Each year a small portion of AoIR conference fees go toward several travel scholarships for junior scholars to attend the conference. We want to recognize our scholarship recipients and share with you a little bit about them and their research interests. 

Who are you? 
My twitter name @iyadDoudi but I use Facebook iyad Doudi
Linkdin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-ayad-dajani-b443b35

Iyad Muhsen Al-Dajani has a Dr.Phill from Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. His doctoral research deals with Internet Communication Technology (ICT) for Reconciliation; A Phronetic Netnography in Applied Internet Research Methodologies.

His research explores the role of social digital networks on promoting a reconciliation process in the middle of conflict altering Internet Communication Technologies for that purpose. He researchers how ICTs can advance researches on scale for social change towards reconciliation process, He researches the phenomenology of Internet Communication Technology in Applied Phronesis for Internet research methodologies and studies its implications on achieving a reconciliation process in the middle of conflict.

He has a B.Scs. in computer science from Al-Quds University and a Master Degree in regional Studies – American Studies and a Web Master Developer certificate from HackerU University in Tel-Aviv and a Dr.Phill from Friedrich Schiller University.

Where are you from?
Jerusalem, now living in Jena and working at the Jena Centre for Reconciliation Studies as a Scholar in Internet research methodologies.

What is your current area of study?
Applied Phronesis in internet research methodologies, and developing internet communication technology research with social sciences, and advanced digital humanities research.

Describe the research you will present at #AoIR2019.

Title: The phenomenology of Internet Communication Technologies in applied Phronesis towards social change.

The research is an interdisciplinary research that focuses on digital humanities, in integrating social sciences into technologies, furthermore integrating applied ethics into technologies for social change. The use Internet communication technology for social change towards a social transformation process in the middle of conflicts. The research describes how ICT can develop change within society for a better understanding of the enemy, and the role ICT can play to develop a change in policies to affect change in political decisions. Also the research would describe Internet Research Methodologies as in qualitative and quantitative approaches for social network analysis.

I would present the theoretical framework that I have developed for social change using ICT. I call it the phenomenology of ICT in Phronetic Social Science. But I’m working now on publishing my book and there is a whole chapter about it.

Have you presented at AoIR in the past?  If yes, what has been your experience? If this is your first AoIR conference, what made you choose this conference? What do you expect from it?
No. This is my second time to attend the AOIR conference but I didn’t present anything at the first time, but would like to present if this is possible. This is quite my field, I’m expert in social network analysis using Nvivo for windows. I want to develop a more understand of the term. I would also want to network with other scholars in my field on Internet Research Methodologies.


The Best Dissertation Award for 2019 goes to Erhardt Graeff for “Evaluating Civic Technology for Citizen Empowerment” (MIT Center for Civic Media).

Dr. Graeff’s dissertation posed the question: “How might we design civic technologies for citizen empowerment and evaluate their impact on this goal?” To answer this question, it explores on a case study of SeeClickFix, a civic technology company that builds tools enabling citizens to report infrastructure problems to local governments. It proposes two solutions: 1) empowerment-based design principles for civic technology and 2) a prototype toolkit for evaluating the impact of civic technology on political efficacy.

In an especially competitive year, the committee found that Dr. Graeff’s dissertation stood out in several respects: Its research topic is timely, meaningful, and impactful. Civic technology and people empowerment/engagement have shaped numerous socio-political movements in recent years. The dissertation identifies the problems with current development of civic technology and proposes concrete solutions and directions for future research. In addition to its strengths in theory and evidence, this dissertation speaks to issues – of technology, participation, and power – at the heart of AoIR’s intellectual mission.

The committee has also recognized, Dr. Ariadna Matamoros-Fernandez’s dissertation, “Platformed racism: The Adam Goodes war dance and booing controversy on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook” with an Honorable Mention.

The committee congratulates Dr. Graeff and looks forward to reading more of his future research.

AoIR is grateful for the hard work by this year’s Best Dissertation Award committee: Colin Agur (Chair), Eugenia Siapera, Carmen Lee, and Aram Sinnreich.

To supplement our annual October conference, and to follow up on the success of the Inaugural AoIR Flashpoint Symposium to be held in Urbino, Italy on 24 June 2019,  the Association of Internet Researchers is seeking proposals for a one-day AoIR Flashpoint Symposium to take place between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020.

As the 2020 AoIR conference takes place in Dublin, Ireland, only proposals for locations outside of Europe will be considered for this round.

The AoIR Flashpoint Symposium is a small event that provides an opportunity to deepen or foster conversations about internet research among regions, groups, and thematic research areas that have been underrepresented in the Association of Internet Researchers and its conferences. The Association is making available a grant of up to US$7,500 for the purpose of supporting a one-day symposium that will contribute to the life and mission of AoIR and feed into its annual conference.

The symposium will be a standalone event to take place in a region of the world that differs from that of the 2020 annual conference (Dublin, Ireland). Preference is given to regions and locations where an AoIR conference has not yet been held but where at least one active AoIR member, who will be on the Flashpoint Symposium planning committee, resides. We also require that the symposium makes a contribution to the main 2020 AoIR conference in some way (e.g., a panel, pre-conference workshop, or another format that presents key contributions and outcomes from the symposium). In addition to local participants, all AoIR members are invited to attend the Flashpoint Symposium.

Deadline for the submission of this proposal is 1 September 2019, with a decision rendered by the end of October 2019. Proposers are expected to engage in a conversation with the AoIR symposium committee (in person or via Skype) during AoIR 2019 in Brisbane, Australia.

Proposals should:

  • Be no more than 1-2 pages in length.
  • Outline a distinct issue or theme to be addressed by the symposium, and demonstrate how this theme has not been sufficiently addressed by AoIR conferences to date.
  • Include a proposed date (between 1 March and 30 June) and schedule for the one-day event, and identify potential keynote speakers (keeping in mind AoIR’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity). Note: the proposal should not suggest parallel sessions but rather envision a day of consecutive sessions (i.e. single stream only).
  • Include a brief description of the leadership team’s history with AoIR and their plans for future involvement.
  • Demonstrate how this Flashpoint Symposium will connect with the AoIR mission and goals.
  • Include a preliminary budget that demonstrates in-kind support and/or sponsorship from the host institution(s) and creates a preliminary plan for cost items. Please note that AoIR funding is not to be allocated for the funding of participant travel costs, staff costs in support of the symposium’s organization, or indirect costs (such costs must be borne by local sponsorship), but may include  keynote honoraria, travel of keynote speakers, meals, venue or labor costs.
  • Indicate how regional and transnational graduate students will be encouraged to participate.
  • Include a discussion of projected outcomes from this symposium and its potential for ongoing benefit to the AoIR organization’s mission and goals (e.g., AoIR conference panel, special issue, etc.). A selection of organizers and delegates must make a firm commitment to present key contributions and outcomes from the Flashpoint Symposium at the year’s annual conference.

AoIR’s commitment to the symposium will include:

  • Support for promotion and administration through our various channels and platforms (e.g. via organization social media accounts and email lists), as well as limited AoIR administrative support.
  • Up to US$7,500 disbursed in the form of reimbursements and invoices to cover costs related to organizing of the symposium.
  • Mentorship from members of AoIR Executive Committee related to the organization of the symposium and subsequent deliverables/outcomes.
  • Allocation of one session slot (panel, roundtable, fishbowl, experimental session, or pre-conference workshop) on the annual AoIR conference’s program to the symposium organizers. This session is invited and will be planned jointly by the symposium organizers, the AoIR Executive Committee, and the AoIR Conference organizers in order to present the symposium’s major themes and outcomes. It must involve several participants selected from among the organizers, keynote speakers, and/or other participants of the symposium in order to allow the symposium conversation to continue at the main annual conference.

Proposals will be ranked in relation to their ability to:

  • Advance AoIR’s goals and mission and the Flashpoint Symposium’s general goals and mission of contributing to the diversification of membership and the expansion of geographical presence in the annual AoIR conference.
  • Articulate a clear outcome that will foster conversation in the future.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to encouraging graduate student participation, particularly from those in the host region.
  • Address a theme, topic, or issue not yet prominent in AoIR’s annual conferences.
  • Demonstrate capacity for carrying out the symposium in a manner that contributes to the benefit of AoIR and the individual organizer(s).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to present outcomes at the annual AoIR conference.

(This listing does not imply any ranking in the importance of these requirements.)

AoIR will accept one symposium proposal per annum.

Submit your proposals to symposia@aoir.org by 1 September  2019.