July 2008 Archives

Call for papers for a special issue

International Journal of E-Services and Mobile Applications

Mobile services

Background and contributions sought

Amount of companies operating in the mobile communications business has increased. Consumers and companies have started to use different types of mobile services. Both managers and academics have realized emerging mobile service phenomenon. Inspired by the shire number and quality of mobile services this special issue collects rigorous and relevant original papers devoted to this topic. Especially welcomed are papers focusing on either consumer focused mobile services or business-to-business specific mobile services.

Practical and theoretical papers with empirical data or not addressing the mobile service phenomenon are equally valid and can be submitted to the special issue. Empirical data can be based e.g. on case study, surveys, focus groups and ethnographies.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:

• Consumer attitudes or perceptions of usage of different mobile services

• Cultural differences in consumers attitudes or perceptions towards mobile service usage

• Consumers acceptance of mobile services

• Cultural differences in consumers acceptance of mobile services

• Consumers usage of mobile services

• Cultural differences in usage of mobile services

• Mobile service typologies – types

• Value creation logic or business logic of mobile services

• Value chain and networks formed for mobile service creation and commercialization

• Roles that companies have in value chain

• Mobile ticketing

• Mobile banking

• Mobile virtual social worlds and communities

• Mobile healthcare

• Mobile reminder services

• Evaluation of current and future state of mobile services

• Mobile virtual/social communities

• Context or location based (whether, time, user profile, phone information, humidity etc.) mobile services

Guest editor
Jari Salo, University of Oulu, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Marketing, Jari.Salo@oulu.fi

Submissions and enquiries of suitability of the topic can be submitted special issue editor and optional abstract review is arranged for the authors.


Deadline for optional abstracts: August 15, 2008

Full papers: November 15, 2008

Notification of acceptance: December 31, 2008

Revised paper due: January 31, 2009

Publication: No .1, Vol. 4, October – December, 2009

Submission guidelines and detailed information about the journal is available online


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DB 2009, The First International Conference on Advances in Databases

March 1-6, 2009 - Gosier, Guadeloupe/France

General page: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2009/DB09.html

Call for Papers: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2009/CfPDB09.html

Submission deadline: October 1, 2008

Submissions will be peer-reviewed, published by IEEE CPS, posted in IEEE Digital Library, and indexed with the major indexes.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA

Journals: http://www.iariajournals.org

Please note the Poster Forum special submission with on progress and challenging ideas.

DB 2009 Special Areas (details in the CfP on site):

>> >> Advances in fundamentals on databases >>

Foundations and architectures; Design features (data quality, performance, robustness, scalability, security, privacy, parallel and distributed approaches, mobility, etc.); Data quality, data structures, and data modeling; Advanced indexing methods; Advanced ranking algorithms and uncertainty; Physical organization and performance; Federated choreographies; Temporal conformance; Evolutionary clustering and dynamic hierarchical clustering

Databases and other domains

Leading-edge database technology and applications; Heterogeneous databases interoperability and mediation; Databases and Web services; Databases and artificial intelligence; Databases and agents; Advances in database management systems; Advanced transaction and workflow management; Advances on XML and databases

Databases technologies

Embedded databases; Very large scale databases; Spatial and spatio-temporal databases; Data warehousing; Multimedia databases; Semantic databases; Data integration resources on the Internet; Object-oriented databases; Web-based databases; Deductive and active databases

Databases content processing

Mining for complex data; Mining for text, video, and pictures; Knowledge discovery and classification; Process mining; Scalable data extraction; Query processing and optimization; Query rewrite rules; Navigational path expressions; Load-balancing in accessing distributed databases; Incompleteness, inconsistency, uncertainty; Storage and replication; Patterns and similarities in data streams; Fast matching; Multiple views

Specifics on application domains databases

Advanced database applications; Bioinformatics databases; Healthcare databases; Finance and marketing databases; Telecom databases; Geospatial databases; Census databases; Meteorological databases; Business intelligence databases; e-Business databases


IARIA Publicity Board


Using Emerging Technologies in Distance Education

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Proposal Submission Deadline: September 1, 2008

Using Emerging Technologies in Distance Education
edited by George Veletsianos (University of Manchester, UK)

Part of the Issues in Distance Education series
edited by Terry Anderson (Athabasca University, Canada)

and planned publication online and in paper format by Athabasca University Press as an
Open Access publication

For complete information go to: http://veletsianos.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/cfp/ or http://veletsianos.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/cfp_emerging_tech_distance_ed.pdf


Emerging technologies - such as virtual worlds, serious games, wikis, and social networking sites - have been heralded as technologies that are powerful enough to transform learning and teaching. Nevertheless, minimal work has investigated the affordances of such tools in the context of distance education. Most often, the literature presents a description of such technologies along with classroom integration ideas, presenting an incomplete picture of how such technologies are used in distance education. In particular, the goal of this book is to amalgamate work in the use of emerging technologies to design, enhance and deliver distance education. Researchers and practitioners interested in the above issues reside in varied academic domains, rendering the sharing and dissemination of their work a formidable task. Via this book, we hope to harness dispersed knowledge and multidisciplinary perspectives. The target audience is both members of research communities and innovative distance education practitioners.


The book will be limited to the use of emerging technologies for distance education. Recommended emerging technologies of interest for the book include, but are not limited, to:
• Blogs
• Microblogging platforms,
• Wikis and Wikibooks
• Social Networking Sites
• Virtual worlds
• Video games
• Cell/mobile phones and devices,
• Virtual characters, Avatars, and Pedagogical Agents
• Web 2.0 and data mashups
• Pod and video casts
• Online grassroots video
• Open Educational Resources and Open Access Technologies
• Pod usage production models

Invited Submissions

The book will consist of chapters (5,000 – 8,000 words) showcasing best practices, illustrating and analyzing how emerging technologies have been used in diverse distance learning and teaching areas. Via such work, it is expected that each chapter will contribute a list of ideas and factors that need to be considered when emerging technologies are adopted for distance teaching and learning. Equally important, contributing authors should highlight the pedagogical, organizational, cultural, social, economic, or political factors that influence the adoption and success/failure of emerging technologies.


This book is intended to be used as a one stop locale for work relating to the use of emerging technologies in distance education. As such, it is expected to be relevant to researchers, practitioners, and students. Importantly, due to the fact that interested parties reside in multiple disciplines and academic departments, chapters should be accessible to a broad audience.

Submission Procedure

By September 1, 2008: Submit a 1-2 page chapter proposal summarizing the intended submission.
Papers should be submitted via email to: veletsianos |AT| gmail.com

October 1, 2008: Author notification along with chapter guidelines

December 1, 2008: Full chapters are due.

All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.
Expected Publication date is late 2009.

George Veletsianos
Learning Technologies
University of Minnesota

15th Reference Research Forum, 2009

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Call for Presentations

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 15th Reference Research Forum at the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website: http://tinyurl.com/rssresearch

The Committee employs a "blind" review process to select two projects for 25 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Chicago.

Criteria for selection:
• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;
• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;
• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;
• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;
• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

Proposals are due by Monday, January 5, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be made by Friday, March 20, 2009. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:
a. Title of the project;
b. Explicit statement of the research problem;
c. Description of the research design and methodologies used;
d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research.

Please send submissions by email to:

Liane Luckman
Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee
312.745.3858 (phone)

held on the campus of
Macon State College, Macon, Georgia, USA
J u n e 12 - 15, 2 0 0 9


Submissions Due by November 30, 2008
Conference Chair: Alex Koohang
Local Affairs Director: Olivia Cook
Organizing Committee: Kevin Floyd, Liz Riley, Julie Santiago, Richard Spiers, Terry Smith

Mentoring One Other: The Professionally Supportive Conference

Suggested topics include IT Education, Distance Education and Learning Objects, Intelligence, Organizations and Systems, Communications, Communicating Meaning, Community and Society, Computer Science, eCommerce, Government, Information Science, Applied Computer Science, Journalism, Justice and Law, Philosophical Issues, Psychology, Sociology, Working Together

InSITE(Informing Science + IT Education) conference solicits papers in any area that explores issues in effectively and efficiently informing clients through IT (information technology) and papers on IT education.

Some of the areas that can be covered under the two proposed guidelines are: Business Intelligence, Business Process Management, Communications, Communicating Meaning, Community and Society, Computer Science, eCommerce, Education, Government, Information Science, IT, Journalism, Justice and Law, Mathematics, Philosophical Issues, Psychology, Sociology, Working Together.

It will be useful to review papers presented at previous conferences. They can be found at http://proceedings.informingscience.org

Submission Deadline:

November 30, 2008

Send questions to the organizers at: Organizer@InSITE.nu

Submissions Instructions:

The language of the conference is English. All papers will be double-blind reviewed by six or more reviewers. At least one reviewer will be external to the conference. All papers must be original, unpublished, and not currently under review by any other publication or conference. By submitting the manuscript for consideration, authors stipulate that they hold the copyright to the manuscript and, upon acceptance, transfer it to the Informing Science Institute. Authors also agree to assume all liability in case of copyright dispute.

Highly rated papers will be fast-tracked for publication in an Informing Science Institute journal.All other accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Following are the specific requirements for each type of submission:

Research Papers should be submitted as complete papers (8-25 pages). Include a description of the context of use, the clients involved, the problem, and the proposed solution, if appropriate. Original thinking is valued.

Interactive Paper, Discussion Paper, and Practical Papers. Shorter papers (at least 8 pages) are also welcome. These let you share the ideas you have developed to date and receive constructive feedback.

Panel Discussions. Include a detailed description of the topic and identify four or more panelists who have agreed to attend the conference.

Format Instructions:

See http://InSITE.nu/ for complete, detailed formatting details.
Strip from the submission the author�s name(s), affiliations, and any other information that identify the authors. This allows your manuscript to be blind reviewed.
Manuscripts submissions are accepted only in RTF and Word .doc format via the website http://submit.InSITE.nu
Each author may submit up to two papers as the only attending author.
For accepted paper to appear on the program and in print, at least one author must pay the registration fee by March 15, 2009.

Human Computer Interaction in Information Intensive Environments
A Focus on Groups

Sunday Oct. 26, 2008, 8:30am-12:30pm, Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio

Deadline August 18, 2008

This symposium will focus on the challenges of group and collaborative use of information systems. How do groups of two or more members access and use information, and what technologies best support these activities? While social computing has emerged as a phenomenon among distributed communities, we have yet to fully understand computing at the group level, whether face-to-face or in distributed environments. The following specific questions will be discussed:

How do groups use highly interactive computing technologies to access and use information?
What kinds of social interfaces provide the best support for information interaction within groups?
What is the role of sociability in information access and use?
How do we study and evaluate highly interactive computing technologies for groups?
Is usability the best paradigm for assessment of information systems and interfaces to support group interaction?

The symposium will include: a panel of experts who will discuss the challenges pertinent to group-based access to and use of information; a series of research paper presentations; and a poster session. The symposium will end with an award presentation for the best poster and best paper, and a lunch. We have planned for an extended break and lunch for participants to talk with one another, share insights, and perhaps hatch new collaborations and adventures.

Submissions are welcome in two categories:
1. Research papers: 3-4 pages (1,500-2,000 words)
2. Research posters: 1.5-2 pages (750-1,000) words

In both categories submissions should describe results from completed or ongoing research projects related to the symposium topic. Submissions should be emailed to hci@dal.ca by August 18, 2008; applicants will be notified by September 5th. Accepted submissions will be posted to the SIG website: http://www.asis.org/sig/sighci

Registration for the Symposium:
Participants must register with ASIS&T at www.asis.org for the Symposium. Early registration for ASIS&T ends on September 12, 2008.
Symposium Fees (including lunch): Before September 12, 2008: Members: $85, Non-Members $100. After September 12, 2008: Members: $100, Non-Members: $115

Symposium Co-Chairs
Elaine Toms, Dalhousie University, etoms@dal.ca
Anita Komlodi, University of Maryland, komlodi@umbc.edu
Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia, luanne.freund@ubc.ca

Symposium Organizing Committee
Heather O’Brien, University of British Columbia, Canada (Poster Chair)
Brian Detlor, McMaster University, Canada
Rick Kopak, University of British Columbia, Canada
Amanda Spink, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Sandra Toze, Dalhousie University, Canada


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Registration now open for November event

(July 14, 2008) SPARC, in partnership with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan (an initiative of the National Institute of Informatics), is hosting the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008, November 17 and 18, at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Librarians, researchers, funders, administrators, government officials, publishers, and technologists from around the world will share their experiences and best practices in building and supporting institutional and disciplinary digital repositories. The focus will be on effective engagement with scholars and scientists to expand the sharing of research outputs via open repositories.

The meeting program, being developed by a diverse and expert program committee, will delve into four key areas: The Policy Environment, New Horizons, Building Bridges: Campus Publishing Strategies, and Value-Added Services. These tracks will be supplemented with an Innovation Fair and a Practicum on marketing and advocacy.

The organizers now invite proposals to the Innovation Fair. The Innovation Fair is an event inspired by Open Repositories’ Minute Madness that invites participants to present, in no more than two or three minutes, innovative or creative approaches to:

Use of repository content (such as new publishing models, data visualizations, data-mining, mash-ups, educational resources, etc.)
Discovery of research outputs (such as area-of-interest profiling, peer-discovery channels, content recommendations, research news integration, discipline aggregations or information portals, etc.)
Value-added services (such as author bibliographies, usage reporting, research promotion, multi-target deposit, distributed discovery channels, content of interest alerts, deposit rights clearance, etc.)
Repository promotion (such as creative marketing techniques, slogans, graphics, elevator speeches, etc.)
Fair projects will be featured on the Crowdvine network for the conference at http://sparc08.crowdvine.com, where presenters will be asked to post their slide or graphic on the network in a blog post. Meeting participants will be encouraged to constructively comment, build, and expand upon them with new ideas through their own posts and graphics.

For details and to submit a proposal to the Innovation Fair, visit http://www.arl.org/sparc/ir08. Submissions must be received no later than August 10.

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 is supported by major contributions from Microsoft (Conference Sponsor), Berkeley Electronic Press and BioMed Central (Coffee Break Sponsors), and by additional contributions from a number of Supporting Organizations.

This is the first North American SPARC digital repositories conference since the organization’s popular 2004 meeting, which drew hundreds of participants from around the globe and set the stage for some of the key developments of the past four years.

To register, book accommodation, and for more information, visit the conference Web site at http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/ir08/.

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC's advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc.

For more information:

Jennifer McLennan
Director of Communications
(The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition)

GlobeNet 2009

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March 1-6, 2009 - Guadeloupe, French Caribbean

see: *http://www.iaria.org/conferences2009/GlobeNet09.html

GlobeNet 2009 is a federated event focusing on advances topics concerning the networking, systems, and databases. GlobeNet 2009 continues the tradition of well-established conferences, ICN and ICONS, and adds new trends on advances in databases (DB).

Submission deadline: October 1st , 2008

Submissions must be electronically done using the “Submit a Paper” button on the entry page of each conference.

For details on the each conference's topics, see the individual Call for Papers for each conference.

Unpublished high quality contributions in terms of Regular papers and Forum posters are welcome. Workshop proposals and Panel proposals on challenging topics are encouraged.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA on-line Journals http://www.iariajournals.org and in Special issues of different journals mentioned on the entry page of each conference.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed, published by IEEE Computer Society Press, posted in IEEE Digital Library, and indexed via all the IEEE indexing agreements.

ICN 2009, The Eighth International Conference on Networks *


ICONS 2009, The Fourth International Conference on Systems*


DB 2009, The First International Conference on Advances in Databases*



ACHI 2009, The Second International Conferences on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions

February 1-6, 2009 - Cancun, Mexico

General page: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2009/ACHI09.html

Call for Papers: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2009/CfPACHI09.html

Submission deadline: September 1, 2008

Submissions will be peer-reviewed, published by IEEE CPS, posted in IEEE Digital Library, and indexed with the major indexes.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA Journals: http://www.iariajournals.org

Please note the Poster Forum special submission with on progress and challenging ideas.

ACHI 2009 Tracks (details in the CfP on site):

INTER: Interfaces

ORGUI: Organic user interfaces

HAPTIC: Haptic interfaces

SYSTEMS: Interactive systems

DEVICES: Interaction devices

DESIGN & EVAL: Interaction & interface design & evaluation

MODELS: Principles, theories, and models

USER: User modeling and user focus

PARADIGMS: Traditional and emerging paradigms

ACCESS: Usability and universal accessibility

HUM-ROBOTS: Human-robot interaction

HUM- AGENTS: Agents and human interaction

SOCIAL: Social aspects of human-computer interaction

GAMES: Computer games and gaming

EDUCATION: Human-computer interaction in education and training

MED APPS: Applications in medicine

TELECONF: Teleconferencing

APPLICATIONS: Other domain applications

Maternal Health and Well-Being

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Call for Papers

The editorial board is seeking submissions for Vol. 11.1 of the
Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
to be published in Spring/Summer 2009.


Maternal Health and Well-Being (physical, psychological, social, economic, sexual, political and spiritual issues) The journal will explore the topic of Maternal Health and Well-Being from a
variety of perspectives and disciplines. We welcome submissions from scholars,
students, activists, health care professionals and other health workers,
artists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural,
historical and comparative work is encouraged. We also welcome creative
reflections such as poetry, short stories, and artwork on the subject.

Topics can include (but are not limited to):
maternal health promotion and education; globalization and maternal health;
maternal health activism; reproductive justice; public policy and maternal
health; the environment and maternal health issues; mothers and healthy living;
maternal health and challenges within Indigenous communities; mothers with
disabilities; mothers with illnesses; HIV/AIDS; breast cancer; mental health
issues; postpartum depression; disease prevention; psychiatry; psychology;
medicine; pregnancy; childbirth; breastfeeding; young mothers; mothers and
aging; work and family balance; maternal nutrition; disordered eating;
mothering children with disabilities; violence against mothers and children;
sexual abuse, healing through the arts; addictions and recovery; raising
healthy children; politics of reproduction; abortion; sterilization; maternal
sexuality; maternal health promotion and education; LBGT maternal health
issues; menstruation; menopause; mothers and the health professions;
representations/images of mothers and health/well-being issues

Articles should be 15 pages (3750 words).
All should be in MLA style, WordPerfect or Word and IBM compatible.
Please see our style guide for complete details.
For more information, please contact us.

NOVEMBER 1, 2008


Please direct your submissions to:
Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
726 Atkinson, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Phone: 416-736-2100 X60366 Email: arm@yorku.ca

We are grateful to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
(SSHRCC) for its ongoing support of the journal.

Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
Demeter Press
726 Atkinson, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON,
Canada, M3J 1P3
416-736-2100 x60366 (fax) 416-736-5766

Latina/Chicana Mothering

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Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on Latina/Chicana Mothering

Publication Date: Spring 2011 Editors: Dorsía Smith Silva and Janine Santiago

We are very excited to edit an interdisciplinary book on mothering in the Latina
and Chicana communities. We seek papers that examine the narratives, histories,
practices, and theories of Latina and Chicana mothering as they reflect the
realities and complexities of diverse perspectives. Latina and Chicana
mothering is a rich experience, which engenders a sense of identity, multiple
viewpoints, and cultural orientations. Here, the Latina/Chicana mothering
experience seeks to provide a site for inquiry of those life histories and
legacies, which have been marked by undergoing childbirth, raising children, or
becoming mothers, as well as transatlantic mothers. One of the main goals of
this text will be to examine the complex representations of Latina and Chicana
mothering and to address the space where Latina and Chicana perspectives are in
many cases rendered invisible.

We encourage varied approaches from across the humanities and social sciences
including, but not limited to topics as the following: theoretical, historical,
cultural, feminist, maternal, transgender, and gender studies; personal and
reflective essays; ethnographies; oral histories, cultural studies; literary
representation; mother activists and activism perspectives; constructions and
hybridity theories of identity and changes in identity; constructions of
ethnicity and changes in ethnicity; Latina and Chicana/mothering in global and
transnational contexts; issues of immigration, diaspora, citizenship, national
identity, embodiment theories; feminist philosophies of mothers and mothering;
film and media representations; mothering conflicts; ideological and social
debates and tensions within discussions of Latina and Chicana mothering;
mothering critiques; issues of Latina and Chicana mothering, especially as they
intersect with categories of race, discrimination, class, gender, economics,
nation, family, community, education, and language; law, political, or
scientific issues; politics and public policies; poverty; health, health care,
reproduction, and reproductive rights; the role of web communities and
technology; spiritual, cultural, emotional, communal, or social influences;
support services for Latina and Chicana mothers; self-sponsored Latina and
Chicana mothering communities and institutions; ideologies in Latino and
Chicano communities
Abstracts/Proposals (250-400 words) due October 31, 2008

Acceptances made by December 1, 2008

Accepted and completed papers (15-20 pp. double-spaced, MLA format) due: March
31, 2009

Please send inquiries and papers, along with a brief biography, to:
Editors, Dorsía Smith Silva and Janine Santiago at

About the Editors:

Dorsía Smith Silva teaches English in the College of General Studies at the
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. Her research and teaching focus on
Ethnic and Caribbean Literature, the Latino community and the Diaspora, and
feminism. She is the author of several articles and is the co-editor of The
Caribbean without Borders: Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture
(Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008).
Janine Santiago is an Assistant Professor of English at University of Puerto
Rico, College of General Studies. Santiago was granted a Ph.D. in American
Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2003. Her research
interests are in the areas of Gender Studies, Oral History, Caribbean Women
Writers, and Hispanic and Latino/a Literature and Popular Culture. She has
published several articles, including her work in Latinas in the United States:
A Historical Encyclopedia (2006).


Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
Demeter Press
726 Atkinson, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON,
Canada, M3J 1P3
416-736-2100 x60366 (fax) 416-736-5766


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The Special Libraries Association (SLA) has posted its 2008 SLA Research
Grant guidelines and application materials at www.sla.org/slaresearchgrant.
SLA supports two types of proposals.
Research projects focused on the needs and concerns of information
professionals in special libraries and related venues, with its
current focus being on evidence-based practice, as in the Special
Libraries Association (SLA) Research Statement, Putting Our
Knowledge to Work (www.sla.org/researchstatement). Awards may be
granted up to $25,000.
Projects which directly benefit the operations of SLA and its units,
by furthering the scientific, literary and educational purpose for
which the association is organized and operated. Awards may be
granted up to $10,000.

This focus on evidence-based practice includes but is not limited to the
following topics and approaches:

Impact of Information Professionals;
Roles of Information Professionals within organizations
Current/User Issues;
Core Competencies;
Measures of Productivity and Value;
Client/User Satisfaction Measures;

Grant applications are evaluated by SLA's Research & Development Committee
based on the purpose and objectives of the proposed project within the
context of evidence-based practice, the significance of the topic to the
profession, the project's methodology, qualifications of staff, and the
appropriateness of the project's budget and timetable.

Research should focus on the demand for increased professional competence
and accountability through consciously and consistently making
professional-level decisions that are based on the strongest evidence of
what works best for our clients. Areas in which evidence-based practice
may be applied are listed in SLA's revised Competencies for Information
Professionals of the 21st Century (www.sla.org/competencies) and include
selection and acquisition of information resources, methods of information
access, selection and use of information technologies, and management of
library and information services. Research techniques that support these
competencies include: benchmarking, program evaluation, quality management,
performance measurement, identifying best practices, and operations

The focus of Association operation projects should be on projects which
directly benefit the operations of SLA and its members. They should focus
on projects which can be adapted for wider use within SLA's community, and
may include publications, study grants, continuing education programs,
public awareness activities, special studies and reports, and information
dissemination efforts.

Application Information

The grant is announced internationally. A new solicitation for applicants
is made each year. Application materials are available on SLA's website at
www.sla.org/slaresearchgrant or by contacting: Director, Information
Center, Special Libraries Association, 331 S. Patrick Street, Alexandria,
VA 22314-3501, USA; E-mail: resources@sla.org.


July 2008
Application materials are made available.

October 1, 2008
Deadline for submission of the proposal and application form to SLA

January 2009
Notification of award decision.

John Latham
Director, Information Center
Tel: +1.703.647.4915
Fax: +1.703.647.4901
Web: www.sla.org

(the 12th annual Atmospheric Science Librarians International meeting)

Much as the weather is subject to regional and seasonal variations, so too are libraries. Libraries vary in the populations they serve, the materials they collect and provide access to, their physical facilities, the expertise of their staff, and the services they provide. Each library has its own unique microclimate that works to support the needs of its user community. The purpose of this meeting, to be held on January 14-15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona, is to highlight some of the variations in how the library community is responding to the changing needs of the meteorological community vis a vis information resources and services of all types, from data curation to digital reference.

We invite proposals for papers describing library microclimates, covering topics such as specialized library services, tools or collections, liaison and training programs, marketing and outreach programs, assessment and management tools, and innovative library spaces (physical or virtual). Submissions should include full contact information, a title, and brief abstract of less than 250 words. Poster submissions are also accepted as are proposals for a ‘lightning round’ session, consisting of back-to-back 5-minute talks on tips or tools of interest to the attendees. Students are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Submit proposals to: Linda Musser, ASLI Chair-elect, 105 Deike Bldg, University Park PA 16802 USA; 814-863-7073; Lrm4@psu.edu

Deadline for submission: October 6, 2008

InfoSys 2009, April 21-25, 2009

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see: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2009/InfoSys09.html

InfoSys 2009 is a federated event focusing on advances topics concerning the networking, services, autonomic and autonomous systems, and intensive services and applications.

InfoSys 2009 continues the tradition of well-established conferences, ICNS and ICAS, and adds new trends on intensive services and applications (INTENSIVE).

Submission deadline: November 1st, 2008

ICNS 2009, The Fifth International Conference on Networking and Services http://www.iaria.org/conferences2009/ICNS09.html

ICAS 2009, The Fifth International Conference on Autonomic and Autonomous Systems http://www.iaria.org/conferences2009/ICAS09.html

INTENSIVE 2009, The First International Conference on Intensive Applications and Services http://www.iaria.org/conferences2009/INTENSIVE09.html

Submissions must be electronically done using the “Submit a Paper” button on the entry page of each conference.

For details on the each conference's topics, see the individual Call for Papers for each conference.

Unpublished high quality contributions in terms of Regular papers and Forum posters are welcome. Workshop proposals and Panel proposals on challenging topics are encouraged.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA on-line Journals (http://www.iariajournals.org) and in Special issues of
different journals mentioned on the entry page of each conference.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed, published by IEEE Computer Society Press, posted in IEEE Digital Library, and indexed via all the IEEE indexing agreements.

IARIA Publicity Board

Deadlines for ALISE Juried Papers:

For more information on the conference go to: http://www.alise.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=70356&orgId=ali


July 31, 2008: 500-word abstracts
August 31st, 2008: notification of decision re paper acceptance for
September 30: notification of decision re in-person paper delivery
November 14st: : final paper due, 3,000-5,000 words
December 1st, 2008: online proceedings available

The ALISE Juried Papers Committee seeks submissions on the conference
theme “i-CREATE” (Information / Culture / Research / Education / Art /
Technology/ Experience). The papers should emphasize creativity and
innovation towards creating a new model for LIS education for the
digital age.

Papers on the topics of cultural and social aspects of information
that bring focus to digital contexts are of particular interest.
Domains might include digital libraries, archives & preservation,
cultural & museum informatics, virtual scholarly communication &
literacy, and outreach in a Web 2.0 world. These might include:

o using and teaching social networking;
o library as conversation;
o using and teaching virtual environments;
o museums and archives in the LIS curriculum,
o physical and virtual interactions in the classroom; and
o preparing students to work in new digital frontiers.

This year papers will be accepted to the conference’s online
proceedings, with a subset of papers selected for presentation during
the conference meeting itself. All papers selected shall be considered
peer reviewed conference papers.
All papers will be made available online preceding the physical
conference. The online proceedings will enable online conversations
and discussions of the papers. Authors are expected to monitor these
online conversations concerning their papers. The subset shall be
selected for their match to the general conference program and the
ability to stimulate online discussion.

Only electronic submissions shall be accepted.
Inquiries, abstracts and papers should be sent to:

R. David Lankes, Associate Professor School of Information Studies

"Virtual Dave" Lankes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director Information Institute of Syracuse
School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

Proposal Submission Deadline: August 15, 2008
Full Chapter Due: November 30, 2008

Book: “Cases on Online and Blended Learning Technologies in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices”
A book edited by Yukiko Inoue, PhD, University of Guam

Online learning is becoming an important long term strategy for many institutions of higher education. However, in the future, "blended" learning—a balanced mix of traditional face-to-face instructional activities with appropriately designed online learning experiences—will be a more significant growth area than fully online learning. Blended learning is still in its infancy, and thus, there are few research studies providing insights into exactly how it should be implemented within curricula in higher education, or integrated with instruction. This book, therefore, provides real-life examples and experiences of those involved in developing and implementing blended learning in the higher education curriculum and instruction. It includes a wide range of the most current designs, methodologies, tools, and applications in blended courses. It also includes emerging issues, problems, and challenges in blended courses.

Objectives of the book
To provide real-life examples and experiences of those involved in:
• Designing blended learning
• Developing blended learning
• Managing blended learning
• Evaluating blended learning
• Institutional related issues
• Theory and research on blended learning

The target audience
The prospective audience of the book includes researchers, parishioners, professors, trainers, library media specialists, teachers, administrators, and educational technologists (who design instruction, produce instructional materials, and manage instructional computing services or learning resources collections) particularly from academic communities throughout the world. The goal of the book is to appeal to individuals with a professional interest in blended learning. Anyone working with blended learners or anyone engaged in blended learning will also find this book beneficial.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Theory and research on blended learning (e.g., new pedagogies, new technologies, and new theories)
• Developing and implementing blended learning
 design-related (e.g., course design, instructional strategy development, and course material designs)
 development-related (e.g., course management system, course support system, Web-based learning management system building, online tools development, online testing system development, and student corroboration)
 management-related (e.g., learning resource management, faculty support, learner support, and technical support)
 evaluation-related (e.g., curriculum quality control, and assessment of learning outcomes)
 institutional and operational-related (e.g., administration, policy, accreditation, innovations, and budgeting)

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 2-5 page proposal clearly explaining the objectives and concerns of the proposed chapter by August 15, 2008. The status of the submitted proposals will be notified by August 31, 2008; the authors of accepted proposals will be provided with chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2008. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly “Idea Group, Inc.”), www.igi-global.com, publisher of the Information Science Reference (formally “Idea Group Reference”) and Medical Information Science Reference imprints.

Inquiries and Submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document), or by mail, to:
Yukiko Inoue, PhD, Educational Research and Technology
School of Education, University of Guam
Mangilao, Guam 96923 U.S.A
Tel.: 671-735-2423/2440 • Fax: 671-734-3651 • E-mail: yukiinoue2005@yahoo.com

Seeking Submissions from Practicing Librarians (U.S. and Canada) for ALA Editions The Published Librarian: Successful Professional and Personal Writing (American Library Association)

Foreword: Bob Blanchard, Adult Services Librarian, Des Plaines Public Library. Contributor to Illinois Library Association Reporter; Thinking Outside the Book: Essays for Innovative Librarians (McFarland, 2008)

Introductory Note: Wayne Jones, Head of Central Technical Services, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Ed., Ontario Library Association, Access; Ed., E-Journals Access and Management (Routledge, 2008)

Afterword: Dr. Ann Riedling, LIS Faculty, Mansfield University. Learning to Learn: A Guide to Becoming Information Literate in the 21st Century (Neal-Schuman, 2006)

Contributors must have significant publication credits for practical, concise, how-to articles to help the reader. No previously published, simultaneously submitted, co-authored material. Two articles sharing the range of your publishing experiences: 1900-2100 words total; for example, one article could be 1000 words, another 900-1100 words on another topic. Librarians with ethnic backgrounds serving diverse cultures are encouraged. Contributor's sign an ALA Writer Agreement before publication.

Editor Carol Smallwood, MLS, has written, co-authored, edited 19 books such as Educators as Writers for Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited, Peter Lang, and others. Her work has appeared in English Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, The Detroit News, Poesia, and several others including anthologies. Pudding House Publications published her chapbook, 2008; Words and Images of Belonging co-edited with Aurorean editor is with an agent; a recent book is

Possible topics: marketing, online publishing, where to send reviews, research skills for historical novels, using editing a library newsletter to edit books, diversity in publication, ideas from students for YA books, using tools like BIP to locate publishers for your books, storytellers turned picture book authors, interviewing, networking, using a technology edge, promoting your books at conferences. Using issues librarians face such as censorship in poetry, essays, memoir, short stories, columns.

Deadline August 30, 2008

Please send more than 2 topic proposals for feedback using MS Word; a sample article may be requested. Compensation: a complimentary copy, discount on additional copies. Please submit topics for consideration with a 65-70 word bio beginning with your library of employment, highlighting your publications. Place LIBRARIANS/your name on the subject line to: smallwood@tm.net

Maria Accardi, Coordinator of Instruction, Indiana University Southeast: maccardi@gmail.com

Emily Drabinski, Reference Librarian, Sarah Lawrence College: emily.drabinski@gmail.com

Alana Kumbier, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Wellesley College: alana.kumbier@gmail.com

Critical pedagogy seeks to identify, critique, and disrupt the inequalities of the dominant culture, thus equipping learners to transform oppressive social, cultural, and economic conditions. While many theorists, critics, and practitioners have considered how critical pedagogical strategies and perspectives might be employed in higher education, the academic library remains mostly absent in these discussions. There have been few interventions in the library literature with specific reference to critical pedagogy, but these perspectives mostly consider critical literacy applications. Other forms of critical pedagogy, such as feminist, queer, and anti-racist, have yet to be fully explored in the context of the library instruction classroom. We intend for this book to intervene in this gap in the literature.

Objective of book

This book, to be published by Library Juice Press in September 2009, proposes to consider the following questions: How might library instruction benefit from exploring critical pedagogical strategies? What challenges are posed by the unique requirements of library instruction? And how might our use of critical pedagogical strategies help us embed library instruction in the critical classrooms on our campuses? We invite proposals that 1) investigate intersections between critical pedagogy and the library instruction classroom and 2) identify pedagogical applications that can be adopted in library instruction programs.

Target audience

The target audience for this book includes librarians who teach, library instruction program coordinators, faculty and instructors interested in bringing librarians into the classroom, and librarians interested in developing liberatory and anti-oppressive professional practices.

Suggested topics

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

· Envisioning what critical pedagogy might do for the library instruction classroom

· Examination of specific types of critical pedagogies--such as queer, feminist, or anti-racist--and their implications for the library instruction classroom

· Discussions of particular theories/theorists (e.g. Paulo Friere, Lisa Delpit, Peter Mclaren, Henry Giroux, Deborah Britzman, etc.) and their relevance for library instruction

· Illustrations of how critical pedagogy works in practice

· Examples of instruction sessions taught from a critical pedagogy framework

· Explorations of how critical pedagogy intersects with student and faculty research

· Considerations of how critical pedagogy can inform selection and collection development decisions

· Imagining how critical pedagogy can be useful in other teaching contexts -- e.g., during the reference interview, in workshops, when librarians teach in community spaces

Submission procedure

Please submit abstracts and proposals of up to 500 words and a short author's statement to criticallibraryinstruction@googlegroups.com by September 15, 2008, with notification by November 15. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due February 15

in conjunction with 17th ACM CIKM 2008

October 30, 2008, Napa Valley, California



The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussion about issues related to information credibility and its evaluation.

As computers and computer networks become more sophisticated, a huge amount of information, such as that found in Web documents, has been accumulated and circulated. Such information gives people a framework for organizing their daily lives. A well-functioning society needs technology that can be used to manage this wealth of information and, in particular, investigate its credibility.

This technology would be able to handle a wide range of tasks:

extracting credible information related to a given topic, organizing this information, detecting its provenance, clarifying background, facts, and various related opinions and the distribution of them, and so on. Especially, as the Web is becoming a major source of information nowadays, it is necessary to provide efficient and reliable methods for evaluation of Web content's trustworthiness.


We invite submissions on any aspects of information credibility on the Web. Topics include, but are not limited to:

- Information credibility evaluation and its applications

- Content analysis for credibility evaluation

- Sentiment analysis of content

- Credibility of Web search results

- Search models and applications for trustworthy content

- Conflicting opinion detection and analysis

- Credibility evaluation of user-generated content

- Information credibility evaluation in social networks

- Analysis of information dissemination

- Estimation of author and publishing venue reputation

- Spatial and temporal aspects in information credibility

- Estimation of information age, provenance and validity

- Sociological and psychological aspects of information credibility

- Users study for information credibility

- Risk assessment of information credibility

- Multimedia content credibility

- Persuasive technologies

- Information credibility in online advertising and Internet monetization

- Object identification on the Web


- July 20, 2008 - Paper submission

- August 10, 2008 - Notification of acceptance

- August 15, 2008 - Camera-ready paper submission

- October 30, 2008 - Workshop


All accepted papers will appear in CIKM Workshops Proceedings by ACM Press. Submissions should be sent in English in PDF format. They should adhere to ACM formatting guidelines and should not exceed 8 pages. Papers must be original and have not been submitted for publication elsewhere. At least one author of accepted submissions should register and participate in the workshop.


General Chairs:

- Katsumi Tanaka Kyoto University, Japan

- Takashi Matsuyama Kyoto University, Japan

- Ee-Peng Lim Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

PC Chair:

- Adam Jatowt Kyoto University, Japan

Program Committee:

- Witold Abramowicz Poznan University of Economics, Poland

- Sourav S Bhowmick Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

- Yunbo Cao Microsoft Research Asia, China

- Jean-Yves Delort University of Montpellier 2, France

- Pavel Dmitriev Yahoo!, USA

- Rino Falcone CNR, Italy

- Kentaro Inui NAIST, Japan

- Daxin Jiang Microsoft Research Asia, China

- Yoshikiyo Kato NICT, Japan

- Yukiko Kawai Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan

- Masaru Kitsuregawa University of Tokyo, Japan

- Marek Kowalkiewicz SAP Research, Australia

- Dariusz Krol Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

- Sadao Kurohashi Kyoto University, Japan

- Ee-Peng Lim Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

- Yutaka Matsuo University of Tokyo, Japan

- Martin Memmel DFKI, Germany

- Hisashi Miyamori Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan

- Manabu Okumura Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

- Kotagiri Ramamohanarao University of Melbourne, Australia

- Kazutoshi Sumiya University of Hyogo, Japan

- Hideaki Takeda NII, Japan

- Katsumi Tanaka Kyoto University, Japan

- Martin Wolpers Fraunhofer FIT, Germany

- Masatoshi Yoshikawa Kyoto University, Japan


Adam Jatowt

email: adam [at] dl [dot] kuis [dot] kyoto-u [dot] ac [dot] jp

phone/fax: +81-75-231-4282

Communities and Technologies (C&T 2009)

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25-27 June 2009, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

Call for papers at: http://cct2009.ist.psu.edu/

Communities and Technologies (C&T) is a premier scholarly forum for stimulating and disseminating research on the complex connections between communities -- physical and virtual -- and information and communication technologies.

C&T 2009 welcomes participation of researchers, designers, educators, and students from the many disciplines and perspectives bearing on the interaction between community and technology. These areas include anthropology, art and architecture, business, cognitive science, communication studies, community informatics, computer science, design studies, education, ergonomics, geography, graphic design, human-computer interaction, information science, information systems, industrial engineering, interaction design, journalism, knowledge management, law, learning science, linguistics and semiotics, management, psychology, requirements engineering, sociology, software engineering, technical communication, and user experience design.

C&T 2009 welcomes contributions on topics including, but not limited to, communities and e-government; communities and innovation; communities of interest; communities of practice; (virtual) community formation and development; community-oriented e-commerce business models; design methods for community technology; community informatics; economics of technology-facilitated communities; ethnographic and case studies; innovations in community technology design and innovative applications; interaction in large-scale online communities; knowledge sharing and organizational learning; learning/education and community technology; persistent conversation in technology-facilitated communities; regional development issues; social capital and community technology; social movements and community technology; supporting collaboration in local and distributed communities; system platforms for e-community research; technical support for communities; trust, privacy, and security issues; and virtual business communities.

The conference program includes competitively selected, peer-reviewed papers, as well as workshops, tutorials, a doctoral consortium, and invited speakers.

Please make a note of these dates:

15 December 2008 Papers due
15 February 2009 Doctoral consortium, workshop proposals due
15 March 2009 Notification to authors and event organizers
15 April 2009 Final versions of accepted papers due
25-27 June 2009 Conference at Penn State, University Park, Pennsylvania

For more information, contact:
Dr. Jack Carroll

Special Libraries Association- Asian Chapter

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SLA (Special Library Association, USA) - Asian Chapter 2008 in association
with Society for Library Professionals and Indian Association of Special
Libraries and Information Centres (IASLIC) is organizing an "International
conference of Asian Special Libraries on Shaping the future of special
libraries: beyond boundaries" to be held at India Islamic Cultural Centre,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India from 26-28 November 2008.

Some of the objectives of the Conference are to bring together special library
professionals to a common platform, to promote special libraries, and
facilitate the exchange of ideas and help to bridge the knowledge gap amongst
the professionals associated with special libraries and to develop the
professional competent. This seminar is expected to attract more than 1000
participants from India, Asia and the globe. You are invited to attend the
same. For details please visit:

Submission of Papers

Participants are welcome to contribute papers for presentation on the above
themes and related themes. The Papers should be based on research surveys; case
studies or action plans rather than theoretical explanations and should not
publish earlier. Papers should be sent to asiansla@gmail.com

Dates to Remember
Last Date for Submission of Abstract/ Proposal - July 15, 2008
Last Date for Submission of Final Papers - September 15, 2008
Early Bird Registration - September 30, 2008
Last Date for Registration - November 15, 2008

For further information, please contact to:
P.K.Jain, Organising Secretary, ICoASL 2008. C/o. Institute of Economic
Growth, University of Delhi Enclave, DELHI- 110007. India Ph. 91-11-27667463;
27666364; 27666367. Fax: 91-11-27667463; 91-11-
27667410. Cell: 09899110787 Email: asiansla@gmail.com ;

Call for Papers

Hospitality is an undervalued concept that has lacked significant theoretical
attention. Moreover, the meaning of hospitality is undergoing renegotiation given a
number of prominent social forces and international developments. The escalation of
global violence and the decline in diplomatic practice and civil speech make
hospitality seem anachronistic. Also, commercialization and globalization
increasingly reduce human interactions to commoditized transactions as found in the
identification of hospitality with the hotel and restaurant industry. Despite these
attacks on hospitality, global unrest, the villianization of migration, and growing
economic disparity sharpen the need to clarify social obligations for hospitality in
the face of shifting sentiments and resources.

Contemporary social and political contexts point to the question of what it means to
be hospitable. Gender dynamics further complicate contemporary understandings of
hospitality by revealing both its burdens and potential. History reveals the many
obligations--with few rewards--placed on women in the name of hospitality. This
gendered relationship leads to the question "Can contemporary feminist theory
reappropriate hospitality in a manner that works to reconnect and repair the world
without an oppressive gendered division of labor?" The last quarter century has
witnessed a flourishing of feminist theory and analysis that has brought fresh
illumination to numerous social and political concepts, conversations that reveal the
gendered implications of meanings and precepts. Feminism and Hospitality: Gender in
the Host/Guest Relationship intends to engage these conversations.
The editors of this volume seek submissions on hospitality informed by feminism or
issues of gender. In particular, articles that illuminate how hospitality can be
both a viable social ideal while empowering women are desired. Topics may include
(but do not have to be limited to):

Hospitality and feminist theory
Hospitality and ethics
Hospitality and epistemology
Cultural and comparative manifestations of hospitality
Organization/institutional hospitality
Hospitality in an age of militarism
Hospitality in a consumer era
Hospitality and identity
Hospitality and public policy
Hospitality and economic policy/practices
Hospitality and diplomacy
Hospitality and the media
Hospitality as ritual
Hospitality and power

The editors of Feminism and Hospitality, Dorothy C. Miller, Director, Case Western
University Center for Women Maurice Hamington, Associate Professor and Interim Chair
of Women's Studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver collaborated on
Socializing Care: Feminist Ethics and Public Issues (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).
The editors envision an anthology that is both practical and theoretical, combining
concrete stories, examples, and plans with thematic analysis. Submissions from all
fields are invited. For inquiries please contact Dorothy Miller at dcm9@cwru.edu or
Maurice Hamington at hamingt@mscd.edu The editors request that 500-word abstracts be
sent electronically by October 1, 2008 to Maurice Hamington at mhamingt@mscd.edu
Accepted papers will be due by July 1, 2009.


1st Rethinking Art Studies (REARS) conference in Turku

August 20-22, 2009
University of Turku, Finland

Freedom is a heavily charged notion with a vast conceptual width. Yet,
the question of freedom and its regulation remains inadequately studied
in the field of art, culture and media. Research has often relied
conceptually on dichotomies and concentrated on revealing different
kinds of power structures and forms of oppression, which tends to
simplify the complex nature of freedom and constraint. The conference is
dedicated to rethinking cultural power in new inventive ways not based
on a dichotomous logic of domination and resistance. The concept of
"regulated liberties" denotes a more complex relationship of negotiation
between the dominant and its subjects.

The aim of the conference is to relate art, culture and media to
questions concerning freedom, emancipation and resistance. The overall
conference topic disperses on the theoretical fields of subjectivity,
social structures, and representation. The conference provides a forum
for the development of innovative and creative research concerning
temporal/spatial dimensions, genres and identity production in art,
culture and media.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Angela McRobbie

The conference organising committee invites proposals for panels and
individual papers. Possible topics may include (but are not limited to)
the following:

How have the concepts of freedom and emancipation been employed in the
context of art, culture and media?

In what ways do culture and art regulate conduct in (neo)liberal
regimes and vice versa?

How do culturally sanctioned representations impose hegemonic identities?

In what ways should genres be (re)thought in art? Are they regulating

Under what circumstances does resistance take place, and is it
necessarily conscious and intentional?

In what ways are subjects produced both as objects of regulatory norms
and as agents capable of resisting these norms?

How does embodiment work as a corporeal nexus for several axis of
power, as a gendered, racialised, and sexualised signifier of multiple
regulatory norms?

How could the role of institutions and economy be conceptualised in new
and productive ways?

Abstracts (200--300 words) for twenty-minute papers as well as proposals
for 2 hour panels should be submitted as an email attachment to
reglib@utu.fi by December 1st 2008. Please use your surname as the
document title. Abstract should be sent in the following format: (1)
Title (2) Presenter(s) (3) Institutional affiliation (4) Email (5)
Abstract. Panel proposals should include (1) Title of the panel (2) Name
and contact information of the chair (3) Abstracts of the presenters.
Presenters will be notified of acceptance by January 15th 2009.

Contact informaton: reglib@utu.fi.

The conference is organized by School of Art Studies, University of
Turku, Finland

Women, Power and Politics

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International Museum of Women's current online exhibition, Women, Power and Politics.

I am the curator of the exhibition, and the multimedia, multilingual platform welcomes submissions from artists,writers, poets, filmmakers, activists and scholars on a number of themes. Please see below for a link to the exhibition and the more detailed call for
submissions. And please pass on to you students and colleagues!

International Museum of Women Announces Call for Submissions
Submit your work to the Women, Power and Politics global online exhibition

You can submit your original artwork, essays, film shorts, poetry,
photography and cartoons to be considered for the Women, Power and Politics
online exhibition at I.M.O.W. From March 8 to December 31, 2008, Women,
Power and Politics focuses on a provocative new topic each month and uses
community-submitted work to start a dialogue on the issues. Work can be
submitted directly online in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. To learn
more about the submissions topics and how to submit your work, visit
http://www.imow.org/submissions . To start
exploring Women, Power and Politics, log on at http://www.imow.org/wpp.

Thank you,
Dr. Masum Momaya
International Museum of Women

WSQ special issue Motherhood

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Call for Papers: MOTHER

Guest Editors: Nicole Cooley and Pamela Stone

We have entered a motherhood moment--from celebrity mom baby-bump sightings
to recent televised debates between "stay at home moms" and "working
moms," from "welfare mothers" to "Alpha moms," images of motherhood are
circulating in our culture as never before.

Motherhood demands a new look. As women push motherhood later and later, as
a larger share forego it entirely, and as mothering itself takes up a
smaller fraction of women's lives, why is the fascination with all things
"mother" at an all-time high? What does it mean to be a mother when
motherhood is increasingly decoupled from biology? At a time when women's
reproductive rights are vulnerable and the pro-choice movement on the
defensive, why is so much of the discussion about mothering framed in the
rhetoric of choice and agency? As the majority of mothers pursue both
family and paid employment, the "cultural contradictions" of intensive
mothering that sociologist Sharon Hays first identified over a decade ago do
indeed seem, to paraphrase writer/journalist Judith Warner, an ever more
"[im]perfect madness."

This *WSQ* special issue invites feminist work that speaks to our current
historical moment in an effort to try to begin to construct a comprehensive
and critical overview of mothers, mothering, and motherhood. We welcome
academic papers from a variety of perspectives in all disciplines, from
theory, qualitative research, and empirical studies to literary studies. We
would also be interested in memoir and first-person essays, fiction, poetry,
art, and writing which blurs boundaries and crosses genres in its
exploration of mothering.

Topics to be explored include:

· Discourses around motherhood and how they are shaped by race,
ethnicity, immigrant status and sexuality

· Mothers in the workplace: The price of motherhood, "mommy
tracking" and "maternal wall," "opting out"

· The "mommy wars": Stay-at-home moms vs. working moms

· The paid and unpaid work of mothering and caregiving; the "second

· Motherhood, loss and grief: Infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth
and infant and child death

· Motherhood and disability/special needs

· Intensive mothering: Ideologies and practices around co-sleeping,
breastfeeding, homeschooling and unschooling, toilet-training, tutoring

· Mothers as consumers: The marketing of motherhood

· Pregnancy: The medicalization of and birthing practices,
representations of the mother's body, assisted reproductive technologies
(ART), surrogacy, abortion and reproductive choice

· New models of motherhood: LGBT moms, young moms, single mothers,
stepmothers and blended families

· Men as moms: Stay-at-home dads, coparenting, single fathers

· Immigration and motherhood; global labor chains

· Childcare and domestic labor: Practices, issues and politics

· Motherhood and ecofeminism, explorations of "mother nature"

· Mommy lit as its own brand of chick-lit and the new "dad" books

· Mothers and digital media: The role of mommy blogs, list-servs,
message boards and social networking sites

· Adoption: Transnational and domestic, transracial

· Motherhood and public policy: From debates about FMLA to activist
groups such as MomsRising

· Mothering older children, mothering adult children, grandmothering

· Motherhood and Third Wave Feminism

· The experiences of women who choose not to mother

· Mothering in comparative, global and transnational contexts

If submitting academic work, please send abstracts by September 30, 2008 to
the guest editors Pamela Stone and Nicole Cooley at:
WSQMotherIssue@gmail.com. If accepted:
Full papers should be no longer than 22 pages, and will be due by January 1,

Poetry submissions should be sent to WSQ's poetry editor Kathleen Ossip, at
ossipk@aol.com, by January 1, 2009.

Fiction, essay, and memoir submissions should be sent to WSQ's
fiction/nonfiction editor, Susan Daitch, at sdaitch@hunter.cuny.edu by
January 1, 2009.

Art submissions should be sent to WSQMotherIssue@gmail.com by January 1,
2009. Please keep in mind that after art is reviewed and accepted, accepted
art must be sent to the journal's managing editor on a CD that includes all
artwork of 300 DPI or greater, saved as 4.25 inches wide or larger. These
files should be saved as individual JPEGS or TIFFS.

Stacie McCormick
Administrative Associate
at the Feminist Press
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

FEMMSS 3: The Politics of Knowledge

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University of South Carolina Women’s and Gender Studies Conference
March 19-21, 2009
In conjunction with the Association of
Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies

FEMMSS 3: The Politics of Knowledge

Call for abstracts for individual papers or panels

FEMMSS 3 seeks to deepen the understanding of the politics of knowledge in
light of the increasing pressures of globalization, neoliberal
restructuring, and militarization. Calling an array of theoretical
frameworks including transnational feminism, post-colonial theory, cultural
studies, epistemologies of ignorance, feminist epistemologies, and feminist
science studies, this conference works to understand the ways in which
knowledge is politically constituted and its material affects on people’s
lives. The politics of knowledge can be discerned through the allocation
and the appropriation of intellectual and natural resources, through the
allocation of research funding, the control and commodification of the
health sciences and health care by multinational corporations, and the
dominance of Western knowledge over that of the Two-Thirds world.
Furthermore, the politics of knowledge can be seen in the way groups and
communities actively resist troubling affects of knowledge production
through grass-roots organizations such as the Third World Network,
community action groups, the citizens’ science movement, environmental justice
groups, and the various women’s health movements.

FEMMSS continues to be concerned about the importance and difficulty of
translating knowledge into action and practice. Ours is a highly
interdisciplinary group of feminist scholars who pursue knowledge questions
at the interstices of epistemology, methodology, metaphysics, ontology, and
science and technology studies. Themes for the conference include, but are
not limited to:

Whose Knowledge Matters?
• How do class, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, sexuality, and
other formations of difference shape what counts as expertise, what questions are
considered relevant, and which outcomes emerge from clashes and
negotiations between different forms of expertise?
• How have epistemologies of ignorance emerged as important conceptual and
political approaches to not only reveal patterns of active unknowing, but
also to point to strategies for resistance?
• How do the material conditions of people’s lives, such as access to
food, computers, information, and health care, enable or disable their
ability to live well, produce knowledge, and engage in resistance?
Science, Knowledge and the State
• What has been the role of science and technology in fostering
militarization, or in intervening in the militarization of subjectivity?
• What is the role of science in constructing historical knowledges that
underpin the nation-state and justify the subordination of indigenous
and/or colonized peoples?
• What is the role of cultural production and new media in expanding
democratic participation and empowerment? In constructing, controlling, and
regulating populations?
• How has “certainty” been constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed in
the face of technoscientific uncertainty?
Knowledges of Resistance
• What are some of the promising community-based research strategies that
can help us to understand the effects that corporate control of health and
health care is having?
• How do local and globally connected citizens’ groups work to reveal and
resist environmental racism, globalization, and gender injustice that are
generated and perhaps obscured by the production of knowledge?
• How can Western feminists and feminists from the Two-Thirds World
establish symmetrical relationships that don’t replicate the patterns of
colonial epistemology?
• How can we best create robust links with activists, advocates, and
• What are some strategies for bringing policy concerns to the work of
FEMMSS and the work of FEMMSS to policy-makers?

You are invited to submit abstracts (500-word maximum) for individual
presentations or panels relevant to the conference theme as well as to
other issues in women’s and gender studies. Please submit the abstract of your
paper or panel proposal by September 15, 2008 to:

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