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Tue Oct 12 09:13:12 EDT 2010

 CFP: ICA Pre-conference "Seamlessly Mobile?" - May 25 2011 - Boston MA

Dear all,
I am attaching a CFP for the ICA mobile preconference. Sorry for eventual 
cross postings.
Rich L.

Call for Abstracts:

Seamlessly Mobile?: Mobile Communication @ a Crossroads

2011 International Communication Association (ICA) Pre-conference Workshop
May 24 – 25, 2011, Boston MA, USA

Mobile phones are becoming increasingly adept as ubiquitous tools that serve 
purposes beyond that of mere voice communication. How we conceptualize 
mobile -mediated communication alongside computer-mediated communication is 
less distinct as access to the Internet becomes more integrated into mobile 
phone devices.  Are people moving toward a more seamless integration of 
mobile and computer media as supporting their communication needs?  Is the 
integration of the Internet into mobile phones shifting how people 
conceptualize what it means to be “online” vs. “offline”?  Does this shift 
in mobile communication bear any social consequences?
This preconference will provide a venue for innovative scholars from around 
the world who are doing research in the area of mobile communication.  It 
will give them a chance to gather and discuss the challenges that this shift 
in the use of mobile phones poses not only for the users but for those doing 
research on mobile communication.  We welcome abstracts that will focus on 
the following areas related to these provocative questions:
·         Patterns of mobile phone use and differences related to gender, 
age, lifestyle, culture, and/or access
·         Ethics and social responsibility of use, shifts in social 
expectations of remote vs. co-present others
·         Threats to privacy and issues of surveillance as they relate to 
technological innovations like GPS & location devices.
·         Research design and methodological challenges, including finding 
venues for one’s work
·         The expansion of online and offline social networking and its 
·         Technology, design, and accessibility issues/challenges/expansion 
and development (i.e. emerging markets)
·         Perceptions of use and imagining use beyond current capabilities 
(i.e. mobile fantasies, mobile art, mobile personalities, mobile 
The preconference will be comprised of formal panel presentations, 
opportunities for informal discussions, and time for networking.  In 
addition there may be invited performances of innovative artists whose work 
focuses on mobile communication as it relates to the themes of this 
Abstracts of no more than 500 words are due by November 8, 2010.
Please send them along with your name and contact information to 
Katie.cumiskey at csi.cuny.edu .
Accepted abstracts will be notified by November 29, 2010.
Final papers will be due April 1, 2011.
Lead Organizers:
Dr. Kathleen M. Cumiskey, Associate Professor, Psychology Department, 
Director of Social Media Lab, College of Staten Island/CUNY, Staten Island, 
NY USA; Katie.cumiskey at csi.cuny.edu
Dr. Richard Ling, Head of Group Digital Culture and Mobile Communication,
IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen S, Denmark; rili at itu.dk
Dr. Scott Campbell, Assistant Professor and Pohs Fellow of 
Telecommunications, Department of Communication Studies, University of 
Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI USA; swcamp at umich.edu
Dr. Lee Humphreys, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Cornell 
University, Ithaca, NY, USA; lmh13 at cornell.edu
Dr. Yi Fan Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and 
Theater Arts, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA; Y5Chen at odu.edu

Dr. Kathleen M. Cumiskey
Chairperson of the Psychology Department, 4S-108 (x3784)
Director, Social Media Lab, 4S-102a (x4072)
Assistant Professor - Psychology/Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

College of Staten Island/CUNY
2800 Victory Blvd.
Building 4S-108
Staten Island, NY 10314
Chair Concerns: 718 - 982 – 3784
Office/Lab Phone#: 718 - 982 -4072
Cell #: 917-647-5131

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