Monthly Archives: November 2010

Congress of Humanties and Social Sciences of Canada

The Congress of Humanties and Social Sciences of Canada this year will be meeting in Fredericton, New Brunswick. We are organizing a panel for the Society for Socialist Studies that may be of interest. The theme of the SSS meeting is.-
Continental Shifts, Divisions, and Solidarities Society for Socialist Studies
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Fredericton, 31 May . 03 June 2011

Session co-organizers: Sima Aprahamian, Ph.D. [Sociology-Anthropology & Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, e-mail:] & Michiko Aramaki, Ph.D. [Simone de Beauvoir Institute,Concordia University, e-mail:]

Title of Session: Exploring  possibilities of reconciliation

The proposed panel calls for papers that examine the concept of
reconciliation through interrogating the language and narratives of
persons affected by strife of personal or collective experience, which can
include affective or physical abuse and conflict, war and human rights
violations, atrocities such as mass killings, massacre and Genocide. We
are looking for papers that are interdisciplinary in their perspective and
are critical in the current language of post-conflict resolution
discourse. We are particularly interested in feminist and new activist

Kindly send abstracts of a about 100 words to, by December 31, 2010.

Gender, Sexuality, Information: A Reader

While information needs and behavior have become a central research concern in library and information studies, the particularities of gender and sexuality have yet to be centered in the field. Bringing queer and feminist theories into conversation with current LIS research, Gender, Sexuality, Information: A Reader addresses this gap, gathering existing research along with new scholarship on the intersection of gender and sexuality and information use. Contributors address a range of concerns, including paradigms of information needs and behavior research, methodological challenges, and current approaches to assessing and meeting LGBTQ and women's information needs. Responding to emergent critiques of positivism and behaviorism in LIS scholarship, this collection also seeks to trouble what we think we mean when we talk about gender and sex, as well as "information" and "behavior," as settled, stable constructs. *Critical and Interdisciplinary Focus* Current work in disciplines as diverse as legal theory, literary criticism, design, anthropology, and technology studies exercise a profound impact on LIS research. At the same time, the somewhat nebulous sub-disciplines within our field, such as information seeking behavior, information structures, archival studies, museology, information retrieval, and information policy, have been connected by researchers in new and innovative ways. LIS scholarship has also sought in recent years to challenge traditional approaches and suggest new directions for research into the purposes, practices, phenomenon, and organization of information. This reader serves as a comprehensive multidisciplinary anthology where different epistemologies and methodologies meet. It offers a timely and reasoned contribution to feminist and queer LIS research and promotes perspectives that can serve the cause of social justice. *Possible topics* Manuscripts can cover a range of topics, both professional and theoretical. The editors strongly encourage submissions concerning the intersection of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, religion, and socio-economics. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following: cataloging and classification, assessing user needs, information behavior, alternative social science methods, records management, preservation, documentation, oral history, collection development, curatorship, digital libraries and archives, Internet studies, human-computer interaction, sexual health, sex positive perspectives, activist or oppositional new media, informatics, queer or feminist zines, web design and digital aesthetics, computer coding, digital humanities, censorship and intellectual freedom, information technology policy, children and young adult services, international and comparative LIS issues, grant writing, administration and management, and history of the book and publishing. *Submission Guidelines* The editors encourage practitioners, activists, and both established and emerging scholars to submit manuscripts by September 1, 2011. Manuscripts should rage from 5,000-8,000 words and use the Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago University Press, 2010). Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) to *About the editors* Rebecca Dean and Patrick Keilty are PhD candidates in information studies with a concentration in women's studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. *Contact* UCLA Department of Information Studies GSE&IS Building, Box 951520 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520 Phone: (310) 825-8799 Dean's email: becdean[at]gmail[dot]com Keilty's email: pkeilty[at]gmail[dot]com For more information, please visit 

“It’s Academic” column of the PaLA Bulletin

Are you doing something new and innovative at your academic library? Have you recently researched a new and exciting trend in the academic library world?Are you looking for an opportunity to be published in the library literature?

If so, please consider submitting an article to the “It’s Academic” column of the PaLA Bulletin. This publication is indexed in the Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database. Articles generally range in length from 1,000 to 1,500 words and should report on an issue that is relevant to academic librarians working in Pennsylvania.

Please send inquiry e-mails to both the co-editors of the “It’s Academic!” column:

–Rachel Masilamani: (Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus)

–Larissa Gordon: (Arcadia University)

Larissa Gordon, MS-LIS
Information Literacy Coordinator
& Reference Librarian
Arcadia University
Landman Library

Women Making a World of Difference

CALL FOR SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATIONS Putting Your Passion and Purpose on the Path to Leadership SIAS International University Zhengzhou, Henan Province, PRC May 21-22, 2011 The program format will include keynote and featured speakers, as well as presenters for breakout sessions. Breakout sessions will be 90-minute interactive sessions. Presentations should be designed to generate a conversation with the audience around the presentation topic. The speaker will present a 15-minute presentation (requiring a total of 30 minutes including interpretation) to groups of 50-75 participants. The audience will include women students, their mothers, faculty, and women leaders. Following each presentation will be an hour of interactive facilitated discussion. Presenters will present one or two times during the two-day program and attend sessions by other speakers when not presenting. This year's Symposium will feature presentations by members of the World Academy for the Future of Women who have addressed the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in their leadership projects. Join us in supporting their passion and projects by expanding their access to experts and leaders. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION of presentation is: January 10, 2011. Selected presenters will be notified by January 24, 2011. Presenters must register for the Symposium by February 7, 2011. Selected presenters must submit completed papers of their presentation for translators by March 4, 2011. Submit all items by e-mail attachment to Use Times New Roman 12 pt font. All submissions will be acknowledged but will not be returned. SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL: All submissions must address at least one of the Symposium topics listed below. Social Entrepreneurship Communication Through the Arts Sustaining Family and Communities Living in Harmony with the Environment Health, Body, Mind, and Spirit Access to Education for All SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE: 1. 250 word abstract 2. The major points of the presentation and the outcomes the participant can expect from your session. 3. 1 page biographical sketch and your photo (jpeg) **Formats for these documents and transmission instructions can be found below. For additional information on submitting your propsal vist: Womens-Symposium.aspx 

Ontologies-Driven Web Mining: Concepts and Techniques


Proposal Submission Deadline: December 5, 2010

Ontologies-Driven Web Mining: Concepts and Techniques

A book edited by Hector Oscar Nigro and Sandra Elizabeth Gonzalez C�saro

Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina



The bulk of this manuscript is already complete, but we are seeking a few additional chapters. The book will be published by IGI Global in 2011.



Semantic Web mining is a rapidly advancing field, combining recent advances in Semantic Web and Web mining. Use of ontologies is important for Semantic Web technologies and methods, since knowledge produced by ontologies helps define the structure and scope for Web content mining and can be used to improve the process and the results of mining. Learning ontologies and/or their concepts is both challenging and necessary when creating scalable solutions for a wide range of Semantic Web technologies.


Recent applications which exploit the interactions between ontologies and Web mining are being developed for sentiment analysis, opinion mining, and affective computing; search engine optimization and Web positioning; and Web intelligence (WI), the interactions between advanced engineering, advanced information technology (IT), and artificial intelligence (AI).


Objective of the Book

This publication should describe state-of-the-art approaches, innovative theoretical supports, advanced and successful implementations, as well as the latest empirical research findings in ontologies-driven Web mining. The book will contain original academic or industrial work in the form of high quality, scientific papers. The key objective is to provide Web mining students, practitioners, professionals, professors, and researchers with an integral vision of the topic, specifically focusing on those areas that explore new methodologies or examine real case studies–all of them ontologies-based.


Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of readers who wish to learn how to apply ontologies-driven Web mining to real world problems. The purpose is to show users how to go from theory and algorithms to real applications. 
The book will present to students, practitioners, professionals, professors, and researchers basic concepts in data mining and Web mining. Information technology researchers and practitioners can increase their knowledge and skills with these new techniques. This book can be used as a library reference, upper-level course supplement, or for postgraduate courses.


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


        Theoretical foundations of Web mining using an ontologies-based approach

        Ontologies in Web mining processes

        Ontology-based interpretation and validation of mined knowledge

        Intelligent assistants for Web mining with ontologies

        Interaction from ontologies to Web mining

        Knowledge grids and Web mining ontology

        Search engine optimization using ontologies

        Web positioning and inductive learning

        Opinion mining with ontologies

        Ontologies and Web intelligence (WI)

        Sentiment analysis

        Affective computing

        Ontologies and intelligent social networks

        Engineering knowledge, representation, planning, discovery, and data extraction for ontology-driving Web mining

        Real case studies which implement ontologies-based Web mining


For example, already accepted chapters discuss topics including ontologies in tourism, socially-constructed knowledge in Web optimization, and an application for identifying polarized Wikipedia articles.


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 5, 2010, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by December 20, 2010 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 15, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.



This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is scheduled for release in 2011.


Important Dates


We would like all items as soon as possible, and are willing to accelerate the schedule. But here’s an example timeline:


December 5, 2010:    Proposal Submission Deadline

December 20, 2010:  Notification of Acceptance

February 15, 2011:    Full Chapter Submission

March 30, 2011:        Review Results Returned

April 30, 2011:           Final Chapter Submission

May 28, 2011:           Final Deadline


Editorial Advisory Board Members:


Marie-Aude Aufaure. Ecole Centrale Paris, France

Mario Cannataro. University “Magna Graecia” of Catanzaro, Italy

James Geller. New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Vasant Honavar. Iowa State University, USA

Gian Piero Zarri. University Paris-Est., France


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


Hector Oscar Nigro or Sandra Elizabeth Gonz�lez C�saro

INTIA- Department of Computer Sciences

Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Paraje Arroyo Seco. Campus Universitario. B7001BBO Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Phone: 54-2293- 439680

Fax: 54-2293- 439681

E-mail:, please write with copy



For further details please visit the book Web page:

The Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association – Feminism in Hard Times: Challenges and Opportunities

This is a call for paper and panel submissions for our annual conference on Friday and Saturday, April 8 & 9, 2011 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ 08618 (located between Trenton and Princeton)


The focus of this year’s conference is “Feminism in Hard Times: Challenges and Opportunities.” Our two keynote speakers will be:


        Liz Abzug: President and co-founder of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI), former Deputy Commissioner of New York State’s Human Rights Enforcement Agency

        Katha Politt: prize-winning feminist poet and columnist. Since 1995, author of “Subject to Debate,” a regular column in The Nation that has been described as “the best place to go for original thinking on the left.”


The objective of the conference is to provide a venue for collective reflection on where feminism is, and where it needs to go, in the contemporary context of war, economic decline, and widening social inequalities. We are looking for papers and panels that contribute to this urgent conversation. We welcome panels and paper submissions from students and activists as well as scholars and teachers. Topics may include (but are not limited to):  


        Historical perspectives on feminist struggle in hard times

        How contemporary crises impel trends and changes in the gender order

        Contemporary feminist debates around militarism, economics and social inequality

        Women of color in the new economy

        Contemporary trends in the feminization of poverty

        Changes in the family

        The “re-masculinization” of American politics and culture

        Feminism in current political struggles

        New formations of race, class and gender

        Body Politics

        Directions in Sexual/Reproductive Politics

        Women, War and Peace

        Women and the Global Economy

        Women’s Studies and the Academy

        Women’s leadership programs in the university

        Girls Studies

        Women in electoral politics

        LGBT issues and initiatives

        The legal politics of marriage

        Gender differences labor  and immigration

        Local and global experiential learning–successful practices, fiscal constraints, and future possibilities


Please send abstracts for paper or panel presentations as email attachments to John Landreau ( or Mary Lynn Hopps ( by December 15, 2010.


Include full names, titles, affiliations, and contact information for all presenters.

Please direct all questions to John Landreau and/or Mary Lynn Hopps     



The 18th Annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Rochester

Precarious Spaces:  (Dis-) Locating Gender


The 18th Annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Rochester

March 24th & 25th, 2011

Keynote Speaker: 

*Laura Kipnis*

Professor of Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University


The Susan B. Anthony Institute at the University of Rochester is pleased to announce the 18th Annual Gender and Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, which will take place March 24th and 25th, 2011. The Conference Committee is currently seeking paper proposals. Each year the SBAI conference features considerations of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies from varied disciplinary fields. These include (but are not limited to) art, art history, cultural studies, education, film, history, geography, law, literary studies, linguistics, media studies, medicine, music, philosophy, and political science. The conference aims to foster an environment of interdisciplinary communication, knowledge exchange, and collaboration.


The nucleus of this year’s conference is to query the ways in which gender/sexuality and space operate as intersecting domains of intelligibility and mutual projects of precariousness. By “precarious spaces” one might think of risky positions, contested territories, unstable conditions, or unsafe environments. Ideally encompassing a wide-swath of terrain–that would include theory and praxis–we would like to invite graduate students to present research that addresses questions such as: How might the sexualized body become a locus of mapping and/or zoning? What function might borderlands or simulated spaces have in the re-articulation of gendered/sexualized identities? Why do certain localities–from the exigencies of the immediate, to the “global”–get rendered in a singularly gendered rhetoric? Are notions of the private versus public divide still immersed in a negotiation of gender norms? Can heteronormative space be effectively “queered”? How do spatial-gendered determinations and liminalities manifest themselves in language, representation, law, and social policy? Please view these questions as mere loci of entry, and not determinative of successful submissions.


Research topics relevant to this year’s theme might include the following keywords, though this list is far from exhaustive:


       Affect (the emotional resonances of space)

       The body




       Histories of space making



       Notions of the “urban” versus the “rural”

       Constructions of private vs. public spheres

       “Safe” spaces versus spaces of conflict

       Counter-publics (“transgendered”/”queered” spaces)

       Discourses of “nation” and “empire”





       The “interstitial”/”borderlands”


       Imagined/represented/simulated space



Submission Details:

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Matthew Bayne, at Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, including audio-visual demonstrations. In your email, please provide contact information, a brief biographical statement, and any audio-visual or technological equipment needed for your presentation. Submissions are due no later than January 21, 2011. You will receive the committee’s decision by February 4, 2011. 


12th Interlending and Document Supply Conference

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Standing Committee invites papers for the 12th Interlending and Document Supply Conference to be held 19 – 21 September 2011 in Chicago, USA.

The conference theme is “Resource Sharing in the Digital Age” and the following topics are of particular interest for papers:

  • Resource sharing activities of all types, including: interlibrary loan, cooperative collection development, cooperative reference, direct borrowing, consortial programs, and shared licensing/purchasing of electronic resources
  • International resource sharing concerns, such as: delivery methods, payment options, interoperability of systems, computer standards
  • Intellectual property rights in different countries or regions, especially as they pertain to electronic resources
  • Open source systems and their role in resource sharing
  • Innovative approaches or trends in resource sharing in all types of libraries or in any part of the world


Proposals for papers should be sent to Rose Goodier at no later than 31 January 2011 and include the following details:

  • Author(s) name, title, institution, and contact information
  • Brief biographical sketch
  • Title of paper
  • Abstract (100 to 250 words)

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Standing Committee (hereafter, the SC) has sole responsibility for the final conference programme. All accepted papers must be:

  • Presented at the conference in English by at least one of the authors
  • Original contributions, i.e., not previously published or under review for publication elsewhere
  • Peer-reviewed by the SC and published in the full conference proceedings


31 January 2011 – Proposals due to SC
31 March 2011 – SC notifies authors whether proposal was accepted
31 July 2011 – Completed papers submitted by approved speakers

Please note that expenses of attending the conference, including travel, hotel, and conference registration fees will be the responsibility of the authors and at least one of the authors must attend the conference to present the paper. 

Social Software and the Evolution of User Expertise: Future Trends in Knowledge Creation and Dissemination


 Proposal Submission Deadline December 31, 2010

 A book edited by Dr. Tatjana Takševa                                       Saint Mary’s University, Canada

 To be published by IGI Global:



The term Web 2.0 technologies, also known as ‘social software’ or ‘open source software’ was introduced in 2004 to refer to a second generation of Internet technologies and a new generation of Web applications providing an infrastructure for more dynamic user participation, social interaction and collaboration. Among their applications are Wikis, blogs, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Odeo, Google Video, Google Docs, You Tube, and other communication tools such as social bookmarking, peer-to-peer social networking, instant messaging, podcasting, etc.


Thanks to the applications of this software, a variety of facts and content previously in the possession of experts traditionally seen as the only legitimate sources of knowledge, can be created, accessed and shared almost instantly by any user with an Internet connection. The new forms of collective intelligence powered by the digital media invite redefinition of expertise traditionally defined as mastery of facts and content of a certain subject. They encourage collaboration, ongoing revision, interdisciplinarity and a new understanding of knowledge as a process of inquiry, rather than simply its product.


What definitions of expertise are becoming obsolete, how is expertise defined in this new environment, and what new forms of expertise are emerging shaped by digital media are the guiding inquiries of this collection. This will be the first scholarly volume to systematically examine the impact of social software and its applications on long-standing cultural notions of and attitudes toward knowledge, experts and expertise.



Objectives of the Book

This book will aim to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area. It will examine the ways in which social software applications are changing the nature of expertise and knowledge creation and dissemination in various social and cultural contexts, and it will propose a redefinition of expertise and knowledge consonant with recent technological developments. The collection will serve as a reference tool and a resource for researchers, educators, students, academic administrators and other professionals whose work is influenced by social software applications.



Target Audience

Because of its nature and subject matter the audience for this collection is wide. It will be composed of professionals/experts in most areas, as the phenomena it deals with have impact on expertise in general. More specifically, its audience will be professionals and researchers concerned with the impact of the digital media on the public sector, economics, social work, secondary and higher education, science, humanities, social sciences, scholarship in academic institutions. 



Recommended topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Experts/expertise and the ‘mass amateurization’ of knowledge–conceptual framework
  • Social software applications and knowledge creation/dissemination–conceptual framework 
  • Social software applications and the redefinition of expertise in any of the following areas:


-social sciences


-social work


-higher education




                  -library and information science 


-policy making

-newspaper publishing



Submission Procedure

Proposals for chapters (250 -300 words) are being accepted by December 31, 2010. The proposals should clearly explain the objectives of the chapter and the approach used. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January 15, 2011, and sent chapter guidelines. The deadline for full chapter submission is June 30th, 2011. All chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be asked to serve as reviewers for this project.  



Editorial Advisory Board Members (in alphabetic order):

William Badke, Trinity Western University, CA

Dr. Tatyana Dumova, Point Park University, USA

Dr. John Girard, Minot State University, USA

Dr. Stylianos Hatzipanagos, King’s College London, UK

Dr. Niki Lambropoulos, South Bank University, UK

Dr. Kirk St. Amant, East Carolina University, USA

Dr. Karl Stolley, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA



This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.) publisher of the “Information Science Reference: (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference” and “IGI Publishing” Imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2012.


Important Dates:

December 31, 2010         Proposal Submission Deadline

January, 15, 2011              Notification of Acceptance

June 30, 2011                     Full Chapter Submission Deadline

August 30, 2011                Review Results Returned

November 1, 2011           Revised Chapter Submission

December 31, 2011         Final Deadline




                                  Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded to:


                Dr. Tatjana Takševa

  Department of English

  Saint Mary’s University

                                                                  Halifax, NS B3H 3C3







WPWVC/ACRL Program Committee is now requesting proposals for our Spring 2011 Conference (May 6) at Bethany College, WV.


Proposals related to the program theme…




          …will receive a higher priority, but ALL topics are welcomed and encouraged.



Deadline for submitting proposals is JANUARY 15, 2011


Information & link to proposal submission form can be found on our chapter website:


Any questions ???  Please contact the program committee: