*22-24 June 2010 - Sibiu, Romania*
*an international conference hosted by a consortium of eight institutions, including University of Bucharest, University of Ankara, Free University Brussels, and Polytechnical Institute of Porto - running DIGITAS, a Grundtvig Multilateral Partnership (2008 – 2010)*
Digital media and the internet have transformed the way young people learn, play, socialize, and even participate in civic life. Children today have access to media, be it through their computers, mobile phones or mp3 players, much more readily than their parents ever could. Consequently, digital technologies facilitate young people's creation of media environments and associated literacy practices that their parents find particularly difficult to perceive or understand, and from which they are effectively excluded.
Such media environments and their respective specific literacy practices are fundamental for mapping a ‘digital divide’ operating along inter-generational lines. For some time, researchers and practitioners alike have shown that ‘ICT training’ of (older) adults, focusing exclusively on the use of various ICT tools, both hardware and software, is ultimately pointless in the absence of an adequate cultural orientation to such new territories – worth exploring, exotic as they may seem, but also fraught with unimaginable dangers.
We therefore invite contributions from educators and researchers from all scientific areas that describe, document, and analyse various forms of engagement, in inter-generational contexts and family settings, of youth and (older) adults with digital/online environments and how they relate to various forms of social and cultural capital. We are also looking forward to accounts of challenges and obstacles which encourage or inhibit engagement to various digital/online environments and their specific cultures, as well as of successful intervention strategies and pedagogical processes enabling (older) adults to exploit the opportunities for learning, playing, socializing, and participating supported by digital media.
We are looking forward to contributions submitted to one of the following sections:
* *Learning *in a digital world
* *Playing *in a digital world
* *Socializing *in a digital world
* *Participating *in a digital world
Abstracts should be in English only and should contain a clear outline of the argument, the theoretical framework, and where applicable methodology and results. The preferred length of the individual abstracts is a maximum of 500 words. Panel proposals should consist of at least four individual contributions combining a panel abstract with individual abstracts, each abstract not longer than 250 words.
*Deadline for titles and abstracts is 19 March 2010*. Please register your submission at *http://tiny.cc/DIGITAS_regform*. Your questions are welcome at digitas.conference [at] gmail.com.
The abstract proceedings will be circulated prior to the conference and published online, while the full proceedings will be later published (with ISBN) online. A selection of papers will be considered for publication in a printed (with ISBN) version.
Conference web page, including organizational details and suggestions for funding your participation to the conference can be found at * http://tiny.cc/DIGITAS_conference .*
Date: *22-24 June 2010*
Location: *Ibis Hotel, Sibiu, Romania*
Organizers: *a consortium of eight European universities and training organisations developing the LLP / Grundtvig Multilateral Project DIGITAS (2008-2010)*
Conference language: *English*
Enrolment fee: *300 EUR (3 days) or 100 EUR (one day only) - with a 50% discount for students*
Accommodation at IBIS Hotel, Sibiu: *see options on registration form*
E-mail: *digitas.conference [at] gmail.com*
Abstract and titles submissions deadline: *19 March 2010*
Notification of acceptance: *8 April 2010*
Registration deadline: *20 April 2010*
Deadline for submission of full papers (for online and/or printed publication) : *23 July 2010*
Please quote 10 Academic Resources Daily in your application to this opportunity!