CFP: [Computing-Internet] Call for Chapter Proposals-Interpersonal Relations and Social

full name / name of organization: 
Jung-ran Park

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 30, 2008

Interpersonal Relations and Social Patterns in Communication
Technologies: Discourse Norms, Language Structures and Cultural Variables

A book edited by Dr. Jung-ran Park
College of Information Science and Technology
Drexel University


Through an interdisciplinary perspective, this book will explore
interpersonal discourse realized in computer-mediated communication
(CMC). Interpersonal discourse concerns communication with another person
in a dyadic, public or small-group context. Human interaction in a
dyadic, public or group context through networked computers constitutes
computer-mediated communication. The development of communication
technologies enables dynamic social interaction through the CMC channel.
Accordingly, there has been rapid growth in multiple genres of social
interaction and online learning through the CMC channel. There exists a
need to explore the impact of interpersonal discourse in carrying
effective online learning and information seeking. This book will address
such an impact by applying conceptual fundamentals of interpersonal
discourse and online language usage to CMC contexts.
Objective of the Book

The rapid growth of CMC genres demands new perspectives, frameworks and
tools for research and practice. Also necessitated is an understanding of
online social interaction and an analysis of online discourse. This book
will aim to, through an interdisciplinary perspective, explore three
fundamental components of CMC: language, interpersonal
relations/communication and information technology. It will aim to
provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research
findings in the area. It also aims to address the impact of interpersonal
discourse in the building of online communities and in the design of
interaction systems and social technology.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and
researchers working in the field of information and communication in
various disciplines, e.g. library, information and communication
sciences, linguistics, computer science, information technology,
education, and management. Moreover, this book will provide advanced
undergraduates and graduate students in the above mentioned fields with
an understanding of the online social interaction and applications of
interpersonal discourse for effective online interaction across CMC

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Interpersonal relations in CMCâ€"a conceptual framework
Social and affective aspects of communication in the CMC
Communication norms for social interaction through CMC (e.g., netiquette)
Online language usage and discourse structure
Face, self, identity in online communication
Verbal and non-verbal signals for interpersonal communication in CMC
Meaning seeking and negotiation in CMC
Applications of interpersonal discourse to CMC contexts
Building online communities and interpersonal communication skills
Group interaction and virtual teams
Interpersonal relations in online learning and education
Digital information service and interpersonal relations
Interaction system design, social technology, social interface
Online interaction across languages and cultures

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October
30, 2008, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the objective
and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted
proposals will be notified by November 30, 2008 about the status of their
proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters (7000+ words) are
expected to be submitted by February 15, 2009. All submitted chapters
will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. This book is scheduled
to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of
the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference)
and “Medical Information Science Reference” imprints. For additional
information regarding the publisher, please visit

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document)
or by mail to:

Dr. Jung-ran Park
College of Information Science and Technology
Tel.: +1 215 895 1669 • Fax: + 1 215 895 2494

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