ISEA 2006: The Pacific Rim

The ISEA 2006 Symposium and ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival on the Edge (August 5-13, 2006, San Jose, California) invite groups and individuals to submit proposals for exhibition of interactive art work and projects reflecting on the thematic of the Pacific Rim. The deadline for proposal submissions is July 15,2005. Click here to read the full call for participation.

New Reviews in Cyberculture Studies

Among the new Reviews in Cyberculture Studies of interest to the eliterature community:

–John F. Barber and John Carr on Anthony G. Wilhelm’s Digital Nation: Toward an Inclusive Information Society (MIT Press, 2004)

–Jessica M. Laccetti on Mari-Laure Ryan’s anthology of essays Narrative Across Media: The Languages of Storytelling (University of Nebraska Press, 2004)


PhotopiaPhotopia is described in Baf’s Guide as “Sweet and sad, and complex enough that you may need to go through it twice in order to fully understand how all the fragments fit together.” It is one of the most widely admired pieces by genre-bending interactive fiction author Cadre. See the Directory entry for more information about this piece.

Hypertext ‘05 Short Papers, Demos, Posters

There is still a chance to submit work for Hypertext ‘05, which will take place September 6-9 in Salzburg, although the deadline for full papers has passed. Short papers and demo proposals are due on June 9. Poster proposals are due on June 19. Update: Short paper and demo deadline extended to June 16.

Computers and Writing 2005, June 16-19 2005

It’s not too late to register to attend Computers and Writing 2005 at Stanford University, June 16-19. This year’s conference features a keynote address by Stanford University Professor of English and Director of the Stanford Program on Writing and Rhetoric, Andrea Lunsford, who will speak on “Writing, Technologies, and the Fifth Canon”. In addition to workshops and town hall discussions, presenters from around the world will discuss a wide range of topics, from computer gaming and its use in the classroom to the use of technology as a rhetorical choice.

CFP: JCMC Special Issue on Search Engines

The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication invites submissions to a special issue on the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of search engines. Guest editor Eszter Hargittai of Northwestern University’s Web Use Project seeks to bring together a wide range of disciplinary views to consider what is known about the present and future of the use, design, and meanings of search engines. Some possible topics:

–Who uses search engines and for what purposes?
–What are the effects of search engine use on mass- and interpersonal communication?
–How do search engines shape online identity management and representation?
–Are there any potential alternatives to commercial search engines?

Abstracts are due on June 1, 2005, with full papers of 7,000-10,000 words due October 1, 2005. Read the full call here. Send inquiries to Eszter Hargittai.

CFP: M/C Special Issue: “Scan”

The journal M/C Media/Culture invites submissions on the topic of “scanning“–the activities of watching, surveiling, reporting, and recording. Guest editors Joshua Green and Adam Swift encourage creative interpretations of the act of scanning, and contributions from a wide variety of fields, “to explore its practices, limitations, and potentials.” Read the full call here. Send inquiries to Deadline for articles is July 1, 2005, for an August 24, 2005 issue release date.

Transliteracies Project at UCSB: Conversation Roundtables on Online Reading

ELO board member Alan Liu is organizing a gathering – and launching a larger project – that will bring together theorists and practitioners from the humanities, arts, social sciences, computer science, and industry to talk about the fate of reading in the new media age. The “UCSB Conversation Roundtables on Online Reading” Conference will serve to launch the Transliteracies Project. It all takes place June 17-18, 2005, in the University of California, Santa Barbara’s McCune Room (6020 HSSB). Read more Transliteracies Project at UCSB: Conversation Roundtables on Online Reading

8th Annual Digital Storytelling Festival, October 7-9, 2005

Plans are underway for the 8th Annual Digital Storytelling Festival, to be held for the first time in its home town, San Francisco, California. The festival is an annual event where the digital storytelling community gathers to examine compelling projects, share new and useful information and ideas, and inspire, invigorate and create a thoughtful dialogue about current issues in digital narrative.

Two Digital Storytelling Bootcamp Workshops are planned, one before the festival, October 5-7, and one after the festival, October 10-12. These three-day courses are project-based introductions to creating and publishing a digital narrative.

To learn about the festival schedule and register for the festival and workshops, visit the Digital Storytelling Festival website.