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Twitter announced a grant-like program that would provide free access to Twitter data for research purposes.
More on the program here: https://blog.twitter.com/2014/introducing-twitter-data-grants
The deadline for applications is March 15.
JITP Co-Editors: Stephen Brier and Kiersten Greene; Guest Co-Editors: Marla L. Jaksch, Ph.D. and Angel David Nieves, Ph.D.
JITP welcomes work that explores critical and creative uses of interactive technology in teaching, learning, and research. For Issue 6, we are seeking submissions under the theme of “Intersections of Heritage, Development, Digital Technologies, & Pedagogy in Africa & the African Diaspora.”
Recent scholarship in development studies has highlighted the importance of new digital technologies as tools for furthering social justice while at the same time revealing continued economic and educational inequalities. How are information communication technologies (ICTs) being used, challenged, implemented, and incorporated in grassroots and institutional heritage development in Africa and in the Diaspora? We are especially interested in the ways that heritage education, policy and pedagogy intersect in the arts, in the classroom, in the community, in cyberworlds/spaces, and/or in academic and action research.
Submissions should explore the teaching, policy, and/or research impact of digital media—e.g. application software, social media, virtual environments, audio or visual media, and the Internet—on heritage, historic and cultural conservation, and development in Africa and/or in the Diaspora.
Submitters are encouraged to address research and/or teaching and learning questions through inter-, multi-, and/or trans-disciplinary approaches in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences and to include any kind of multimedia element(s) in what they submit.
Possible topics for submissions could include (but are not limited to):
The submission deadline for the Fall 2014 issue is April 20, 2014. When submitting using our Open Journal Systems software, under “Journal Section,” please select the section titled “Issue 6: Special Issue.” Submission instructions are below.
Research on hacker culture has historically focused on a relatively narrow set of activities and practices related to open-source software, political protest, and criminality. Scholarship on making has generally been defined as hands-on work with a connection to craft. By contrast, “hacking” and “making” in the current day are increasingly inroads to a more diverse range of activities, industries, and groups. They may show a strong cultural allegiance or map new interpretations and trajectories.
These developments prompt us to revisit central questions: does the use of hacking/making terminologies carry with them particular valences? Are they deeply rooted in technologies, ideologies or cultures? Are they best examined through certain intellectual traditions? Can they be empowering to participants, or are they merely buzzwords that have been diluted and co-opted by governmental and business entities? What barriers to entry and participation exist?
The current issue explores and questions the growing diversity of uses stemming from this turn of hacking towards more popular uses and democratic contexts. Submissions that employ novel methodological and theoretical perspectives to understand this turn in hacking are encouraged. They should explore new opportunities for conversations and consider hacking as rooted in a specific phenomena, culture, environment, practice or movement. Criteria for admission in this special issue include rigor of analysis, caliber of interpretation, and relevance of conclusions.
Topics may include:
- Disparities of access and representation, such as gender, race and ethnicity
- Open-access environments for learning and production, such as hacker and maker spaces
- “Civic hacking” and open data movements on city, state and national levels
- Integration of hacking and making within industries
- Historical analyses of making/hacking such as phreaking and amateur computing
- Popularization of terms like “hacker” in newspapers, magazines and other publications
- Open-source hardware and software movements
- Appropriation of technology
- Hacking in non-western contexts, such as the global south and China
- Political implications of a popular shift in hacker/maker culture
Please email 400 word abstract proposals, along with a short author biography, by May 1, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Final selected articles will be due during September 2014 and will undergo peer review.
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