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[eccr] CFP: New Research for New Media - Innovative Research Methodologies :: extended deadline April 30 and confirmed scientific board

Wed Apr 14 06:19:01 GMT 2004

>Call for papers and participation: extended deadline April 30 and confirmed
>scientific board
>Second edition - September 30th to October 2nd 2004
>Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain)
>Abstract submission extended deadline: April 30, 2004
>Participant application deadline: June 15, 2004
>Panel moderators / scientific board:
>Opening Speech: Nicholas Jankowski (University of Nijmegen, Netherlands)
>Ethnograpy: Chris Paterson (University of San Francisco, USA)
>Content and discourse analysis: Susan Herring (Indiana University, USA)
>Quantitative research: Vicenç Meléndez (Idescat, Catalonia)
>Historical research: Patrice Flichy (Université Marne-la-Vallée, France)
>Research ethics: Bruce Henderson (Colorado University, USA)
>Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota
>Communication Department of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili
>Info and application form:
>New media offer both new research techniques and new communication arenas 
>to be
>studied. This Symposium will bring together researchers who a) use new media
>technologies to further their existing research methodologies or b) use
>innovative research methodologies (or rethink traditional methods) to further
>their research into any aspect of new media. Perspectives from around the 
>and from several disciplines will meet in a dialog with the goal of sharing
>The Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota and the
>Communication Department of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili have joined 
>to offer researchers an engaging environment in which to reflect on the 
>craft of
>new media research. Invited chair persons will summarize the state of the art
>and selected papers will be presented describing the methodological procedures
>of actual research projects. Symposium participants will serve as discussants,
>elevating the examination of these techniques and their implications for 
>After a successful and exciting first edition at the University of Minnesota,
>USA, the Symposium moves to Europe with the aim of broadening the research
>traditions sharing experiences. The goal is to provide an examination of 
>practices and an opportunity for reflection on future directions new media
>research methods might take. Panel participants will be selected based on
>current research they have conducted. Symposium participants will be selected
>through application to the event. We will look for a mix of highly 
>as well as promising new voices in the area of new media research to 
>in the workshop.
>The dynamics of the Symposium will avoid the traditional paper presentations
>format. Papers will be distributed to all the participants prior to the
>conference so everyone will be familiar with the research methods that will be
>discussed. Sessions will be organized in discussion groups, coordinated by a
>chair person invited by the organizers. Participants will work in small groups
>to discuss the implications of the research methods presented in terms of
>ethics, logistics, impact on results, and other open questions about 
>of this type of research. The reports from the small group discussions will be
>an important part of the symposiums outcomes. Participants are expected 
>to join
>all the discussion sessions in order to enrich the debate with his/her own
>methodological and disciplinary perspective.
>*Ethnographic research:  Using ethnographic and new research techniques 
>for the
>study of new media organizations and populations.  While ethnographic research
>means the investigator goes into the field, instead of bringing the field 
>to the
>investigator, what are the techniques that have been used to identify and 
>organizations and populations? Use of chat rooms or instant messaging, ways of
>contacting individuals in populations, technological monitoring techniques for
>observation of work processes, etc.
>*Content and Discourse Analysis: Examination of new media messages,
>communication, web content, etc.  Papers could cover different programs or
>technological aids used in conducting content and discourse analyses as 
>well as
>the challenges of capturing the "moving target" of online content and 
>*Research Ethics and Issues:  New or unusual ethical issues raised in 
>new media research, methods for dealing with human subject concerns,
>confidentiality and privacy issues, sampling and verifying issues.
>*Historical Research:  Research focused on examination of the evolution of new
>media.  Techniques used to find and analyze earlier forms, methods for
>anticipating and capturing current media for future examination and 
>  Issues of access to archives of materials.
>*Quantitative Research:  Development of lab experimentation into new media
>effects, surveying techniques, and other methods for gathering and analyzing
>quantitively the impact of new media.
>The call for papers for the Symposium is open to any researcher interested in
>writing a paper on the research method/s used for an actual research 
>project on
>new media he/she is conducting or has conducted. These papers will focus 
>on the
>methodology used rather than the outcome of the research. The papers will
>discuss in depth the methodology, how they came to decide to use that method,
>challenges faced in the application of the method, and questions they have 
>effective use of the method. Papers should be 5 to 7 pages long.
>20 lines abstracts along with a brief research interests profile should be 
>before April 30, 2004 through this webform:
>Notification of acceptance is due by May 15th. Full papers, 5 to 7 pages long,
>will be delivered before June 15th 2004, once they have been accepted.
>Approaches from any discipline are welcomed, and diversity will be a 
>criteria in
>the selection. Communication, socio-technical, psychological, cultural,
>linguistic, anthropological, sociological and gender studies are examples of
>possible areas of new media research suitable to be selected.
>Each of the panels will have a chair person who will select the most 
>papers and will write up a summary of the research status, concerns and
>challenges of that methodological area. Papers will not be strictly 
>presented at
>the sessions, which will be focused on discussion.
>Papers submitted but not assigned to a panel will be able to be presented in a
>poster session if the papers writer chooses.
>Participation is open to any researcher interested in being part of the
>discussion, submission of a paper is not necessary.  In the interest of 
>a dynamic discussion atmosphere, the total number of participants will be
>limited to 50. Participation applications can be sent before June 15th 2004
>through this webform:
>The work language of the Symposium will be English.
>100 euros, includes coffee breaks, lunches and official dinner. People whose
>papers are selected for the panels will have registration fee

Carpentier Nico (Phd)
Katholieke Universiteit Brussel - Catholic University of Brussels
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Office: 4/0/18
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
Centre for Media Sociology (CeMeSO)
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European Consortium for Communication Research
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