Call for Panels and Papers: Mobile Telephony in the Developing World

Call for Panels and Papers: Mobile Telephony in the Developing World

We invite papers for a conference on mobile telephony in developing countries in the University of Jyväskylä in Finland on May 24-25, 2013. Our aim is to explore how the rapid spread of mobile telephony in developing countries is associated with development, new media, society and culture. Keynote speakers will be Jonathan Donner, John Postill and Julie Soleil Archambault.

In just over a decade, mobile technology has provided users in Africa, Asia, and South America and Central America with the first extensive system of electronic communication. Mobile phone use draws from, and influences all spheres of everyday life in developing countries – livelihoods, relationships, security and politics among others. As a cost-efficient and accessible media, mobile technology has increasingly been harnessed for combating poverty thorough a variety of applications, which offer services in health care, agriculture, employment and education.

We welcome innovative scientific and policy-oriented papers, which draw from empirical research in the humanities and social sciences on the use of mobile phones in everyday life. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the use of mobile phones in relation to following themes: gender, health, m-banking, livelihoods, politics, economics, education, social relations and culture. How does mobile telephony bear upon gender relationships, economy, social relations and politics? What kind of innovative practices is mobile telephony offering to combat poverty and health problems? Have mobile phones offered new possibilities for economic activities and political participation? How has mobile communication affected social relationships and networks in developing countries? How has it addressed inequalities?

We aim to promote dialogue between research and policy making, so in addition to academic researchers, the conference is open to persons working or interested in policy and applications such as representatives of government and NGOs.

We invite proposals for panels and individual papers, to be submitted by no later than November 30th, 2012. Each presentation will be allotted 20 minutes. The conference organizers cannot sponsor or fund presenters or delegates, who are expected to pay for their travel, food and stay during the conference. There will be no registration fee for the conference.

A 300-word abstract, full contact information for the author, and a biographical note (up to 75 words) on the author(s) should be submitted by no later than 30th November 2012. Full papers should not be submitted.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified in January 2013.

Please send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to the following address: sirpa.l.tenhunen@jyu.fi

The conference is organized by the Finnish Academy funded project "Mobile technology, gender and development in Africa, India and Bangladesh" led by Prof. Laura Stark, Dept. of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä.