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Barry Wellman wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Sat Nov 9 18:07:41 EST 2013

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Message: 1
Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2013 08:15:34 +0100
From: Charles Ess <charles.ess at gmail.com>
To: Air list <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
Subject: [Air-L] Call for papers: Social Robots: Form, Content,
 	Critique - International Journal of Social Robotics
Message-ID: <CEA39FA6.68637%charles.ess at gmail.com>
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Dear AoIRists,

While social robots may not immediately fall into your purview or sense of
Internet studies, much less media studies, let me humbly suggest that in
many incarnations, they deserve to.  The easiest example is the telenoid - a
Casper-the-ghost looking social robot that mediates human communication in
both verbal and non-verbal fashion, by way of Internet-facilitated

And so, with the usual apologies for duplications and request for
cross-posting to suitable lists and potentially interested colleagues - on
behalf of my co-editors:

Call for Papers: Social Robots: Form, Content, Critique
special issue of The International Journal of Social Robotics

Co-editors: Michaela Pfadenhauer (Karlsruhe University / Karlsruhe Institute
of Technology), Satomi Sugiyama (Franklin College, Switzerland), Charles Ess
(University of Oslo).
We invite papers from scholars and researchers across the disciplines
(including philosophy, robot ethics, Artificial Intelligence, cognitive
science, media/sociology, information science, art history) that examine and
explore social robots through three distinct but inextricably interwoven
* Form/appearance (e.g., human/animal likeness in appearance; everyday media
forms and robotic functions; cultural attitudes toward robot forms, etc.)
* Content/AI/applications (e.g., implications of artificial intelligence in
everyday human experiences such as memories, relationships, and conceptions
of the self and self-understanding; ?applications that shape human-robot
interactions; applications of mobile media and their implications in human?s
robotic experiences, etc.)
* Critical issues that undergird the above, including; ethics, intimacy,
emotions, authenticity, etc.

Paper submission deadline: 1 January 2014
Notification to authors: 1 March 2014
Submission of authors' revised papers: 1 May 2014
Final acceptance: 1 June 2014
(accepted papers will be immediately published at the IJSR webpage with a
Digital Object Identifier for citation purposes)
Publication: August, 2014

The call is an outcome of the COST Strategic Workshop on Social Robotic and
Sustainability  that took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 10-13 June 2013.

The online submission system is available at: :
Authors are required to register on the website and to follow the Journal?s
?Instructions for Authors? as provided there.
Many thanks in advance,
- charles
Professor in Media Studies
Department of Media and Communication
Director, Centre for Research on Media Innovations

My latest book, Digital Media Ethics, is now available from Polity:

University of Oslo
P.O. Box 1093 Blindern
Oslo Norway
email: charles.ess at media.uio.no


Message: 2
Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2013 11:21:41 -0500
From: Stefania Milan <stefania.milan at utoronto.ca>
To: Air-L at listserv.aoir.org
Subject: [Air-L] new book Social Movements and Their Technologies -
Message-ID: <20131109112141.z1s5pdsn4w80488k at webmail.utoronto.ca>
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*Apologies for cross-posting. Please help spread the word*

I am happy to announce the release of my book Social Movements and
Their Technologies. Wiring Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

The book might be of interest to those of you working in particular on
internet activism, and/or social movement communication. It is based
on an unprecedented body of qualitative data built over the years by
interviewing radical techies and hacktivists typically very difficult
to reach. It offers also an historical grounding to the current
efforts by social movement activists around the world to organize

Social Movements and Their Technologies. Wiring Social Change explores
the interplay between social movements and their "liberated
technologies". It analyzes the rise of low-power radio stations and
radical internet projects ("emancipatory communication practices") as
a political subject, focusing on the sociological and cultural
processes at play. It provides an overview of the relationship between
social movements and technology and investigates what is behind the
communication infrastructure that made possible the main protest
events of the past 15 years. In doing so, Stefania Milan illustrates
how contemporary social movements organize in order to create
autonomous alternatives to communication systems and network and how
they contribute to change the way people communicate in daily life, as
well as try to change communication policy from the grassroots.

You can find out more on http://stefaniamilan.net/book (including the
table of contents and the proofs of chapter 1).

If you buy by the end of January, there is a considerable discount, as
follows (for books bought by individuals and only through
- 20% if you are based in North America (code XP356ED)
- 50% if you are based in Europe, South and Central America, Africa,
Asia, Australia... basically everyone else (code WSMATT2013a)
The instructions can be found on http://stefaniamilan.net/book

Hope you'll like it!

Stefania Milan, PhD
Data J Lab / Citizen Lab
stefaniamilan.net @annliffey

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