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CITASA Mini-Conference MC3.0

Web 2.0 and Beyond: The Sociological Significance of Virtual Worlds Supplanting Cyberspace

Time and Date: 5:00-8:30pm EDT or 2:00 - 5:30 pm PDT/SLT on August 12, 2007
Location Details: The GNWC Virtual Centre for Digital Media in Second Life University Project (150, 84, 23)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/University%20Project/150/84/23

For the third year in a row the Communication and Information Technology Section (CITASA) of the American Sociological Association (ASA) will hold a Mini-Conference as part of the ASA's annual meeting. This year's ASA meeting will be held in New York City, while the primary venue for CITASA's MC3.0 will be held in Second Life. (www.secondlife.com). Second Life is a 3d virtual world with nearly 8 million residents, who's lifelike avatars participate in a wide range of economic, social, educational and recreational activities. The virtual location for MC3.0 will be the Virtual Centre for Digital Media created by the Masters of Digital Media Program at Great Northern Way Campus (Vancouver, BC). The physical location of the conference will be wherever the participants find themselves-in New York and elsewhere-at the time.

MC3.0 will focus on three broad areas:

  • Social Networking Sites (Facebook, Flickr, YouTube etc)
  • Videogames & Gaming (World Of Warcraft, Console games etc)
  • Virtual Worlds (Second Life, Active Worlds etc)

Key Questions that will be addressed 1) What is the sociological significance of the Web2.0 (and beyond) mediated form of social interaction? 2) How can these forms of online interaction serve as bases for sociological research? 3) Specifically, what is the pedagogical value of the virtual world experience?
See the CITASA website after July 13, 2007 for more information or join the CITASA group on Facebook. Individuals interested in presenting or serving as discussants should contact one of the MC organizers listed below. CITASA sponsored Second Life orientation sessions will be available prior to the event for those new to the virtual world.

CITASA MC3.0 organizers

Tracy Kennedy - tkennedy@netwomen.ca
Anabel Quan-Haase - aquan@uwo.ca
Joanna Robinson - joanna@gnwc.ca
Jim Witte - jwitte@clemson.edu

Presenters

 

Presenter

1

Dan Trottier

2

Peter Timusk

3

Tracy Kennedy

4

Jeff Preston

5

Michael Reese

6

Michael Roberts

7
8

Leslie Jarmon
Joe Sanchez

9

Geoffrey Edwards

10

Joanna Robinson

11

Sarah Robbins

12

Jim Witte

13

Anabel Quan-Haase

14

Tami Gillespie

CITASA MC 3.0 Guest List


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List

First Life Name

Second Life Name

1

SLRL

Richard Smyth

Abaris Brautigan

2

SLED

Amanda Levin

medu3a Barbosa

3

 

Emmet Campos

magon Barbosa

4

SLED

Laura

Rainbow Drake

5

CITASA

Gina Neff

Athena Back

6

CITASA

Andrea Tapia

AndreaTapia Nagy

7

 

Ilene Frank

Ilene Pratt

8

SLED

Ed Lamoureaux

Professor Beliveau

9

JSC-AE

Stephanie Smith

Caledonia Heron

10

 

 

Victoria Bury

11

 

Mike Stern

Hout Sicling

12

SLED

Doreen Pugh

Veritas Variscan

13

 

 

Paloma Mabellon

14

SLRL

Colette Wanless-Sobel

Ariel McCaw

15

 

Sheila Webber

Sheila Yoshikawa

16

SLRL

Alex Halavais

Professor Erde

17

SLRL

Karen Summers-Murray

Summers Seelowe

18

 

Jerri Lynn Hogg

Lynny Miles

19

 

Pamela Rose Smith

Complex Martinek

20

SLED

Daryl Fallin

Extropian Obviate

21

SLRL

Randolph Hollingsworth

Bella Yan

22

 

 

Tulle Freriksson

23

 

William Jackson

Jarrad Voom

24

 

Kay Souter

Flossy McMahon

25

 

Marcella Musgrove

Risa Cascabel

26