iSchool hosts international conference for internet researchers

The 12th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), held Oct. 10-13 in Seattle, attracted 350 researchers and scholars from 17 countries. This was the first time the conference was held in Seattle at the invitation of the iSchool and Associate Professor Karine Nahon.

The theme was participation and performance and attendees convened to consider, analyze and celebrate the many types of performance and participation online and in blended online/offline contexts.

Topics included:

  • Creative performances and digital arts
  • Participatory culture and participatory design
  • Critical performance and political participation
  • Identity performance
  • Exclusion from participation
  • Economic performance of Internet-related industries
  • Game performance
  • Performance expectations (as workers, citizens, etc.)
  • Ritual performances and communal participation

Photos from the conference can be seen by visiting