CFP Information identities

CALL FOR PAPERS
SIGCIS Workshop 2012
Information Identities: Historical Perspectives on Technological and Social Change
Sunday October 7, 2012 – Copenhagen, Denmark

DEADLINE for submissions: 15 June 2012

The Society for the History of Technology’s Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS) welcomes submissions for a one-day scholarly workshop to be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  As in previous years, SIGCIS’s annual workshop will be held at the end of the SHOT annual meeting on the day that SHOT has reserved for SIG events.

SIGCIS invites proposals that examine the relationships between computer and information technologies and changes to individual and/or group identities, such as those shared by a nation, company personnel, or members of a virtual community. Such papers might consider:
* Specific ‘information identities,’ a term that we invite scholars to interpret broadly and creatively than has been articulated in the recent or distant past
* Relationships between information technologies and political change
* The rhetoric and discourses of globalization that have been linked to information and computer technologies
* National identity and its relation to information technology
* National and transnational strategies for joining or creating an information society, a network society, an information economy, or related concepts
* Transnational and international organizations, such as IFIP, UNESCO, the European Union, or standard-setting committees.
* Ways in which particular information technologies acquired new meanings and fulfilled new roles through interaction with local practices and identities
* The emergence of new kinds of community and identity around information technologies.

SIGCIS encourages submissions along these and similar lines of inquiry, but it also maintains a proud tradition of welcoming all types of contributions related to the history of computing and information, whether or not there is an explicit connection with the annual theme.  Our membership is international and interdisciplinary, and our members examine the history of information technologies and their place within society.

Proposals for entire sessions and individual presenters are both welcome. We hope to run special sessions featuring dissertations in progress and other works in progress. The workshop is a great opportunity to get helpful feedback on your projects in a relaxed and supportive environment. All proposals will be subject to a peer review process based on abstracts.

All submissions should be made online via the SIGCIS website.  Limited travel assistance for graduate students and other scholars without institutional support is available.  Questions about the 2012 SIGCIS workshop should be addressed to Andrew Russell (College of Arts & Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology), who is serving as chair of the workshop program committee. Email arussell@stevens.edu.

Aarhus PhD scholarship

PhD scholarship in the field of the history of cross-media with focus on the world wide web and its relation to one or more other media types, primarily radio or tv. The Graduate School of Humanities, Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the State and University Library, invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in the history of cross-media with focus on the world wide web and its relation to one or more other media types, primarily radio or tv starting on 1 September 2011. Candidates who are awarded the scholarship must commence their PhD programme on 1 September 2011.

The PhD scholarship will be financed by the Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, and the State and University Library. The PhD scholarship is advertised within the field of the historical interplay of media. Scholarship about the interplay of media (cross-mediality) is an emerging field within media studies, but especially the number of historical cross-media studies is very limited. With this PhD-project we wish to further historical studies of the interplay of media. Despite the fact that the history of cross-mediality is by and large unchartered, the phenomenon itself has a long history, and with the advent of new media types within the last 10-15 years (eg. internet and mobile media) the media interplay has grown. The project must be historical and it should focus on one or more of the following points: theoretical and methodological issues, institutions, production, content and forms of expression, reception, technology, and social use. The project should benefit from the existing collections of media content at The State and University Library, primarily the national internet archive Netarkivet as well as the collections of radio and television. The State and University Library wants to further research projects which shed light on how research accross the librarie’s media collections can be undertaken.

Description of the graduate school’s PhD programme are at this site.  The PhD scholar will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School of Humanities, Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the Institute of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University. The PhD scholar will be affiliated with the PhD programme ICT, Communication, Media Studies and Journalism. The PhD scholar will be employed as a PhD student at the Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The PhD scholar’s place of work will be the Department of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Niels Brügger, Department of Information and Media Studies, phone + 45 8942 9226. Application: You can apply for a PhD scholarship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme via Aarhus University (see guidelines). If you require professional guidance regarding your application for a PhD scholarship please contact the head of the PhD programme ICT, Communication, Media Studies and Journalism. You must attach the marks awarded for your Master’s thesis by the deadline for application, and you must have completed your Master’s degree no later than 31 August 2011.

Deadline for applications: 1 June 2011 at 12 noon. Please include the reference number 2011-218/1-84 on the application. Aarhus University offers an excellent education and research environment for 35,000 students and 8,500 members of staff, who produce academic results of a high international standard. The expected turnover for 2009 is EUR 700 million. Currently, 185 PhD students are enrolled at the Aarhus Faculty of Arts.