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[ecrea] Call for Papers: The Third International Symposium on Media Innovations 2014 (ISMI'14)

Sat Nov 09 23:37:04 GMT 2013

Final Call for Papers: The Third International Symposium on Media
Innovations 2014 (ISMI’14)

From Digital Taxes to Beta Newsrooms: Media Innovation, Digital
Industries and Good Lives

We invite scholars, editors, producers, and executives to contribute to
our on-going exploration of how changing technologies, and changing
modes of media usage and engagement bring about innovation and
transformation of the media sector.

ISMI14 specifically examines recent transformations in the broadcast
and telecommunication industries. These include the impact of taxation
policies on innovation in digital services and focus on our shared
interests in good life and work vis-à-vis digital media innovations and
innovation processes.

For more information, including the full Call for Papers, please visit
our website:

Keynote speakers:

Thor Gjermund Eriksen, Director General of NRK (the Norwegian
Broadcasting Corporation). Keynote: 'Conditions for Innovations in
Public Broadcasting'

Bjørn Taale Sandberg, Senior Vice President, Telenor Research.
Keynote: TBA

Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago Distinguished Professor.
Provisional keynote title: 'Living the Good Life: IT Innovations and the
Quantified Self'

Sponsors include: the Centre for Research on Media Innovations (CeRMI);
the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo; Telenor


Submissions are invited that address the themes listed below.
Submissions will be peer-reviewed.  Extended abstracts of proposed
papers (750-word maximum) should be sent to
<(symposium /at/>.

Deadlines and Dates:

November 22, 2013: extended abstracts due

December 20, 2013: acceptance notices due

March 14, 2014: full papers due

April 14, 2014: best paper award announced


Special issue: Journal of Media Innovations.  Submitted papers will be
further reviewed for inclusion in a special issue of The Journal of
Media Innovations, Vol. 2, No. 1, Fall, 2014. (For more information
about the Journal, please see:

Anthology: Papers submitted to the workshop/seminar on digital media
and taxation policies (see below) will be considered for a planned

Themes for paper and panel presentations:

1. Digital media and taxation policies: What are the roles and
implications of value-added tax (VAT) policies for the innovation
processes of new digital services? (Workshop/seminar)

Taxation policies regarding new digital services (e.g., eBooks, online
newspaper, music services) are central to both business practices
(ranging from design to decisions as to what country in which to
incorporate) and policy makers (e.g., as potential revenue streams are
diverted to other nations). Innovation processes within digital media
are thus shaped and influenced through taxation policies in multiple
ways.  The goal of the workshop is to bring forward new research and
insight in this domain ­ in part with a view towards publication of
selected papers in a forthcoming anthology.

For additional information on the workshop/seminar, including abstract
submission details (due December 15, 2013), please contact the
organizer, Terje Colbjørnsen,<(terje.colbjornsen /at/>.

2. Beta mentality: How are newsrooms dealing with constant change?

The speed of technology innovations is breath-taking, as is the way
users' media habits are changing in front of our eyes.  New media
platforms have been introduced to the media mix, including Twitter,
which has introduced a new dimension of speed to news reporting. To keep
up with the development, many newsrooms are forced to change the way
they organize, work and think.  But change can be painful, difficult and
frustrating. What are some of the lessons media companies have learned
in order to adapt to this constantly changing media landscape?

3. Innovation and the good life

'We no longer have a way of living together ­ of conducting any domain
of life ­ without media but we don¹t yet know how to live well with

(Couldry 2013: 15; emphasis in the original).

Media production is often justified and/or evaluated in normative
terms.  For example, journalism is often defended in terms of freedom of
expression and its contribution to debate crucial to democratic
societies. We invite papers that offer normative analyses of media
innovations, e.g., Do innovative forms of journalism ­ including
so-called 'citizen journalism' or crowdsourcing- contribute to a greater
diversity of viewpoints, tolerance, debate, and healthier democratic
processes and/or to (anti-democratic) fragmentation, 'herd mentality'
and polarization?

Additional Themes:

The following themes are also of interest:

§ media entrepreneurs and small media firms as innovators,
particularly: 'Break-through' examples that may serve as models for
others? 'Learning from our failures', ­ how not to pursue innovation?
Best-case / worst-case examples of innovation

§ innovation in journalistic practices and media content

§ innovation in New Product Development routines and practices in media

§ ICTs and innovation in media production tools

§ innovation, accessibility, and customer service

§ innovation in children's media

§ genre innovation, including new genres and styles in e-books, social
media and mobile media

§ gender and media innovation

§ innovation vis-à-vis media economics and media and cultural policy

§ humanistic approaches to innovation in media design;

§ media innovations and political communication;

§ mobile media, apps, and innovation

§ media innovation and cultural institutions (museums, libraries, etc.)

All papers must be firmly connected with concrete and focused examples
of media innovation practices and products.


We strongly urge potentially interested participants to explore the
resource lists on the conference website
of recommended accommodations and book as early as possible.
Notifications of acceptance will be issued sufficiently early (December
20, 2013) so as to allow cost-free reservation cancellation if need be.

Planning Committee:

Jens Barland, Gjøvik University College

Niamh Ní Bhroin, University of Oslo

Charles Davis, Ryerson University

Charles Ess, University of Oslo

Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk, University of Oslo

Bente Kalsnes, University of Oslo

Arne H. Krumsvik, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied

Philippe Ross, University of Ottowa

Knut Kvale, Telenor

We look forward to welcoming to you Oslo!

The Centre for Research on Media Innovations

Stipendiat, ph.d.-kandidat
Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon
Universitetet i Oslo
(n.n.bhroin /at/

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