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CFP: New Research for New Media - Innovative Research Methodologies :: submission deadline April 15

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  • Robin Hamman
    ... Reply-To: dds@correu.urv.es Call for papers and participation NEW RESEARCH FOR NEW MEDIA: INNOVATIVE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES Second edition - September 30th
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      Call for papers and participation


      Second edition - September 30th to October 2nd 2004
      Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain)

      Abstract submission deadline: April 15, 2004
      Participant application deadline: June 15, 2004

      Info and application form:

      Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota
      Communication Department of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili


      Dear colleagues,

      We invite you to submit papers on research methodology and new media to this
      Symposium, a workshop-approach multidiscilpinar meeting. Appologies for
      cross-posting. Please, forward to colleagues who might be interested!

      Best regards,

      Nora Paul & David Domingo



      New media offer both new research techniques and new communication arenas to be
      studied. This Symposium will bring together researchers who a) use new media
      technologies to further their existing research methodologies or b) use
      innovative research methodologies (or rethink traditional methods) to further
      their research into any aspect of new media. Perspectives from around the world
      and from several disciplines will meet in a dialog with the goal of sharing

      The Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota and the
      Communication Department of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili have joined efforts
      to offer researchers an engaging environment in which to reflect on the craft of
      new media research. Invited chair persons will summarize the state of the art
      and selected papers will be presented describing the methodological procedures
      of actual research projects. Symposium participants will serve as discussants,
      elevating the examination of these techniques and their implications for

      After a successful and exciting first edition at the University of Minnesota,
      USA, the Symposium moves to Europe with the aim of broadening the research
      traditions sharing experiences. The goal is to provide an examination of current
      practices and an opportunity for reflection on future directions new media
      research methods might take. Panel participants will be selected based on
      current research they have conducted. Symposium participants will be selected
      through application to the event. We will look for a mix of highly credentialed
      as well as promising new voices in the area of new media research to participate
      in the workshop.

      The dynamics of the Symposium will avoid the traditional paper presentations
      format. Papers will be distributed to all the participants prior to the
      conference so everyone will be familiar with the research methods that will be
      discussed. Sessions will be organized in discussion groups, coordinated by a
      chair person invited by the organizers. Participants will work in small groups
      to discuss the implications of the research methods presented in terms of
      ethics, logistics, impact on results, and other open questions about application
      of this type of research. The reports from the small group discussions will be
      an important part of the symposium’s outcomes. Participants are expected to join
      all the discussion sessions in order to enrich the debate with his/her own
      methodological and disciplinary perspective.


      *Ethnographic research: Using ethnographic and new research techniques for the
      study of new media organizations and populations. While ethnographic research
      means the investigator goes into the field, instead of bringing the field to the
      investigator, what are the techniques that have been used to identify and study
      organizations and populations? Use of chat rooms or instant messaging, ways of
      contacting individuals in populations, technological monitoring techniques for
      observation of work processes, etc.

      *Content and Discourse Analysis: Examination of new media messages,
      communication, web content, etc. Papers could cover different programs or
      technological aids used in conducting content and discourse analyses as well as
      the challenges of capturing the "moving target" of online content and

      *Research Ethics and Issues: New or unusual ethical issues raised in conducting
      new media research, methods for dealing with human subject concerns,
      confidentiality and privacy issues, sampling and verifying issues.

      *Historical Research: Research focused on examination of the evolution of new
      media. Techniques used to find and analyze earlier forms, methods for
      anticipating and capturing current media for future examination and comparison.
      Issues of access to archives of materials.

      *Quantitative Research: Development of lab experimentation into new media
      effects, surveying techniques, and other methods for gathering and analyzing
      quantitively the impact of new media.


      The call for papers for the Symposium is open to any researcher interested in
      writing a paper on the research method/s used for an actual research project on
      new media he/she is conducting or has conducted. These papers will focus on the
      methodology used rather than the outcome of the research. The papers will
      discuss in depth the methodology, how they came to decide to use that method,
      challenges faced in the application of the method, and questions they have about
      effective use of the method. Papers should be 5 to 7 pages long.

      20 lines abstracts along with a brief research interests profile should be sent
      before April 15, 2004 through this webform:

      Notification of acceptance is due by May 1st. Full papers, 5 to 7 pages long,
      will be delivered before June 15th 2004, once they have been accepted.

      Approaches from any discipline are welcomed, and diversity will be a criteria in
      the selection. Communication, socio-technical, psychological, cultural,
      linguistic, anthropological, sociological and gender studies are examples of
      possible areas of new media research suitable to be selected.

      Each of the panels will have a chair person who will select the most insightful
      papers and will write up a summary of the research status, concerns and
      challenges of that methodological area. Papers will not be strictly presented at
      the sessions, which will be focused on discussion.

      Papers submitted but not assigned to a panel will be able to be presented in a
      poster session if the paper’s writer chooses.

      Participation is open to any researcher interested in being part of the
      discussion, submission of a paper is not necessary. In the interest of creating
      a dynamic discussion atmosphere, the total number of participants will be
      limited to 50. Participation applications can be sent before June 15th 2004
      through this webform:

      The work language of the Symposium will be English.

      100 euros, includes coffee breaks, lunches and official dinner. People whose
      papers are selected for the panels will have registration fee waived.


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