuvor noch eine Menge TwitterInnen gleich da geblieben waren. Ein schöner, abwechslungsreicher und nicht immer ganz besinnlicher Abend in den heiligen Hallen des MQ, der eine oder andere Punsch war auch zu sehen. Hier die Playlist: (more…)
A three day symposium to be held at Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, 25-27 June 2010
From the CfP, Deadline Dec 7:
New media innovations in participatory politics
Democratic politics worldwide are increasingly being conducted and re-configured through the domain of digital communications networks. The socio-technical developments, such as Web 2.0, facilitating these media-saturated public spheres are in little doubt. What is highly contested however is the interpretation of what these profound changes offer for democratic governance in the twenty-first century. At its heart is the recognition that these new media networks are themselves the crucial site for a historical confrontation between opposing political and/or business interests and discourses intent upon forging new forms of social relations.