Laurier hosts international scholars for mobile communication workshop
WATERLOO Wilfrid Laurier University is bringing together an international group of scholars and researchers for a three-day workshop on mobile and wireless communication. The workshop, titled “Materialities and Imaginaries of the Mobile Internet:
Networks, Dwellings, Mobilities and Assemblages,” takes place Feb. 11 13 at the Communitech Hub.
“Since the turn of the 21st century, the Internet has gone from wired to wireless, creating a ubiquitous mobile connectivity that has dramatically transformed everyday life,” said Andrew Herman, event organizer and chair of Laurier’s Communication Studies department.
Research company Gartner Inc. forecasts that smartphone sales will eclipse sales of personal computers by 2012, indicating that mobile devices could become the primary portal to the Internet. The Materialities and Imaginaries of the Mobile Internet workshop will explore the distinctive theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches that will aid in understanding the new technologies of wireless Internet.
There will be a daylong seminar for Laurier graduate students on research strategies and opportunities in mobile/wireless communication on Friday, Feb. 11. Scholars in academia and the communication technology industry will deliver research presentations on Saturday, Feb. 12 and Sunday, Feb. 13.
Attendees include: Gerald Goggin, University of Sydney, Australia; Tiziana Terranova, University of Naples, Italy; Canada Research Chair Darin Barney, McGill University; Rich Ling, Telenor, Norway; American author and programmer Alexander Gallsoway, New York University and Catherine Middleton, Ryerson University.
The workshop is sponsored in part by the Canadian Digital Media Network and Communitech. Laurier is a founding partner of the Communitech Hub, a digital media and business-accelerator centre that brings start-up entrepreneurs together with successful high-tech companies and academic leaders. This event is one of the university’s first public collaborations with the Hub since it opened in October 2010.
Other sponsors include the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Laurier’s Office of Vice-President: Research, Office of the Provost and Vice-President: Academic, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts, Department of Communication Studies and Master of Arts in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory.
The Communitech Hub is located in the historic Tannery building at 151 Charles St. W. in Kitchener. Every presentation and seminar is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.materialities.ca.