Dutch Net/Work/Theory Conference Announced for October, 2002

Internet Research 3.0: NET / WORK / THEORY

International and Interdisciplinary Conference

of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)

International Institute of INFONOMICS and University of Maastricht

Maastricht, the Netherlands

October 13-16 2002

Conference Website: http://www.aoir.org/2002

Call for papers

Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2002.

Submissions: http://www2.cddc.vt.edu/confman/

The Internet has become an integral, ubiquitous part of everyday life in
many social domains and international contexts. Yet, most of the public
attention on cyberspace remains fueled by utopian or dystopian visions,
rather than being informed by the growing body of research on the
Internet as a complex fact of modern life.

Internet Research (IR) 3.0, an international and interdisciplinary
conference, will feature a variety of perspectives on Internet research,
in order to develop a better theoretical and pragmatic understanding of
the Internet. Building on the previous well-attended international
conferences, the IR 3.0 will bring together prominent scholars,
researchers, and practitioners from many disciplines, fields and
countries for a program of presentations, panel discussions, and
informal exchanges.

This year's theme is Net/Work/Theory. Contributors are called to reflect
on how to theorize what we know about the Internet and on how to apply
what we know theoretically in practice. The conference will be held for
the first time in Europe, whose intellectual environments have
traditionally been a source of social and cultural theory.

IR 3.0 will be hosted by the International Institute of Infonomics in
the beautiful city of Maastricht in the Netherlands. As the city in
which one of the key treaties of the European Union was signed,
Maastricht also symbolizes a changing Europe in a changing international
setting. The conference will provide opportunities to network, learn
from other researchers, hear from leading players in Internet
development, and enjoy the "art of fine living" of Maastricht, in the
south of the Netherlands.

The Association of Internet Researchers invites paper, presentation, and
panel proposals from AoIR members and non-members on topics that address
social, cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic aspects of the
Internet. We welcome interdisciplinary submissions as well as
submissions from any discipline. Panel presentations that establish
connections across disciplines, institutions, and/or continents are
especially encouraged. We also seek presentations that will make
creative use of Internet technologies and techniques.

Suggested topics:

* Theoretical and Methodological approaches to Internet Research

* Internet Access, Use and Effects

* Psychology and the Internet

* Individuals, Groups, and Communities Online

* Privacy, Surveillance, and Security on the Internet

* Internet Policy, Ethics, Law, and Politics

* Teaching, Learning and the Internet

* The Internet in Writing and Publishing

* Ethnicity, Race, Identity, Gender, and Sexuality Online

* The Internet in Cultural Contexts

* The Internet in History

* Digital Arts and Aesthetics

* Gaming on the Internet

* E-commerce, E-Business, or Value of Digital Content

* New Technologies and New Media

* E-Sectors (e-health, e-games, e-entertainment, e-other...)

This list is not meant to be exclusive, but to trigger ideas and
encourage submissions from a range of disciplines. The organizers will
take an active role in generating and joining the various interests in
appropriate formats

Format of proposals

Proposals can be of three types - papers, presentations, and panels.

Each person is entitled to submit 1 paper, 1 presentation, and/or 1 panel


Proposals for papers: 150-250 word abstract.

Creative presentations / demonstrations

Creative presentations (surprise us!) and Internet-related project
demonstrations (including digital arts) are encouraged. The format for
these proposals is the same as those for regular papers (150-250 word


Panels will generally include three to four papers or presentations.

The session organizer should submit a 250-500 word statement describing
the session topic, include abstracts of up to 250 words for each paper or
presentation, and indicate that each author is willing to participate in the


We also invite proposals for pre-conference workshop. These proposals
should be submitted as soon as possible (no later than January 15, 2002)
so that the workshops can be publicized.

Graduate students

Graduate students are highly encouraged to submit proposals. They
should note their student status with submission for consideration of
a special Student Award. If you intend to be a candidate for the Student
Award you must also send a final version of your proposal (final paper)
by 15th September 2002.

Format of submissions

Submission will be accepted from 15th December until 15th February 2002.
All proposals should be submitted electronically at:

It is preferred that you use HTML to minimally format your paper.

Average time allotted for a paper or presentation will be 15 minutes.
Average time allotted for a panel will be 1 hour and 30 minutes, including
discussion time. If these time constraints are not appropriate for your
panel/presentation, please include that in your abstract. Please include
any equipment or special considerations that might affect your presentation.


Proposal submission: 15th December, 2001- February 15, 2002

Author notification: April 1, 2002

Presenter's Registration to the conference: September 15, 2002

Student Award: Final paper due September 15, 2002

Contact information

If you have questions about the conference, program, or AoIR, please

Conference Coordinator: /

Monica Murero, Infonomics and University of Maastricht,


Program Chair:
Klaus Bruhn Jensen, University of Copenhagen: kbj@hum.ku.dk

A(o)IR President:
Steve Jones: sjones@uic.edu

More Information about IR 3.0 can be found on the Conference Website:


For more information about the Association of Internet Researchers,

including information on joining the Association, visit AoIR' s website
at http://aoir.org

For more information about the International Institute of Infonomics
visit our website at http://www.infonomics.nl