Cultural Virtual Worlds

Tom Boellstorff (who, btw, is also the new editor of AA) sends word of a Call for Papers for Cultures of Virtual Worlds co-sponsored by Intel Research and UC Irvine. It will take place in a “living lab” which sports “a filtered-air environment, a large-scale visualization lab, a network lab, and labs for optical devices, nanotechnology and media arts.” Some funding may be available to graduate students to defray the cost of attending.


Christopher M. Kelty is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a joint appointment in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the department of Information Studies and the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author most recently of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open source and free software, including its impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues of peer review and research process in the sciences and in the humanities.