Call for papers: Mobile Telephony in the Developing World

In just over a decade, mobile technology has provided users in Africa, Asia, and South America and Central America with the first extensive system of electronic communication. Mobile phone use draws from, and influences all spheres of everyday life in developing countries — livelihoods, relationships, security and politics among others. As a cost-efficient and accessible media, mobile technology has increasingly been harnessed for combating poverty thorough a variety of applications which offer services in health care, agriculture, employment and education.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the use of mobile phones in relation to following themes: gender, health, m-banking, livelihoods, politics, economics, education, social relations and culture. How does mobile telephony bear upon gender relationships, economy, social relations and politics? What kind of innovative practices is mobile telephony offering to combat poverty and health problems? Have mobile phones offered new possibilities for economic activities and political participation? How has mobile communication affected social relationships and networks in developing countries? How has it addressed inequalities?

A 300-word abstract, full contact information for the author, and a biographical note (up to 75 words) on the author(s) should be submitted by no later than 30th November 2012. Full papers should not be submitted.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified in January 2013.Please send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to the following address:

For the details on the doctoral workshop, see

The conference is organized by the Finnish Academy funded project “Mobile technology, gender and development in Africa, India and Bangladesh” led by Prof. Laura Stark, Dept. of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä.

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