Internet Research 12.0 - Performance and Participation is the 12th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), an international association for students and scholars in any discipline in the field of of Internet studies.

Welcome Message from Mia Consalvo, President

October 6th, 2011

Welcome to IR 12.0 and Seattle!

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the twelfth annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers. Everyone involved has worked hard to ensure your experience is top notch in all regards—an excellent program, a great location, inspiring keynote speakers, and wonderful colleagues. 

Coming to AoIR is like coming home for me. Even if the location shifts, I see familiar faces, and catch up with friends and colleagues on what’s happened in the past year. I also enjoy meeting new scholars, both those new to Internet studies and those attending AoIR for the first time. I think AoIR and IR bring together the best of all academic worlds—a smaller group of attendees, an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars, and cutting edge research. Because we’re not a traditional disciplinary association’s conference, we are unhampered by divisions and massing crowds, allowing us to see more of one another, in sessions as well as in the halls, before and after the official day’s programming. I firmly believe those connections and meetings contribute key elements to what we do and how we think. So much of my own work has been informed not only by presentations I’ve heard at AoIR conferences, but by the many conversations and debates I’ve engaged in during roundtables, panels, dinners and coffee breaks. AoIR is a place where scholars can network, connect, and think deeply about their work. I see its value every day in the articles, books, connections and popular writing that has its origins at AoIR conferences.

Of course facilitating that output is enjoyable, but also hard work. This year we had another excellent team working to bring you the program and local venue. Lori Kendall did an outstanding job as Program Chair, ensuring we have (too) many good sessions to choose from, as well as stimulating panels, roundtables, and keynote speakers. Karine Nahon, our Local Chair, has worked with a team of organizers to bring you to Seattle, where we can coalesce as a community for several wonderful days. Members of the AoIR Executive Committee that went above and beyond in terms of conference planning include Vice President Alex Halavais, Treasurer Michael Zimmer, and Secretary Catherine Middleton. Alex also convinced us to try the IGNITE format this year, an intriguing method for presenting research and argument.

This is my final year as President of AoIR, and I have truly enjoyed the experience. AoIR has given me so much, I hope my service back to the organization has helped in a small way to return that favor. In closing I’d like to thank the rest of the executive committee, including Charles Ess, Holly Kruse, Gordon Carlson, Elizabeth Buchanan, Ted Coopman, and Suely Fragoso for their dedication to AoIR as well. And thanks to all of you for continuing to attend and contribute, and make AoIR my favorite conference to participate in, every single year.

Mia Consalvo

Welcome Message from Lori Kendall, Program Chair

October 3rd, 2011

AoIR has been my primary intellectual home since its first conference in Lawrence, Kansas and I am so delighted to have been given the opportunity to help shape one of the conferences. These have been difficult shoes to fill given the many smart people who have taken on this task before me and the many excellent conferences AoIR has presented.

There are several people I particularly want to thank. First, the other members of the Conference Committee: Mia Consalvo, Alex Halavais, Michael Zimmer, and Karine Nahon. Thanks also to Lassana Magassa and Beth Patin, graduate assistants in Seattle. This has been a great team to work with and I have received great advice and assistance from everyone. I would also like to thank Caroline Haythornthwaite who provided good counsel when I was deciding whether to take on this role. Finally, my thanks to Ellen Rubenstein, who served as my Graduate Assistant this summer and helped me organize the panels, and thanks to GSLIS for providing the funds for that Assistantship.

My hope with this conference theme was to push AoIR’s interdisciplinarity even a bit further by encouraging greater inclusion of digital humanities and digital arts. While we did not get as many submissions along those lines as I had hoped, I invite you to seek out sessions and papers that contribute to the theme of Performance, and to think about how (and whether) we might continue opening up that area of inquiry within AoIR.

I’m biased of course, but I believe we have a great program this year. Our keynotes provide a range of perspectives from inside and out of academia. I hope you’ll find them provocative and inspiring. It has also been a treat to go through the abstracts and review what people are presenting. Choosing sessions to attend will be difficult. Let me encourage you in that regard to get up early! I know that 8:30 a.m. time slot will be painful, especially for those of you who have traveled some distance, but I promise that it will be worth it. There are some great presentations in our earliest sessions. And if you need a little help that early, remember that Seattle has some of the best coffee in the world.

I look forward to seeing you all and hope you have a great conference!

Lori Kendall
Program Chair

Welcome Message from Karine Nahon, Conference Chair

October 3rd, 2011

The AoIR conference serves as an interdisciplinary venue for inspiring new ideas, presenting cutting-edge studies and encouraging collaborations between scholars in the area of internet studies. It brings together researchers from various disciplines and areas like: information, communication, sociology, business, political science, design, engineering, art and more.

We are proud that we have been given the opportunity to host IR 12.0 in Seattle.  Seattle is a home to many Hi-tech companies, and is a hub for communities and academic institutions that study Internet and society. As such, it can serve as a great location for a conference like this.

On a personal note, I can now tell you that organizing a conference is not exactly what we are trained for… It requires the help of many volunteers that contributed many hours to make it successful. A special thanks to Beth Patin and Lassana Magassa, both PhD students, and Maria Garrido from the iSchool of UW, who helped with  the thousand details of organizing the conference.  Special thanks to Lori Kendall, the program chair. It always seemed so easy when she was in charge of things. Thanks for the on-going guidance and help of the conference committee: Mia Consalvo, Alex Halavais and Michael Zimmer.

So, it is time to enjoy our conference. My hope is that the conference will serve as a locus for interdisciplinarity, a space for discourse and collaboration.  Let the show begin!!!
I look forward to seeing you in Seattle,

Karine Nahon
Conference Chair

Welcome Message from University of Washington’s Dean Bruce

October 3rd, 2011

Welcome to Seattle and IR12

Welcome to the 12th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, an organization for scholars in any discipline in the field of Internet studies.  As the Dean of the University of Washington iSchool, I observe a common bond between iSchools around the world and AoIR. iSchools and AoIR draw together scholars who are doing complex, important and high impact work on emergent and new interdisciplinary topics. The UW Information School is celebrating 100 years on the UW campus this year. We are very pleased to be a sponsor of the AoIR conference and invite you to come to visit us – just a short bus ride away on our beautiful University of Washington Campus.

At the UW iSchool we want everyone to know how vital information is to all aspects of life. The relationships among information, people, and technology pervade every aspect of our research, teaching, and service. We are a collaborative intellectual culture based on inclusiveness, relationships, and connections—within the School, on campus, and into the broader community. The School is dedicated to preparing information leaders, researching the problems and opportunities of information, and designing solutions to information challenges.  Through our specific goals and objectives in instruction, research, service and outreach we create a dynamic learning environment dedicated to preparing our students to respond not only to the opportunities of today, but to the challenges we all face in the 21st century.

Warmest best wishes for a successful conference.  Congratulations on your accomplishments. Thank you for your research and scholarship.  I know that your work is making our world a better place.

Harry Bruce
Dean and Professor

Hotel Registration Deadline: September 26

September 12th, 2011

Hi everyone,

Please note that the deadline for getting the conference special rate in the Renaissance hotel is Sept. 26. Please hurry up in signing in.

Our conference hotel is the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. All sessions will take place in the conference hotel, and a specially priced block of guest rooms has been reserved for meeting participants. Please use the conference booking site to receive the conference room rate. The hotel offers comfortable meeting facilities and guest rooms, as well as marvelous views of downtown and Puget Sound. Set in the heart of Seattle, it is quite literally across the street from the award-winning Seattle Public Library. In addition, the Pike Place Market, Seattle waterfront, Seattle Art Museum, and Space Needle are all located within easy walking distance.

Renaissance Seattle Hotel

515 Madison Street

Seattle, Washington 98104

Ph: 206-583-0300

Fax: 206-447-0992

Reservations: 800-546-9184


Conference Schedule

August 3rd, 2011

Here is an overview of the conference sessions. Please be aware that this is just a draft and sessions are subject to change.  Please select a date or room to show only sessions at that day or location. Please select a single session for detailed view (with abstracts and downloads if available).


Doctoral Colloquium releases schedule:

August 2nd, 2011

Doctoral Colloquium at the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Annual Conference 2011

This event takes place October 10th, 1o:00am – 4:30pm.

Location: East Room
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison Street
Seattle, Washington 98104

In keeping with its commitment to students’ scholarship in the Association of Internet Researchers, the Internet Research 12.0 Doctoral Colloquium offers Ph.D. students  working in internet research or a related field a special forum on October, 10, 2011. Participants will have a chance to present their dissertations-in-progress and discuss them at length, with peers and established senior researchers.

This year, Elizabeth Buchanan and Michael Zimmer will coordinate the Doctoral Colloquium, and will be joined by colleagues including:

  • Mia Consalvo
  • Charles Ess
  • Alex Halavais
  • Rasmus Helles
  • Andrew Herman
  • Klaus Bruhn Jensen
  • Steve Jones
  • Annette Markham
  • Hector Postigo


10:00 Introductions and Welcome
10:15 – 12:30 Group Meetings
12:30- 1:45 Lunch
1:45-3:00 Group Meetings

3:00-4:15 Common Challenges
Wrap Up

Important Dates

Conference: 10-13 Oct 2011



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