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  • 28.03.2019 10:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline: April 16, 2019

    RMIT University

    Job no: 574610

    Work type: Full time - Continuing/Permanent

    Categories: Media, Journalism & Communications, Research, Education, Management

    • Drive research excellence and industry engagement
    • 6 x full-time, continuing positions with a Digital Communication focus
    • Academic level D/E ($139,644-$179,880 p.a ) plus 17% superannuation, based at RMIT's CBD campus (Melbourne, Australia)

    About RMIT

    RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise in which teaching, research and engagement are central to achieving positive impact and creating life-changing experiences for our students.

    One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the community.

    The School of Media and Communication is home to a vibrant community of renowned practitioners, theorists and thinkers. It is one of only two Schools in Australia to receive a ‘well above world standard’ ERA 5 ranking in the most recent Excellence for Research in Australia exercise for research in media and communication.

    In the 2019 QS World University Ranking by subject, RMIT Communications and Media Studies was ranked 37th in the world and 4th in Australia.

    Key research endeavours include the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) which is internationally renowned for its cutting-edge digital qualitative methods.

    DERC excels in both academic scholarship and applied work with industry partners. Other vibrant research labs in the School include the Non/fictionLab, a collective of scholars, writers and creative practitioners working with story, dialogue, poetics and partnerships, and the Screen and Sound research group, with links to the Australian Film Institute Research Collection (housed in the School).

    The School’s higher education programs have a significant presence in international markets onshore and offshore. See our Media and Communication programs and courses

    The Role and Your Responsibilities

    The Professor will be a senior academic and eminent researcher in a field related to one or more of the School Clusters (Media, Communication, Creative Writing), making substantial contributions to teaching and research activities, building capability of staff and promoting strong academic performance. They will provide high level leadership, developing and leading research project teams and programs and fostering a vibrant research culture. He or she will be required to develop a high-quality and productivity-driven research network across RMIT and with external national and global partners.

    The Professor will be embedded in the relevant teaching discipline and make a contribution to teaching and learning in the media and communication disciplines with the aim of improving learning outcomes for students.

    The Associate Professor will provide leadership and foster excellence in teaching and research efforts of the School, within the University, and with the community, professional, commercial and industrial sectors.

    More specifically, they will be expected to contribute to relevant programs in the School and to advance their scholarly, research and/or professional capabilities in ways that are pertinent to this discipline at a national and international level. In addition, they will be embedded in the relevant teaching discipline and make a contribution to teaching and learning in the media and communication disciplines with the aim of improving learning outcomes for students.

    Skills & Experience Required

    You will be an academic leader with digital communication expertise who can evidence: a distinguished track record in research, scholarship and practice; strong experience in capacity building, capability and culture development; research quality and impact through esteem and citations; publishing in top ranked outlets; research income generation; teaching innovations where relevant; international connections; and success in obtaining competitive grants and prizes.

    As the ideal candidate, you will be creative, critical and ambitious in your approach to media and communication research and scholarship. If you demonstrate a global outlook, international excellence and high impact research and supported cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams/partners then we would like to hear from you.

    Mandatory PhD in a relevant discipline

    Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check

    Description - Associate Professor - more here

    Description - Professor - more here

    For further information please contact Professor Lisa French, Dean of School +61 3 9925 3026 or email lisa.french@rmit.edu.au

    Applications close 11:55pm on Tuesday 16 April 2019

    Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria, as outlined in the relevant position description.

    The University reserves the right to make an appointment at a level appropriate to the successful applicant's qualifications, experience and in accordance with the classification standards for each level.

    RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.

    Application close: 16 Apr 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

  • 21.03.2019 13:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special Issue of The Poster

    Deadline: May 20, 2019

    For this issue, The Poster seeks contributions in the form of papers, visual essays and reviews that interrogate the visual culture of the Second World War. Given the multiplicity of potential themes represented, we are open to an equally rich variety of approaches that contemplate the visual forms of communication in this period: images of war, propaganda, activism, authoritarianism, manifestos and manifestations, conflicts, dissident images, national and international cooperativism. The journal is not restricting the call to combatant nations; we welcome research that reflects neutral and non-aligned nation’s responses to the global conflict.

    While this issue welcomes research into the formal mass media of the conflict (movies, posters, artworks, publishing and the like), we also welcome research into less overt propaganda. Uniforms, caricature, badges, architecture, unit signs, pornographic black propaganda, fake currency and stamps, movies and more were all pressed into service. At times, even the media of neutral states was conscripted to promote partial positions in their home nations. The Poster wants to see your research in these subjects.

    The home fronts of the combatant nations saw the evolution of a rich visual culture beyond the state authored positions. From the domestic responses to shortages, the work of the Mass-Observation group, to civilian contributions to the Red Cross and the Swing Kids of Axis Europe; the lived experience of the civilian populations of the combatant nations forms a rich seam for research.

    Details

    In the spirit of multimodality, The Poster encourages scholars from both social and political science, as well as cultural studies, arts and communication studies, to submit proposals for work for publication.

    The journal is looking for:

    • Full papers: 7,000-9,000 words, plus illustrations, on the issue’s theme (for double-blind peer-review). Rich illustration of the text is welcomed. Theoretical papers as well as methodological discussion are welcome, but preferably in combination with empirical analysis of imagery. Case studies, comparisons across culture or historical studies are invited.
    • Artist/designer monographs: Extended scholarly pieces addressing the issue’s theme (for double-blind peer-review). 10,000–25,000 words plus extensive illustrations.
    • Image and photo essays: composed of illustrations, photographs, diagrams or schematics that use visual languages to communicate their point of view on the issue’s themes. Textual support may be added, if it is felt necessary.
    • Reviews: reviews of relevant books, exhibitions and political gatherings, including critiques of contemporary historical revisionists.

    Timeline

    Abstracts (250 words) due *20 May 2019*. Please direct all submissions to the guest editor via helenab@ua.pt . Selected contributors will be informed in the following week if the journal would be interested in seeing a full manuscript. Full manuscripts due 30 August 2019.

    For more information about the call, click here.

  • 21.03.2019 13:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 26–28, 2019

    Prague, Czech republic

    Deadline: April 10, 2019

    Call for abstracts - for this independently organized session

    Session organizers: Yossi David, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; Godfried Asante, Drake University. More information here.

    Session abstract

    Networked platforms have become fully integrated in almost every aspect of everyday life in the digital age. In particular, notions of digital activism through digital mobilization have become deeply intertwined in civil society groups, non-profit and LGBTIQ+ organizations. These platforms are used, particularly, by marginalized groups to make visible various human rights abuses and also create safe spaces outside of, but in relation to the daily varied forms of hetero/homonormativities.

    Conversely, state officials and moral entrepreneurs are continuously stretching their communications to networked platforms in order to voice their discontent with emerging voices against “traditional” and nativist’s discourses. Their tactics involves state funded surveillance of marginalized virtual communities and individual social media accounts. Nonetheless, the nation-state is a heterogeneous actor and in this global neoliberal times, the relationship between the nation-state and “sexual dissidents” is increasingly becoming more complex. As such, this panel aims to upend and make visible, the various forms of state regulation and surveillance ranging from the commodification of sexual difference to the forms of queer modes of being, relating and belonging that have emerged to resist, transform and subvert such regulatory regimes, especially in non-western contexts (middle-east, Africa, Asia, south and central America). While the focus of this panel is on non-western contexts, we are also aware that the boundaries between the west and the non-west is malleable and sometimes blurred as bodies migrate or seek refuge in other nations, thereby creating a complex system of transnational regulatory regimes and surveillance.

    This panel focuses on aspects of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc.) by elucidating, analyzing and examining the blurred boundaries of safety and security in digital spaces by incorporating analysis of opportunities and challenges associated with sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces. Each essay investigates different aspects of security and safety, and how its complexities manifest in social media platforms. The essays will also explore the construction of social, digital and physical borderlands through candid and nuanced narratives that are both distinctively personal and

    contextually diverse. We thereby, focus on non-western contexts in order to contribute to the theoretical discussion concerning digital spaces and its implications on civil societies in places where the local and global tend to have uneasy tensions.

    This session will explore the role of sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces in various scales, contexts, places and spaces.

    We seek submissions that critically investigate, but are not limited to:

    * Paradoxes in the practice or discourses around sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces.

    * The politics of sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces

    * The boundary work and policing work around sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces

    * The ways in which sexuality, security and surveillance is framed, produced and negotiated within social movements and grassroots (digital) activism groups.

    * Bisexual and transgender identities and security and surveillance in digital spaces

    * Intersections of race, gender, class, ability, sexuality, body and nation, and its relation to security and surveillance in digital spaces.

    * Sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces and disability.

    * Sexuality, security and surveillance in digital spaces and the diaspora.

    * Transnational coalitional possibilities under surveillance and security

    Please submit abstracts (250 words maximum) to sexualitysurveillance@gmail.com by April 10, 2019. Questions or comments about the session are also welcomed.

  • 21.03.2019 13:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 24-25, 2019

    Oxford, London (UK)

    Deadline: April 12, 2019

    Connected Life is a two-day multidisciplinary conference supported by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), London School of Economics (LSE), and The Alan Turing Institute. This year’s conference theme, ‘Data & Disorder’, will provide an engaging forum for a cross-disciplinary network of researchers from around the world to consider the broad societal implications of automated data collection, processing, and analysis in all facets of daily life.

    Connected Life 2019 will take place on Monday June 24 (Oxford) and Tuesday June 25 (London). This student-led conference aims to provide a framework for critical reflection on the datafication of social life and order, and in an effort to include diverse and uncommon perspectives from across the intellectual spectrum, we welcome proposals from postgraduate students and faculty from all departments. This might include, but is by no means limited to, fields such as computer science, digital humanities, economics, education, history, international relations, law, linguistics, literature, media and communications, philosophy, politics, psychology, and sociology.

    We welcome the submission of proposals in a variety of formats, be they empirical, theoretical, qualitative, or quantitative in nature. Proposals from individual authors are welcomed alongside those from multiple contributors. Abstracts must be received by 12 APRIL 2019.

    Abstracts must be submitted to: connectedlife@oii.ox.ac.uk.

  • 21.03.2019 11:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 29, 2019

    Brussels, Belgium

    Deadline (EXTENDED): April 1, 2019

    This year DMM young scholars’ workshop welcomes acclaimed scholars Prof Myria Georgiou (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Dr Donya Alinejad (Utrecht University) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel as part of the Digital Fortress Europe Conference. We all know that it is a difficult task to identify, validate and present our main findings and contribution of our research projects as young scholars in the field. Considering the interdisciplinary nature of our field and the continuously changing landscape of media and communication technologies, it is crucial for us young researchers to situate our doctoral projects within existing academic literature and research. This is the reason why this year’s young scholar workshop aims to help ten doctoral researchers who work on the intersections of diaspora, media and migration to find their own voice and make sure that it is heard.

    Our one-day long workshop is divided into two parts:

    1. Morning session: Each participant will be given the opportunity to present their research project and get feedback. Considering the theme of the workshop, the presentations are expected to focus on the main findings and respective theoretical and methodological claims.

    2. Afternoon session: The afternoon session involves several group activities which will focus on the most effective ways to address limitations of your research, to present your findings/analysis and to think together about the ways in which the research projects are relevant and distinctive.

    The application process:

    It is required that the applicants submit a summary of their research project (between 1500 and 2000 words) by April 1, 2019 to the e-mail address M.Mevsimler@uu.nl. Summaries should include:

    • An introduction which includes your research topic and research question(s)
    • A brief literature review with your mains theories/concepts
    • Methodology
    • Your main findings and how these are expected to contribute theoretically, conceptually and/or methodologically
    • Questions/concerns you would like to discuss
    • Full name of the author, institutional and departmental affiliation and contact details

    The PhD workshop is organized by the European Communication Research & Education Association’s (ECREA) Diaspora, Migration & the Media (DMM) section in collaboration with the ECREA’s International & Intercultural Communication (IIC) section. The workshop is organized as part of the Digital Fortress Europe Conference, but please note that acceptance to the young scholars’ workshop does not guarantee participation to the conference. The workshop will take place on the day before the conference specifically for PhD candidates as a separate event at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

    There is no admission fee. Coffee and tea will be provided.

    The abstracts should be submitted in MS word file. Please indicate the name of the workshop in your e-mail subject. You should receive the notification of acceptance by April 29, 2019.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

    Organizers:

    Melis Mevsimler, Utrecht University, ECREA DMM Young Scholars Representative (M.Mevsimler@uu.nl)

    Yazan Badran, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Yazan.Badran@vub.be)

  • 21.03.2019 11:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bath Spa University, UK

    Deadline: April 12, 2019

    The Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries at Bath Spa University is now advertising for the below full-time, fully-funded PhD Studentship in embodiment and narrative in immersive technologies. The PhD will be linked to the new AHRC-funded Bristol + Bath Creative Research & Development Partnership.

    Informal enquiries should be directed to myself at m.freeman@bathspa.ac.uk .

    PhD Studentship: 

    Embodiment and Narrative in Immersive Technologies Bath Spa University - Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries

    This doctoral project will be supervised at Bath Spa University based primarily in the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries and working as a key member of the new Bristol + Bath Creative Research & Development Partnership (B+B Creative R&D).

    B+Bath Creative R&D is designed to improve the performance of the creative industries in the Bristol and Bath region. The partners are University of the West of England, University of Bristol, University of Bath, Bath Spa University, and Watershed, working with a range of industry partners from film and television, theatre, publishing and computing. Our core proposition is partnering with industry in understanding user engagement in new platforms and new markets. We will be working at the sites where 5G connectivity, XR technologies and live arts overlap, laying the foundations for the Bristol + Bath cluster to be internationally successful by 2030.

    To support this cluster, we invite applications for a full-time, fully-funded PhD Studentship. Providing academic context, research-led theorisation and creative insight that can inform the work of the larger partnership, the PhD research will focus on understanding the creative and engagement potentials of immersive media technologies in and across today’s creative industries. The PhD should explore how emerging immersive media technologies are reshaping the ways in which the creative industries engage their audiences, and will develop an understanding of the untapped narrative-based potentials of these immersive technologies, namely virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed or extended reality (MR/XR). While ‘immersion’ is often seen as a defining characteristic of these technologies, this PhD will move beyond commercial and technical perspectives and should analyse the relationship between narrative and engagement in the context of embodiment in VR/AR/MR/XR.

    The main objective of this PhD is to map the current uses of immersive technologies across the South West’s creative industries, before developing a set of theoretical understandings for the narrative and cross-platform potentials of these embodied technologies across, for example, film and television, theatre, publishing, and computing. The PhD should also aim to better understand the user implications of this embodiment, exploring how audiences make use of, respond to, and perceive immersive experiences in different contexts.

    The project will be co-supervised by Dr Matthew Freeman (Reader in Multiplatform Media & Deputy Director of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries at Bath Spa University) and Prof Kate Pullinger (Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media & Director of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries at Bath Spa University), with additional supervisory input from academic colleagues based at the University of Bath.

    The successful candidate is expected to enrol in the October 2019 intake.

    The closing time and date for applications is 5pm, Friday 12 April 2019.

    Interviews are expected to be held in June 2019.

    Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Matthew Freeman at m.freeman@bathspa.ac.uk or Professor Kate Pullinger at k.pullinger@bathspa.ac.uk

    For further information is available here, and to apply online please visit https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/how-to-apply/research-degrees/.

    Please note that CVs will not be considered and those included with application forms will be removed. Any queries regarding the application process should be emailed to PGRadmissions@bathspa.ac.uk

  • 21.03.2019 11:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    London, UK

    Deadline: April 18, 2019

    Job reference: REQ2332 

    Salary £37,000 to £43,000 + Bonus Scheme

    Job category/type: Support

    Job description

    The Strategic Projects team at London South Bank University is seeking to appoint a Project Manager to support the innovative programme exploring cutting-edge immersive technologies and aesthetics, 'Accelerating the Creative Economy through Immersive Tech' (ACE IT). You will be in charge of a project that is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The overall aim is to support London's Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) specialising in ground-breaking Immersive Technologies by enabling them to develop and commercialise innovative products, processes and services.

    The project aims to accelerate investment in research and development for such SMEs operating in the creative and technology sectors. ACE IT will also support by providing specialist innovation and technical support with access to technical facilities, academic and student expertise for product development and prototyping. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work with some of the most innovative and exciting SMEs in London on emerging technology. The main purpose of this role is to ensure the ACE IT project runs in an efficient and effective manner, ensuring the project delivers the funded outcomes and outputs. You will be supported by LSBU's Strategic Projects team, world-leading project partners from the creative industries, LSBU Schools and external organisations to identify opportunities and support the development of the project.

    Why choose us?

    London South Bank University has a proven track record of delivering impactful support directly to London's business community. Our legacy of successful staff and procedures would allow the right candidate to shape the ACE IT project to deliver real change in the Immersive Technologies sector.

    As the post holder, you are entitled to:

    • Up to 8% performance-related annual bonus
    • One month free gym membership and discounted membership rates
    • Access to our cycle-to-work scheme
    • Commuter season ticket loan
    • Discounted mobile phone line rental
    • Flexible working

    Your profile

    You will possess great relationship building skills and be able to effectively engage both internal academics and the external business community. A proven experience in the field of project management as well as a passion and understanding of the Immersive Technologies sector. Awareness of market drivers, key policies and areas of opportunity are also critical.

    Please click here to see more detail about the role, and here to understand our Values and who we are.

    To apply, please upload a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining how you meet all the selection criteria and the LSBU Values here.

    The post is Fixed Term (until July 2022), Full Time.

  • 21.03.2019 11:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nantes, France

    Deadline: April 15, 2019

    Audencia Business School invites applications for an academic position at the rank of assistant or associate professor from scholars with research interests consistent with the areas of communication, media and culture. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

    Position requirements

    The preferred candidates for the position will:

    • hold a PhD;
    • - provide evidence of excellence of high-level teaching expertise and the ability to teach courses in the programme offered by Communication and Media (Audencia SciencesCom), as well as develop and teach specific courses in line with their own and others’ research interests. Courses could include ethics, semiology, research methods, methodology of communication studies, as well as more specialised courses such as content production, media innovation & strategy, and media ecosystems.
    • be expected to provide leadership in the areas of teaching, curriculum development, student engagement and extra-curricular activities in communication and culture;
    • have an outstanding and ongoing program of academic research and publications in top-tier journals in communication and/or cultural studies.
    • be expected to contribute to outreach activities to the broader practitioner community.
    • be expected to develop research projects in the Communication and Culture Department of Audencia. The 2 axes of research that the candidate would preferably take part in would be “Design and drafting of public policies” and “Media, rhetoric and practices of engagement”. Ideally, the object of research would focus on content production, traditional media, new media, audio-visual production, or related subjects.
    Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The contract includes a number of benefits, such as research and other performance based bonuses, full family public and private insurance coverage, and generous medical coverage. A good working knowledge of the French and English languages is essential.

    Position overview

    The position is located within the Communication and Culture Departmentat Audencia and part of Audencia SciencesCom’s training program. Since 2 017, Audencia SciencesCom is located at the Mediacampus on the Ile de Nantes, in the heart of the Creative Arts District, a creative arts breeding ground and a place for learning, sharing and manufacturing development as well as content delivery, training, research, and testing.

    Audencia Business School is triple accredited (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA), and one of the leading European and French Business Schools. The school offers a wide range of programs including MSc, MBA, Executive MBA  European Master in Management, Doctorate and Executive Education Programmes, with more than 100 core faculty members from 16 countries.

    The school is located in the city of Nantes, just 2 hours away from Paris by train and serviced by an international airport. With a vibrant city life full of cultural and other events, the sandy Atlantic coast to the west of the city and rolling vineyards and royal castles to the east, it is it an ideal city to live in. Perhaps these are the reasons why Time Magazine selected Nantes as 'the most liveable city in Europe'. In addition to its pleasant environment, the city also boasts a rich economic and industrial identity. Nantes is bustling with activity, housing more than 1330 companies within the city.

    Application

    Candidates should send a digital application by email by April 15, 2019, including an application letter, a curriculum vitae (including a full list of publications), two selected publications, information regarding teaching performance, and names of two referees to André Sobczak, Audencia’s Associate Dean for Faculty and Research - faculty-recruitment@audencia.com .

    For more information, please contact:

    Research: Delphine SAURIER, dsaurier@audencia.com

    Pedagogy, development, innovation: Martha ABAD-GREBERT, mabadgrebert@audencia.com

  • 21.03.2019 11:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    July 1-2, 2019

    Malaga, Spain

    Deadline:  April 4, 2019

    The 3rd European Data and Computational Journalism Conference aims to bring together industry, practitioners and academics in the fields of journalism and news production and information, data, social and computer sciences, facilitating a multidisciplinary discussion on these topics in order to advance research and practice in the broad area of Data and Computational Journalism.

    Hosted by the University of Malaga (Spain), the European Data and Computational Journalism Conference will take place 1-2 July 2019. The conference website is http://datajconf.com/ and IAMCR is co-sponsoring this event.

    We invite the submission of both academic research-focused and industry-focused talks for the conference, on the subjects of journalism, data journalism, and information, data, social and computer sciences.

    Proposals deadline: 4 April 2019.

    ACADEMIC TALKS should be submitted as 2-page extended abstracts, using a template. INDUSTRY TALKS are also encouraged, which can be submitted to the main submission site as brief descriptions highlighting the topics and key themes of the talk and the relevance to the conference. Proposals for workshops and tutorials are also welcome. Templates can be downloaded: http://datajconf.com/#submissions

    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Application of data and computational journalism within newsrooms
    • Data driven investigations
    • Data storytelling
    • Open data for journalism, storytelling, transparency and accountability
    • Algorithms, transparency and accountability
    • Automated, robot and chatbot journalism
    • Newsroom software and tools
    • ‘Post-fact’ journalism and the impact of data
    • User experience and interactivity
    • Data and Computational Journalism education
    • Post-desktop news provision/interaction
    • Data mining news sources
    • Visualisation and presentation
    • News games and gamification of News
    • Bias, ethics, transparency and truth in Data Journalism
    • Newsroom challenges with respect to data journalism, best practices, success and failure stories

    Extended Abstracts presented at the conference will be archived in proceedings compiled by the Library of University College Dublin. Selected full papers from the conference will be invited to submit to a journal special issue .

    WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

    Submissions are also welcomed for ½ day workshops/tutorials to be given on the 2nd day of the conference. These could be practical/introductory sessions on topics/tools related to the themes of the conference. Workshop/Tutorial proposals should include information on the workshop/tutorial topic, the maximum number of attendees, and any space/equipment requirements, and can be submitted through the main submission site: http://datajconf.com/#submissions

  • 21.03.2019 11:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 22-24, 2019

    Washington, USA

    Deadline: April 15, 2019

    http://www.ppdd.org/conferences/ppdd2019/

    Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD) is the only academic professional organization in the world focused solely on the digital divide and on connecting research to policymaking and practice to strategize actions and catalyze solutions to this pressing societal concern. The academic research, policymaker, and practitioner community represented by PPDD stands ready to advance the agenda on broadband and the digital divide, to address the many challenges and opportunities presented by the digital world, and to further evidence-based policymaking and practice so that all citizens can participate fully in the digital, networked age.

    The interdisciplinary Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide 2019 International Conference brings together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners for an extended, in-depth dialogue about key issues that inform information and communication technologies and the digital divide around the world. The Conference works to identify new areas of necessary, productive focus, foster greater understanding, advance research, and enlighten policy and practice going forward. An optional 21 May afternoon Field Trip to digital inclusion program sites offers the opportunity to learn firsthand about innovative initiatives to bridge the digital divide in Washington, DC.

    PPDD 2019 is particularly significant as it marks the 25th anniversary of the recognition of the digital divide through social scientific research. And, within PPDD 2019, we plan to have the largest worldwide gathering of disability digital divide experts ever.

    As a major outcome of PPDD 2019, in addition to the PPDD 2019 Proceedings and E-Book, there will be an edited volume of the top papers as well as special issues of our Publishing Partners’ journals on specific themes within the digital divide area.

    If you would like to present and discuss your work during PPDD 2019 and have it included in the online PPDD 2019 International Conference Proceedings and/or if you would like to provide a Position Paper for inclusion in the PPDD 2019 E-Book, please see the Call for Participation section below.

    If you would like to just attend PPDD 2019 to explore the issues and grow your knowledge and network of connections, please know that you are very welcome and valued in the PPDD Conference Community.

    Please join PPDD and an unprecedented broad multi-disciplinary coalition of co-sponsoring organizations from academic, policymaking, and practitioner communities to share your insights and expertise. Together, we will enrich the dialogue, connect research, policy and practice, and advance the agenda on the digital divide.

    Please contact conference [at] ppdd [dot] org with any questions.

    CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

    If you would like to 1) present and discuss your work during PPDD 2019 and have it included in the online PPDD 2019 International Conference Proceedings, and/or if you would like to 2) provide a Position Paper for inclusion in the PPDD 2019 E-Book, we look forward with enthusiasm to your contribution and ask that you please follow the instructions provided at http://www.ppdd.org/conferences/ppdd2019/cfp/ to submit your work. Submissions are welcome from researchers, policymakers, and practitioners at all stages of their careers, from any theoretical and methodological approach, and across multiple disciplines.

    1) Deadline to Submit Your Presentation Title and Short Summary for Consideration for Presentation: 15 April 2019 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Time

    Notification of Acceptance: On a rolling basis after submission and no later than 22 April 2019

    If you have visa or other time-sensitive concerns, please submit your work as quickly as possible and email conference [at] ppdd [dot] org to request an expedited review so you can receive notification shortly after submission.

    Before we can address the digital divide, we must first understand the nature of life in the digital age, the many challenges and opportunities it presents, and the interplay of influence between technological and social change. Then, in turn, we can fully understand digital inequality; its place alongside other long-standing, persistent issues of social equity, social justice, and media justice; and what it means to be disconnected from the most important technological advancement in communication in a generation and the myriad possibilities it facilitates. Thus, PPDD 2019 invites work that informs issues related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the digital divide broadly defined, including but not limited to:

    • gaps in access and connectivity
    • digital inclusion
    • digital exclusion
    • digital (dis)engagement
    • challenges and opportunities
    • social and cultural aspects of the divide
    • the skills and digital/information literacy needed to interpret, understand, and navigate information presented online and the requisite curriculum
    • effective use by individuals and communities
    • the impact of socioeconomic factors on user behavior
    • the role of motivation, attitudes, and interests
    • differences in patterns of usage
    • characteristics and conceptualizations of non-users
    • the ways in which people use the Internet to create content
    • content creation and inequality
    • different forms of capital and power relationships, including in terms of content creation, labor, and ownership
    • the role of theory in understanding ICTs and digital inequality
    • the impact of new and evolving technologies
    • the mobile divide
    • the interplay of influence with mobile technologies
    • human-computer interaction, human factors, and usability
    • social media
    • digital games
    • apps
    • socioeconomic and cultural effects
    • social equity, social and economic justice, and democracy
    • media justice and ICTs
    • the ethics of digital inequality
    • community informatics
    • social informatics
    • urban and regional planning
    • social planning
    • international development
    • indigenous populations
    • children and childhood
    • education
    • ICTs and well-being
    • health
    • disability and accessibility
    • politics, digital government, digital citizenship, smart cities/citizens/government, civic engagement, adoption issues, and (in)equality
    • global citizenship
    • policy discourse
    • law and policy and its impacts, including information/telecommunications policy, net neutrality, open access, open source, copyright, Internet filtering software, and censorship
    • the digital security divide
    • the digital privacy divide
    • big data and inequality
    • organizations and ICTs
    • public access initiatives
    • anchor institutions
    • practitioner-oriented topics considering aspects of design, management, implementation, assessment, collaboration, challenges, problem solution, and opportunities
    • architectural challenges and deployment experiences
    • Internet access cost analyses
    • the application of research to communities, practice, and public and private sector initiatives

    2) Deadline to Submit a Position Paper for the PPDD 2019 International Conference E-Book: 6 May 2019 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Time

    All PPDD 2019 attendees may submit a position paper and all submissions that follow the guidelines provided at http://www.ppdd.org/conferences/ppdd2019/cfp/ will be included in the PPDD 2019 E-Book.

    Conference Organizer

    Susan B. Kretchmer, Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide

    Editorial Organizer - Tomasz Drabowicz, University of Lodz

    Partnership Organizer - Massimo Ragnedda, Northumbria University

    Europe Organizer - Grant Blank, Oxford University and Oxford Internet Institute

    Africa Organizer - Bill Tucker, University of the Western Cape and Bridging Application and Network Gaps

    Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East Organizer - Ellie Rennie, RMIT University

    Canada Organizer - Richard Smith, Simon Fraser University and Centre for Digital Media

    United States Organizer Susan B. Kretchmer, Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide

    Latin America and the Caribbean Organizers:

    • Laura Robinson, Santa Clara University
    • Hopeton S. Dunn, University of the West Indies, Jamaica and Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication
    Policymaker, Practitioner, and Stakeholder Liaisons  -  

    Angela Siefer, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

    CO-SPONSORS

    • American Anthropological Association Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing
    • American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy
    • American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section
    • American Public Health Association Health Informatics Information Technology Section
    • American Sociological Association Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Section
    • Community Informatics Research Network
    • Government of France Ministry for the Economy and Finance French Digital Agency
    • Government of the United Kingdom Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
    • International Association for Media and Communication Research Communication Policy and Technology Section
    • International Association for Media and Communication Research Digital Divide Working Group
    • International Association for Media and Communication Research Global Media Policy Working Group
    • International Communication Association
    • International Communication Association Communication and Technology Division
    • International Communication Association Communication Law and Policy Division
    • International Communication Association Mass Communication Division
    • iSchools
    • National Digital Inclusion Alliance
    • NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network
    • Public Library Association
    • Urban Libraries Council, Edge Initiative

    PUBLISHING PARTNERS

    • Information Technologies and International Development
    • Journal of Community Informatics
    • Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
    • Journal of Information Policy
    • Online Journal of Public Health Informatics

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