call for submissions: iConference 2012, Toronto

call for submissions: iConference 2012, Toronto
Monday, September 12, 2011 - 12:00am


Now Accepting Submissions: iConference 2012

Toronto, Canada

February 7-10, 2012


Greetings to everyone!


We are now accepting submissions for iConference 2012, our seventh annual gathering of scholars, researchers, and professionals who share an interest in the critical information issues of contemporary society.


The iConference will include peer-reviewed papers, posters, alternative events, and workshops—all intended to push the boundaries of information studies, explore core concepts and ideas, and create new technological and conceptual configurations. Our four-day event takes place in downtown Toronto, February 7-10, 2012. The conference theme is: Culture * Design * Society.


Authors and organizers can now submit papers, poster abstracts, alternative events proposals, and workshop proposals using our secure submissions website: <> . All submitting authors must provide basic information and agree to copyright parameters as a condition of acceptance and publication. Papers and poster abstracts will be published in the ACM Digital Library.


In addition, a Doctoral Student Colloquium is being organized, with funding from the National Science Foundation. Applications for the colloquium are now being accepted. Learn more at <> . A Junior Faculty & Postdoc Colloquium is also in the works.


The iConference series is sponsored by the iSchools, a growing association of more than 30 Schools, Faculties and Colleges in North America, Europe and Asia—however, affiliation with the iSchools is not a prerequisite, and we encourage everyone to participate. Presenting sponsors of iConference 2012 include NSF and Microsoft Research.


* Conference home:

* Submissions site:  

* Last Year’s Proceedings:


Submission types:

* Papers:  We’re looking for original research, six to eight pages; papers will be refereed in a blind process, and accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

 Submission deadline: Monday September 12, 2011

 Notification: Early November

 Final version due: Monday December 5, 2011


* Posters: We’re interested in posters presenting new work, preliminary results and designs, or educational projects. Poster abstracts will undergo a blind review, and accepted posters will have their abstracts published in the ACM Digital Library.

 Submission deadline: Monday September 26, 2011

 Notification: Mid November

 Final version due: Monday December 5, 2011


* Workshops: These can be half- or full-day and can focus on any area within information.

 Submission deadline: Monday September 19, 2011

 Notification: Early October

 Final version due:  Monday October 31, 2011 


* Alternative Events: These can include panels, fishbowls, performances, storytelling, roundtable discussions, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions, and more. All should be highly participatory, informal, engaging and pluralistic. 

 Submission deadline: Monday September 19, 2011

 Notification: Mid November

 Final version due: Monday December 5, 2011


* Doctoral Colloquium: This year’s colloquium will be organized around the theme of “inquiry.” Applicants will submit a 1,000 word abstract addressing the question, “What is the nature of inquiry in the information field, what makes it similar to or different from other areas of research, and what challenges have you met in your own research in this regard?” Visit our website for details:

Application deadline: Friday September 30, 2011

 Notification: Late November




Conference Chair

* Jens-Erik Mai, University of Toronto


Papers Chair

* Jonathan Furner, University of California, Los Angeles


Posters Chair

* Paul Marty, Florida State University


Alternative Events Chair

* Philippa Levy, University of Sheffield


Workshops Chair

* Kelly Lyons, University of Toronto


Doctoral Colloquium Co-Chairs

* Hamid Ekbia, Indiana University

* Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University


Keynote Speakers Chair

* Brian Cantwell Smith, University of Toronto


Publication Chair

* Yuri Takhteyev, University of Toronto


Social Media Chair

* Rhonda McEwen, University of Toronto


Program Committee


* Mark Ackerman, University of Michigan

* Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University

* Jack Andersen, Royal School of Library and Information Science

* Nick Belkin, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

* Jean-François Blanchette, University of California, Los Angeles

* Johan Bollen, Indiana University

* Geoff Bowker, University of Pittsburgh

* Amy Bruckman, Georgia Institute of Technology

* Donald Case, University of Kentucky

* Chen Chuanfu, Wuhan University

* Paul Clough, University of Sheffield

* Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University

* Ron Day, Indiana University

* Melanie Feinberg, University of Texas, Austin

* Robert Glushko, University of California Berkeley

* Sean Goggins, Drexel University

* Sara Grimes, University of Toronto

* David Hendry, University of Washington

* Steven Jackson, Cornell University

* Jim Jansen, The Pennsylvania State University

* Michelle Kazmer, Florida State University

* Anita Komlodi, UMBC

* Christopher (Cal) Lee, University of North Carolina

* Bonnie Mak, University of Illinois

* William Moen, University of North Texas

* Bonnie Nardi, University of California, Irvine

* Heather L. O'Brien, University of British Columbia

* Ee-Peng Lim, Singapore Management University

* Vivien Petras, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

* Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin

* Elizabeth Shepherd, University College London

* Bo Xie, University of Maryland


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