Call for Papers Opportunities

PreCall – 4th intl. conference on M4D – Dakar, Senegal – 8-9 April 2014

This conference is the fourth in the M4D biennial series following the inaugural conference in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010 and the 3rd in New Delhi, India in 2012. M4D2014 aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and all those with interests in the use, evaluation, and theorizing of Mobile Communication for Development. M4D2014 will combine two days of plenary peer-reviewed paper sessions, workshops, panel sessions, discussion forums, and demos.
How to Participate?
M4D2014 will be an inclusive event welcoming participants from different sectors such as academia, industry, NGOs, development agencies, and governmental and international organizations. If you wish to participate with a paper you have the choice to submit either to the practitioner or the research track. Research papers should be between 8 to 12 pages long (including references). For case and policy descriptions, shorter papers (4-5 pages) are welcomed. The template for submission will be available shortly on the website www.m4d2014.com. All accepted papers will be allocated a presentation slot during the conference and will be published in the proceedings.
You can also participate by organizing a workshop. Workshops submissions (2-page description for conference publication) must contain: title, organizers with affiliation, participants, motivation and objectives. The template for workshop submission will be available shortly on the website www.m4d2014.com. There is also the possibility to submit a Poster or a Demo (1-page extended abstract for conference publication). The template for Poster and Demo submission will be available shortly on the website www.m4d2014.com.
Use the following url for your submissions: https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=m4d2014 and select track (either Research, Practitioner, Poster, Demo, Workshop). Inclusion of accepted papers/posters/demos/workshops in conference proceedings is conditioned on payment of registration fee prior to registration deadline. Conference proceeding will be published in the Karlstad University Studies Series, as well as on the websites of the University Cheikh Anta Diop and the Centre for HumanIT, Karlstad.
For information direct your questions to m4d2014@gmail.com. The conference website is: http://www.m4d2014.com will also be updated continuously

Important Dates:

Submission deadline:1 October 2013
Acceptance note: 15 January 2014
Final papers due and registration deadline for participants with accepted presentations: 15 Feb 2014
Registration deadline for participants without presentations: 1 April 2014
Registration and Fees:
Registration to this event will be online via website http://www.m4d2014.com. The registration will open during autumn 2013.
Conference fee will be 150 € with a reduced fee of 110 € for Master and PhD students.
Participants salaried from a developing country are entitled to a 30% discount (105 € for regular participants and 77 € for PhD and Master Students).
Conference fee includes access to conference venue, presentations, workshops and demonstrations, keynote speakers, lunches, refreshments and receptions throughout the conference, conference dinner and social events.
Participation Grants:
Depending on sponsorship we hope to be able to cover for some participation from developing regions to attend the conference. The participation grant will cover registration fee, a maximum of 500€ compensation for flight tickets and accommodation at a budget hotel in Dakar for maximum four nights during the conference. Other costs such as transfer to airport, snacks, dinners, extra nights et cetera will have to be payed by the grantee him/herself.
Interested in Reviewing?
Please contact m4d2014@gmail.com and tell how many papers/short papers you are interested in reading, your areas of interest and your level of expertise. Due mention will be made in the proceedings.

Interested in Sponsoring?

We are happy to receive funding for social events, lunches, refreshments, conference proceedings, etc. Due mention will be made at the occasion and due credits will be made at the website, in the conference program, and in the final conference proceedings. Also companies providing funding for travel and accommodation costs for researchers from developing countries to enable researchers at less funded universities to participate will be mentioned as sponsors of the conference – please write to the conference chairs to discuss the conditions giving full details of the researchers (research students) concerned by your kind offer. Please contact m4d2014@gmail.com for more details.
Conference Committee:
General Chair: Ibrahim Niang (UCAD, Senegal)
Local Organizing Chair: Christelle Sharff (Pace University, USA)
Co-chair: Johan Hellström (Stockholm University, Sweden)
Co-chair: Régis N’Dossani (UCAD, Sengal)
Co-chair: Babacar Ngom (UCAD, Senegal)
Co-chair: Jean Marie Preira (ESMT, Senegal)
Co-chair: Jakob Svensson (HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden)
Co-chair: Caroline Wamala (HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden)
Jakob Svensson, Ph. D.
Director HumanIT (for info click here)
Director, MA Programme in Global Media (for info click here )
Director, BA Programme in Media & Communication Studies (for info  click here)
Ass. Prof. in Media & Communication Studies (for publications  click here)
Karlstad University
65188 Karlstad – Sweden

+ 46 (0) 54  700 1893
jakob.svensson@kau.se

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