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Posted By Administration, Friday, November 8, 2019

WHAT IS INFORMATION?• University of Oregon Portland • April 30–May 2, 2020 • whatis.uoregon.edu

What is Information? (2020) will investigate conceptualizations and implementations of information via material, representational, and hybrid frames. The conference-experience will consider information and its transformational æffects—from documents to data; from facts and fictions to pattern recognition; from physical information to differential equations; and from volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity to collective intelligence and wisdom.

The tenth annual What is…? examines tapestries, temperaments, and topologies of information lenses and practices—including—social and technical, mathematical and semantic, physical and biological, economic and political, cultural and environmental information. Thus, information can be understood as physical (e.g. fingerprints and tree rings), for instruction (e.g. algorithms and recipes), and about epistemic systems (e.g. maps and encyclopedias). Next year’s gathering expands on What is Technology? (2019), which explored technology as tools, processes, and moral knowledge, as well as problem-solving and intelligent inquiry.

Scholars, government and community officials, industry professionals, scientists, artists, students, filmmakers, grassroots community organizations, and the public are invited to collaborate. We welcome submissions for papers, panels, roundtables and installations.

Presentations / panels / installations may include the following topics (as well as others):

• What is information? Are data and information synonymous? Is information material/concrete, symbolic/abstract, or both? What distinguishes information from knowledge and wisdom?

• Is information freedom? What is meta-data?  What are information systems, flows, and gaps?

• What approaches or lenses are used to study information? How do they relate to emerging disciplines? 

• What are information science and information art? What are relationships between STE(A)M and ICT?

• How are the natural sciences and information sciences continuing to converge (e.g. bioinformatics)? 

• Is information at the core of music, architecture, design, craft, and/or science and technology studies? 

• Is biology itself information or only a representation? What are data science, machine learning and visualization? How are informatics enhancing medicine and the environment via regenerative systems?

• What is the philosophy of information? What are information literacy, ethics, education, & aesthetics?

• What are networks? What are relationships between information, technology/media, and message?

• What are information ecologies, information environments, and how do/can they facilitate public good? 

• What is political economy of information? How do information & socio-cultural factors æffect each other?

• What are current approaches to the study of information professions, audiences, and psychology? 

• How does information highlight gender, race, indigenous, and/or global environmental concerns?

• How can contemplation, empathy, kindness, and/or responsibility be studied via information?  

• What are patterns of digital divides? What comes after post-truth (e.g. cyber-physical)?

• What are data-mining and threat detection or privacy in the cyber-defense/cyber-security age? 

• Can apps, games, and immersive media help us to adapt to the ever-changing information landscape?

• What laws/regulations/policies are appropriate for information? How are information & value(s) related? 

Conference Organizers: Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz (University of Oregon)

Send 150-word abstracts for papers, panels, installations, and exhibits by DECEMBER 20, 2019, to:
Janet Wasko • jwasko@uoregon.edu • University of Oregon • Eugene, Oregon • 97403-1275 • USA


Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce a special issue of Societies, titled “The Development of Attraction in Video-Mediated Communication.” As guest editors, Marjolijn Antheunis and Emmelyn Croes invite you to submit your original research related to this topic by April 30, 2020.

Over the past few decades, the computer-mediated communication (CMC) landscape has evolved considerably; from computer-only text-based platforms like MSN and Yahoo Messenger, to (mobile) video-mediated communication (VMC) platforms like Skype and FaceTime. These platforms allow people to communicate with their social network anywhere, in real-time, using a combination of text, video, and audio, next to or even instead of meeting up face-to-face. Contemporary VMC technologies are changing the ways in which we communicate with our work colleagues, form and maintain our social and romantic relationships, and even affect doctor–patient communication. Current research largely focuses on text-based CMC or chat, while the effects of VMC technologies on physical, social, and/or task attraction are studied far less frequently. Still, there is reason to believe that attraction develops differently in VMC compared to text-based CMC, because, similar to face-to-face communication, VMC allows interlocutors to transmit both verbal and nonverbal cues in real-time. Although communication and relationship development in text-based CMC relies heavily on verbal cues, individuals in VMC may use nonverbal cues to communicate as well.

For this purpose, Societies invites authors to submit manuscripts of original research that analyze the development of task, social, romantic, and/or physical attraction in VMC in various communication settings. Examples include but are not limited to social settings (e.g., friendship/relationship formation), work settings (e.g., task effectiveness, teleworking) or health settings (e.g., doctor–patient communication, online social support). Empirical and/or theoretical manuscripts are encouraged, and we welcome submissions using various empirical research methods or a combination of different research methods.

The final date for submission is 30 April 2020. More information about this Special Issue and information regarding manuscript submission can be found here: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/societies/special_issues/communication


Announcing the 2020 Spring Conference of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology

“Future Imperfect: Language in Times of Crisis and Hope”

April 2-5, 2020, Boulder, Colorado

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019

Contact email: slaboulder@gmail.com

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology, in partnership with graduate students in the Program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder, is pleased to announce the SLA 2020 Spring Conference, to take place at the Hiltons on Canyon in Boulder, Colorado, on April 2-5, 2020. The SLA Conference Steering Committee welcomes all submissions advancing the study of language and society, but we are especially interested in work that engages the 2020 conference theme: Future Imperfect: Language in Times of Crisis and Hope.

The Conference Theme

As human societies face the tragedies of climate, war, racism, corruption, and displacement that are projected to define the 21st century, the SLA 2020 Spring Conference calls upon scholars to question the way forward in an imperfect future world. The future inhabits our uncertain present, generating complex intersections of crisis and hope. The imperfect, as a verb construction, describes an ongoing, incomplete action. With this conference theme, we wish to highlight the ever-unfinished and evolving condition of academic research and its contribution to pressing sociopolitical issues. How do we, in our role as researchers, reconcile time-honored methodologies with the novel challenges that have arisen in contemporary social life? How can our academic labor more effectively address the concerns of the future? We welcome submissions that make use of diverse methods, both micro and macro, to explore the precarity and forms of resistance that characterize our contemporary moment. We are especially interested in submissions that address the ways that language use may both enable and contest the sociopolitical shifts that continue to destabilize human equality (and indeed the future of humanity itself), whether at local, national, regional, or global scales.

In its focus on imperfect futures, the conference theme additionally proposes disruption and transformation as necessary concepts for critical language study. In social analytic research, these concepts each invoke traditional paradigms as they move toward more innovative ways of thinking and doing. We highlight disruption as a rethinking of relationships between researchers, participants, audiences, and methodologies. What counts as knowledge production in linguistic anthropology and related fields? Who gets to produce and circulate knowledge, and in what fora? How can we productively disrupt our reliance on knowledge systems that may be more suited to past instead of future concerns? Likewise, we highlight transformation as encompassing the many ways in which laypersons as well as researchers may change and advance the contours of language study to confront an increasingly anxious world. Through the reflexive interrogation of positionality and subjectivity, we search for emergent paths to take within—and beyond—the comfort zones in our research fields. Disruption and transformation, as mutually reinforcing, co-constitutive phenomena, create the opportunity for more critical and participatory directions in language study. This conference theme invites linguistic anthropologists and related researchers to reflect on ways to realize goals of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gendered, and other forms of social justice in times of crisis and hope.

Submission information

The SLA will prioritize submissions for organized panels, individual presentations, roundtables, posters, and installations that engage productively with our conference theme and involve creative and diverse participation across methods, disciplines, institutions, and professional levels. We especially welcome panels that involve graduate students, activists, and/or public figures in addition to faculty. We also encourage conference participants to consider presenting new or in-progress research in order to take full advantage of SLA’s interdisciplinary community of scholars. To that end, we encourage participants who have an innovative proposal that does not readily fit into the conference format to contact the conference organizers at slaboulder@gmail.com for independent consideration.

The submission portal will open on Tuesday, October 8. Registration with the American Anthropological Association is a required first step before submitting an abstract. To register, please log into the AAA Anthro Gateway. Click here to check if you have an existing AAA user account; if not, you will need to create a free AAA account before logging in by following the prompt to “Create an Account.” Once you have logged in from your account, select “Add Meeting Registration” on the left-hand side, then choose the link “SLA 2020 Spring Conference” to proceed. After registering with the AAA, you will receive a confirmation email and a link to submit your abstract.

CLASP Graduate Student Paper Competition

As part of the SLA 2020 Spring Conference, the CLASP program at the University of Colorado Boulder is pleased to announce a call for papers for a graduate student paper competition. The winner of the competition will be recognized and granted a plenary spot on the SLA 2020 conference program. Submissions of up to 8,000 words (excluding references) should be sent by December 1, 2019 to clasp@colorado.edu. Please see the Graduate Student Paper Competition webpage for more information on submission requirements.

Location and Conference Hotel

The SLA 2020 Spring Conference will take place in Boulder, Colorado, a college town located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and home to the University of Colorado Boulder. The SLA has reserved a block of discounted rooms at the main conference hotel, Embassy Suites at the Hiltons on Canyon (click here to view the 3D Tour). Offering majestic mountain views and elegant furnishings, the Embassy Suites characterizes itself as an urban retreat located in the heart of Boulder. Each reservation made at the SLA/CLASP Conference Booking Link - Embassy Suites Boulder comes with a two-room guest suite, a complimentary made-to-order breakfast, a complimentary Manager’s evening reception, and access to two bars, fitness room, and heated roof-top pool.

Contact Information

Updates about the conference will be posted at the SLA 2020 Spring Conference website. For additional information, please contact the conference organizers (SLA Co-Chairs Judy Pine and Dominika Baran; CLASP Co-Chairs Velda Khoo and Olivia Hirschey Marrese) at slaboulder@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to Boulder in April!


HoMER 2020 CfP, Dublin, 25–27 May 2020 

Hosted by Maynooth University 

CfP Integrating Traditions 

Deadline for proposals,

15 November 2019

 Letters of acceptance/rejection, 8 January 2020 

The HoMER Network invites submissions for 20-minute papers, as well as designated roundtables, panels, and workshops to be presented at the 2020 conference, which will take place at Maynooth University on 25-27 May 2020. 

At HoMER 2019 in Nassau, the conference explored ways of developing a more theoretical and methodological grounding for New Cinema History research. Since emerging as a vibrant field of research in the early 2000s, New Cinema History has sought to distinguish itself from Film History by ‘shift[ing] its focus away from the content of films’, in order to examine cinema as a ‘site of social and cultural exchange’ (Maltby 2011: 3). However, in recent years there have been calls to reconsider the significance of the film itself within New Cinema History research. For the Homer 2020 conference INTEGRATING TRADITIONS, we would like to continue answering that call: as cinema historians, we have traditionally drawn on frameworks and methodologies found in fields such as Social Geography, Economics, and Psychology, but how do we integrate these approaches with those of Film History and Film Studies more broadly? Furthermore, in order to become ‘methodologically more mature’ as a discipline, we must also reflect on how we approach comparative research as an essential part of our studies (Biltereyst and Meers 2016: 25). Several empirical research projects have already used these methods within New Cinema History, comparing the cinema-going experience across cultural and geographical contexts; however, still lacking is the integration of productive methodologies from Film Studies. 

The aim of HoMER 2020 is to investigate how the traditional approaches of Film Studies – as well as those disciplines that have shaped NCH to date – can be productively integrated. 

Possible topics and questions to explore might include (but are certainly not limited to): 

1. Film as text. What is the film’s appeal to audiences? When we investigate cinema’s popularity, how do we relate the film’s content to its performance at the box-office? The relationship between cinema memories, film text and social and geographical spaces. 

2. Genre and stardom and their relationship with programming and audiences. How can genre theory enhance our understanding of film reception and programming practices in specific cinemas? 

3. The changing role of gender, however defined, in distribution, exhibition and 


4. Underexplored interdisciplinary possibilities or new historiographical paths. Are there potential connections with leisure or urban studies, for example? Can we use film as a source for investigating a historical period? Can we further engage approaches to the history of everyday life in our research? 

5. The novelty in New Cinema History. In what does its (continuing) novelty Iie? What are its methodologies and conceptual frameworks? 

Presentations are welcome to critically explore the conference theme of INTEGRATING TRADITIONS through the interdisciplinary lens of academic Film and Cinema Studies. 

Since it was first established in 2004, the HoMER network has been instrumental in bringing together researchers working in the New Cinema History tradition and providing opportunities to share knowledge and exchange ideas. In keeping with this, the 2019 HoMER conference featured a series of discussion sessions on specific topics. In light of the positive feedback on these sessions, HoMER 2020 will also feature discussion sessions on each day of the conference. During these sessions, participants will be able to debate research questions and methodologies, with the aim of sharing practices of their research, as well as advancing and developing new ideas in NCH approaches. Last year the three themes were: The geography of cinema; Cinema memories and the archives; Defining contemporary cinema. 

Suggestions for new themes to discuss in HoMER 2020 are welcome. 

The format will follow the successful one used last year: presentations of key areas (10 min) to the HoMER participants, followed by small group discussion (1 hour) on the key areas, and a final plenary discussion (20 min). Possible key areas to explore might include (but are certainly not limited to): Cinema and Memory; the Economics and Business of Film; Programming and Film Popularity; Paratextual Analysis; the Digital Challenge; Distribution of Films; Impact of Research to Non-academic Audiences; Publishing New Cinema History Research: Traditional Approaches and the Alternatives. 

Abstracts of 250 to 300 words, plus 3 or 4 bibliographic entries, and a 50-word academic biography can be submitted via the HoMER 2020 Abstract Submission Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScDmHvICIqmjlAB6gCoBfJ_yWJpgfOApAqFq-IW2RXUTAriKw/viewform


For any queries regarding submission, please contact conference co-ordinators, Clara Pafort- Overduin (c.pafort-overduin@uu.nl) and Daniela Treveri Gennari (dtreveri- gennari@brookes.ac.uk). 

Programming Committee: 

Clara Pafort Overduin 

Daniela Treveri Gennari 

Sarah Culhane 

Denis Condon 

Maya Nedyalkova 

Åsa Jernudd 

Karina Aveyard

 Sam Manning 

Kata Szita 

Silvia Dibeltulo 

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