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LINGUIST List 22.3888

Thu Oct 06 2011

Calls: Semantics/Germany

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        1.     Alexander Tokar , Conference on Science and the Internet 2012

Message 1: Conference on Science and the Internet 2012
Date: 01-Oct-2011
From: Alexander Tokar <tokarphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de>
Subject: Conference on Science and the Internet 2012
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Full Title: Conference on Science and the Internet 2012
Short Title: cosci12

Date: 01-Aug-2012 - 03-Aug-2012
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Contact Person: Alexander Tokar
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://nfgwin.uni-duesseldorf.de/de/cosci12

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2012

Meeting Description:

Online media have brought about numerous changes in scholarly practices, including, but not limited to, gathering data, finding relevant literature, making research and results accessible, organizing collaboration, communicating with colleagues and students as well as creating fruitful learning environments. The interdisciplinary conference 'Science and the Internet', to be held August 1-3, 2012 in Düsseldorf, brings together researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines (e.g. information science, computer science, sociology, communication and media studies, linguistics, education studies, legal studies, etc.) working on the following or related issues:

- How is the research process transformed through the use of digital infrastructures?
- How can the challenges of the public availability of (large scale) scientific data be met?
- How do scholars make use of social networking platforms, (micro-)blogs, wikis, or websites?
- How does the Internet affect scholarly publishing (e.g. Open Access, unpublished manuscripts, blogs)?
- How has the Internet changed the practice and relevance of citations and their impact on scholarly reputation?
- How do teaching styles or beliefs and use of the Internet mutually influence each other?
- Do Web 2.0 platforms offer opportunities to advance public understanding of science?
- What is the role of ethics, policies, and legal regulation in academic use of the Internet?
- What theoretical and practical implications do the aforementioned considerations have for science and the Internet?

The linguistic focus of this conference is on the semantic content of the term 'publication' in the context of academic online publications (e.g. e-journals, researchers' homepages, web 2.0 publication services such as Scribd and Slideshare, etc.) Of particular interest are so-called 'unpublished manuscripts' which researchers often add to their online-based publication lists, even though these manuscripts have not been published in traditional peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, edited volumes and the like. Do unpublished manuscripts qualify as publications from a semantic point of view? That is, what are the distinctive semantic features of the concept 'Publication' and do they apply to unpublished manuscripts and publications alike? Has the term 'publication' undergone semantic change or is simply used in its literal meaning 'something being made public' (from 'to publish' meaning to make public)?


A registration fee of 50 € must be paid by Paypal or on site. More details will be posted on the conference Web page (http://nfgwin.uni-duesseldorf.de/de/cosci12).

Call for Papers:

We particularly welcome submissions from semanticists working on the question of whether the Internet has triggered the semantic change of this or any other science-related concept.

Submission Guidelines:

The conference language is English. We invite two types of submissions:

1) Abstracts for talks (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussion) should not exceed 500 words, excluding data and references. In case of acceptance a full paper (max. 3.000 words or 12 pages) in either English or German must be submitted by July 15, 2012. The full paper will be published in conference proceedings (print and online).
2) Proposals for interactive workshops (90 minutes) should outline both the thematic focus and the session design. Workshops should engage participants in developing the topics. Proposals should not exceed 1.000 words.

Both abstracts for presentations and proposals for interactive workshops must be submitted via EasyChair (https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=cosci12).

Important Dates:

Deadline for submitting abstracts: January 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2012
Camera-ready submission of papers: July 15, 2012
Conference dates: August 1-3, 2012

Organizing Committee:

The conference is organized by the interdisciplinary Junior Researchers Group 'Science and the Internet' (http://nfgwin.uni-duesseldorf.de) at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf:

Michael Beurskens (Legal studies)
Susanne Keuneke (Communication and media studies)
Merja Mahrt (Communication and media studies)
Cornelius Puschmann (English linguistics)
Isabella Peters (Information science)
Alexander Tokar (English linguistics)
Timo van Treeck (Education studies)
Katrin Weller (Information science)

The Junior Researchers Group 'Science and the Internet' is supported by the University of Düsseldorf Strategic Research Fund.

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