Association of Internet Researchers

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Founded in 1999, the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) is a learned society dedicated to the advancement of the transdisciplinary field of Internet studies. It is an international, member-based support network promoting critical and scholarly Internet research, independent from traditional disciplines and existing across academic borders.

AoIR was formally founded on May 30, 1999, at a meeting of nearly sixty scholars at the San Francisco Hilton and Towers, following initial discussions at a 1998 conference at Drake University entitled "The World Wide Web and Contemporary Cultural Theory: Metaphor, Magic & Power." [1] As the Chronicle of Higher Education noted, its rapid growth during the first few years of its existence marked the coming of age of Internet studies.[2] It has continued to grow, with a membership of approximately 400 scholars. It supports AIR-L, a mailing list with over 4,500 subscribers.

AoIR holds an annual academic conference, as well as promoting online discussion and collaboration through a long-running mailing list, and other venues. The 2013 conference was held in Denver.[3]


The Association supports scholarly communication in a number of ways:

  • It organizes an annual, peer-reviewed scholarly conference, which accepts paper and presentation submissions from all disciplines.
  • It hosts the AIR-L mailing list with over 2000 subscribers.
  • It has published multiple editions of the Internet Research Annual with Peter Lang
  • It hosts working groups that produce reports of interest to researches in the field, most notably the AoIR Guide on Ethical Online Research.
  • It co-sponsors an annual issue of the journal Information, Communication and Society consisting of top papers from the annual conference.


Past presidents[edit]

# Name Term
1 Steve Jones 1999–2003
2 Nancy Baym 2003–2005
3 Matthew Allen 2005–2007
4 Charles Ess 2007–2009
5 Mia Consalvo 2009–2011
6 Alexander Halavais 2011–2013
7 Lori Kendall 2013–2015


  1. ^ Witmer, Diane F. (1999). "The Association(of).Internet.Researchers: Formed to support scholarship in and of the internet". Information, Communication & Society 2 (3): 368–370. doi:10.1080/136911899359637. 
  2. ^ McLemee, Scott (30 March 2001). "Internet studies 1.0: a discipline Is born". The Chronicle of Higher Education 47 (29). p. A24. 
  3. ^ Internet Research 14.0

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