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4th Annual Open Repositories Conference

Submission Deadline extended to 2/26/09

Repositories are being deployed in a variety of environments (education, research, science, cultural heritage) and contexts (national, regional, institutional, project, lab, personal). Regardless of setting, context or scale, repositories are increasingly expected to operate across administrative and disciplinary boundaries and to interact with distributed computational services and social communities. It is the aim of the Open Repositories Conference to bring together individuals and organizations responsible for the conception, development, implementation and management of digital repositories, as well as stakeholders who interact with them, to address theoretical, practical, and strategic issues.

A program of papers, panel discussions, poster presentations, user groups, and workshops or tutorials will bring together all the key stakeholders in the field. Open source software community meetings for the major platforms (EPrints, DSpace and Fedora) will also provide opportunities to advance and coordinate the development of repository installations across the world.

Submission Instructions

Conference Proposals: We welcome two- to four-page proposals for presentations or panels that discuss theoretical, practical, or administrative issues of digital repositories that focus on areas represented by the conference themes. Abstracts of accepted proposals will be made available through the conference’s OCS site; all presentations and related materials used in the program sessions will be deposited in the upcoming Open Repositories 2009 community in Georgia Tech’s institutional repository, SMARTech (

User Group Presentations: Two- to four-page proposals for presentations or panels that focus on use of one of the major repository platforms (EPrints, DSpace and Fedora) are invited from developers, researchers, repository managers, administrators and practitioners describing novel experiences or developments in the construction and use of repositories.

Posters: We also invite developers, researchers, repository managers, administrators and practitioners to submit one-page proposals for posters.

Workshops: Proposals for workshops for repository managers and developers can be accommodated on day four (May 21, 2009) of the conference. Please contact the local arrangements team for inquiries about workshop facilities at

Please submit your proposal through the OCS system administered by Georgia Tech. The OCS system will be linked from the conference web site ( and will be available for submissions as of December 1, 2008.

Important Dates and Contact Info

2009-02-06: Submission deadline for Conference proposals (presentations or panels)
2009-03-06: Notification of acceptance, Conference proposals

2009-02-06: Submission deadline for Workshops
2009-03-06: Notification of acceptance, Workshops

2009-03-06: Submission of User Group Proposals
2009-04-03: Notification of acceptance, User Group proposals

2009-03-19: Submission of Poster Proposals
2009-04-10: Notification of acceptance, Poster proposals

2009-05-18 Conference

Inquiries to:

DSpace User Group meeting Chair
Fedora User Group meeting Chair
EPrints User Group meeting Chair
Program Committee Chair
Host Organizing Committee

Conference Themes


  • Repositories and scientific workflows
  • Managing the lifecycle for scientific data
  • Repositories for qualitative data, the humanities, social sciences, virtual organizations, grid/cloud computing, etc.
  • Integrating with publishing and publishing platforms
  • Repositories and HPC applications (models and simulations; visualization)
  • Integrating with other infrastructure platforms (e.g., SRB, iRODS)
  • Scaling repositories to the demands of e-science


  • Organizational and financial sustainability, business models
  • Organizational and strategic context of repositories (libraries, archives, institutes, etc.)
  • Challenges in staffing digital repository and cyberinfrastructure services: recruitment; professional education; professional development; defining the roles and expertise of data curators and data scientists; training the next generation of repository managers
  • Organizational synergies and collaboration
  • Sustaining content over time: preservation; audit; certification; assessment; demonstrating value
  • Repository policies and governance
  • Embedding repositories in business processes and workflows
  • Repository services and organizational culture
  • Strategies for engaging with science and social science communities
  • Making the case for organizational investment in repository services


  • Integration and interoperability issues among repository platforms
  • Collaboration among repository
  • Integration of repositories with software tools and workflows
  • Building federated repositories
  • Developing computational services and interfaces across distributed repositories
  • Achieving interoperability across administrative and disciplinary domains: technical and cultural challenges
  • Middleware topics (integration with access management frameworks, workflow management systems, etc.)
  • Content standards – discipline-specific vs general
  • Metadata standards and application profiles
  • Quality standards and quality control processes


  • Virtual organizations
  • OAI services
  • Social networking, annotation / tagging, personalization
  • Searching / information discovery
  • Multi-stakeholder value: preservation, open access, research, management, administration
  • Multi-agenda, multi-function, multi-purpose repositories
  • Usefulness and usability
  • Interfaces between repositories and scholarly publications or publishing platforms
  • Reference, reuse, reanalysis, re-interpretation, and repurposing of content
  • Citation of data / learning objects
  • Repository metrics
  • Bibliometrics: usage and impact


  • E- research/E-science (e.g., data and publication; collaborative services)
  • E-scholarship
  • Discipline-oriented repositories
  • Scholarly Publishing
  • Digital Library
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Scientific repositories / data repositories
  • Repositories that operate across multiple disciplines, organizations, and sectors (private/public; higher education/government; etc.)


11th Annual Florida Atlantic University Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association Symposium. Held at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida on Friday, March 20, 2009
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Vest
Spoken Word Poet and Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy, University of Central Florida
The goal of this conference is to cross disciplinary boundaries and to bring together feminist perspectives on marginality and voice.  This symposium is an opportunity for graduate students from all colleges and disciplines to present their ongoing research, including class papers, theses, and dissertations. Graduate students in the Visual and Performing Arts are invited to submit proposals for exhibits or creative performances.
We welcome presentations addressing, but not limited to, the following issues:
What does it mean to live in and speak from the margins?
~How does marginality function in/across different class, race/ethnicity, sexuality, environmental, spiritual, or political contexts?
~What kinds of agency are evident in marginalized voices?
~How can critical pedagogy best deal with the complexities of marginality and voice?
~How is the concept of marginality altered by emerging voices of feminist, postcolonial, queer and disability theories, etc.?
To apply, please submit a one-page abstract. (Individual or collective submissions are welcome)
The abstract should include:
(1) A brief description of the proposed topic,
(2) An explanation of how the topic relates to Women’s Studies scholarship or gender analysis,
(3) A thesis statement.
Please include your name, address, telephone number, email, institutional affiliation and the title of your paper at the top of the page.  Abstract submissions should be sent to Katy Smith via email to:
All abstracts must be received by Friday, February 6, 2009
Final decisions on the submitted abstracts will be sent no later than February 27, 2009.
For more information, please contact Katy Smith at
Presented by FAU Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association and Women’s Studies Center
Olga Turner, Vice President
Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association      

Age: The Unacknowledged Margin

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), Atlanta, GA, November 12-15,

For more conference details, see

Abstract deadline: February 1, 2009

This is the guaranteed panel of the NWSA’s Aging and Ageism Caucus.

The theme of this year’s NWSA conference–“Difficult Dialogues”–aims to
“examine how feminist intellectual, political, and institutional practices
cannot be adequately practiced if the politics of gender are conceptualized
(overtly or implicitly) as superseding or transcending the politics of race,
sexuality, social class, nation, and disability.”  Similarly, the conference
CFP focuses on how intellectual work is done “margin to margin,”
questionning what sorts of institutional, curricular and pedagogical
relationships Women’s Studies holds with “Black/Africana/African Diaspora
Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latino/a/Latin-American Studies, Asian/Asian
American/Pacific Rim Studies, Disability Studies, Girls’ Studies, and Gay
and Lesbian/Queer Studies”? 

The “politics of age” and Aging Studies are noticeably absent from these
lists.  Why?

Over 20 years ago, Barbara MacDonald spoke on a plenary before the NWSA and
claimed ageism as a central feminist issue.  3 years ago, another NWSA
plenary session and a special issue of the NWSA journal were dedicated to
aging studies.  So why does “age”–and the related fields of “Age Studies” or
“Aging Studies”–remain an unacknowledged margin within the academy in
general and within Women’s Studies in particular? We seek papers that
address this central question through a variety of lenses.  Possible themes
might include, but are not limited to:

*       how age operates as an identity category
*       why aging is “a central feminist issue”
*       how the politics of age impact the politics of gender, race,
sexuality, social class, nation, and disability
*       how the experience of ageism is inflected by sexism, racism,
socioeconomic inequalities and other forms of discrimination
*       how feminist theory and critical age theory might productively
inform one another
*       how feminist critiques of the assumptions that ground liberalism and
science inform age studies
*       innovative ways that Age Studies might be incorporated into Women’s
Studies’ curricula


Send 250-word abstracts or full papers by February 1, 2009. Please include
your full name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address,
and email address in the proposal. Email submissions strongly preferred.
(If you cannot submit via email for some reason, please contact the
moderator below.)

Erin Gentry Lamb

Department of English

Duke University

Box 90017

Durham, NC 27708

Women’s Centers’ Libraries

I want to submit a proposal to NWSA for a “Women’s Centers’ Libraries”
roundtable. I am looking for presenters from Women’s Centers that have
stand-alone libraries, those that are linked with their college/university
libraries and perhaps someone from a Center that decided not to have a
library who could discuss why they made that decision. The topics discussed
would include but not be restricted to: purpose for having a center library,
focused or general collection, borrowing management, relationship to the
university library. Would anyone like to join me? Please respond to



Dorothy C. Miller, D.S.W., Director

Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

& Clinical Associate Professor

Mandel School For Applied Social Sciences

Case Western Reserve University

PH: 216-368-0985

Gender, Ethnicity and the Nation-State: Anatolia and Its Neighboring Regions

Call for Papers for Hrant Dink Memorial Workshop 2009

Gender, Ethnicity and the Nation-State:
Anatolia and Its Neighboring Regions

May 21-24, 2009

Sabanci University – Istanbul

We are pleased to announce our second workshop in memory of Hrant Dink. The
theme of this year’s workshop is “Gender, Ethnicity and the Nation-State:
Anatolia and Its Neighboring Regions,” focusing on the moments of
transformation in gender relations and ethnic identity during both the
construction of nation-states and their various transformation(s) throughout
the 20th century.

Gender and ethnicity have been key categories of differentiation and
conflict in nationalisms and nation-states, interacting with each other in
multiple ways. Although nationalisms and nation-states typically claim
equality as their basic organizing principle, the past century is marked by
tensions in definitions and practices of gender and ethnicity. These
tensions have taken violent forms during times of war and ethnic conflict,
and have undergone transformations in response to processes of
state-building, breakdown of states, socialism and postsocialism, forced or
voluntary migrations within and across nation-states, democratization, and
the proliferation of social movements incuding feminist, LGBTT (Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Transgender), and religious movements.
Towards the end of the 20th century, globalization has triggered the crisis
of the nation-state and its discourses, and the increasing prominence of
supranational and subnational political processes have generated new
conceptualizations of gender and ethnicity.

The goal of this year’s workshop is to shed light on and problematize the
multiple ways in which constructions and transformations of gender and
ethnicity in and beyond nation-states have shaped Anatolia and its
neighboring regions in the 20th century. Papers that examine contemporary
transformations along the lines of gender and ethnicity are particularly
welcome. Yet we are also interested in rethinking the transformation from
empire to nation-state earlier in the century.

The turn of the 20th century was marked by radical changes in men’s and
women’s lives in the Ottoman Empire. Established understandings of
masculinity and femininity were challenged and redefined at the same time as
ethnicity gained ground as an organizing political principle. The histories
of this period have been dominated by Orientalist and nationalist
scholarship. To this day, for instance, “Ottoman history” is often assumed
to refer to “Turkish-Muslim” history and, in Turkey, statements that depict
“the first novel”, “the first woman novelist”, “the first time women gained
access to education”, and so on, disregard the non-Muslim subjects of the
Ottoman Empire and their public participation. Public and scholarly debates
over how to account for the violent transformations of the 1910s and 1920s
continue to be polarized. In recent years, a growing body of literature has
challenged both the Orientalist and nationalist frameworks of earlier
historiographies. Yet, there are surprisingly few studies that are able to
move beyond methodological nationalism: histories of Armenian women, Turkish
women, Kurdish women, Arab women, Greek women, and so on, exist as parallel,
non-intersecting histories. There are even fewer studies that analyze
masculinities, sexualities, and gender relations at large.

Drawing on Hrant Dink’s legacy of exploring our “shared” histories, as well
as our shared present and future, our aim in this workshop is to go beyond
such methodological nationalism. We seek to encourage, instead, a debate on
the contexts of differentiation (and unification) along gender and ethnic
lines. We welcome all papers that explore the ways in which definitions and
practices of gender and ethnicity have together shaped and have been shaped
in turn by political and economic transformations in Anatolia and its
neighboring regions from the early 20th into the 21st century.

Application deadline is March 1, 2009.

To send an abstract, please download the application form on our website:
Organizing Committee

Ak�in Somel
Ay�e Kad�o�lu
Ay�e G�l Alt�nay
Fikret Adan�r
H�lya Adak
I��k �zel
Lanfranco Aceti
Leyla Keough
Nedim Nomer

Brick and Click Libraries

9th Annual Brick and Click Libraries – An Academic Library Symposium
Friday, November 6, 2009

Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri

“Brick and Click” is a one-day symposium of practical relevance to directors, librarians and paraprofessionals supporting traditional and online resources/services for academic library users. The annual symposium has been hosted by Northwest Missouri State University since its inception in 2001.


Presenter Benefits:

Presenters receive a reduced registration fee ($100) to the symposium and an opportunity to publish a paper in the symposium proceedings. 


Presentation opportunities include a 50 minute session, and/or a 10-minute “Lightning Round” presentation.  For more information, visit:


Sample topics are available at


Submit your proposal(s) by March 3, 2009 using the following link(s):

     50-minute presentation:

     10-minute presentation:


If you have questions about presentation proposals, please e-mail Kathy Ferguson at:

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Cordially Yours,


Kathy Ferguson & Carolyn Johnson

Symposium Co-Coordinators


NWSA Panel Papers: Care Ethics and Intersectionality

Call for NWSA Panel Papers: Care Ethics and Intersectionality

Although care ethics has been around for a quarter century and intersectional concerns are driving much of contemporary feminist social analysis, little has been written about how care ethics might contribute to addressing the linkages between oppressions such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism.  Care ethics, as conceived by many theorists, has emotional and imaginative resources that can allow for understanding across systems of oppression.  Scholars from any discipline are invited to submit a brief abstract that addresses the connection between care and intersectionality for a potential panel at the 2009 NWSA Annual Conference in Atlanta Georgia, November 12-15.  Intersectionality is one of the major themes of the conference.  The nature of potential panel presentations is open.  Possible topics might include but are not limited to theoretical approaches to care and intersectionality, case studies of caring across oppressive experience, ethnographic examples, histo!
 rical examples or literary analysis.  Papers for this session should be 10-12 minutes long.  Right now, all I am looking for are short proposals of about 100 words (you do not need the full paper at this time).  Please send paper proposals to Maurice Hamington before January 23 at or

For more information on the NWSA Annual Conference Call for Papers and the theme of Intersection (CFP Theme #2) see

This session is sponsored by Maurice Hamington, Associate Professor, and Director of the Institute for Women’s Studies and Services, Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Association for Feminist Ethics And Social Theory Conference

Call for Submissions

The Association for Feminist Ethics And Social Theory

invites submissions for the Fall 2009 conference

September 24 – 27, 2009 

Clearwater Beach, Florida
Keynote speakers: Ofelia Schutte and Joan Tronto

Submission deadline: February 27, 2009
Submissions, for either paper or panel sessions, should consist of papers no longer than 3,000 words and abstracts of 100-250 words.
Presenters are encouraged to submit revised, expanded versions of their papers for a FEAST special issue of Hypatia that will appear in 2011–submission details to be announced in Spring 2009.
FEAST 2009 will also include two invited panels:

Environmental Feminism, with Chris Cuomo, Trish Glazebrook, and Chaone Mallory

Evolutionary Psychology, with Carla Fehr, Letitia Meynell, and Anya Plutynski

Theoretical papers on all topics within the areas of feminist ethics and social theory are welcome.  The program committee aims to create a conference with a diverse group of presenters and a diversity of philosophical topics and styles. Proposals for presentations other than papers (e.g. workshops, discussions, etc.) should include detailed descriptions demonstrating that the ideas are as developed as they would be in a paper.
We especially invite submissions for the “Difficult Conversations” workshop, which is held as a lunchtime event at each FEAST conference. 
Previous workshops have included a discussion of how racism has affected participants’ lives, a conversation between women with disabilities and women who care for persons with disabilities, and a dialogue about feminist sexualities and identities.
FEAST strongly encourages members of groups that are underrepresented in both the discipline of philosophy and at feminist philosophy conferences to send submissions.  The Steering Committee apologizes for the oversight of scheduling the conference to end on the day that begins Yom Kippur (Sept 27th, 2009), and we will do our best to accommodate scheduling requests relating to religious and cultural practices.
Please send your submission, in one document (a Word or pdf file), to <> by February 27, 2009. Your document should include the paper title, abstract, and paper, but no identifying information.  The word count (max. 3,000) should appear on the top of the first page of your paper.  Panel organizers, please send the panel title and all three abstracts and papers in one document, along with the word counts (3,000 for each paper). In the body of the e-mail message, please include: your paper or panel title, name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, surface mail address, and phone number. All submissions will be anonymously reviewed.
For more information on FEAST or to see the programs from past conferences, go to: <>.

Questions may be directed to Lisa Schwartzman: <>

AMCIS 2009 : ICT Support for Social Inclusion, and Participation Track

Technology has become a ubiquitous part of daily life ever since the introduction of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). With the advent of social software heralded from the web2.0 era organizations have been using technologies such as blogs, wiki, collaboration websites and social networking tools to fulfil the personal and organizational, societal and humanitarian goals. This trend is creating a new set of social entrepreneurs and social enterprises supported by ICT. The growth of open source technology and public domain material such as  MIT open courseware and creative commons digital resources is allowing people from a variety of backgrounds and demographics to access educational resources, knowledge and expertise that would not be available to them without ICT.

The aim of this mini-track will be to offer a global perspective of how ICTs are being diffused, used and adopted within to support organizations, governments, NGOs, households and communities leading to social inclusion. By undertaking this research academics, industry and government agencies will learn what groups in society are being affected by social inclusion and what measures are being undertaken to have households and the various social communities adopt and use the ICTs.  Further benefits include, a novel focus to the social inclusion area that will be presented offering innovative ideas of how people are becoming active participants in society by adopting ICTs

Topics of interest to this track include:

         How is the adoption and usage of  broadband networks, mobile phones  and other new communication technologies  leading to social inclusion

         The impact of trends such as web2.0, open mobile internet, social networking on digital inclusion

         The impacts of social /digital inclusion upon various social communities (eg. Residential neighbourhoods, genders, age groups)

         Evaluation of the technological and non-technological aspects of the digital/social inclusion of ICTs

         Evaluating the tangible and intangible benefits of social/digital inclusion occurring due to ICTs

         The diffusion, adoption and usage of ICTs causing social/digital inclusion in developing countries

         Evaluation and discussion papers investigating whether there are any  or no differences between social and/or digital inclusion.

         The  diffusion, adoption and usage of ICTs causing social/digital inclusion within various social communities

         Stakeholder theory and the social/digital inclusion issue occurring due to ICTs

         How are e- government initiatives leading to social/digital inclusion due to ICTs

         Human Computer Interaction issues leading to social/digital inclusion issues but in the context of ICTs.

         Digital/Social Inclusion in an Organisational Context

Track chair: Dr. Jyoti Choudrie, Reader of information Systems, Business School, University of Hertfordshire, DeHavilland Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB.UK.;

Co-Chair: Professor Phillip Olla, Management Information Systems Dept, School of Business, Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan, USA. 48150 e-mail:

Co-Chair: Ms. Shauneen Furlong, School of Computing and Mathematical Science, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK e-mail:


Important Dates
January 2, 2009: Manuscript Central will start accepting paper submissions
February 20, 2009 (11:59 PM Pacific time zone): Deadline for paper
April 2, 2009: Authors will be notified of acceptances on or about this
April 20, 2009 (11:59 PM Pacific time zone): For accepted papers,
camera ready copy due

Further information about the conference and minitrack proposals is
available in AMCIS2009 Web site at:


Telementoring in the K-12 Classroom


Proposal Submission Deadline: February 15, 2009 Telementoring in the K-12 Classroom: Online Communication Technologies for Learning A book edited by Dr. Deborah A. Scigliano Duquesne University, USA



Telementoring, the practice of online mentoring, is a powerful tool to engage students in meaningful learning. Research has demonstrated the benefits for students and telementors who engage in inquiry and project-based learning with telementoring. It is important to understand the richness of the scope of telementoring partnerships and processes in order to facilitate the use of this beneficial practice. Telementoring is a relatively-recent newcomer to the field of practice and research. The need exists for an edited collection of articles in this continually-emerging field of telementoring.


Objective of the Book

This book seeks to provide the latest research and the best practices in the field of telementoring. Theoretical and pragmatic viewpoints on telementoring will provide guidance to the professionals who will use this book to inform their practice. A solid base of telementoring information and an expansive vision of this practice will combine to promote the understanding and the successful implementation of telementoring.


Target Audience

The target audience for this book are professionals in the P-12 environment who implement telementoring into their classroom practice, including administrators, classroom educators and technology specialists.

This book will also serve as a resource for teacher educators and those professionals who seek to promote the use of telementoring.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


•             Telementoring and the use of inquiry, problem-based, and project-based learning

•             Promoting successful telementoring relationships/partnerships

•             Construction of knowledge in an online environment

•             Telementoring benefits and limitations

•             Software designs to support telementoring

•             The role of the subject matter expert

•             The role of the online facilitator

•             Mediating an online personal presence

•             Telementoring models

•             Synchronous and asynchronous communication in telementoring

•             Telementoring to promote social capital

•             Future directions for telementoring


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 15, 2009, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the intended focus of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by February 28, 2009 about the status of their proposals and will be sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2009. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference) and “Medical Information Science Reference” imprints. Please visit for additional information regarding the publisher.


An email of your intent to submit would be appreciated.


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:


Dr. Deborah Scigliano


Duquesne University

School of Education

Department of Foundations and Leadership 600 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA USA 15282