Association of Internet Researchers
The Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) is a learned society dedicated to the advancement of the transdisciplinary field of Internet studies. Founded in 1999, 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". 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. It has continued to grow, with a membership of approximately 400 scholars. It supports AIR-L, a mailing list with over 5,000 subscribers.
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 5000 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.
- 2017 - AoIR 2017: Tartu and Tallinn, Estonia
- 2016 - AoIR 2016: Internet Rules! Berlin, Germany
- 2015 - Internet Research 16: Digital Imaginaries, Phoenix, Arizona
- 2014 - Internet Research 15: Boundaries and Intersections, Daegu, South Korea
- 2013 – Internet Research 14: Resistance + Appropriation, Denver
- 2012 – Internet Research 13: Technologies, Salford, Greater Manchester
- 2011 – Internet Research 12: Performance and Participation, Seattle
- 2010 – Internet Research 11: Sustainability, Participation, Action, Gothenburg, Sweden
- 2009 – Internet Research 10: Internet: Critical, Milwaukee
- 2008 – Internet Research 9: Rethinking Communities, Rethinking Place, Copenhagen, Denmark
- 2007 – Internet Research 8: Let’s Play!, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- 2006 – Internet Research 7: Internet Convergences, Brisbane, Australia
- 2005 – Internet Research 6: Internet Generations, Chicago
- 2004 – Internet Research 5: Ubiquity?, Brighton, England
- 2003 – Internet Research 4: Broadening the Band, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 2002 – Internet Research 3: Net/Work/Theory, Maastricht, Netherlands
- 2001 – Internet Research 2: InterConnections, Minneapolis
- 2000 – Internet Research 1: The State of the Interdiscipline, Lawrence, Kansas
- 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.
- McLemee, Scott (30 March 2001). "Internet studies 1.0: a discipline Is born". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 47 (29). p. A24.
- AoIR Web Site
- Air-L, the AoIR listserv
- Ethical decision-making and Internet research: Recommendations from the AoIR ethics working committee
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