20.374 events: Internet Research; Methods Network seminar

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 04:23:49 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 374.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Jeremy Hunsinger <jhuns_at_VT.EDU> (77)
         Subject: cfp: Internet Research 8.0 Let's Play

   [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (35)
         Subject: Methods Network seminar 7 March

         Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 04:14:53 +0000
         From: Jeremy Hunsinger <jhuns_at_VT.EDU>
         Subject: cfp: Internet Research 8.0 Let's Play

>Call for Papers
>Association of Internet Researchers
>Abstract Deadline: February 1, 2007
>This conference, which uses Open Conference Systems developed by
>the Public Knowledge Project, enables participants to submit
>abstracts online at http://conferences.aoir.org/submit.php?cf=6.
>Call for Papers Announcement
>We call for papers, panel proposals, and resentations from any
>discipline, methodology, and community, and from conjunctions of
>multiple disciplines, methodologies and communities, that address
>the (playful) blurring of boundaries online. The following TOPICS
>are suggestions simply intended to spark initial reflection and
>- Mundanity implies normalcy, and thereby, the efforts to
>understand and regulate online interactions in ways that are
>analogous to and consistent with offline practices and norms (e.g.,
>privacy protection, norms for community interaction, efforts to
>regulate information flows involving pornography, hate speech,
>etc.). As internet/s become interwoven with ordinary life on
>multiple levels, in what ways do these alter ordinary life, and/or
>how do prevailing community and cultural practices reshape and "tame"
>such internet/s and the interactions they facilitate?
>- Global diffusion: how do internet/s, as they exponentially
>diffuse throughout the globe facilitate flows of information,
>capital, labor, immigration and play and what are the
>implications of these new flows for life offline?
>- eLearning: how can such practices as distance learning and
>serious games utilize the liminal domain (the threshold world of
>dream and myth, in which important new skills, insights, and
>abilities are gained in the process of growing up) to go beyond
>traditional ways of learning? Are they necessarily better, or
>easier, to use or to learn from?
>- Identity, community, and global communications: how will
>processes of identity play and development continue, and/or change
>as the role and place of the Internet in peoples lives shift in new
>ways including the expansion of mobile access to internet/s?
>- E-health: what do new developments in sharing medical information
>online and expanding telemedicine technologies into new domains
>imply for
>traditional physician-centered medicine, patient privacy, etc.?
>- Digital art: from downloading commercially-offered ringtones to
>facilitating cross-cultural / cross-disciplinary collaborations in
>the creation of art, internet/s expand familiar aesthetic
>experiences and open up new possibilities for aesthetic creativity:
>how are traditional understandings of aesthetic experience affected
>and how do new creative / aesthetic / playful possibilities affect
>human "users" of art?
>- Games and gaming: the average gamer in North America is now a
>twenty-something whose lifestyle is more mainstream than
>adolescent. As games and gamers "grow up" and as games continue
>their diffusion into new demographic categories while they
>simultaneously continue to push the envelopes of Internet and
>computer technologies what can we discern of new possibilities for
>identity play, community building, and so forth?
>Sessions at the conference will be established that specifically
>address the conference theme, and we welcome innovative, exciting,
>and unexpected takes on that theme. We also welcome submissions on
>topics that address social, cultural, political, economic, and/or
>aesthetic aspects of the Internet
>beyond the conference theme - e.g., in CSCW and other forms of
>online collaboration, distance learning, etc. In all cases, we
>welcome disciplinary and interdisciplinary submissions as well as
>international collaborations from both AoIR and non-AoIR members.

         Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 04:18:57 +0000
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: Methods Network seminar 7 March


**Please note this seminar will be held on 7 March 2007**

A seminar run by Kate Devlin, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Computer graphics have become a popular way of interpreting past
environments, for educational and entertainment value, and also as an
aid to research, but they are not subject to the same scrutiny that
text invites. Without supporting data to indicate the motivations for
particular representations of data, the images may merely be one
subjective picture of the past.

Something that proves particularly difficult when creating 3D
computer-generated representations of past environments is how to
provide context of an intangible nature, such as a social, temporal
or even emotional interaction with the representation. For example,
many representations are sterile, empty spaces, devoid of the people
who would have built and used them. We need to look at ways that
allow us to convey the information outside of the physical structure
of a scene.

This seminar will address the issues above and other questions

          Why are virtual representations being created and are they really
being used?

          How do we reconcile the work of computer scientists with the work of

          How do we introduce non-visual and intangible elements to our

For more information about the seminar visit http:// www.methodsnetwork.ac.uk/

The AHRC ICT Methods Network exists to promote and support the
application of advanced ICT methods in the arts and humanities.
Please see the Methods Network website for details about further
activities that are being run by, or in conjunction with, the Methods
Network. The Methods Network funds seminars, workshops and other
activities which demonstrate the impact on and value to arts and
humanities research of advanced ICT methods.

Dr Willard McCarty | Reader in Humanities Computing | Centre for
Computing in the Humanities | King's College London |
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