The Association of Internet Researchers is happy to announce that the AoIR2021 conference will be in Philadelphia, USA, 13-16 October 2021. It will be hosted by Temple University (TU) and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn).
About the event
The conference will be held at the Sonesta Hotel in Downtown Philadelphia, right in the middle of the city. It is just a 6-minute walk from City Hall Station, which is a central hub for subway, trolley, and bus lines in the city. It is also a 6-minute walk from Suburban Station if you are coming in via Amtrak or Regional Rail. The Philadelphia International Airport is a 20-30 minute train or taxi ride away from the conference hotel, and a 1-2 hour train ride from Washington, D.C. and New York City area airports. In less than half an hour you can walk or take public transit from the hotel to many Philadelphia attractions including the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Reading Terminal Market, Italian Market, and Chinatown, as well as any events held at the hosting universities (Temple and Penn). There are also over 100 colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area you might visit while you are here. Moreover, Philadelphia has been at the heart of several grassroots media organizations including the low power FM radio movement, the Media Mobilizing Project, and the Community Futures Lab.
About the hosts
Temple University is a public research university, founded in 1884 by Baptist minister and lawyer Russell Conwell in the basement of a North Philadelphia Baptist Temple as a night school for working adults. Since 1965 it has been Philadelphia’s only public (state-affiliated) university. Situated in one of the USA’s largest media markets and cities, Temple is home to the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication which itself is home to the departments of Media Studies and Production, Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, and Communication and Social Influence. Students from the College are also active in a variety of community focused tracks of study, including our community journalism programs, honors-level research projects, and digital and emergent media production. Klein delivers undergraduate and masters programs across departments, an interdepartmental MS in Communication for Development and Social Change, as well as a doctoral program in Media and Communication. Moreover the university offers a Graduate Certificate in Cultural Analytics, an interdisciplinary digital humanities program awarded by Klein College and coordinated through Temple’s Charles Library. The newly opened Charles Library is also home to the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars’ Studio, which houses an array of digital and analog maker tools, a VR and data visualization studio, and offers numerous workshops in digital research tools.
University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university, founded before the Declaration of Independence in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. Considered the USA’s “First University” by many, Penn is home to the Annenberg School for Communication, where students may specialize in activism, communication and social justice, communication neuroscience, critical journalism studies, culture and communication, digital media and social networks, global and comparative communication, health communication, media and communication effects, media institutions and systems, political communication, and visual communication. Annenberg and Penn are also home to several research centers including the Media Inequality and Change Center, Center for Digital Culture and Society, Center for Media at Risk, and the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication.