[globaloutlookDH-l] Fwd: [kbf] Fwd: Call for Abstracts: ITfC-IDRC Round Table

Daniel O'Donnell daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Sun Apr 27 23:01:40 MDT 2014


This is /certainly/ of interest to people here!


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Subject: 	[kbf] Fwd: Call for Abstracts: ITfC-IDRC Round Table
Date: 	Mon, 28 Apr 2014 04:35:24 +0000
From: 	Shamprasad Pujar <pujar at igidr.ac.in>
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Dear All,

This could be of interest to some of you.

best Regards,

Sham
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Subject: 	[ciresearchers] Call for Abstracts: ITfC-IDRC Round Table
Date: 	Sat, 26 Apr 2014 15:04:42 +0530
From: 	Roshini <roshini at itforchange.net> <mailto:roshini at itforchange.net>
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Dear All,

A Round Table on *'Inclusion in the network society- mapping development 
alternatives, forging research agendas'* is being organised by IT for 
Change <http://www.itforchange.net/> and IDRC 
<http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Pages/default.aspx>, from 29th September to 1st 
October, 2014.

The round table will bring together around 25 participants – leading 
scholars, development practitioners and thinkers, who are interested in 
the theoretical and policy aspects of equity, inclusion and 
participation in the 'ICTs and development' domain.

This open call is to invite abstracts from young development researchers 
and practitioners who can contribute to the debate. There is a limited 
number of travel fellowships for authors of selected full-length essays, 
to participate in the round table. For further information, please read 
the call for abstracts 
<http://www.itforchange.net/sites/default/files/ITfC/23%20April%20-%20Call%20for%20Abstracts%20-Inclusion%20Roundtable.pdf> 
(also enclosed below) and theconcept note 
<http://www.itforchange.net/sites/default/files/ITfC/22%20April-%20Concept%20Note%20-Inclusion%20Roundtable.pdf>.

*Last date for submissions of abstracts is 31st May, 2014.*

We request you to please share this with your networks. If you have 
received this email more than once, please accept our apologies for 
cross-posting.

Regards,
IT for Change team


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Call for Abstracts

Round table:

*Inclusion in the network society*

– *mapping development alternatives, forging research agendas*

*Bangalore, India*
*29 September - 1 October 2014

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The experience of first-generation initiatives in the field of 'ICTs and 
development' has clearly demonstrated that the question of inclusion in 
the network society cannot be reduced merely to that of access to 
technological artefacts or infrastructures. In a globalised social 
order, the mechanisms of networked, global systems – production chains, 
finance, scientific and research processes, and the media – structure 
the rules of inclusion. They determine who has the ability to 
substantively participate in, and benefit from, the dominant networks of 
information, knowledge, production, and of cultural and resource flows.

Today, as we witness what has been somewhat glibly labelled the 'mobile 
revolution', alongside a momentous surge in the use of social media 
technologies – especially by young populations in developing countries – 
newer frames to interpret social equity, inclusion and participation 
become critical for the agenda of development. How does the diffusion of 
ICTs connect to the democratisation of information, knowledge and 
culture? Does it offer new pathways for the socially marginalised to 
have greater control over knowledge and wealth? International 
Development Research Centre (IDRC), along with IT for Change, will host 
a round table between 29th September - 1st October, 2014, bringing 
together leading development scholars and practitioners to contribute to 
the ongoing dialogues on ICTs and development – particularly from the 
vantage point of equity and inclusion.

In September 2009, IDRC had initiated a similar dialogue with Nobel 
Laureates Amartya Sen and Michael Spence, as well as other leading 
thinkers, at the Harvard Forum on ICTs, Human Development, Growth and 
Poverty Reduction. Building on the key debates of the Harvard Forum, the 
round table will explore if, and how, opportunities in the emerging 
network society are, and can be, 'programmed' into the structures of 
technological networks. Another key objective of the round table is to 
build a research agenda that is contemporary enough to tackle the future 
of the ICTs and development question in the Global South.

Key issues

The round table will focus on the following issues:

1. What is the emerging structural-institutional ecology framing 
inclusion in the network society? What readings of the current paradigms 
of ICT diffusion, use, production and policy allow us to trace power and 
exclusion?

2. How do we map continuities and disjunctures in development practice 
when technology meets society, to build a 'new' narrative in which all 
people matter?

3. Under what conditions can digital technologies bring about 'equitable 
inclusion' in the network society? What kind of a 
structural-institutional ecology can facilitate efforts for 'equitable 
inclusion' in the network society?

4. What broad questions and specific themes would comprise a pertinent 
research agenda on networks, development and inclusion? What research 
methodologies would be appropriate in this regard?

Outcomes

The round table envisages the following outcomes:

• Field-building that deepens theoretical inquiry on 'inclusion and 
equity in the network society'.

• Research agenda-setting on themes at the intersection of networks, 
development and inclusion.

• Network building to explore possibilities for further work to build a 
systematic body of knowledge.

• Knowledge products in the form of papers/essays, that can be the basis 
of a special journal issue.

The event is designed to bring together around 25 participants – leading 
scholars, development practitioners and thinkers, as well as young 
researchers and practitioners in the sector who are interested in the 
theoretical and policy aspects of equity, inclusion and participation, 
in the 'ICTs and development' domain.

This open call seeks to identify young development researchers and 
practitioners who can contribute to the debate. Interested individuals 
need to submit an abstract of 1000 words that will become the basis for 
an analytical essay, in case it is short-listed for the round table. 
There is a limited number of travel fellowships for authors of selected 
full-length essays, to participate in the round table. Selection 
criteria include a minimum of five years of experience in the 
development sector, preferably with a focus on ICTs, and two 
publications. (Criteria may be relaxed on a case-by-case basis).

Submission deadlines

Abstracts must be received by*31st May 2014*. Full essays are due by 
*15th August 2014.*

Please send all submissions and queries to: networkinclusion at gmail.com 
<mailto:mailto:networkinclusion at gmail.com>

More details at: www.itforchange.net <http://www.itforchange.net/>


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