Call for Papers

6th Global Conference


Friday 11th March – Sunday 13th March 2011
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with the issues and implications created by the growing adoption of information technologies for inter-human communication. The project will also focus on assessing the continuing impact of emergent cybermedia for human communication and culture. In particular the conference will encourage equally theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural contexts within which cybermedial and technological advances are occurring.

Papers, presentations, workshops and reports are invited on any of the following themes:

1. Cyberspace and Cyberculture
Theories and Concepts of Cyberspace and Cyberculture. Identifying Key Features and Issues

2. Cybercultures and Online Communities
Emerging Practices in Social Networking. The Shaping of Individual and Collective Identities. Webnography. Changing Social Identity in Cyberspace. State, Transnational and Commercial Control of Social and Private Spaces. Concepts and Meaning of Online Community.

3. Cyber-Subcultures
Multi-National, Cross-Continental, Cross-Generational and Online Diaspora Communities. Youth, Fan and Alternative Cultures Online. Changing Social Identity in Cyberspace. Online Role Playing.

4. Design for Social Networking
Design and Communication Strategies and Practices. Accessibility, Usability and Design Standardization. Creativity Support in Interactive Media. Mobile Communication Futures. Web 3.0 Projects and Concepts. Creative Commons.

5. Cybercultures and Politics
Governance and Control in the Online Environment. Cyber-Democracy and the Impact on National and Global Politics. Surveillance and Privacy in the Online World. Cyber-Activism and Social Mobilisation. Digital Divide. Digital Rights in Virtual Environments. Cybercrime.

6. Cybermedia and Cyberjournalism
Cyberjournalism. New Media Discourses. Digital Communications and Free Speech. New Censorship and Content Regulation. Grassroots Journalism, Activism and Hactivism. The Portrayal of New Media in the Old Media.

7. New Media Literacies
Educational Use of Virtual Environments and Videogames. Cultures of Online Learning. Online Research Networking. Global and Local Learning in the Age of Convergent Cultures.

8. Digital and Interactive Arts
Performative and collaborative use of Crossmedia. Machinima. Transmedia Storytelling. User-generated Content and Cultural Practices.

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st October 2010. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 4th February 2011. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Daniel Riha
Cyber Hub Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net and
Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader
Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK

The conference is part of the ‘At the Interface’ programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited for development for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s) or for inclusion in a new Cyber journal (launching 2011).

Style Sheets
In preparing your papers, please pay strict attention to the following style sheets

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