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1st Global Conference: Interactive Convergence: Research in Multimedia
7 to 9 August 2003, Prague, Czech Republic

UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 6 JUNE 2003

Keynote Speaker: Professor Bruce Klopfenstein
Director, Dowden Center
Grady College
University of Georgia

Call For Papers
(Please cross post where appropriate)

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference marks the
launch of a new annual project in the Critical Issues series of
research projects. The project aims to provide a challenging forum
for the examination and evaluation of the theme of 'convergence' in
media and multimedia. Viewing multimedia research as a divergent
and multi-layered phenomenon, the conference series seeks to
provide a forum whereby people working in differing disciplines and
professions can become aware of and share the perspectives
generated by developments in areas other than their own.

One of the primary goals of the project will be to evaluate the issue
of where the study of Interactive Multimedia properly belongs. Is it a
part of Computer Science, Art and Design, Communication,
Education, Business, Psychology, Sociology or any of the many
other disciplines? Or is Interactive Multimedia an interdisciplinary
and multidisciplinary area in its own right?

The aim of the inaugural conference will be to examine Research in
Multimedia in its many disciplines in an attempt to identify and
critique its characteristics, its impact and the implications for its
integration into our every day lives.

Papers, reports, presentations and workshops are invited on any of
the following themes:

Usability and design
Visual design
Virtual communities and collaborative work
Social impacts such as online pornography, internet addiction, and
gender divides
E-commerce and E-Business
Games and game theory
Education
Hypermedia
Mobility and Wireless Access

This is an indicative list - and papers dealing with related themes
will be considered.

Papers will be peer reviewed. All papers accepted for and presented
at the conference will be published in an ISBN e-Book. Selected
papers will be developed and published in a themed hard copy
book.

500 word abstracts are to be submitted to the Joint Organising
Chairs by Friday 6 June 2003:
Dr. Melissa Lee Price
PO Box 660
College Road
Staffordshire University
Stoke on Trent, UK ST4 2XN
email: [log in to unmask]

Dr Rob Fisher
c/o Learning Solutions
Priory House
149B Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
Email: [log in to unmask]

Papers should be sent as an email attachment in Word or
WordPerfect; abstracts can also be submitted in the body of the
email text rather than as an attachment.

The conference is sponsored by Staffordshire University, Learning
Solutions and Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Further details and information about the Critical Issues in
Multimedia project can be found at
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/cimm.htm
For specific information about the conference, please go to:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/rim03cfp.htm

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