Background Information about AoIR2021
The conference will take place during in October 2021, with several live events. Video presentations of accepted papers and panels will be available to watch between 15 September and 15 December 2021; they will be removed on 15 December 2021. We recommend watching most of the videos before the conference week.
The conference is open to all new and current AoIR members without an additional participant fee required. Please ensure that your membership is up to date. Check your membership by logging on to the AoIR members site. Conference registration is available. All AoIR members attending the conference must register for the event.
André Brock will deliver the Keynote Address for AoIR 2021: – 12 Oct. 2021, 22:00 UTC
André Brock is an Associate Professor of Black Digital Studies and Media in the Department of Literature, Media and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a leading academic in Black Cyberculture and the study of racial representations in social media, including groundbreaking research on Black Twitter. Other research interests include racial representations in videogames, black women and weblogs, whiteness, and technoculture. His award winning book, Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures was published by NYU Press in 2020 and offers insights into understanding Black everyday lives mediated by networked technologies.
AoIR 2021 will not schedule any live presentations of conference papers and panels, but during the conference days there will be prerecorded spotlighted panels that serve as anchors for themed and moderated discussions. These will discuss some common questions and ideas that cut across numerous submissions within the same theme. On each conference day, we will run three such discussion sessions on the same theme, scheduled across timezones to enable participants from around the world to engage in at least one of them. Because this is a virtual conference, we can’t all be online at the same time, but we hope that this will enable as many of us as possible to connect with each other. Each session is followed by a social hour in our AoIR Town conference space.
The most radical difference from a face-to-face AoIR conference is that all accepted papers and panels have been uploaded as pre-recorded videos of 3 minutes per paper. This means that you can watch them at any time during 15 September to 15 December 2021, at your own convenience. To help you in choosing which videos to watch, we will group them into a number of playlists that are organised by shared themes and topics. We recommend watching the playlists that interest you prior to the conference week itself.
You will also be able to find the extended abstracts for all accepted papers and panels in our journal Selected Papers of Internet Research (SPIR).
We will not schedule individual papers or panels for live presentation. This is to enable AoIR members from around the world to participate in the conference, regardless of their timezones. Instead, if your paper or panel has been accepted for the conference, we are inviting you to upload a video of up to three minutes in length for each accepted paper. If your paper is part of a panel submission, the panel organiser must combine the individual videos for the papers into a single video upload (e.g., 4 papers x max. 3 mins. = 12-minute panel video). The videos will be available on YouTube from 15 September to 15 December 2021.
All videos must be uploaded via the AoIR 2021 YouTube uploader by 1 August 2021. They should be no more than three minutes in length. If your paper is part of a panel submission, the panel organiser must combine the individual videos for the papers into a single video upload (e.g., 4 papers x max. 3 mins. = 12-minute panel video).
We encourage participants to add their comments directly to each YouTube video.
Many presenters and participants will also be using Twitter to engage, using the main conference hashtag #AoIR2021. You might also find presenters in the themed and moderated discussions, or in our AoIR Town social space immediately after these discussion sessions.
Note that some presenters may have opted not to switch on comments on their videos (for instance when they are dealing with sensitive subject matter). Please use the other mechanisms for getting in touch with these presenters.
When organizing the virtual event, we tried to learn from the experiences of other organizations and prioritized key AoIR principles: community, continuity, cohesiveness, privacy, and accessibility.
We opted for a virtual conference because of the COVID-19-related difficulties many in our international community are now and will continue to be facing in terms of travel funding, travel permissions from institutions, visa issues, and health and caregiving issues.
The shape of the virtual event reflects our desire to streamline the virtual AoIR experience. We want you to be able to participate in as many or as few of the events as you can, while retaining as many opportunities as possible to learn, participate in generative discussions, make new friends, or spend time with your favorite colleagues. We prioritized making conference participation free and have balanced this with lean solutions.
AoIR 2022 will be held in Dublin, Ireland, in the first week of November 2022, if circumstances permit. Given that we anticipate continued uncertainties, at this point we are planning a hybrid event that allows for some virtual as well as in-person participation. We will announce the location of the AoIR 2023 conference at the AoIR 2021 Annual General Meeting.
Subsequent conferences will return to our regular rotation:
2024: Outside of North America and Europe
2026: North America
These plans remain subject to change depending on the further course of the pandemic.
Authors. (2021). Title of presentation. Presented at the annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers. Available in Selected Papers of Internet Research (SPIR) <https://spir.aoir.org/ojs/index.php/spir>.