Submissions are now being accepted for a one-day research symposium co-hosted by the University of North Texas College of Information, UNT ASIS&T Student Chapter, and SLANT to showcase the research efforts of information scholars and practitioners. The event will be inclusive of workshops, sessions for ongoing and completed papers, posters, and a competition for dissertation presentations. Presenters who cannot attend physically will be able to present remotely. The symposium is being generously funded by the College of Information (COI), the Department of Information Science, and UNT Student Government Association (SGA), with no cost to the attendees or participants, and will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at University Union in Denton, TX.
Scholars and practitioners at all levels are encouraged to submit their research, keeping in mind that the prompt is “Information, Language, and Power,” which is inclusive but not limited to information science, linguistics, learning technologies, digital humanities, data science and analytics, computer science, journalism, and sociology. Just a few examples of topics include:
- Language documentation and technology
- Sociolinguistics on social media
- Ethical data use
- Information and affect
- Digital divides
- Local and indigenous knowledge
- Control of data
- Community informatics
- Archival representation and misrepresentation
- Social media regulation
- Information security
- The impact of information and emerging technologies on society
- Data manipulation
- The surveillance state
- Emerging literacies
- Critical information theory
- Open access vs appropriate access to information
- The right to be forgotten
- And all other information-related topics
One of the primary goals of MIRS is to encourage and empower participants who are new to scholarly communication. Therefore, graduate and undergraduate students at all levels and early professionals are highly encouraged to submit their work.
Follow the link to the submission portal to submit your research, no later than March 18, 2019. Please submit abstracts of your work, limited to 250 words (not inclusive of title or keywords), and note the category of your work: workshops, ongoing and completed research papers, posters, or dissertation presentation competition.
Notifications of accepted submissions and will be made by the end of March. Accepted participants interested in competing for any of the awards need to attach the full paper or an extended abstract of 1000 words or more by April 15, 2019.
Awards will be given in the following categories:
- The MIRS Best Overall Paper Award will be selected by blind peer review of full papers and is open to all participants.
- The MIRS Best Poster Award will be selected by blind peer review of extended poster abstracts.
- The MIRS Best Presentation Poster Award will be selected by peer review at the symposium.
- The Linda Schamber Best Paper Award will be awarded for the best research paper by a UNT PhD COI student. The award will be selected by a committee of UNT Faculty members.
- The Best Dissertation Presentation Award, which is styled similar to TedTalks; each participant will have 10 minutes to present their work with visual aids. This option is open to all PhD students who have taken their qualifying exams, but have not yet defended their dissertation. Think of this as a chance to practice the dissertation proposal and/ or defense.
Questions about the MIRS CFP are welcome and should be directed to Ana.Roeschley@unt.edu.