CFP, Panel Proposals Conference theme: Beyond the digital/cultural divide: in/visibility and new media.

The conference will take place June 18-20, 2012, at Aarhus University,
Aarhus, Denmark. A pre-conference field trip will help us explore local
sites of historical and contemporary significance in the development and
deployment of diverse communication technologies. The conference dinner will
feature some of the best of new Scandinavian cuisine at Nordens Folkek?kken,
Aarhus (<http://www.nordensfolkekokken.dk/>).

Keynote speakers
* Dr. Rasha Abdullah (Associate Professor and Chair of the Journalism & Mass
Communication Department, The American University in Cairo). Provisional
title: Lessons from Egypt: the roles and limits of social media in
political activism and transformation.

* Dr. Randi Markussen (Associate Professor and Head of Group, Technologies
in Practice, IT University of Copenhagen). Provisional title: E-Voting
and Public Control of Elections.

The biennial CATaC conference series, begun in 1998, has become a premier
international forum for current research on the complex interactions between
culturally-variable norms, practices, and communication preferences, and
interaction with the design, implementation and use of information and
communication technologies (ICTs). CATaC has been ranked by the Australian
Research Council among the top 20% of conferences in terms of international
impact and significance.

Our 2012 conference, as the title suggests, begins with the recognition that
the ongoing issues and challenges clustering around digital divides - often
involving mutually reinforcing cultural divides - extends beyond classic and
stubborn problems of access to new media and communication technologies.
Additional submissions are encouraged that address further conference
points of emphasis:

- Theoretical and practical approaches to analyzing 'culture'
- New layers of imaging and texting interactions fostering and/or
threatening cultural diversity
- Impact of mobile technologies on privacy and surveillance
- Gender, sexuality and identity issues in social networks
- Cultural diversity in e-learning and/or m-learning
- Culturally-variable approaches to online identity management/creation,
privacy, trust Copyright and intellectual property rights: recent
developments, culturally-variable future directions
- Culturally-variable responses to commodification in online environments

For further details on conference themes and topics, please see the
conference website, <catacconferences.org>.

Both short (3-5 pages) and long (10-15 pages) original papers are sought for
presentation. Panel proposals addressing a specific theme or topic are also
encouraged.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Submission of papers (short or full), panel proposals: 17 February 2012

  • Notification of acceptance: 16 March 2012
  • Final formatted papers (for conference proceedings): 19 April 2012
  • Conference: 18-20 June 2012
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Registration fees (including pre-conference field trip and conference
dinner)
Earlybird (until April 20, 2012):
Full: $515.00
Reviewer: $495.00
Author: $495.00
Author & Reviewer: $475.00
Student: $400.00
(After April 20, 2012, add $50.00)

The primary conference hotel is First Hotel Atlantic
Conference participants will receive a discounted rate for
accommodations.

Additional accommodations are also available: more details soon on the
conference website, along with further details regarding program, submission
and registration procedures, travel, etc.

We look forward to welcoming you to Aarhus next June!

Charles Ess (IMV, Aarhus University, Denmark), Chair
Fay Sudweeks (Professor Emerita, Murdoch University, Australia), honorary chair
Herbert Hrachovec (University of Vienna, Austria)
Leah Macfadyen (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Jose Abdelnour Nocera (University of West London, UK)
Kenneth Reeder (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Ylva H?rd af Segerstad (Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Michele M. Strano (Bridgewater College, Virginia, USA)
Andra Siibak (University of Tartu, Estonia)
Maja van der Velden (University of Oslo)

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