1st Global Conference: Connectivity in the 21st Century

1st Global Conference: Connectivity in the 21st Century


1st Global Conference
Connectivity in the 21st Century

Sunday 4th November âАУ Tuesday 6th November 2012
Salzburg, Austria

Call For Presentations:

Across many research disciplines and practitioner based institutions
such as aeronautics, space travel design, religious studies, cognitive
science, digital gaming, architecture, philosophy, business, business
leadership and management, educational leadership and management,
outdoor education, adventure therapy, school based education and
childhood growth and development, the concept of ‘connectivity’ has
begun to surface as a critical issue. Connectivity is defined as “a
sense of being a part of something larger than oneself. It is a sense of
belonging, or a sense of accompaniment. It is that feeling in your bones
that you are not alone” (Hallowell 1992). Enlarging on this notion,
Lerner (2010) believed it is the means by which people ‘fit’ into the
world around them. In other words they gain ‘a sense of self’ and
identity by actively working on “enhancing their connectedness to
others.” With the exponential creation of technological networks and
avenues, humanity has on the one hand developed more opportunities to
connect to one another in ways never thought possible, while at the same
time there has been an increase of people expressing a deep sense of
disconnection to those around them. “Human beings have a powerful need
for connectedness” (Lee and Robbins, 2000). We appear to be at a cross
roads to develop our sense of connectivity to bridge the gap between the
perceived social, superficial ‘connectedness’ to a deeper sense of
intimacy. Therefore, ‘connectivity’ has come to be an overarching
spectrum that deals with how people connect within the coterie of the
family, social emotional frameworks within friendship and community
groups, and means of connecting across the globe through social media.
Given the physiological, psychological and socio-emotional concerns and
pressures humans face in this current era, this project seeks to give
research and practical voice to what it means to define ‘connectivity’.
It also aims to pull together how each discipline speaks to others as
the planet digitally shrinks but the spread of humanity continues
unabated with serious issues such as adolescent suicide, loneliness and
depression, all related to the notion of ‘connectivity’.

Presentations, papers, artworks and performances could deal with, but
are not limited to the following focal areas and questions such as:

Connectivity and Social Media

– How have current issues such as the Facebook and Twitter ‘Kony
2012′, Arab Spring revolution, Japanese tsunami discussions developed a
sense of connectivity?
– What do these phenomenon reveal about current needs to connect?
– Do these modes develop genuine engagement with others?
– How does social media connectivity engender a sense of wellbeing,
socio-global agency, and a more humanistic approach to problem solving?
– Does ‘open access’ software promote global awareness and change?
– How does the notion of ‘open’ universities increase humanities
sense of connectivity?
– Who are the new techno-rich and new techno-poor, and what does it
mean for global connectivity?

Connectivity and Gaming Communities

– Do gaming communities offer cross cultural learning and engagement?
– What are the various forms of obvious and unconscious learning
that global gaming develops?
– What new forms of literacy does global gaming require?

Connectivity and Social Emotional Intelligence

– What types of educational systems and ideologies support optimal
social emotional awareness?
– Where does social-emotional learning fit in an ever-increasing
global village?
– What role does resiliency play in deepening connectivity in
children, adolescents and adults?
– How can we develop systems of connectivity to ameliorate the
instances of effects of bullying in school and in social media outlets?
– How do we ensure ‘connectivity’ in the adolescent years?
– Where does the concept, and practices that lead to connectivity,
fit into the current school based curriculum?

Connectivity as a precept of wellbeing

– The definition of ‘connectivity’ for specific disciplines and how
this definition has arisen within specific research paradigms
– The diversity of nature of ‘connectivity’ forms within specific
cultures, or across cultures how these relate to the creation of
societal health
– How have the older forms of ‘connectivity’ narratives,
understanding and practices have migrated into new the digital age?
– Where, why and how the 21st century’s concept of ‘connectivity’
started, why it started where it ends in and amongst the current set of
discipline understandings and research?
– Where does sexuality fit into the concept of “connectivity”?
– Connectivity and the need for creativity and the creative process
– What is the intersection between cognitive, psychological and
psychological health and how this cross-section relates to a holistic
concept of ‘connectivity’?
– Where does ‘self’, and the notion of identity fit with the idea of
– What forms of ‘connectivity’ need to be created so as to ensure
societal and individual wellbeing for the coming decades?
– How does ‘service learning’ create connectivity and wellbeing?

What to submit:
The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed
panel proposals. Presentations will also be considered on any related
theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 6th July 2012.
300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising
Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the
following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e)
body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: CN1 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes
and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold,
italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned
for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this
publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals
submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should
assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace!
We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:

Edie Lanphar: edie.lanphar@avondale.edu.au
Rob Fisher: connect1@inter-disciplinary.net

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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we
are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or


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