| as an aside, some of our internet specialists might
| want to send in a couple of abstracts, especially,
| in reference to this one:
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| * What does 'Silicon Valley' mean in other geographies? How has the
| model of associations between innovation, research and funding been
| transplanted elsewhere and to what measures of success?
| ------------------------------------------------------
| Oh! Ok. We could write something about production, but also
| corresponding cultures, no?

Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media

Call for Papers -- Special Issue on 'Digital Cultures of California
Vol 15 no 1. February 2009

Guest editor:
Julian Bleecker (julian [at] techkwondo [dot] com and bleeckerj [at]
gmail [dot] com) (Near Future Laboratory and University of Southern

The deadline for submission of research articles is 1 February 2008.

This call invites submissions for a special issue related to digital
cultures of California. Internationally, California is a phenomenon in
terms of its relationship to creating, consuming and analyzing the era
of digital technologies. From the legendary garage entrepreneurs, to the
multi-billion dollar culture of venture capital, to stock back- dating
scandals, to the epic exodus of California's IT support staff during the
Burning Man festival, this territory plays an important role in the
political, cultural and economic underpinnings of digitally and
network-mediated lives on a global scale.

The Bay Area of California (often referred to somewhat incorrectly as
Northern California) is perceived as a hot-bed of technology activity.
Nearby Silicon Valley serves as a marker for the massive funding of
enterprises that shape many aspects of digital culture. The new
interaction rituals that have come to define what social life has become
in many parts of the world can often be traced back to this part of
California. New, popular and curious forms of presence awareness and
digital communication such as Twitter and Flickr have found a
comfortable home here. Lifestyles of the Northern California digerati
have enveloped the cultural milieu, often changing the social landscape
to such a degree that it become unrecognizable and unpalatable to those
less engaged in creating and consuming digital cultures. Complimenting
the Bay Area's technology production activities is Southern California
-- the greater Los Angeles basin in particular -- where Hollywood
sensibilities bring together entertainment with technology through such
things as video games, mobile content distribution, digital video and 3D

California is also the home of several colleges and universities where
digital technologies are developed in engineering departments and
reflected upon from social science and humanities departments.  This
curious relationship between production and analysis creates the promise
of insightful interdisciplinary approaches to making new kinds of
digital networked cultures. Many institutions have made efforts to
combine engineering and social science practices to bolster technology
design. Xerox PARC probably stands as the canonical example
of interdisciplinary approaches to digital technology design. Similarly,
combining arts practices with technology as a kind of exploratory
research and development has important precedent at places like Intel
Berkeley Labs and PARC and at the practice-based events such as the San
Jose California-based Zero One festival.

In this special issue we welcome submissions which investigate, provoke
and explicate the California digital cultures from a variety of
perspectives. We are interested in papers that approach this phenomenon
in scholarly and, particularly, approaches that emphasize practice-based
analysis and knowledge production.

* What are the ways that social networks have been shaped by digital

* How has the phenomenon of the digital entrepreneur evolved in the age
of DIY sensibilities?

* What are the ways that 'new ideas' succeed or fail based on their
dissemination amongst the elite, connected digerati, as opposed to their
dissemination amongst less more quotidian communities?

* What is the nature of the matrix of relationships between Hollywood
entertainment, the military, industry and digital technology?

* Can the DIY culture explored in the pages of Make magazine produce its
own markets?

* How does the Apple Inc. culture of product design and development
shape and inform popular culture?

* How have the various interdisciplinary approaches undertaken at
corporate research centers connected to universities such as Intel
Berkeley Labs shaped digital cultures?

* What does 'Silicon Valley' mean in other geographies? How has the
model of associations between innovation, research and funding been
transplanted elsewhere and to what measures of success?

The deadline for submission of research articles is 1 February 2008.

Submissions/proposals for papers should be directed to the guest editor.
The special issue will be published (by SAGE) in February 2009. For full
details of house style and submission format, please consult

(For all other submissions/inquiries, please contact [email protected])