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The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division focuses on original scientific research about the roles played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the processes of human communication. CAT seeks to enhance theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, message content, communication networks, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include new media, social media, human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, “big data,” crowdsourcing, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (personal, friends, family, groups, organizations, business, healthcare, collective action, politics, government, education, society, culture, intercultural) and at all levels of analyses.

CAT programs papers, panel sessions, and pre- and p0st-conferences that make an innovative and original scientific contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on human communication aspects of particular technological characteristics. Papers in which technology is not a specific object of investigation, instead the context or backdrop for a communication have a potential fit with other ICA Divisions.





Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association 2014 Conference
3-5 October 2014

JW Marriot Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN
10 S. West St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 860-5800

The Television area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2014 conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of television, from any time period, and using any number of methods. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • The impact of online distribution and streaming and the rise of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon as producers of original programming
  • The intersections between television and social media, from hashtags to live-tweeting
  • The representations of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and class and economics
  • The increasing discourse surrounding the showrunner as an auteur figure
  • The “return” of miniseries and event series programming
  • The role of remakes, reboots, spin-offs, adaptations, and franchises
  • The trends in less “quality” genres and formats: talk shows, soap operas, morning TV

Please submit a paper abstract of 250 words or a panel proposal including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper to the “Television” area on the MPCA/ACA Submission website ( We strongly encourage pre-constituted panel submissions. Please know that you will need to register to the website in order to submit a proposal. Please do not submit the same item to more than one Area.

Include name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address of each author/participant. You must specify any AV and any special scheduling needs with your proposal. MPCA/ACA can provide an LCD projector for presentations.

If you have any questions about submissions to the Television area, please contact area chair Cory Barker at

Further information about the conference and the Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association is available at:

Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants:




Call for Chapters: The Good and Bad of Internet Culture

Call for Chapters: Debates for a Digital Age: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of our Online World

Danielle Sarver Coombs (Kent State U, USA) and Simon Collister (U of the Arts London, UK) are soliciting brief proposals for essays to be included in an upcoming two-volume anthology that will be published through Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

Structured in two volumes, this anthology examines issues related to the digital age—both the good (Volume 1) and the bad (Volume 2) in our contemporary Internet culture. The chapter titles/topics included in the tentative table of contents below provide starting points for a given issue, but individual authors may adapt them to fit their research interests. We also encourage submission of new topics that are not currently included in the list below.

Final essays will be about 5,000 to 6,000 words in length and will be due 15 November, 2014. Essays may be slightly longer with permission from the editors. We encourage authors to take provocative, thought-provoking points of view in their chapters. While your thinking and arguments must be grounded in evidence, readers should be entertained while critically engaging in the issues covered in these volumes.

If you are interested in participating, please send a proposed title, brief synopsis (around 500 words) including in which volume you intend to publish, and your CV to Danielle Sarver Coombs ( and Simon Collister ( by 15 September  The editors will send a style guide and further information to authors after assignment.


Tentative Table of Contents:

Volume 1: The Good



1. New audiences, new markets: Accessing music, movies, art, and writing at your leisure

2. Anything you want to know, you can find out: A changing understanding of knowledge, memory, and learning in a world of constant access

3. Using the Internet and social media to draw attention to global issues [ASSIGNED]

4. News from a global perspective: accessing BBC, NY Times, and Le Monde from one desk

5. Exposure to new ideas (i.e. the cultural significance and spread of memes)

6. Avoiding awkward moments with check-out clerks, or how watching porn online has saved my reputation

7. Democratization

8. Leaks, whistle-blowers, and radical transparency: government accountability in the Internet Age

9. Rallying the virtual troops: Using the Internet to foster revolution and political activism

10. Democratizing the media: The rise of the bloggerati and it’s impact on political/news elites

11. Ground-up expert: everyday people and blogs

12. Self-promotion for All!: Selfies, internet “fameballs” and microcelebrity

13. Education for all: MOOCs, online ed, and the accessibility of higher education [ASSIGNED]

14. Community/(Globalization)

15. Remember when?: Reconnecting with old friends, colleagues, and lovers via social media

16. Aspiration and inspiration: Finding role models and building friendships online

17. Je t’aime, te amo, and I love you: Finding love online, no matter where the other person lives

18. Always someone to play: Gaming in a digital world

19. So I’m not the only one!: Communities and shared interests


Volume 2: The Bad and the Ugly


1. Always On, Always There

2. So what is copyright again? Rethinking ownership in the Internet age

3. Say goodbye to privacy: public access to personal information [ASSIGNED]

4. Constant access keeps me tied to work, or, how my Crackberry has ruined my life

5. Information overload: how do you figure out what is relevant?

6. Innocence lost: Naked pictures and embarrassing nicknames are there for sharing

7. How to make a bomb, or why having limitless information can be a dangerous proposition

8. Democratization

9. Are info leakers blowing a whistle or committing treason?

10. Are all sources really equal? Credibility and news/The shift from the age of deference to the age of reference

11. All politics are personal, but are politician’s personal lives fair game?

12. All the snark that’s fit to print: Cynicism, news, and the digital age

13. Famous for being famous: Living in the age of celebrity

14. Online education: Diploma mills and degree dumps [ASSIGNED]

15. Community/Globalization

16. Traveling down the Silk Road: Online communities and the underground drug trade

17. More friends online than in real life: Gaming, MMRPGs, and real-life isolation

18. Romance scams: Finding out the hard way that desire for money can trump desire for love

19. Recruiting without borders: Using the Internet to recruit people from around the world to extremist causes

20. Building communities around deviance: Sharing child porn, snuff films, and violence in an unfettered environment


Simon Collister

Senior Lecturer

London College of Communication

University of the Arts London

t: 0207 514 2324

m: 07971 612857

tw: @simoncollister





Workshop:  Digital Memories, Digital Methods: Transcultural Memory in Europe Beyond Web 2.0

29-30 September 2014


Digital technologies not only have a profound impact on the form, content and distribution of individual and collective memories, but also on the ways in which we perceive of memory. While the internet has exponentially increased the accessibility of data, at the same time it has produced an overload of information, inviting us to rethink traditional notions of archive, storage/retrieval, and materiality, as well as of location, temporality and (trans)national belonging. And yet, due to social and economic inequality, data are still far from evenly accessible. The ‘culture of connectivity’ driven by social media such as facebook and twitter has given rise to new trans- and international networks which facilitate sharing data, experiences, and memories. On the other hand, these media tend to obscure the role and importance of the technological and commercial factors on which these interpersonal exchanges depend.

This workshop aims to discuss the possibilities, limitations and ambiguities of digital media, in particular the internet, for the production of transcultural/transnational memory in Europe.

The workshop will be organised around the discussion of short papers of ca. 20 minutes, followed by a response of ca. 10 minutes, and a discussion of ca. 15 minutes. All papers as well as a selection of a few key texts by leading scholars in the field will be pre-circulated in order to stimulate the discussion. There will be two keynote lectures by Andrew Hoskins (Uof Glasgow) and Ellen Rutten (U of Amsterdam).

We invite contributions dealing with any topic or (geographical) area in Europe and which will take into account the following questions:

- What is the role and scope of the internet and digital media in mediating memories across national and cultural borders in Europe?

- How do digitization, multimediatization and “googlization” (Van Dijck) affect the dynamics of (trans)cultural memory in Europe today? How to use digital media in memory research?

- How to deal with problems arising from the possibilities generated by digital technologies, such as information overload?


Proposals for papers should contain a title and a brief summary (ca.200-250 words) and abio-bibliography (max. 100 words). Deadline for submission is 1 May 2014. Selection to be made known by 1 June 2014.


Please, submit proposals to:

Paul Bijl

Stijn Vervaet



  • James A. Danowski, Chair
  • Lee Humphreys, Vice-Chair
  • Marjolijn L. Antheunis, Secretary
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