[cfp: art, identity & technology]

n cooperation with the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, England, Fábrica das Artes, CCB, Lisbon and Artshare, Aveiro, Portugal are hosting the 12th Consciousness Reframed International Research Conference, entitled "PRESENCE IN THE MINDFIELD: Art, Identity and the Technology of Transformation". The conference is part of the Skilled Art Project, a consortium involving Artshare, The University of Oporto and The University of Aveiro, all in Portugal, and will take place at Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal, from November 30 to December 2, 2011.

The Consciousness Reframed conference series was founded by Roy Ascott at the University of Wales in 1997. Consciousness Reframed is a forum for trans-disciplinary inquiry into art, science, technology, design and consciousness, drawing upon the expertise and insights of artists, designers, architects, performers, musicians, writers, scientists, and scholars, usually from at least 20 countries.

Art, Identity and the Technology of Transformation
The conference will look at art as behaviour of mind, embedded in the physical world, but articulating its immateriality. Just as institutionalized art, with its tired orthodoxies of instruction, production and distribution, is challenged by the new technologies of knowing and perception, so our sense of self - its singularity and authenticity - is open to reconstruction and reinterpretation. In his assault on identity and authorship, the great Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa created over 70 heteronyms. “His jostling aliases,” as John Gray has put it, “expressing his belief that the individual subject - the core of European thought - is an illusion.” This exploration of the plurality of self finds is contemporary expression in the proliferation of personas and avatars through which we navigate the actual and virtual universes of our making. Transdisciplinary discourse, the adoption of new technologies, the invisible forces and fields of the sciences, the recuperation of abandoned metaphysical and spiritual models of being, can all find expression within the context of this conference.

Presentations and papers are invited from artists, and theorists in all fields!

Important dates:
Deadline for Abstracts (no more than 500 words): July 15, 2011.
Notification of Acceptance: July 17, 2011.
Deadline for Full papers(no more than 2500 words): September 4 , 2011.
Date of Publication release: November 30, 2011.
Conference date: November 30 – December 2 2011
The conference will be accompanied by a publication of full papers published in colaboration with Direcção Geral das Artes - Portuguese Ministry of Culture.


Abstracts should be submitted as an attached document in Word (docx) or Rich Text (rtf) by e-mail to: cr12@skilledart.eu. The subject line should be tagged 'CR12 Conference'.

Include in your submission the title of the proposed paper, full name(s) of author(s), institutional affiliation(s), and your mailing address, including email/mobile/phone and URL as applicable. Five key words, and a short biography of 100 words maximum are also required. Your Abstract must be accompanied by a declaration of intention to attend the conference. We encourage submissions to include relevant images. However, the total file size of the abstract submission should not exceed 2 MB.

Abstracts will be acknowledged on receipt, and authors will be notified of acceptance by July 17, 2011.

Submission of Full Papers
Your paper (no more than 2500 words) will be required by September 4, 2011. Papers received after this date will not be published. Full details of copy-ready requirements will be supplied at the time of acceptance.

Presenters Fee
In order to be included in the Abstracts publication, Conference Programme, publicity and announcements, the registration fee for presenters will be 125€ and includes the Book of Abstracts along with a copy of the Conference Proceedings. Details of how to pay the registration fee will be given on the registration form available at the time of acceptance.

More Info
For more information about to the conference please visit our website at http://artshare.com.pt/cr12 or email us through cr12@skilledart.eu


[lectureship: media/journalism]

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the University of Stirling (Scotland):

FMJ wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced candidate at Lecturer (Grade 8) level to pursue research in Screen/Media Studies as a member of the Stirling Media Research Institute, to teach and supervise postgraduate and undergraduate students, and to undertake administrative duties as appropriate. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in both FMJ’s and the School of Arts and Humanities expanding portfolio of Masters programmes by developing specialist provision where appropriate, and to supervise doctoral students. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to enhance the appropriate REF submission, and to be able to offer high quality teaching in both advanced and non-advanced modules. Candidates must be able to contribute to research and teaching in more than one area, and applications on that basis are welcome from candidates with a wide range of specialisms in Screen Studies and Media Studies.  It is hoped that the successful candidate would be able to take up their appointment within the Autumn 2011 semester.

Person specification


Measured by
Possession of a relevant, good quality first degree
PhD (or its immediate prospect)
Excellent research targeted to the regular production of high quality outputs
1, 2 and 3
The ability to generate or participate in research projects likely to enhance FMJ’s and the School’s research performance and an awareness of the research environment and  opportunities for future research funding within the UK/EU
1,2 and 3
Experience of administration, and ability and willingness to take on administrative roles
1 and 2
Links between research undertaken and research themes of the School of Arts and Humanities, and through them to research excellence in the wider University
1,2 and 3
Commitment and ability to contribute to the development of postgraduate provision
1,2 and 3
Teaching skills and experience at Higher Education level
1,2 and 3
Experience of relevant teaching on university undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
1, 2 and 3
Effective social, communication and presentation skills
1,2 and 3
Ability and willingness to contribute to the professional life of the department as a whole
1,2 and 3
Demonstrable commitment to the enhancement of the quality of learning and teaching

1,2 and 3
Commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to both research and teaching
1,2 and 3
The ability to offer high quality teaching in both advanced and non-advanced modules
1,2 and 3

1. Application
2. Interview
3. Presentation


[new book: online journalism]

*Making Online News -- Volume 2**
    Newsroom Ethnography in the Second Decade of Internet Journalism*

Edited by David Domingo and Chris Paterson

Online journalism has taken center stage in debates about the future of news. Instead of speculating, this volume offers rich empirical evidence about actual developments in online newsrooms. The authors use ethnographic methodologies to provide a vivid, close analysis of processes like newsroom integration, the transition of newspaper and radio journalists
to digital multimedia production, the management of user-generated content, the coverage of electoral campaigns, the pressure of marketing logics, the relationship with bloggers or the redefinition of news genres. This second volume of Making Online News presents twelve all-new case studies of newsrooms around the world, including the United States of America, United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Zimbabwe and Malaysia.


Preface: A Pedagogy of Online News Sociology: Teaching with Making Online News
/Chris Paterson & David Domingo/

Introduction: The Centrality of Online Journalism Today (and Tomorrow)
/David Domingo/

*PART ONE: Evolving Newsrooms*

1. Fostering a Culture of Collaboration: Organizational Challenges of Newsroom Innovation
/Steve Paulussen, Davy Geens & Kristel Vandenbrande/

2. Closer Apart? The Networks of Cross-media News Production
/Anja Bechmann/

3. "Beaming up" Traditional Journalists: The Transition of an American Newspaper into Cyberspace
/Sue Robinson/

4. Redefining Public Radio: Marketplace in the Digital Age
/Nikki Usher/

5. The Internet in the Print Newsroom: Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures in Zimbabwe
/Hayes Mawindi Mabweazara/

*PART TWO: News Redefined*

6. Routinizing Breaking News: Categories and Hierarchies In Danish Online Newsrooms
/Jannie Møller Hartley/

7. Making Online Features: How the Discursive Practice of an Online Newsroom Affects Genre Development
/Steen Steensen/

8. The Process of Covering the 2008 US Presidential Election at Salon.com and LATimes.com
/Brooke Van Dam/

*PART THREE: Beyond the Newsroom*

9. Studying User-generated Content at the BBC: A multi-Site Ethnography
/Andy Williams, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen & Claire Wardle/

10. Convergence in the News Wholesalers: Trends in International News Agencies
/Chris Paterson/

11. A News Portal without a News Team: Journalistic and Marketing Logics at the Malaysian National News Agency
/Amira Firdaus/

12. Blowing up the Newsroom: Ethnography in the Age of Distributed Journalism
/C.W. Anderson/

Epilogue: Future Avenues for Research on Online News Production
/Pablo J. Boczkowski/


[conference: Collective Intelligence 2012: April 18-20]

Collective Intelligence 2012: April 18-20
Image from Collective Intelligence 2012 site.

Collective intelligence has existed at least as long as humans have, because families, armies, countries, and companies have all--at least sometimes--acted collectively in ways that seem intelligent. But in the last decade or so a new kind of collective intelligence has emerged: groups of people and computers, connected by the Internet, collectively doing intelligent things. For example, Google technology harvests knowledge generated by millions of people creating and linking web pages and then uses this knowledge to answer queries in ways that often seem amazingly intelligent. Or in Wikipedia, thousands of people around the world have collectively created a very large and high quality intellectual product with almost no centralized control, and almost all as volunteers!

These early examples of Internet-enabled collective intelligence are not the end of the story but just the beginning. And in order to understand the possibilities and constraints of these new kinds of intelligence, we need a new interdisciplinary field. Forming such a field is one of the goals of this conference.

We seek papers about behavior that is both collective and intelligent. By collective, we mean groups of individual actors, including, for example, people, computational agents, and organizations. By intelligent, we mean that the collective behavior of the group exhibits characteristics such as, for example, perception, learning, judgment, or problem solving.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • human computation
  • social computing
  • crowdsourcing
  • wisdom of crowds (e.g., prediction markets)
  • group memory and problem-solving
  • deliberative democracy
  • animal collective behavior
  • organizational design
  • public policy design (e.g., regulatory reform)
  • ethics of collective intelligence (e.g., "digital sweatshops")
  • computational models of group search and optimization
  • emergence and evolution of intelligence
  • new technologies for making groups smarter
For a more complete description of the scope, please click here. For any questions, please email contact@ci2012.org.

Dates and Location
The conference will be held April 18-20, 2012 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA. Accommodations in nearby hotels will be available for conference attendees.

The conference will consist of:
  • invited talks from prominent researchers in different areas related to collective intelligence
  • oral paper presentations
  • poster sessions
Papers of three types are invited:
  • Reports of original research results
  • Reviews of previous research in one or more fields relevant to collective intelligence
  • Position papers about research agendas for the field of collective intelligence
Some of the papers submitted will be invited for oral presentation, others for presentation as posters.Papers may be up to 8 pages in length. The deadline for submission is November 4, 2011. Download the submission format. Papers shall be submitted by email to submissions@ci2012.org.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: November 4, 2011
Notification of paper acceptance / rejection: January 15, 2012
Camera-ready papers due: February 15, 2012
Conference dates: April 18-20, 2012

Thomas Malone (MIT)
Luis von Ahn (Carnegie Melllon University)

Organizing Committee

Robert Goldstone (Indiana University)
Deborah Gordon (Stanford University)
Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research)
Michael Kearns (University of Pennsylvania)
Andrew Lo (MIT)
Paul Resnick (University of Michigan)
Duncan Watts (Yahoo! Research)


[Recent Pedagogical Work]

I've had several people ask me for links to the Masters in New Media Narratives & Publishing that I've just created and now taught at the University of Alberta (thanks for your interest!).

The next session will run Fall 2012.

Have a look at the class blog here and you'll find links to the syllabus and assignments too (here is Assignment 3 for instance).


[new media soundings]

For the last few months we have been involved in a collaborative
composition project entitled City Soundings, in which a variety of
cityscapes were recorded by several composers in different countries and
collectively assembled into a unique composition. This work, composed in
three stages, reflects and combines several compositional styles brought
by all participating artists:

Wiska Radkiewicz and Andrea Cohen with

StevenBrown (UK)
MarekCholoniewski (Poland)
Victoria Estok (USA)
Brad Garton (USA)
Janete El Haouli (Brazil)
Andrew Hugill (UK)
Malle Maltis (Estonia)
Hernan Risso Patron (Argentina)
Franziska Schroeder (Northern Ireland, UK) Susanne Skog (Sweden) Andrei
Smirnov (Russia) Marie Wennersten (Sweden) Lidia Zielinska (Poland)

The completed composition will be broadcast during the Radiophonic
Creation Day on June 4th, 2011.

In addition, next Friday Andrea Cohen will present City Soundings during
a radio programme on France Culture , the public cultural French radio.
She will be interviewed along with the organizers of the Radio Creation
Day. A short fragment of City Soundings will be broadcast. (Friday, June
3rd at 11PM, Paris