Call for Proposals (The Shape of Things)

The Shape of Things

Call for papers

We welcome proposals of 300 words maximum for presentations at the first event, ‘The Shape of Things: New and Emerging Technology-Enabled Models of Participation through VGC.’ Presentations should share examples of sourcing VGC and reflect on pertinent and emerging VGC issues. ‘Anti’-presentations that dispute investment in visitor-generated content are also welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Process versus product: is the value of VGC within the co-production process or the resultant content?
  • The added value of digital vs. analogue VGC
  • VGC and moderation
  • VGC and institutional (un)participatory culture

Call for VGC technology show-and-tell

We also welcome proposals of 300 words maximum for showcasing VGC technologies and solutions during day 2 of the event (Feb 1st 2013). Proposals should include a brief description of the technology, examples of use, and a list of technical requirements for showcasing.

Doctoral students

We have a limited number of funded places available for PhD students working in the area of VGC. The funding will contribute towards travel and accommodation expenses up to a maximum of £180. Interested students are encouraged to submit a 300 word proposal summarising their doctoral research and how it relates with the focus of the event.

Submission of proposals

All submissions to be emailed to by 7 Dec 2012, and to include presenter name(s), affiliation(s) and email address(es), as well as 300-word proposal(s) as detailed above.


Descriptions of projects and technologies presented at all the events will be included in the iSay blog, which will host discussions before, during and after the events. Authors of accepted papers will also be invited to contribute chapters for an edited volume that will be published in 2014 (details will be confirmed soon).


Registration for the event is free.

Important dates

Submission of proposals: 7 Dec 2012 21 Dec 2012

Notification of acceptance: 14 Dec 2012

Description for project blog due: 10 Jan 2013

Registration open: 30 Nov 2012 – 15 Jan 2013

The Shape of Things: 31 Jan – 1 Feb 2013


General enquiries about the project may be sent to


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