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<nettime-ann> CALL: 3rd Meeting of the ICTs-and-Society Network (Barcelona), 29 June – 2 July 2010


Third International Meeting of the ICTs-and-Society Network: 
“Perspectives and Challenges” 
Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain
29 June – 2 July 2010

In 2008 the University of Salzburg, Austria, invited to a network launch meeting in the field of “ICTs and Society” which comprises different approaches of different disciplines with different tasks that originate from Information Society Studies, Internet Research, Social Informatics, New Media Studies, Human Computer Interaction, to name but a few. In 2009 a follow-up meeting was held at the University of Trento, Italy.

The third annual meeting of the ICTs-and-Society Network 2010 is hosted by the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) in Barcelona, Spain and supported by the University of Salzburg, Austria.

This meeting is as open to everyone engaged in ICTs-and-Society research and related fields – whether you are a senior researcher or a PhD candidate – as the network is open itself.

The ICTs-and-Society network provides a forum for taking a step back, questioning why you research what by which means and a platform to discuss with like-minded people. The annual meeting offers a space where these people can meet personally every year. 

Topics will thus revolve around 
- the impact of our research on society,
- our basic concepts and our background theory,
- and our use of methodologies

and may include but are not restricted to:

- Normative Research and Meaningful Technology;
- Critical Theory;
- ICTs and Society – A New Transdiscipline?
- Communities of Action – From Message to Movement;
- Problems of Empirical Research;
- Towards a Science of Information, Information Society, and Information Technology!
- How to Reconcile Technology and Society in Curricula;
- The Future of the Network: ICTs-and-Society Network quo vadis?

Since the meeting is to facilitate self-organisation of researchers for the sake of self-reflection of the field, the format of the meeting will differ from a traditional paper presentation conference:

You are encouraged to suggest panels or round tables or other formats around the issues at stake. As usual, a session will last 90 minutes. We welcome your suggestions before April 15, 2010

If you prefer to write a paper, you are free to do so and invited to submit it to 

Please send an abstract before the end of the deadline on 15 April 2010 to Wolfgang Hofkirchner at We will notify you before April 30, 2010. We will assign your paper to an appropriate session where you will be included as panelist or round table participant or else.
The first day of the meeting (June 30, 2010) will be shaped by PhD candidates’ presentations only. If you are a student and want to present, please submit a PhD concept. Be aware that your paper should not only deal with your dissertation thesis, but will be evaluated against the criteria of how you reflect the problems of the field as indicated above. Nine papers will be selected. For further questions on the PhD Consortium please contact Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt at

A preliminary schedule of the network meeting is available at Please adjust your contribution to one or more of the mentioned sessions, and/or suggest a new topic.
Besides the scheduled programme, the meeting will provide ample space and time for ad-hoc working groups, informal and formal discussion groups and networking.

Important Dates:
Deadline for suggested sessions, round tables, workshops: April 15, 2010
Feedback to authors due date: April 30, 2010
Deadline for contributions (within sessions): May 06, 2010

PhD workshop abstract deadline (500 words): April 15, 2010
Decision on PhD abstracts: April 30, 2010
Full paper submission due date for PhD contributions: June 15, 2010 

Besides, the meeting will provide ample space for ad-hoc working groups if need be. 

Juliet Webster (Work and Equality Research, London, UK)
William Dutton (Oxford Internet Institute)

If you have any inquires about the network meeting, please contact Alexander Banfield-Mumb at Please have a look at the website at which will be updated on a regular basis.

General Chairs:
Wolfgang Hofkirchner
Meritxell Roca Sales

Programme Co-Chairs:
Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt
Alexander Banfield-Mumb
Celina Raffl

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