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Call for Abstracts: Masterclass and Doctoral Colloquium ‘Real Life in Virtual Worlds: Opportunities and Challenges’

November 2nd, 2014 | Posted by admin in Events | News

Solvay Management Research Seminar – Research Seminar ‘Virtual Media’

Timing: December 12th, 2014 14h00-17h30

Location: VUB Campus Etterbeek (Auditorium K Janssens)

Keynote lecture:
Prof. dr. Michael Solomon Saint Joseph’s University, USA
The Brand that Isn’t There: Identity Management on Virtual Marketing Platforms

Doctoral Colloquium — Call for Abstracts


The aim of this doctoral colloquium — which is also the second session of the Research Seminar ‘Virtual Media’ this year — is to bring together scholars from various disciplines and universities, interested in human and business behavior in virtual worlds (such as Second Life, World of Warcraft, Habbo Hotel, etc.), more particularly the opportunities and challenges these worlds entail for business, social life, moral conduct, identity formation, etc. We hope to connect diverse disciplines, such as marketing and consumer behavior, psychology, communication studies, philosophy and moral sciences, and more… The colloquium provides pre- as well as post-doctoral students an opportunity to present their work in progress but also their completed projects in the presence of renowned international experts, who will provide constructive criticism on their work.

Papers or posters on any topic relevant to human or business behavior in virtual worlds (game oriented as well as free-form) and/or in-world business opportunities/challenges are welcome. For example, but not limited to

- Business opportunities in virtual worlds
- Virtual World user motivations
- Shopping behavior in virtual worlds
- Identity management in virtual worlds
- Ethics and morality in virtual worlds
- Social life in virtual worlds: friendship and community
- Identity formation and development in virtual worlds
- …

Those interested in presenting a paper or poster are invited to send an abstract to malaika.brengman@vub.ac.be. The abstract should be max 2 pages incl. references and should contain:

- Title
- 4-5 Keywords
- Preference for (a) 15 minute paper presentation or (b) brief poster presentation
- Clear problem statement
- Theoretical framework of the research and/or key theoretical concept(s)
- Research methodology, research design
- Key findings
- References

Abstract submission deadline: November 25th, 2014

We plan to notify delegates on November 28th, 2014 about the acceptance of their work for presentation at the colloquium.

- Prof. Dr. Michael Solomon, Saint Joseph’s University, USA
- Prof. Dr. Karolien Poels, UA, Belgium

- Academic researchers (pre- as well as post-doctoral) interested in and/or conducting research on the emerging field of human/business behavior in virtual worlds
- Business managers interested in doing business in virtual worlds

- Opportunity to present their work if it involves virtual world research and to receive valuable feedback from peers and from international experts
- Opportunity to get acquainted with peer researchers working on this emerging field
- For new Phd students – getting inspiration on research issues in this emerging field of research

- Prof. dr. Malaika Brengman, Department of Business (BUSI) VUB
- Prof. dr. Joke Bauwens, Department of Communication Studies (SCOM) VUB
- Prof. dr. Karl Verstrynge, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences (VUB-FILO) & Department of Communication Studies (SCOM) VUB
- Prof. dr. Sandra Rothenberger, (Solvay) ULB
- Dr. Yoni Van Den Eede, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences (FILO) VUB
- Ms. Diana Hassouneh, PhD candidate, Department of Business (BUSI) VUB
- Dr. Katleen Gabriëls, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences (FILO) & Department of Communication Studies (SCOM) VUB
- Mr. Gudmundur Thorbjornsson, PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences (FILO) VUB