Call: 11th annual International Digital Media and Arts Association Conference

The iDMAa Call for Papers deadline is approaching. Please consider submitting a paper and share this call with faculty or graduate students who would be interested in participating.

The eleventh annual International Digital Media and Arts Association Conference will be held November 6-8, 2013 in Laguna Beach, California. iDMAa invites you to share your thoughts and work in digital media and arts.

The deadline for accepting submissions for panel proposals and presentations is midnight, Sunday, September 1, 2013. To ensure rich dialog and exchange, we ask that presentations conform to 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide format. (See the link on Lightning Talk format for more information). Authors interested in organizing panels will need to submit single word file containing an abstract and vita for each panel participant.

The conference will include keynote speakers, lively pecha kucha presentations, a juried art exhibition highlighting creative research in interactive media and digital arts, topical discussions focused both on future of digital media in the industry and also evolving pedagogies in academia.

Call for Papers and Projects:

While we welcome papers and projects whose focus is on “the future,” we are equally interested in papers and projects that question and subvert this idea of what lies before us. From disruptive technologies to neo-luddite practices, the conference wants to examine all sides of our unquestioning inclination to privilege “progress” and to look forward. Where is it that we are hurrying to arrive-and do we really want to arrive there? This year’s conference theme is both a celebration of that which we build and study that brings about this halcyon future, and a joyous, subversive questioning of those practices and beliefs that underlie this impulse to look forward.

Creative research that demonstrates the convergence of different disciplines, media, cultures, and technologies is particularly encouraged. The conference will contain several tracks of programming that expand on the conference theme in the following areas:

  • art and design (process talks, history of digital art, algorithmic art, motion graphic design, video game design/theory/research, data visualization)
  • education (pedagogy, curriculum, software-as-service, digital humanities, promotion and tenure, digital media and arts pedagogy/curriculum)
  • narrative (electronic/digital/interactive literature , transmedia storytelling, motion graphics/comics, second screen viewing, narrative and sense-making)
  • media practices (mobile, advertising and pr, augmented reality, natural user interfaces, interaction/experience design, privacy in the 21st century, citizen journalism, social media activism)

All abstracts will be refereed for acceptance and should report on the results of creative or research projects that explore innovative areas of new media and will be posted as is on the conference website.

Submission guidelines:

  1. Submit your abstract (maximum 500 words) online ( as a word document by midnight, September 1, 2013. Panel proposals should be submitted as one file.
  2. All abstracts should follow the formatting conventions found in the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (documentary note), include keywords and a bio (maximum 100 words).
  3. Authors will be notified via email of their submissions’ status by approximately September 9.
  4. Authors should confirm attendance by October 6.
  5. To be reviewed for possible publication in The Journal of the International Digital Media and Arts Association selected conference proceedings, accepted papers of no more than 3500 words must be submitted in their final form (as a word document using your last name in the file name) by December 21. Details forthcoming at

Click the link below to submit your abstract now.

We look forward to your participation.

Brigid Maher
Associate Professor
Associate Division Director, Film and Media Arts Division
Program Director, Digital Media Skills Graduate Certificate

School of Communication
American University


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