Conferences/Call for Papers

Upcoming Conferences

Digital Technology and Governance in China Today

Digital Tech and Govern in China

The Division of Emerging Media Studies and the BU Center for the Study of Asia are co-sponsoring this event on April 2nd, 2015 from 4-6pm. Recently, the PRC government issued new regulations regarding the internet and the technology sector, that can potentially affect international businesses operating in China, intellectual and scientific exchanges between Chinese and foreign universities and businesses, artistic and cultural ties with the rest of the world, and the free flow of ideas within China.

Mr. Al Petras (Senior Vice-President for Technology at Bank of America) will discuss the implications of these recent regulations for the worlds of technology and business. And our own Professor Lei Guo (Division of Emerging Media Studies, College of Communication, Boston University) will illustrate how mainland Chinese citizens perceive the party-state media system and use various emerging media platforms to bypass censorship for civic expression and participation. Dr. James Katz of the CMCS will moderate this event.

This event will be held in Room 209 at the B.U. College of Communication (640 Commonwealth Ave)

Call for Papers

Private chat to public sphere: Mobile media, political participation, and civic activism in Asia

This is a call for chapters for a volume in a Springer series “Mobile Communication in Asia” edited by Ran Wei, PhD. The volume explores how personalized content and the inherent networked nature of the mobile phone lead to positive network effects for public good and fostering social progress. More details about specific chapters needed can be found here WeiCFP2
Deadline for proposals is June 15, 2015.

Visual Learning: TIME – TRUTH – TRADITION

Call for abstracts – 6th Budapest Visual Learning Conference. Nov. 13–14, 2015

How do the visual and the temporal hang together? What are the relationships between image and time? What is visual truth, and how is it affected by the passage of time? How are images handed down, and what do traditions amount to, in the network age?

Invited speakers: Sybille Krämer (Free University of Berlin) Martin Kusch (University of Vienna) Valeria Giardino (Institut Jean Nicod, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris) James E. Katz (Boston University), concluding plenary talk Timothy Barney (University of Richmond) Petra Aczél (Corvinus University of Budapest) Kristóf Nyíri (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

Conference to take place in Budapest, November 13-14, 2015 Conference organized by the Visual Learning Lab, Department of Technical Education, Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Contributions are invited from educational, communication, and media theorists, philosophers, linguists, psychologists, and other interested scholars on the following and related topics:
– educational theory and visual learning
– resemblance, representation, reality
– image and language
– images and media theory
– visual rhetoric
– pictorial meaning
– pictorial communication — visual imagery
– visual intelligence
– the visual mind
– the image problem in the history of philosophy
– visual argument
– scientific visualization
– visualization and higher education
– images in the network age

The selected papers will be published as an ISBN publication in the series Visual Learning as well as in the on-line journal Opus et Educatio. Submission of abstracts (max. 200 words) and short biographical statements (max. 100
words) by July 15, 2014. Please send your submissions to

New Publications

Araba Sey, who is a researcher on Technology and Social Change at the University of Washington, Seattle, and Peppino Ortoleva, who teaches Media History and Theory at  the University of Torino, after meeting during the Living Inside Mobile Social Information Conference, decided to work together on a theme of mutual interest – the role of play and games in the use of new media in developing countries. The cooperation, conducted itself through media such as Skype and of course e-mail, produced as a first result a co-authored article, All Work and No Play? Judging the Uses of  Mobile Phones in Developing Countries, published in “Information Technologies and International Development” 10 (3), 2014. In the article the authors contend that, contrary to a widely shared view, ludic uses of technologies in poor countries should be seen not as wasteful compared to supposedly more “useful” activities but as a part of personal and social growth; and that the concept of play as an aspect of development deserves new and serious research. They both hope that this cooperation which started in Boston University may produce more fruits in the future.