Internet Research 15: Boundaries and Intersections
Pre-conference events, 22 October 2014
Conference Dates: 23-25 October 2014
Internet Research is the annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). The 15th Internet Research conference focuses the attention of researchers on boundaries and intersections, those liminal, in-between, or peripheral spaces and practices. Often in research, the tendency is to dissect, separate and isolate objects, subjects and sites of study. This call for papers explicitly invites engagement with complexities arising from points of intersection within and beyond the digital world. It also seeks submissions that articulate issues and challenges on the edge of digital networks, environments, cultures and practices.
The committee calls for proposals for papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, and other events that engage with the conference theme or the field more generally. Topics could include (but are not limited by):
· (virtual) lives on the margins
· digital haves and have-nots
· the interface between the techno- and the –social
· the state, the corporation, or the network as boundary
· digital disruptions and their challenges and opportunities
· convergences and divergences
· digital mobilities between and through spaces
· overlaps, mergers and separations of identity, space, time or experience
We particularly invite submissions that engage with or challenge the conference theme in new and exciting ways, are innovative or present a novel approach to the topic. We encourage ‘experimental sessions’ that extend research in unusual directions (via method, topic or presentation structure). We also welcome submissions on topics that address social, cultural, political, legal, aesthetic, economic, and/or philosophical aspects of the internet beyond the conference theme. The committee extends a special invitation to students, researchers, and practitioners who have previously not participated in an Internet Research event to submit proposals.
Proposals for Submissions
We seek proposals for several different kinds of contributions to encompass the breadth of relevant research. As in the past, we welcome proposals for traditional academic conference PAPERS, organized PANELS, and PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS. We invite proposals that will focus on discussion and interaction among conference delegates. A common form of this type is the ROUNDTABLE SESSION, but we also encourage other formats, such as OPEN FISHBOWL SESSIONS. We will also accept other more EXPERIMENTAL SESSIONS that disseminate ideas or spark conversation and encourage engagement. To encourage this kind of submission, we are offering the “Halavais Prize for Weirdness” this year for the most interesting and successful submission in a non-traditional format. We will once again offer an IGNITE session for lively five-minute talks.
1 March 2014 Submissions due for PAPERS, PANELS, ROUNDTABLES and FISHBOWLS, EXPERIMENTAL SESSIONS, and PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS.
1 May 2014 Notification of Acceptances
For further information, please visit the conference website at ir15.aoir.org.
More Information On Submission Types
Traditional papers: Paper submissions should articulate the issue or research question to be discussed, the methodological or critical framework used, and indicate the findings or conclusions to be presented and/or the relevance to wider conference themes. Papers can present any kind of research or analysis, but should be written so that the importance of the work can be understood by reviewers working in different disciplines or using different approaches. Cross- or trans-discipline work is especially encouraged. Paper submissions should be about 1200 words long, including references. Please note that paper submissions need not adhere to any pre-formatted template, but should give an indication as to the rigour and relevance of the work.
Preconstituted panels: Panels should present a coherent group of papers on a single theme. Panel proposals should include 1200-word abstracts as above for each of the constituent papers, as well as a brief statement articulating the papers’ relationship to each other. It is recommended that panels include four papers, although submissions of three to five papers will also be considered.
Preconference workshops: Workshops may be either half or full-day events that occur on the day prior to the conference and focus on a particular topic. They may be a workshop of some kind (i.e. a publishing workshop), a methodological ‘bootcamp’ (i.e. ethnography or statistical analysis), an exploration of a theoretical tradition or topical area (symbolic interaction, political economy, or GIS, for example) or anything else that may be of interest to conference delegates. Proposals for workshops should explain for a general research audience the goals of the workshop, the way it will operate, and an indication of potential audience or attendees who may be interested in attending (such as ‘early career researchers’ or ‘researchers using statistical analysis’). Workshops will require an additional charge, and will be evaluated in part on the basis of whether they can be expected to draw enough participants to cover the cost of the venue. Proposals for workshops should be approximately 600-800 words in length, and should name the workshop facilitators.
Roundtable Sessions: Roundtables encourage discussion and interaction among delegates. They may involve brief introductory presentations by organizers. Proposals should include details on the theme or topic of discussion and its relevance, along with names of the organizers/initial participants. Roundtables can include no more than 5 initial participants.
Open Fishbowls: Fishbowl sessions should cover broad topics of interest to a wide segment of the AoIR community, and create a space for dialogue across different types of research. Submitted proposals should include a brief statement as to the core idea or theme for the fishbowl, emphasizing its relation to conference themes or relevance to the IR community. Fishbowls can include no more than 5 initial participants (named fish).
Experimental Sessions: Experimental sessions are those that, while of interest to members or engaging with conference themes, meaningfully ‘push the envelope’ beyond more traditional forms of conference engagement and participation and as such do not fit into any of the other proposal formats. Examples may include performance or installation, maker or code-based projects, or interactive experiences (such as the ‘Kissing Booth’ that was presented at IR 12 in Seattle.) Proposals for experimental sessions should describe for a general research audience the goal or idea of the session, how it will operate, and discuss how the proposed session ‘breaks the mould’ of conference presentation while still being relevant to the wider conference. Organizers of experimental sessions will be responsible for supplying any necessary equipment beyond that usually provided for conference presentations, and should be prepared to coordinate closely with the conference committee as necessary to enable a successful presentation of the alternative format.
Ignites: Ignites are 5-minute talks that engage, inspire or amaze. Ignites are not exercises in speed-talking, nor invitations to cram a 15-minute paper presentation into a 5-minute space, but rather should be energetic and pithy presentations, conveying one or two main ideas meant to provoke further conversation. They require 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. We encourage people considering presenting an Ignite talk to remember the international and multilingual character of the IR audience, and plan their slides and presentation accordingly.
Program Chair: Erika Pearson, Media, Film & Communication, University of Otago,
Conference Chair: Soraj Hongladarom, Center for Ethics of Science and Technology, Chulalongkorn University,