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Call for Papers -

Internet Research 5.0: Ubiquity?

International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of
Internet Researchers at the University of Sussex, England, 19-22nd September

Submission site opens: December 15th 2003
Deadline for submissions: February 2nd 2004

Conference Websites:  or

The internet seems to be at once everywhere and invisible but simultaneously
it structures only a fraction of the communications of the total global
community.  It can facilitate greater interaction, understanding and
political activism; being used at the same time to exclude, destroy and
exploit.  The much cited ubiquity of the internet needs to be examined in
both the contexts in which it is accepted and those in which it is

The theme of 'ubiquity?' addresses the following questions: Is the internet
everywhere?  How and where does the internet appear and act in technical,
social, political, or cultural contexts?  What does it mean to have access
and who does and doesn't have it? How does the presence of the internet
affect individuals, communities, families, governments, societies and
nation-states?  What are the implications of 'internet
everywhere'?   Submissions addressing these and other questions
regarding the internet are welcome.

Internet Research 5.0 will feature a variety of disciplinary and
interdisciplinary perspectives on the Internet.  Examining and challenging
the visibility and prevalence of the Internet and Internet discourses, the
conference will bring together a wide range of researchers, practitioners
and scholars for the exchange of formal and informal ideas.  As with
previous AoIR conferences, the aim is to promote a deep, coherent and
situated understanding of the Internet and connected networks.

IR 5.0 will take place at the University of Sussex, in the UK, close to the
historic and lively seaside City of Brighton and Hove and on the edge of the
spectacular Sussex South Downs.  The conference is hosted by the Centre for
Continuing Education at the University of Sussex in association with local

Submission of Proposals

The Association of Internet Researchers invites paper, presentation and
panel proposals on topics that address technical, social, cultural,
political, pedagogical, economic, and aesthetic aspects of the internet. We
welcome interdisciplinary submissions as well as submissions from within
specific disciplines. We especially seek panel proposals that establish
connections across disciplines, institutions, and/or continents. We also
encourage creative presentations that will make use of internet technologies
and artistic techniques.

- Proposals for individual papers should be in the form of 500-1,000 word

- Creative presentations and demonstration projects should consist of a
500-1,000 word abstract, this should include links to illustrative

- Panels will generally include three to four papers or presentations. The
panel organiser should submit an approximately 500 word statement describing
the session topic, include abstracts of up to 500 words for each paper or
presentation, and indicate that each author is willing to participate in the

Each submission must also be accompanied by a 100-word abstract that will go
into the conference proceedings if the submission is accepted.
All papers, presentations and panels will be peer reviewed.   If you are
interested in reviewing submissions for this conference, please contact
program chair Sheizaf Rafaeli at the address below.

Abstracts should indicate the disciplinary or conceptual approach,
theoretical orientation, methodology of the research or ideas, and the key
results or hoped-for results of the research.  Reference should also be made
to the broader significance of the work and its relationship to existing
bodies of work.  Clarity of the themes, content, aims and outcomes, is of
greater importance than word length.

Full-length papers will be required after the conference and a selection of
the highest quality papers will be published in an Annual Review (subject to
authors' permission).

Proposals can be for three types of contribution to the conference: papers;
creative presentations; and/or panels.

Each person is invited to submit a proposal for no more than 1 paper or 1
presentation. In addition you may also submit or be part of no more than a
single panel. The aim is to include as wide a range of speakers as possible
and to thus avoid speakers using time in more than one session.  Average
time allotted for a paper or creative presentation will be 15 minutes.
Average time allotted for a panel will be 1 hour and 15 minutes, including
discussion time.

There will be additional opportunities to contribute to the conference by
chairing sessions, taking part in roundtables and workshops and through
audience participation.

All proposals must be submitted electronically at


Submission site available: 15th December 2003
Final date for proposal submission: February 2nd 2004
Author notification: March 15th 2004
Presenter's Registration to the conference: September 1st 2004 Student
Award: Completed paper: July 15th 2004

Graduate Students:

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. They should
note their student status with their submission in order to be considered
for a special Student Award.  If accepted in the conference, students
wishing to be a candidate for the Student Award must also send a final paper
by July 15th 2004.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Prior to the conference, there will be a limited number of pre-conference
workshops, which will provide participants with in-depth, hands-on and/or
creative opportunities. We invite proposals for these pre-conference
workshops; local presenters are encouraged to propose workshops that will
invite visiting researchers into their labs or studios or locales. Proposals
should be no longer than 1000 words, and should clearly outline the purpose,
methodology, structure, costs, equipment and minimal attendance required, as
well as explaining its relevance to the conference as a whole. Proposals
will be accepted if they demonstrate that the workshop will add
significantly to the overall program in terms of thematic depth, hands on
experience, or local opportunities for scholarly or artistic connections.
These proposals and all inquires regarding pre-conference proposals should
be submitted as soon as possible to the Conference Chair Kate O'Riordan
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Notification of terms and space allocations will be sent out as soon as
details are confirmed, with final acceptance required by March the 31st


Program Chair: Sheizaf Rafaeli,
Center for the Study of the Information Society (InfoSoc) University of
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- All inquiries on reviewing,  acceptances and programme

Conference Chair: Kate O'Riordan (University of Sussex,
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- All inquiries on Sussex conference, local sponsorship and pre-conference

AoIR President: Nancy Baym, University of Kansas, [log in to unmask]
- Inquiries regarding the Association of Internet Researchers and

On site conference team, [log in to unmask]
- All inquiries on location, accommodation, registration

Association Website:

Conference Website:  or