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Indian ascetic & nationalist leader (1869 - 1948)
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Back to Methuselah" (1921), part 1, act 1
When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist.
When they locked up the incurably sick, I remained silent; I was not incurably sick.
When they came for the Jehovah's Witnesses, I did not speak out; I was not a Jehovah's Witnesses.
When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for the people in occupied countries, I remained silent; I wasn't a person in an occupied country.
When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.
Version based on Rev. Pastor Martin Niemöller's (1892–1984) 1946 speeches. see Prof. Harold Marcuse's Niemöller Quotation Page for an explanation.
In the search for character and commitment, we must rid ourselves of our inherited, even cherished biases and prejudices. Character, ability and intelligence are not concentrated in one sex over the other, nor in persons with certain accents or in certain races or in persons holding degrees from some universities over others. When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.
J. Irwin Miller, Chairman of the Board (1951-1977), Cummins Inc. From 1983 letter about diversity at the company.
Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.
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December 07, 2008
OII Summer Doctoral Programme 2009
I am delighted to announce that we are accepting applications for the OII Summer Doctoral Programme 2009, to be hosted this year by our partners at the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia.
OII SDP2009: Brisbane (6-17 July, 2009) http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/teaching/sdp/
The programme aims to stretch the thinking of all students on a range of issues, to provide valuable advice and support for students' thesis research, and to establish a peer network of excellent young researchers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the thematic focus this year will be on 'Creativity, Innovation and the Internet': our partners on the SDP since 2003, the Creative Industries Faculty is at the forefront of pioneering international research initiatives in creative industries policy, applied creative industries research, digital media design, and the creative and performing arts.
As in previous years, the programme will involve daily research seminars and panel sessions given by leading academics, with students having the opportunity to present their research to their peers in informal seminars. Break-out sessions will allow groups to focus more narrowly on research questions of mutual interest, and time is made available for individual research and informal contact with tutors and fellow students.
Student feedback on the Summer Doctoral has always been overwhelmingly positive, and the SDP2009 promises to be yet another excellent year in this series. I hope you will consider applying, encourage your students to apply, or forward this email to people who may be interested! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
1. SDP2009: Apply / Deadline
2. Candidates: What are we looking for?
3. Background: the OII Summer Doctoral Programme
4. Fees / Scholarships / Partners
5. Contact / Keep in Touch
1. SDP2009: Apply / Deadline
The SDP2009 Application Form is available on the website. The application process will close at 17:00 GMT on Monday 16 February 2009. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 April 2009.
Apply for the SDP2009:
All applications must be supported by one or more of the students' current doctoral supervisors (references will be requested). All teaching will be in English, so all applicants should be able to demonstrate their competence in this language.
2. Candidates: What are we looking for?
Up to 30 places are available and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Preference will be given to students at an advanced stage of their doctorate who have embarked on writing their thesis.
Like the course tutors, our SDP students come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds: computer science, sociology, law, etc. Whatever the background, the programme aims to facilitate deep discussion of both substantive and methodological research issues, and to help students frame their research questions and direct their research.
As in other years, the SDP2009 will seek to generate dialogue and debate between students from different disciplinary backgrounds on issues relating to the broad theme of creativity and innovation with a view to improving each student's doctoral thesis and identifying topics for future collaborative research. With these aims in mind, we are particularly keen to attract the most promising students who are prepared to engage with different disciplines, backgrounds and viewpoints.
Past student biographies, tutor lists and programmes:
3. Background: the OII Summer Doctoral Programme
Launched in 2003, the OII SDP is now an important fixture of the OII's year, a time when we bring together a diverse group of students and tutors for two weeks of intense work and discussion. We consciously encourage the international character of the SDP in order to encourage peer networks that are as diverse as possible, and to benefit students who may not have significant academic peer-groups in their own universities. The programme is held away from Oxford every other year: this is our third stint abroad (in 2005 we took the SDP to Beijing, and in 2007 we were hosted by the Berkman Center, Harvard University).
320 hours of seminars .. since the first SDP2003. And counting.
4. Fees / Scholarships / Partners
The cost of the course will be AUD 3300.00, covering accommodation from 5-17 July 2009 (inclusive) and all course tuition fees. Travel to and from Brisbane is not included in this fee.
We are currently looking for additional funding to provide support for student scholarships. Students do not need to make a request for a scholarship at the application stage as this will be dealt with once the selection process has been completed.
We are grateful for the generosity of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) and all our academic partners in supporting this programme: the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation (iCi) (2009 co-organiser), the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Harvard University) and the Annenberg School of Communication (USC).
5. Contact / Keep in Touch
Graduate Studies Administrator
Summer Doctoral Programme 2009
17:00 GMT on Monday 16 February 2009
SDP Alumni: contact Laura if you would like to be added to the SDP Alumni mailing list.
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Award - DGOF "Best Research Thesis Award"
DGOF prize "Best Research Thesis Award"
The German Society for Online Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Onlineforschung, DGOF) announces its Best Research Thesis Award in the field of Internet Research. The prize has a value of 3000,- Euros. It will be given to students who have finished a thesis (Bachelor/Master/Ph.D.) in 2007 or 2008. The submission deadline is: December 31, 2008.
Submissions in English or German language must include an electronic version (word or pdf) of the thesis plus an additional English language extended abstract (600-1000 words) that summarizes the analyzed question, the used methods, the most important findings, and its relationship to relevant existing theories and earlier findings. The thesis must be written in 2008 or 2007. At the time the thesis was submitted all authors must have been graduate or postgraduate students only. Works by post-docs are not eligible for submission. The thesis may have multiple student authors.
The prize will be given to the author(s) of a thesis that provides an exceptional analysis of a specific issue in the area of internet research.
The analysis should focus on aspects of
* social, organizational, or psychological consequences or aspects of mobile or online communication (Web 2.0, social networking, online communities, E-Health, digital inequality, etc). and/or
* method research (web surveys, online experiments, mobile surveys, multi-mode data collection, statistical biases, innovative forms of data collection, etc).
All applications will be evaluated by a jury of experts in the area of internet research on basis of the following criteria, if applicable.
* innovativeness of the findings
* theoretical foundation
* adequacy of the chosen research design and, if applicable, the empirical foundation
* clarity of the presentation.
The author(s) will be given the opportunity to present the findings at the General Online Research Conference 2009 (see www.gor.de) and to publish the work. 1300,- Euros of the prize will go directly to the applicant(s)
who are selected as winners by the expert evaluators. Additional 1700,-Euros will be provided for publication in the book series "Neue Schriften zur Online-Forschung" and, if necessary, English language translation of a
short manuscript that presents selected findings of the thesis for submission as an article to the International Journal of Internet Science
Applicants have to submit an electronic copy of their thesis, including the extended abstract and a copy of the received grade (if available) online at the GOR 09 Conftool: www.gor.de. Email submissions are excluded. Authors of empirical as well as theoretical contributions that score high on the evaluation criteria are encouraged to submit their work. More information is available at www.gor.de and via [email protected]
Submission via GOR09 Conftool at www.gor.de: Please create an account ("Register new"), then submit your thesis. Please follow this scheme: "Your submissions" and after that please choose "DGOF prize "Best Research
Award - Yale Information Society Project Fellowships for 2009-2010
The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School is seeking applicants for 2009-2010 postdoctoral fellowships. The ISP resident fellowships are designed for recent graduates of law or Ph.D. programs who are interested in careers in teaching and public service in any of the following areas: law and innovation; Internet and telecommunications law and policy; intellectual property law; access to knowledge; first amendment law; media studies; privacy; civil liberties online; cybercrime and cybersecurity; social software; standards and technology policy; bioethics, biotechnology, and law and genomics; and law, technology, and culture generally.
Information about applying is available at the ISP web site at: http://www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/6523.htm. Applications for 2009-10 ISP fellowships must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2009.
Award - "SOCIAL COMPUTING IN 2020" BLUESKY INNOVATION COMPETITION
The University of California Transliteracies Project and UC Santa Barbara Social Computing Group announce the "Social Computing in 2020" Bluesky Innovation Competition." What will social computing technologies and practices be like in the year 2020?
* ELIGIBLE: Undergraduate or graduate students anywhere in the world.
* AWARDS: 1st prize, $3000 USD; 2nd prize, $1000, 3rd prize, $500.
* SUBMISSION FORMAT: Description of an idea + Imaginative realization, embodiment, or illustration of the idea in a variety of possible formats (e.g., an essay, story, script, application sketch, fictional business plan, etc.).
* DEADLINE: January 30, 2009.
* FULL COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Guidelines & Submission Details http://socialcomputing.ucsb.edu/contest2020/
Students from any discipline--humanities, arts, social sciences, computer science, engineering, etc.--are encouraged to apply. The competition emphasizes visionary, thoughtful, or critical concepts rather than technical knowledge as such.
For more information, see the full competition announcement (http://socialcomputing.ucsb.edu/contest2020/).
Inquiries may be directed by email to [email protected]
UCSB Social Computing Group (http://socialcomputing.ucsb.edu) (A working group in the UC Transliteracies Project:
* Kevin Almeroth - Department of Computer Science; Associate Dean for Advancement and Planning, College of Engineering.
* Jennifer Earl - Department of Sociology; Director, Center for Information Technology & Society.
* Andrew Flanagin - Department of Communication; Co-director, Credibility and Digital [email protected] Project.
* James Frew - Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.
* Alan Liu - Chair, Department of English; Director, UC Transliteracies Project.
* Miriam Metzger - Department of Communication; Co-director, Credibility and Digital [email protected] Project.
(With assistance from the UCSB Graduate Student Social Computing "Bluesky" Group.)
Award - Eben Tisdale Fellowship
The Eben Tisdale Fellowship, which includes a $5,000 grant, is a summer internship available to undergraduate and graduate students where the high-tech sector meets the government. The program offers outstanding opportunities for students to learn about high tech public policy issues with hands-on experience in Washington, D.C. Tisdale Fellowships are open to students from colleges and universities all over the country.
The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship, which includes one $5,000 grant for one student each year, is part of the Tisdale Fellowship program.
Any student, undergraduate or graduate, who is interested in diversity and ethics issues, and in learning about high-tech public policy issues, can apply for this Fellowship.
The application for both of these Fellowships is the same, except that those applying for the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship should include an additional essay on diversity and ethics.
The Fellowship has two main elements:
(1) Internship: Fellows do an eight-week internship in the government relations office of a leading high technology company or association.
In the recent past, fellows have interned at such companies as Agilent Technologies, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Philips Electronics and Infotech Strategies as well as associations such as the Business Software Alliance.
2) Issues Seminar: The issues seminar is a weekly lunch hosted by the different sponsoring companies and associations. Expert speakers lead discussions of current public policy issues in Washington, and the methods the high technology industry uses for effective advocacy.
The Summer 2009 Fellowship runs from June 15th – August 7th, 2009. The goal of the Fellowship is to create a supportive and collegial environment in which a new class of public policy professionals will be mentored to help ensure that the high-tech industry continues to have highly capable and well-trained individuals in both policy advocacy and senior management positions.
Students may find more information and apply at www.tisdalefellowship.org.
Questions? Contact Jonathan Tilley at [email protected]
Award - Google Policy Fellowship
Introducing the Google Policy Fellowship (http://www.google.com/policyfellowship/)
As lawmakers around the world become more engaged on Internet policy, ensuring a robust and intelligent public debate around these issues becomes increasingly important. That's why we're announcing our second summer for the Google Policy Fellowship Program-to support students and organizations working on policy issues fundamental to the future of the Internet and its users.
Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more. Participating organizations are based in either Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA , Ottawa or Toronto, Canada and include: American Library Association, Cato Institute, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, Center for Democracy and Technology, Citizen Lab, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Future of Music Coalition, Internet Education Foundation, Media Access Project, New America Foundation, Progress and Freedom Foundation, Public Knowledge, and Technology Policy Institute. More information about the host organizations and the areas of focus for the fellows are outlined here.
Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organizations, but will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organization, including conducting policy research and analysis; drafting reports and analyses; attending government and industry meetings and conferences; and participating in other advocacy activities.
Award - Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award
The International Center for Qualitative Inquiry is pleased to announce the annual Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award, for excellence in qualitative research in a doctoral dissertation.
Eligible dissertations will use and advance qualitative methods to investigate any topic. Applications for the award will be judged by the following criteria: clarity of writing; willingness to experiment with new and traditional writing forms; advocacy, promotion, development, and use of qualitative research methodologies and practices in new fields of study, and in policy arenas involving issues of social justice.
There are two award categories, traditional (Category A), and experimental (Category B). Submissions in both categories address social justice issues. Submissions in Category A use traditional qualitative research and writing forms, while Category B submissions experiment with traditional writing and representational forms.
An award of $250 will be given to each winner. All doctoral candidates are eligible, provided they have successfully defended their proposals prior to January 1, 2009, and will defend their final dissertation by April 1, 2009. Receiving or being considered for other awards does not preclude a student from applying for this award . Applications are due February 1, 2009. The 2009 award, co-sponsored with Sage Publications, will be made at the closing townhall meeting of the Congress. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.c4qi.org/award.html.
Applicants should submit four (4) copies of the following:
* A letter indicating interest in the award that includes the applicant's name, address, university, telephone number(s), e-mail address, department, date of dissertation proposal defense, and current status of the dissertation.
* A letter from the applicant's dissertation advisor/chair recommending the applicant's work for the award and verifying the date of the dissertation proposal defense.
* A research description of no more than five (5) double-spaced
pages: approximately two pages of introduction and theory, two pages on the methodology, and one page on the significance of the work.
Finalists may be asked to submit their full proposal or additional information at a later date.
* One chapter and a table of contents from the dissertation.
* Finalists may be asked to submit their full dissertation after the first round of adjudication, closer to the competition closing date.
Applications are now being accepted. Submissions should be sent to:
Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award Committee The Center for Qualitative Inquiry University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Gregory Hall, Rm 103 (mc-462) 810 South Wright St .
Urbana , IL 61801
DEADLINE: Febuary 1, 2009
October 31, 2007
Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2008
Sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research
The Carl Couch Center issues an annual call for student-authored papers to be considered for Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award. The Couch Center welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that (1) apply symbolic interactionist approaches to Internet studies, (2) demonstrate interactive relationships between social interaction and communication technologies as advocated by Couch, and/or (3) develop symbolic interactionist concepts in new directions. Papers will be evaluated based on the quality of (1) mastery of Symbolic Interactionist approaches and concepts and Couch's theses, (2) originality, (3) organization, (4) presentation, and (5) advancement of knowledge.
Evaluation will be administered by a Review Committee of four:
Dr. Mark D. Johns, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Dr. Lori Kendall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Annette Markham, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Dr. Dennis Waskul, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Competition is open to graduate or undergraduate students of all disciplines. Works that are published or accepted for publication are not eligible for award consideration. Entries should not exceed 30 pages (approximately 7500 words) in length, including references and appendices. Limit of one entry per student per year.
The top three papers will receive Couch Awards to be presented at the 2008 meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (aoir.org) at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The top paper will be awarded a certificate and a cash prize of $500 US, runner up will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $300 US, and a third paper will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $100 US. All three authors will be invited to present their work at a session of the AoIR conference, October 15-19, 2008 in Copenhagen.
Those interested should send a copy of their paper, with a 100-word abstract, electronically to Mark D. Johns at [email protected] Application deadline is April 28, 2008. Notification of award will be sent by June 16.
Those with questions or comments about Couch Award application, please contact:
Mark D. Johns
Dept. of Communication Studies
Luther College, Decorah, IA 52101 USA
Tel: (563) 387-1347
E-mail: [email protected]
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October 25, 2007
Defining Wisdom post-doctoral fellowships at Chicago University
The Arete Initiative of the University of Chicago have announced a 2 million dollar research program on 'the nature and benefits of Wisdom'. They are going to award 20 two-year research grants to people who have received their PhDs within the past 10 years. They will also give out research grants averaging 100,000 dollars. Letters of Intent are required by 19 November. They write:
Although it has been neglected in the past, a new and scholarly study of Wisdom has the potential to raise new questions, challenge assumptions, and develop new theoretical and empirical models that will enliven debate within and across disciplines. We are looking for highly original, methodologically rigorous projects from a broad range of disciplines.They list a range of disciplines including neuroscience, psychology, genetics, evolutionary biology, sociology, anthropology, history, ethics, theology etc etc.
Details: www.wisdomresearch.org or contact directly John Cacioppo and Howard Nusbaum at [email protected]
Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award
DEADLINE: February 1, 2008
The International Center for Qualitative Inquiry is pleased to announce the third annual Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award, for excellence in qualitative research in a doctoral dissertation. Eligible dissertations will use and advance qualitative methods to investigate any topic. Applications for the award will be judged by the following criteria: clarity of writing; willingness to experiment with new and traditional writing forms; advocacy, promotion, development, and use of qualitative research methodologies and practices in new fields of study, and in policy arenas involving issues of social justice.
For more information, please visit our website: www.icqi.org