Mobile Interface Theory was just named the 2012 Book of the Year by the Association of Internet Researchers! This is an amazing honor and I’m truly humbled and excited by the award. The selection committee — Steve Jones, Sonia Livingstone, and Matthew Allen – had generous words for the book:The committee was particularly impressed with Farman’s ability to bring into focus the centrality of place and lived time to the current and future analysis of connectivity and mediated communication. The book provided a nice combination of forward-thinking, theoretical yet empirically solid work grounded in a strong historical understanding of new media that opens up avenues for new research and new theory. “Mobile Interface Theory” also makes us look at the unfolding present and accept the changes foretold within. It has the potential to inform new scholarship, re-set directions, and remind us that, now, the Internet is not somewhere else, but right here, in our pockets, our minds, our places.
I will be traveling to the University of Salford (in Manchester, UK) this October to attend the AoIR conference. There, I’ll be presenting new research titled, “The Mobile Internet and Materiality: Tracing Flows of Locative Information.”