Submissions open for #AoIR2019

We are pleased to open submissions for proposals for AoIR 2019: Trust in the System (Brisbane, Australia, 2-5 October 2019). To re-familiarize yourself with the call for proposals and types of submissions solicited, please see here: https://aoir.org/aoir2019/aoir2019cfp/.

When submitting, please take the time to read the submission categories and topics carefully. In the interest of diversity and collegiality, each conference participant is limited to presenting one individual paper and one paper in a panel, and to participating in one roundtable or fishbowl, for a maximum of three presenting appearances on the conference program. You can be a co-author on additional papers, but you must not be the scheduled presenter of these papers. If accepted as a presenting author, you must register for the conference by the Early Bird deadline of 1 August 2019.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please email AoIRConfChair at aoir [dot] org.

Click here to go directly to the submission site: https://www.conftool.org/aoir2019/.

We look forward to your proposals and to a vibrant and stimulating conference in Brisbane!


Call for AoIR2021 Conference Host

The Executive Committee of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) is now seeking expressions of interest from prospective Conference Hosts for the annual meeting of the Association in October 2021. The AoIR conference draws an international group of 500-600 researchers and practitioners to present and discuss work at the cutting edge in understanding the social and cultural aspects of the internet and related technologies. In line with our regular rotation schedule, the 2021 conference will take place in North America, and expressions of interest are therefore limited to prospective Conference Hosts in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

We seek expressions of interest from organisations or consortia to serve as Conference Host for a future AoIR conference. The Conference Host is an organisation or group of organisations that serve as a liaison to AoIR, assisting in the identification of conference spaces, hotels, catering and reception options, local sponsorships, and ways to feature the local intellectual community and culture. They may also propose a Program Chair: an individual who helps to develop the conference theme and to identify keynote and plenary speakers, oversees the submissions and review process of papers, panels, workshops, and preconferences, and schedules the conference sessions. The Program Chair may be a member of the organization that acts as Conference Host.

Dedicated AoIR staff including the Association Coordinator and Conference Coordinator will lead much of the conference planning, including negotiating contracts with hotels, meeting venues, catering, and the like, and handling the administrative details of the conference, such as registration, reception and meal planning, AV and wifi provision, and book vendor displays. The role of the Conference Host is to advise on this process, provide crucial local knowledge and connections, and where possible provide venue space at cost or for free.

Organizations or consortia that may be interested in serving as Conference Host should contact President Axel Bruns at prez (at) aoir.org by 1 March 2019 with a brief expression of interest. The document should include the following:

  1. the organization(s) involved;
  2. your connection to internet research and to AoIR;
  3. a description of any prior experiences you have had with organizing or hosting a conference and the role you played in this;
  4. an argument to support the proposed conference location, especially with respect to ease of travel for AoIR’s multinational community of conference participants;
  5. initial thoughts on local venue options and associated costs (AoIR has in the past held the annual conference at a variety of venue spaces including universities, conference centers, and hotels);
  6. prospective conference dates, keeping in mind any major local, national, and international holidays, semester schedules, or other aspects that might affect the timing of the conference;
  7. a firm indication of whether you will be attending AoIR 2019 in Brisbane and are available to meet for further discussions about hosting AoIR 2021.

#AoIR2018 Best Student Paper Award

The Best Student Paper Award for #AoIR2018 Montreal goes to David Myles for his paper Anne Goes Rogue for Abortion Rights! Exploring Discursive Materialization Across and Beyond Online Platforms. This presentation examines the social media campaign #SupportIslandWomen that was undertaken by reproductive rights activists in Prince Edward Island (PEI), the last Canadian province to offer abortion services. Drawing from socio-material approaches and actor-network theory, the paper analyzes ‘discursive practice’ as a nexus of various actors (both human/nonhuman, symbolic/material) that intervene in interaction and generate certain effects. The program committee was impressed by the relevance of the topic to the conference thematic and he author’s deft and nuanced deployment of theories and methods that represents an exemplary confluence of the material and imaginary in the paper’s argument and analysis.

You will be able to hear more about David’s paper and speak to him in Montréal, Saturday, 13 October 2018: 9:00am – 10:30am.

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