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The Second International Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers
OCTOBER 10-14, 2001
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis-St.Paul Minnesota, USA
Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 2, 2001

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Phil Agre, Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Anita Allen-Castellito, Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Lisa Nakamura, Assistant Professor of English, Sonoma State University, USA

Sheizaf Rafaeli, Head of the Center for the Study of the Information Society and Professor of Business Administration, University of Haifa, Israel

The Internet's ever-increasing points of connection to almost every element of 21st century life have prompted strong interest in understanding the social aspects of cyberspace. The popular press offers wave after wave of speculation and vague forecasts, but what is really needed to help us understand how to live in our wired world is research: research that is collaborative, international, and interdisciplinary.

In September 2000, over 300 people attended the first international Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) at the University of Kansas. This Conference built connections among Internet researchers from across a range disciplines and from around the globe. In October of 2001, INTERNET RESEARCH 2.0 will offer an opportunity to reinforce and extend these connections. IR 2.0 will bring together prominent scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students from many disciplines and fields for a program of keynote addresses, paper presentations, formal discussions, and informal exchanges.

IR 2.0 will be held on the campus of the University of Minnesota, one of the world's most technologically innovative campuses. The conference will provide opportunities to network, learn from other researchers, hear from leading players in Internet development, and take in the sights and sounds of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The Association of Internet Researchers invites paper, presentation, and panel proposals on topics that address social, cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic aspects of the Internet. We welcome submissions from any discipline, as well as work from those producing new media or working in multimedia studies. Panel presentations which establish connections across disciplines, institutions and/or continents are especially encouraged. We also seek presentations which will make creative use of Internet technologies and techniques, including (but not limited to) digital art and e-poster sessions.

We suggest the following as possible themes for proposals.

* communication-based Internet studies
* digital art
* distance education and pedagogy
* e-commerce and business
* gender, sexualities, and the Internet
* human-computer interaction (HCI)
* international perspectives on the Internet
* Internet technologies
* law and the Internet, including privacy and copyright issues
* methodological issues in Internet studies
* new media and Internet journalism
* psychology and the Internet
* the "Digital Divide"
* race and cyberspace
* rhetoric and technology

This list is not meant to be exclusive, but rather to trigger ideas and encourage submissions from a range of disciplines. When we are able to identify scholars from a range of disciplines pursuing shared themes, we will work to bring these scholars together for panel sessions.

When preparing proposals, please consider the convention's conventions:

* Most conference sessions will be 90 minutes, with no less than the final thirty minutes reserved for discussion.

* The average time allotted for a paper or presentation will be 15 minutes.

If these time constraints are not appropriate for your panel/presentation, please highlight this in your proposal. Also, please include any unusual equipment needs or special considerations that might affect your presentation.

Individual paper and presentation proposals should be no more than 250 words. Panels will generally include three or four papers or presentations. For panel proposals, the session organizer should submit a 150-250 word statement describing the panel topic, including abstracts of up to 250 words for each paper or presentation in the panel.

Graduate students are highly encouraged to submit proposals. They should note their student status with their submissions, and, if they wish, submit completed papers by the March 2 deadline so their work can be considered for a special Student Award. The winner of the Student Award will have conference fees waived. Conference organizers are working to ensure that IR 2.0 is affordable for graduate students, and indeed, for all attendees. Details of anticipated costs will be posted to the conference website ( ) in the coming weeks.

We also invite proposals for pre-Conference workshops. These proposals should be submitted as soon as possible (no later than January 31, 2001) so that the workshops can be publicized.

All proposals should be submitted electronically at

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

The deadline for submissions of paper/session proposals is Friday, March 2, 2001.

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

Program Chair: Leslie Shade, University of Ottawa, Conference Coordinator: John Logie, University of Minnesota, A(O)IR President: Steve Jones,

More Information about IR 2.0 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

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