19.314 call for chapters: Linguistic and Cultural Online Communication

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 07:41:04 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 314.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2005 07:36:37 +0100
         From: Simon Harper <simon.harper_at_MANCHESTER.AC.UK>
         Subject: Call for Chapters - Linguistic and Cultural Online
Communication Issues in the Global Age

Call for Chapters - Submission Deadline Nov. 15, 2005

For the Edited Collection

Linguistic and Cultural Online Communication Issues in the Global Age

Edited by Kirk St.Amant, Texas Tech University, USA

International online access has grown rapidly in recent years with
the number of global Internet users growing by almost 2.8 million in
July of 2004 alone. This increased global access, however, brings
with it a variety of new conditions and concerns that could markedly
affect international interactions in online
environments. Differences in language, cultural communication
expectations, laws, and software standards are but some of the
factors individuals need to consider when using online media to
interact with individuals from different countries and
cultures. This collection will address these issues by exploring the
various aspects that could affect communication and comprehension in
international online interactions.

The primary objective of this text is to provide readers with
in-depth information on the various linguistic, cultural,
technological, legal, and other factors that affect interactions in
online exchanges.
Through examining such topics, this collection would help readers
make more effective decisions related to the uses and design of
online media when interacting with individuals from other cultures.
This primary objective would also accomplish two secondary, but
equally important, objectives:

. The collection would provide readers with the foundational
knowledge needed to communicate effectively with individuals from
other countries and cultures via online media.

. The collection would provide readers with the knowledge needed to
create effective online materials for users (clients, students,
colleagues, etc.) from other countries and cultures.

The primary audience for this book would include seven groups that
would use this text for a variety of reasons. These audiences/groups are:

. Executives, managers, and other business decision makers

. Marketers, service providers, and support personnel

. Researchers (both academic and corporate) studying cross-cultural
discourse in online environments

. Educators who teach in online learning environments

. Educational administrators who manage international students
participating in online programs

. Administrators of international non-profit agencies

Prospective subject areas and specific topics for this publication
include, but are not limited to, the following:

The Growth of Global Online Access
. Historical developments affecting international Internet access and
developments or trends currently affecting international online access
. The global digital divide and public and private projects used to
expand international Internet use.

Language, Culture, and Online Communication
. Linguistic and other cultural communication factors affecting
online exchanges
. Implications linguistic or cultural communication differences could
have for future developments related to online communication
. English as a global language and how cultural groups use different
kinds of online media

Technology, Compatibility, and International Online Discourse
. Technological factors that affect if, how, and when individuals
from different nations use online media to locate or to exchange information
. Different kinds of software and hardware/computing technology used
to interact online
. Effects telecommunications infrastructures of different regions
have on online access in those areas

   Law, Policy, and International Internet Use
. Legal standards or policy stances affecting how individuals in
different nations use online media
. Different national privacy and copyright laws affecting the nature
of international online interactions
. Policies of government monitoring that affect uses of online media
in different nations
. Policies on infrastructure developments that affect online access
in different regions

Markets, Economics, and International E-commerce
. Economic conditions affecting how individuals in different nations
use online media
. Prospects of using online media to tap overseas markets
. Corporate plans for expanding online access into different regions
(especially developing nations)
. E-marketing practices related to global audiences
. International outsourcing's affects on online access in different regions
. Economic factors affecting the language and design choices used
when interacting online

Globalization, Education, and Online Environments
. Educational factors affecting online access and use in different regions
. Effects of globalization on online education and enrollments in
online programs
. Examinations of how different educational conditions and standards
uses of online media
. Discussions of how online environments can improve education in
different regions

Perspectives on the Future of Global Cyberspace
. Future development of international online access and discourse in
global cyberspace
. Establishing global standards for online discourse (or online legal
. Examining how technology developments might change the nature of
international cyberspace
. Discussions of what increased global online access might mean for
domestic online interactions

Prospective authors are invited to submit chapter proposals of
200-500 words on or before November 15, 2005. In their proposal,
prospective authors should clearly explain:
. The purpose and the contents of their proposed chapter
. How their proposed chapter relates to the overall objectives of the book

Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal and sent
chapter organization guidelines by December 15, 2005. Drafts of
chapters will be due by March 15, 2006.

Please send inquiries or submit material electronically (Rich Text
files) to the editor at


The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group Inc.,
www.idea-group.com, publisher of the Idea Group Publishing,
Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing, and Idea Group

Simon Harper
SIGWEB Information Director.
(at the University of Manchester - UK)

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