Deadline for blog collection: TODAY

I haven't posted this CFP here yet, so thought today would be a good time to do it! :-)

Call for Papers
Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs

Ed. by the University of Minnesota Blog Collective
Smiljana Antonijevic, Laura Gurak, Laurie Johnson, Jim Oliver, Clancy Ratliff, Jessica Reyman, Sathya Yesuraja

The editors invite submissions for a new online edited collection exploring discursive, visual, and other communicative features of weblogs. We are interested in submissions that analyze and critique situated cases and examples drawn from weblogs and the weblog community. Although we are open to a wide range of scholarly approaches, our primary interest is in essays that comment upon specific features of the weblog and that treat the weblog as always a part of a larger community network.
Categories around which essays may cohere include:

  • Social and Psychological Perspectives
  • Visual Features, including Interface Design and Navigation
  • Rhetorical and Linguistic Features of Weblog Discourse
  • Pedagogical Implications
  • Intellectual Property
  • Race, Class, and Gender
  • Intercultural Communication

Because blogs, like the Internet, have a global reach, we encourage an international scope as well.

Along with this being the first scholarly collection of its type focused on weblog as rhetorical artifact, we are also taking an innovative approach to publishing and intellectual property. Weblogs represent the power of regular people to use the Internet for publishing. The ethos of blogging is collaborative and values the sharing of ideas; bloggers are not dependent on publishers to get their words out. In the same manner, the editors of this collection will publish the collection online. We will use a peer-review process to ensure scholarly quality. But like a weblog, the collection will be available to all, although authors will retain their own copyrights. We intend to obtain a version of a Creative Commons license.

The members of the collective welcome the opportunity to discuss the scope of the collection or directions for essays with prospective authors. We may be contacted at

Abstracts of approximately 250 words should clearly identify the disciplinary focus as well as the specific case or artifact to be studied. Send abstracts via email by midnight, June 30, 2003. Our editorial collective will review the abstracts and make an initial selection. We will respond by early August. Full submissions of approximately 3,000 words will be due in November; these essays will be peer-reviewed.


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Wow, this would be something

Wow, this would be something I would be SO into attending. It stinks that my institution still believes that the Internet is a bad thing. I actually had a professor once call it a form of "graphetti." Sigh.


since it is about blogging

i posted my abstract online. somehow, it made sense to do so :)

It's not a conference

It seems like you think this is a conference...or maybe I'm confused. You could totally submit something! If you have an idea, do a quick 250-word proposal and send it on.

License and copyright

It sounds as though you envision a copyright plan similar to what we’re doing at the Disseminary; are you paying for the legal definition of your license? Do you want to go halfsies, or if yours is already prepared, may we use the same form?


Paying for CC license

Hi, AKMA--actually, we haven't even thought that far ahead. Thanks for the offer; we will definitely keep that in mind! I don't see why we couldn't use the same form too, since ours isn't prepared.

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