Monthly Archives: July 2009

Visual Culture & Gender

Visual Culture & Gender (VCG) is an international, freely accessed online journal available  @ The journal’s purpose is to encourage and promote an understanding of how visual culture constructs gender in context with representations of race, age, sexuality, social units, (dis)ability, and social class and to promote international dialogue about visual culture and gender. VCG concerns the learning and teaching processes or practices used to expose culturally learned meanings and power relations that surround the creation, consumption, valuing, and dissemination of images, and involves issues of equity and social justice in the learning, teaching, and practice of art.

Submission of Manuscripts: September 15 is the deadline for submission of articles, images, and reviews of books, video/films, performance/actions, Web sites, visual culture, and exhibitions for an annual publication each autumn since 2006. VCG will consider for publication manuscripts that address gender issues in the context of visual culture and arts education. To be considered, manuscripts should be no more than 5000 words in length with an abstract of 150 words. Images are encouraged with manuscripts and should be sent in digital format (jpg, gif, or png) with copyright permission provided. Visual research is encouraged but images must be accompanied by text. Original manuscripts should be prepared according to the APA (5th edition) style. Include in a cover letter that the manuscript is original, not previously published, and not under consideration elsewhere. Please place your name only in the accompanying cover letter and not in the manuscript to facilitate anonymous review. Send the manuscript electronically as an email attachment with .doc extension and your name to Karen Keifer-Boyd at and Deborah Smith-Shank at
Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D.
Professor, Art Education & Affiliate Professor, Women’s Studies
School of Visual Arts, 210 Arts Cottage
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802-2905
Phone:  814.863.7312       Fax:  814.863.8664
Email:         Website:

Co-editor of Visual Culture & Gender @

International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development (IJICTHD)





The mission of the International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development (IJICTHD) is to create awareness of how ICTs can contribute to human development in several areas. IJICTHD describes the link between ICTs and human development (which includes economic, social and political development), identifies the potential applications of ICTs for the development of human beings, and provides insightful analysis about those factors (also contextual and institutional ones) that affect ICTs for human development initiatives. This journal also proposes strategies (to both governments and international cooperation organizations) to move forward and to address future challenges.




Topics to be discussed in this journal include (but are not limited to) the following:


Digital divide

ICTs and agriculture

ICTs and citizen participation

ICTs and commerce

ICTs and culture

ICTs and disasters management

ICTs and economic development

ICTs and education

ICTs and ethics

ICTs and gender equality

ICTs and governance

ICTs and health

ICTs and human empowerment

ICTs and human rights

ICTs and international cooperation

ICTs and poverty alleviation

ICTs and the environment

Knowledge for development

Policy making with regard to ICTs for development


Interested authors should consult the journal’s manuscript submission guidelines at


All inquiries and submissions should be sent to:

Editor-in-Chief:  Susheel Chhabra at

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Call For Papers
Issue 10.3
Michael Benton, Alan Clinton, Wes Houp and Danny Mayer

Inventions of Activism

“Creative acts of social justice fulfill every function that can be asked of a work of art.
They inspire us, make us think in new ways, and birth new beauty and dignity in our world.”
–Rebecca Alban Hofberger, “True Visions”

“Screw Hope; Let’s Act”
–Walker Lane “Nope to Hope: False Capital and the Spectacle Triumphant”

This issue of _Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture_ solicits a variety of work which looks to activism as a broad array of creative practices yet to be defined.  We seek not to revisit debates between theory and practice, but to view activism as a form of invention which may lead to new cultural formations.

What challenges do activists face as practicing utopians?  What more or less local examples of activism can be looked to as models for further practice?  How can activism as performance, as technology, as art lead to the production of new political and social theory?  How is activism the art of the possible?

We would like this issue itself to be a form of activism inasmuch as it brings together a set of theorized practices in the form of case studies from the present and the past, a community of minds in both its contributors and subsequent readers.  We also encourage contributors to look to problem areas that have not yet been addressed or not addressed sufficiently, and to propose new models of cultural intervention.  

Some areas of particular interest expressed by editors should serve as a starting point:

1.      Testimonials of individuals and/or groups that document the structures of collective action and resistances (both external and internal) to these movements.

2.      Activism as a form of social and political creativity.  Considerations of how theory can promote or become activism, or how theories of political and social invention derive, post facto, from such activities. 

3.      The rhetoric of activism in its statements and endeavors.

4.      Narration and development of (potential) actions with respect to labor (broadly defined).

5.       Activism as a form of education, as supplement to or alternative for traditional educational theories.  Educating activists.  Activating educators.  Theoretical and practical issues within “the academy.”

6.      Resistance to resistance: fatigue, Bruce Robbins’ “sweatshop sublime,” institutional reprisals from the most oppressive (violence, termination) to the most frustrating (hypocrisy and lip service from those in power, mainstream media misinformation, public indifference), mythologies (of the American dream, of freedom of choice, of the free market, etc.) 

7.      Reform from within the institution vs. revolution from without.

8.      What is (non)violence and what roles do violence or nonviolence play in activism? 

9.      Issues of activism in different social and historical contexts, what can we learn (from Obama’s vision of service to the most dangerous underground resistance movements)?

10.  Psychologies of activism.  For instance, do activists and/or organizers of activism benefit more from an openness to depaysement (the process by which the ethnographer/observer becomes altered and/or mediated by the culture under investigation) or dissociation/dispassion (the idea of “objective” or “critical” distance from the subject under study as providing a “better” vantage point).

11.  What are the benefits or disadvantages of “traditions” in activism?   Marx notoriously stated that he was not a Marxist, with that in mind, what kind of problems derive from the institution of founders and followers in activism?  Even more fundamental, what is the problem of what Eric Hobsbawm called the “inner conflict of traditions,” the inevitable conflict between universal rules and specific, ever-changing circumstances/situations.

12.  J.K. Gibson Graham asks in Postcapitalist Politics “If we want other worlds and other economies, how do we make ourselves a condition of possibility for their emergence (7)?”

 We hope that activists of all kinds will view this issue as a form of potlatch that may lead to new practice and theory, new activist communities.  While we encourage the use of anecdote as example and extended narratives as models for inventing activism, we do not want this issue to be primarily about smoking guns and personal beefs.   In the light of the sensitive nature of this endeavor we will consider a variety of approaches to publication—including anonymity and/or “fictocritical” accounts which do not name names or present a situation with altered details.


Please send completed papers and abstracts to the editors at  no later than February 1, 2010.  Earlier submissions and queries are welcome as we may be able to collaborate with authors in order to produce work that not only fits with the intent of the issue but with the standards of Reconstruction.  Also, we encourage you to forward this CFP to interested parties and lists.


Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (ISSN: 1547-4348) is an innovative online cultural studies journal dedicated to fostering an intellectual community composed of scholars and their audience, granting them all the ability to share thoughts and opinions on the most important and influential work in contemporary interdisciplinary studies. Reconstruction publishes three themed issues and one open issue per year. Send open submissions (year round) to  and submissions for themed issues to the appropriate editors listed on the site at

Reconstruction also accepts proposal for special issue editors and topics. Reconstruction is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.

Access Services Conference 2009

This is just a reminder that we will be accepting proposal submissions for
the Access Services Conference 2009 until July 15, 2009.  That is just 1
week away!

Proposals might focus on any of the following areas:
Customer Service Circulation
Interlibrary Loan
Consortia Agreements
Space Management
Stacks Maintenance
Student Workers Management
Current technology for access service enhancement

Program Proposal guidelines:

Please submit an abstract, 300 words or less, with the program title and
your name. Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee and
those presenters who are selected will be notified by August 15, 2009.
Accepted program proposal submissions should be able to fit within a 50
minute segment. You will need to log into the conference site and select the
Author link to submit your proposal.

Access Services Conference 2009

Krista Higham
Access Services Librarian
Millersville University
Access Services Conference, Marketing Committee member





Submission Deadline: September 1st, 2009


Guest Editor

Elaine M�nard

School of Information Studies

McGill University

Montreal, Canada



The guest editor of this special issue of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science invites original research from all disciplines reporting on various aspects of digital image perception, understanding, indexing, and retrieval. This includes, but is not limited to:

*       Image indexing strategies within an information retrieval context
*       Social computing, image tagging and folksonomies
*       Methods, models, and theories applicable to image research
*       Image users and uses
*       Cognitive aspects of image perception and understanding
*       Cross-Language Image Retrieval
*       Content-Based Image Retrieval (CBIR)

Applications described in the papers can be academic prototypes or commercial software.

Manuscripts will undergo the normal double-blind review process for submissions to CJILS.


The journal

The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, established in 1976, is the official journal of the Canadian Association for Information Science. Its objective is to promote the advancement of information science in Canada.



Submissions are accepted in either English or French.


Inquiries and Submission

Please send your manuscript (Word or RTF) to:

Elaine M�nard
School of Information Studies
McGill University

3459 McTavish Street Room MS72

Montreal (Quebec) Canada H3A 1Y1

E-mail: <>








Date limite de soumission : 1er septembre 2009


R�dactrice invit�e

Elaine M�nard

School of Information Studies

McGill University

Montr�al, Canada



La r�dactrice invit�e de ce num�ro th�matique de la Revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de biblioth�conomie invite les chercheurs provenant de diff�rentes disciplines � soumettre les r�sultats de travaux de recherche originaux traitant tout aspect se rapportant � la perception, l’Interpr�tation, l’indexation et le rep�rage de l’image num�rique. Ce th�me inclut, sans pour autant s’y limiter, les aspects suivants :

*       Strat�gie pour l’indexation de l’image � l’int�rieur du processus de recherche d’information
*       Indexation collaborative, tagging et folksonomies pour l’image
*       M�thodes, mod�les, th�ories en lien avec le rep�rage d’image
*       Utilisations et utilisateurs d’images
*       Aspects cognitifs de la perception et la compr�hension de l’image
*       Recherche d’images en contexte multilingue
*       Rep�rage d’images bas� sur le contenu

Les applications d�crites dans les publications peuvent �tre de nature acad�mique ou destin�e � des utilisations commerciales.

Les propositions re�ues feront l’objet d’une �valuation anonyme par des pairs selon les modalit�s normales d’�valuation de la Revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de biblioth�conomie.


La revue

La Revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de biblioth�conomie, �tablie en 1976, est la revue officielle de l’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information. Elle a pour objectif de contribuer � l’avancement des sciences de l’information et de biblioth�conomie au Canada.



Les soumissions sont accept�es en fran�ais et en anglais.



Veuillez envoyer votre manuscrit en version �lectronique (Word ou RTF) � :

Elaine M�nard
School of Information Studies
McGill University

3459 McTavish Street Room MS72

Montr�al (Qu�bec) Canada H3A 1Y1

E-mail : <>



School Libraries and Media Centers in a Complex Information Environment

AERA’s deadline for paper submissions has moved up this year to July 15th! We don’t want you to miss the deadline. To help you with your submission, the 2010 AERA theme is “Understanding Complex Ecologies in a Changing World.” The Research, Education, Information & School Libraries (REISL) Special Interest Group’s corollary theme is “School Libraries and Media Centers in a Complex Information Environment.” REISL is open to many topics under this broad description to be presented at the 2010 AERA Annual Meeting in Denver, April 30 ­ May 4.
We look forward to your submission to REISL. Your submission should be a Word document of 6 pages in length, double-spaced (less than 2,000 words) turned in by Wednesday, July 15, 2009. The following elements must be addressed in the narrative paper even if your results, conclusions, or findings are not complete or final at the time of the submission:

�         Objectives or purposes

�         Perspective(s) or theoretical framework

�         Methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry

�         Data sources, evidence, objects or materials

�         Results and/or substantiated conclusions or warrants for arguments/points of view

�         Scientific or scholarly significance of the study or work
Please take some time this week or next to offer a your paper submission for the REISL SIG. We would greatly appreciate your support and your interest, not to mention the work that you do!
Thank you. We look forward to seeing you. Please log on at
Holly Weimar
REISL Communications Officer
Research in Education, Information and School Libraries
A Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association

Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Service for Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge/The Haworth Press, welcomes the submission of manuscripts.


The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students.


Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
  • Information literacy
  • Instructional service techniques
  • Information delivery
  • Reference services
  • Document delivery
  • Developing collections

If you are interested in submitting an article and ensuring that, if accepted, it will be published in the next issue, send the manuscript directly to the Editor, Jodi Poe at by August 1, 2009.  Inquiries and questions are welcome.


Instructions for authors are available at or can be emailed to you directly.


Jodi W. Poe, Editor
Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning
Associate Professor, Head of Technical Services
Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL  36265-1602
TEL: (256) 782-8103
FAX: (256) 782-5872

IADIS International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2009)

November 20 – 22, 2009 – Rome, Italy   (
Endorsed by the Japanese Society of Information and Systems in Education
* Keynote Speakers (confirmed):
Professor David Jonassen, University of Missouri Columbia, USA
Professor Fred Paas, Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands

* Invited Speaker (confirmed):
Dr. Carmen Taran, REXI Media, USA

* Tutorial Speaker (confirmed):
Professor Fred Paas, Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands
* Conference background and goals
The IADIS CELDA 2009 conference aims to address the main issues concerned with evolving learning processes and supporting pedagogies and applications in the digital age. There have been advances in both cognitive psychology and computing that have affected the educational arena. The convergence of these two disciplines is increasing at a fast pace and affecting academia and professional practice in many ways. Paradigms such as just-in-time learning, constructivism, student-centered learning and collaborative approaches have emerged and are being supported by technological advancements such as simulations, virtual reality and multi-agents systems. These developments have created both opportunities and areas of serious concerns. This conference aims to cover both technological as well as pedagogical issues related to these developments. Main tracks have been identified. However innovative contributions that do not easily fit into these areas will also be considered as long as they are directly related to the
overall theme of the conference ­ cognition and exploratory learning in the digital age.

* Format of the Conference
The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations for discussion-oriented papers. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM.

Authors of the best published papers in the CELDA 2009 proceedings will be invited to publish extended versions of their papers in a special issue of an international journal.

* Types of submissions
Full papers, Short Papers and Reflection papers. All submissions will go through a double-blind refereeing process with at least two international experts.

* Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following areas:
– Acquisition of expertise
– Assessing progress of learning in complex domains
– Assessment of exploratory learning approaches
– Assessment of exploratory technologies
– Cognition in education
– Collaborative learning
– Educational psychology
– Exploratory technologies (such as simulations, VR, i-TV and so on)
– Just-in-time and Learning-on-Demand
– Learner Communities and Peer-Support
– Learning Communities & Web Service Technologies
– Pedagogical Issues Related with Learning Objects
– Learning Paradigms in Academia
– Learning Paradigms in Corporate Sector
– Life-long Learning
– Student-Centered Learning
– Technology and mental models
– Technology, learning and expertise
– Virtual University

* Important Dates:
– Submission Deadline: 24 July 2009
– Notification to Authors: 4 September 2009
– Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration: Until 25 September 2009
– Late Registration: After 25 September 2009
– Conference: Rome, Italy, 20 to 22 November 2009

* Conference Location
The conference will be held in Rome, Italy. 

* Secretariat
Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100, 3
1050-209 Lisbon, Portugal

* Program Committee

Conference Co-Chairs
Pedro Isaias, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal
Dirk Ifenthaler, Albert-Ludwigs-Universit�t Freiburg, Germany

Program Co-Chairs
Kinshuk, Athabasca University, Canada
Demetrios G Sampson, University of Piraeus, Greece
J. Michael Spector, University of Georgia, USA

Committee Members: please see for updated list.

* Co-located Conference:
Please also check the co-located events Applied Computing 2009 ( – 19-21 November 2009 and WWW/Internet 2009 ( – 19-22 November 2009.

* Registered participants in the CELDA conference may attend the Applied Computing and WWW/Internet conferences’ sessions free of charge.