he Academic Network Conference 2012 took place in Graz in the context of the European Youth Award Festival (November 22-23, Graz).

Location: University of Graz


The Social University - Towards a Higher Education with Students as Producers

Today’s students are intense users of ICTs and multimedia and have taken charge of creating content. Intellectual and cultural production in general have been democratised radically through social media. It is a revolution of relationships. The new technologies deliver smart phones and tablets in everybody’s hand and online social media and PCs are ubiquitous in higher education environments.

Citizens of Europe are organising themselves in new socio-political movements and the wider societal and cultural impact of interactive production opportunities develops at considerable pace. Using the new media platforms people can participate according to need and energy to the limits of exhaustion or fun. They participate, collaborate, produce and distribute at staggering rates and individual paces.

A new culture is emerging thanks to new media platforms and the convergent media environment. New skills and new literacies are acquired and need to be passed on. Try and learn, explore and study, live and reflect are the main ways of growing up as student and staying up2date as teacher/instructor.

Theme question: How are Institutions of Higher Education/Universities maintaining currency in this shifting media environment and engaging students as producers and partners in practicing new paradigms of learning and research?


September 28 – Deadline for abstract proposals

October 06 – Notification of acceptance

November 09 – Deadline for Participants registration

November 22-23 –  EADiM Academic Network Conference, Graz, Austria

November 22-24 – European Youth Award Festival, Graz, Austria

Conference Committee

Richard Vickers (Chair), University of Lincoln, UK

Peter A. Bruck, University of Salzburg, ICNM, AT

Cai Melakoski, TAMK School of Art, Music & Media, FI

Jak Boumans, EADiM, NL

Conference Registration and Fee

Regular Fee: € 250

Reduced Fee: € 150 for Members (Membership can be received free of charge by registration at

Student Fee: € 50

Including conference beverages and lunch, full access to the European Youth Award Festival.

Accommodation and travels costs are not covered.

Registration fee payment can be done via bank transfer:

Beneficiary: ICNM - International Center for New Media Account Number: 08111866

Bank Name: Raiffeisenverband Salzburg

Bankcode: 35000
IBAN: AT743500000008111866

Invoice: if you need an invoice before payment, please contact the EADiM Secretariat.