Saturday, May 26, 2007

CFP: The Picture Book (Special issue of ImageTexT)

CFP: The Picture Book (Special issue of ImageTexT)

The “Picture Book” special issue of ImageTexT is accepting paper submissions that address the history, form, narrative strategies, and cultural uses of the picture book. Submitted essays should work toward furthering ImageTexT’s ongoing investigation of the material, historical, theoretical, and cultural implications of visual textuality.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

• The history of the picture book and its uses (pedagogical, political, cultural).
• The influence of technological innovation on the production, form, and narrative content of picture books.
• Questions of the tactile and sensorial in picture books.
• The relationship between picture books and comics.
• The relationship between picture books and other aesthetic forms (e.g., film, music, theatre, painting).
• The picture book as “literature” – or the picture book in relation to questions of the literary.
• The relationship between awarding (e.g., the Caldecott Award) and the production and evaluation of picture books.
• The interplay between word and image in the picture book.
• Picture book adaptations of folk/fairy tales, novels, films, cartoons, etc.
• Picture books and nostalgia.
• Questions of audience and/or the function of the reader (e.g., the picture book’s interpellation of the child reader, the “crossover appeal” of picture books, picture books for adults, the influence of the new media and postmodernism on the role of the reader and strategies of
reading picture books).

Please send completed papers in MLA citation format to by October 15, 2007.

Articles submitted should usually not exceed 10,000 words including notes and should be presented to generally accepted academic standards. Please submit all articles by sending an email with the submission attached (including images, etc). If you cannot send attachment of this size please send a copy of your article to the address below. All postal mail submissions should include a copy of the article in electronic form on either a floppy disk or a CD along with three (3) print copies of the article. Articles should be submitted preferably in HTML, or as Microsoft Word, StarOffice, or OpenOffice documents. Webbed essays are encouraged.

Copies of images used in articles should be submitted separately from the body text, as .zipped archives of no larger than 3 MB each. (Larger archives should be submitted via CD-Rom or made accessible to the editor of the issue for download by ftp or WWW page). Images should be in color (where appropriate) and in the highest resolution possible, up to 300 dpi. Acceptable image file formats include .tiff, .psd, .pdf, .png, and .jpg (with minimal compression).

Alternatively, send hard copies to:

Anastasia Ulanowicz, Assistant Professor
Department of English
Univ. of Florida
4008 Turlington Hall
P.O. Box 117310
Gainesville, FL 32611-7310

The guest editor for the special issue is Anastasia Ulanowicz. If you
have any questions, please email

CFP: The Culture of Print in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM)

Call for papers: Engineering + print culture
Call for papers (deadline: January 15, 2008) -
The Culture of Print in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM)

The Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America
Madison, Wisconsin
September 12-13, 2008

The conference will include papers focusing on the dynamic intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM) and print culture. Papers might address ways in which STEM - its histories and materials, its theories and practices, its economics, and its practitioners - affects or is affected by print culture.

These approaches might include: innovations in the production and circulation of print; patterns of authorship and reading; publication, and dissemination of knowledge in the history of STEM. Alternatively, taking the various theories and methodologies that have grown out of half-a-century of historical and social studies of STEM, papers could investigate the social construction of STEM knowledge through print; technologies of experimentation and inscription as a print culture of the laboratory; and the social networks of readership in the production of scientific consensus or conflict. Though our emphasis is on the United States scene, we welcome submissions from other areas of the globe as well.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Jim Secord of Cambridge University, Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project and author of many publications, including the award-winning Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (University of Chicago Press, 2000).

Proposals for individual papers or complete sessions (up to three papers) should include a 250-word abstract and a one-page c.v. for each presenter. If possible, submissions should be made via email ( The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2008. Notifications of acceptance will be made by early March.

As with previous conferences, we anticipate producing a volume of papers from the conference for publication in a volume in the Center's series, "Print Culture History in Modern America," published by the University of Wisconsin Press. A list of books the Center has produced, available on the Center's website (, offers a guide to prospective authors.

For information, contact:
Christine Pawley, Director,
Center for the History of Print Culture
4234 Helen C. White Hall,
600 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706

phone: (608) 263-2945 / (608) 263-2900
fax: (608) 263-4849

Co-sponsors: School of Library and Information Studies, the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the departments of the History of Science, the History of Medicine and Bioethics, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.



The Handbook of Research on Language Acquisition Technologies: Web 2.0
Transformation of Learning will provide an up-to-date overview of current
developments in Information and Communication Technologies related to the
fields of second and foreign language acquisition. The volume will feature
chapters (5,000-7,500 words) authored by leading experts in the field of
CALL, e-Learning and educational technology, offering an in-depth
description of key terms and concepts related to different areas, issues and
trends in Information Communication Technologies.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

(i). A history of Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 technologies

(ii). The case for the originality of Web 2.0 technologies

(iii). The pitfalls of Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom (information
overload, Internet security, the dangers of online communities for students)

(iv). Web 2.0 and the potential for educational Institutions

(v). The pedagogical implications of Web 2.0

(vi). Second Life and language education

(vii). E-Learning 2.0 (distance learning, mobile learning, blended learning)

(viii). Web 2.0 and the history of Computer Assisted Language Learning

(ix). The use of blogs in language education

(x). Virtual gaming and Web 2.0

(xi). Podcasting in language education

(xii). Wikis in language education

(xiii). The pedagogical implications of social network environments

(xiv). Social software and learning

(xv). The role of the ICT/CALL coordinator and Web 2.0 technologies

(xvi). E-moderation and Web 2.0

(xvii). Conditions for the successful implementation of Web 2.0 in education

(xviii) Laptop projects (wireless and one-to-one)

(xix). Case studies using Web 2.0 in language learning contexts. Other areas
of research on Web 2.0 technologies (YouTube, Second Life, MySpace, iPods,
Mobile Learning, Course Management Systems, Social Software,,
Flickr, etc.) and language learning will also be considered.

Individuals interested in submitting chapters (5,000-7,500 words) on the
above-suggested topics or other related topics in their area of interest
should submit via e-mail a 2 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the
mission and concerns of the proposed chapter by June 15, 2007. We strongly
encourage other topics that have not been listed in our suggested list,
particularly if the topic is related to the research area in which you have
expertise. Upon acceptance of your proposal, you will have until November
30, 2007, to prepare the first draft of your chapter of 5,000-7,500 words
and 7-10 related terms and their appropriate definitions.

Guidelines for preparing your paper and terms and definitions will be sent
to you upon acceptance of your proposal. Please forward your e-mail of
interest including your name, affiliation and a list of topics (5-7) on
which you are interested in writing a chapter to: Michael Thomas, editor, at no later than June 15, 2007.

You will be notified about the status of your proposed topics by July 1,
2007. This book is scheduled for publishing by Information Science Reference
(an imprint of IGI Global) in 2008.

Two Calls for Computers and Composition/Web 2.0 Themed Articles

Two Calls for Computers and Composition/Web 2.0 Themed Articles

Below are calls for proposals for two special issues on Web 2.0 and
college composition. See the links below for more information and feel
free to email the guest editors with questions.

1) Calls for Positions, Papers, and Webtexts

Composition in the Freeware Age: Using Web 2.0 Applications in the
Teaching of Writing, Computers and Composition Online

Guest-edited by Randall McClure, Michael Day and Mike Palmquist

For more information, visit

2) Call for Proposals

Composition in the Freeware Age:

Assessing the Impact and Value of the Web 2.0 Movement for the Teaching
of Writing, Computers and Composition

Guest-edited by Randall McClure, Michael Day and Mike Palmquist

For more information, visit

You can contact: Randal McClure at randall.mcclure@MNSU.EDU

CFP: The Starbucking of America (MAPACA, 11/2/07-11/4/07)

CFP: The Starbucking of America (MAPACA, 11/2/07-11/4/07)

2007 Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association
Philadelphia, PA November 2-4, 2007

The Starbucking of America
This panel seeks papers that examine the role of Starbucks on American Culture. Papers may explore any aspect of Starbucks and its cultural influence, including: its relation to other food establishments, its labor practices, its impact on other coffee houses, its impact on coffee culture(s), its design, its influence on retail practices, its affect on consumers and consumer practice.
Papers or 150 word abstracts by 6/1 to Andrew Schopp at

Visit for information about the conference.

Call for Papers: Research Track, IA Summit 2008 (ASIS&T)

Call for Papers: Research Track, IA Summit 2008 (ASIS&T)

Call for Research Track Submissions:

April 10-14
Hyatt Regency Miami

The ASIS&T Information Architecture Summit is the premier annual gathering for information architects. At this time, we are issuing an advance Call for Papers for the IA Summit research stream.

Research papers provide an opportunity to present original contributions to the research, theory, and practice of information architecture. Submissions should demonstrate an awareness of relevant literature, both empirical and theoretical, while clearly indicating the importance of the research to IA practice. In addition, submissions to the research stream must include the full text of the paper, not just an abstract. All research papers will undergo a blind peer-review. Accepted papers will be included in the digital conference proceedings and made publicly available on the conference website.

Although we are seeking original research contributions, this does not mean that your submission must strictly conform to the traditional format for scholarly research papers. The exact nature and format of the paper lies with the author. However, regardless of the format, research papers should still meet accepted scholarly standards for quality, clarity, validity, and originality. Papers will typically be between 3000 and 5000 words (roughly 6-12 pages), plus references and supporting images and tables as required. The maximum length for research papers is 7000 words.

Although the research stream intends to encourage contributions from academic researchers, we strongly encourage anyone to submit research papers, including practitioners and students. Affiliation with an academic institution is not required to submit a research paper.

Approximate dates for research track submissions:

November 2007: Full papers due
January 2008: Notification of acceptance
Early March 2008: Revised full paper in PDF due for inclusion in electronic proceedings

Additional details about submission requirements will be available later this year on the conference website at . In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

D. Grant Campbell, Program Chair,
IA Summit Research Track

Friday, May 25, 2007

Newberry Seminar on Technology, Politics & Culture: 2007-2008 Call for Papers

Newberry Seminar on Technology, Politics & Culture: 2007-2008 Call for Papers Location: Illinois, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2007-06-15
Date Submitted: 2007-05-03

The Newberry Library Seminar on Technology, Politics, and Culture Co-sponsored by the History Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Roosevelt University, and Northwestern University’s School of Communications

CALL FOR PAPERS for the 2007–08 academic year Deadline for Submission: 15 June 2007

This seminar provides a forum for research projects and for works-in-progress that explore questions, tensions, resolutions, and relationships across technology, politics, and culture. Papers might address topics in the intellectual and social history of technology broadly conceived, including aspects of institutional systems, communications, management, business, labor, law, policy, or government. We are interested in a broad range of conceptual and temporal approaches. Two areas of special interest are pre-1900 topics and comparative or global work extending beyond the United States.

The seminar is open to graduate students, faculty members, independent scholars, and professionals in related fields, such as engineering and urban planning. To maximize time for discussion, papers are circulated electronically in advance. Priority is given to individuals who are at a stage of their research at which they can best profit from discussion, and to individuals who need a venue to present their work. The seminar meets on selected Fridays during the academic year, 3:30–5:00 PM, at the Newberry Library in Chicago.To propose a paper, please send a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief c.v. to Diane Dillon, Assistant Director, Dr. William M. Scholl Center for Family and Community History, The Newberry Library. Please send all materials as electronic attachments via email to:

If you are interested in proposing a paper and have questions, please contact the seminar coordinator, James Schwoch (Northwestern University,; (847) 491-7361).

The Newberry Library is unable to provide funds for travel or lodging, but can provide assistance in locating discounted accommodations.

Dr. William M. Scholl Center for Family and Community History
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 255-3524/