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IR7 Internet Convergences - Abstracts due 7 February


International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet

Brisbane, Australia
28-30 September 2006

Pre-Conference Workshops: 27 September 2006


The Internet works as an arena of convergence. Physically dispersed and
marginalized people (re)find themselves online for the sake of sustaining and
extending community. International and interdisciplinary teams now collaborate
in new ways. Diverse cultures engage one another via CMC. These technologies
relocate and refocus capital, labor and immigration, and they open up new
possibilities for political, potentially democratizing, forms of discourse.
Moreover, these technologies themselves converge in multiple ways, e.g. in
Internet-enabled mobile phones, in Internet-based telephony, and in computers
themselves as "digital appliances" that conjoin communication and multiple
media forms. These technologies also facilitate fragmentations with greater
disparities between the information-haves and have-nots, between winners and
losers in the shifting labor and capital markets, and between individuals and
communities. Additionally these technologies facilitate information filter!
ing that reinforces, rather than dialogically challenges, narrow and extreme


Our conference theme invites papers and presentations based on empirical
research, theoretical analysis and everything in between that explore the
multiple ways the Internet acts in both converging and fragmenting ways -
physical, cultural, technological, political, social - on local, regional, and
global scales.

Without limiting possible proposals, topics of interest include:

- Theoretical and practical models of the Internet
- Internet convergence, divergence and fragmentation
- Networked flows of information, capital, labor, etc.
- Migrations and diasporas online
- Identity, community and global communication
- Regulation and control (national and global)
- Internet-based development and other economic issues
- Digital art and aesthetics
- Games and gaming on the Internet
- The Net generation
- E-Sectors, e.g. e-health, e-education, e-business

We call for papers, panel proposals, and presentations from any discipline,
methodology, and community that address the theme of Internet Convergence. We
particularly call for innovative, exciting, and unexpected takes on and
interrogations of the conference theme. However, we always welcome submissions
on any topics that address social, cultural, political, economic, and/or
aesthetic aspects of the Internet and related Internet technologies. We are
equally interested in interdisciplinary proposals as well as proposals from
within specific disciplines.


We seek proposals for several different kinds of contributions. We welcome
proposals for traditional academic conference papers, but we also encourage
proposals for creative or aesthetic presentations that are distinct from a
traditional written 'paper'. We welcome proposals for roundtable sessions that
will focus on discussion and interaction among conference delegates, and we
also welcome organized panel proposals that present a coherent group of papers
on a single theme.

This year AoIR will also be using an alternative presentation format in which a
dozen or so participants who wish to present a very short overview of their
work to stimulate debate will gather together in a plenary session involving
short presentations (no more than 5 minutes) and extended discussion. All
papers and presentations in this session will be reviewed in the normal manner.
Further information will be available via the conference submission website.

- PAPERS (individual or multi-author) - submit abstract of 500-750 words

- SHORT PRESENTATIONS - submit abstract of 500-700 words

- CREATIVE OR AESTHETIC PRESENTATIONS - submit abstract of 500-700 words

- PANELS - submit a 250-500 word description of the panel theme and abstracts of
the distinct papers or presentations

- ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS - submit a statement indicating the nature of the
roundtable discussion and interaction.

Papers, presentations and panels will be selected from the submitted proposals
on the basis of multiple blind peer review, coordinated and overseen by the
Program Chair. 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. You may submit an
additional paper/presentation of which you are the co-author as long as you are
not presenting twice. You may submit a roundtable proposal as well.

Detailed information about submission and review is available at the conference
submission website All proposals must be submitted
electronically through this site.


All papers presented at the conference are eligible for publication in the
Internet Research Annual, on the basis of competitive selection and review of
full papers. Additionally, several publishing opportunities are expected to be
available through journals, again based on peer-review of full papers. Details
on the website.


Graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. Any student paper
is eligible for consideration for the AoIR graduate student award. Students
wishing to be a candidate for the Student Award must also send a final paper by
31 July 2006.


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 and no later than 31 March 2006.


Final date for proposal submission: 7 February 2006

Presenter notification: 21 March 2006

Final workshop submission deadline: 31 March 2006

Submission for publication/student award: 31 July 2006

Submission for conference archive: 30 September 2006


Program Chair: Dr Fay Sudweeks, Murdoch University, Australia,

Conference Chair: Dr Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology, Australia,

President of AoIR: Dr Matthew Allen, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Association Website:

Conference Website:


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