Call for Papers

This final ICE symposium would like to invite papers around the broad theme of ‘digital difference’. ‘Cyberspace’ seems now to be a term belonging to an earlier era of internet thinking, one in which the separateness of the digital was its main determining feature. In the contexts of higher education, is it still helpful (was it ever helpful?) for us to think of technologies for learning as offering a space of radical difference from the realities, materialities and orthodoxies of conventional practice?

Abstracts are invited which explore, extend, challenge or affirm this question of digital difference. The questions suggested here offer just some starting points. They are posted as a wiki in a way which we hope might lure potential delegates and presenters to extend, amend and improve them. As with previous ICE events, we are requesting contributions which are any combination of conceptual, critical, empirical, theoretical or experimental work, that relates in some way to the symposium’s key theme.

Abstract submission

1000-word extended abstracts should be submitted by the end of November. Please send them to All abstracts will be anonymised and reviewed by at least two members of a review panel.

Final presentations will have a 45 minute slot, a reasonable part of which should be given to discussion. Full papers should be written before the symposium and be made available to participants at the presentation. Previous symposia have resulted in the publication of a book – Ideas in Cyberspace Education (2004) and a special double issue of the journal E-learning. Similar routes for publication will be pursued for papers resulting from this final ICE.

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updated 26 July 2006