[Air-L] CFP: Transnational HCI - a workshop at CHI 2011

Irina Shklovski irsh at itu.dk
Sun Dec 5 01:09:10 PST 2010

CFP: TRANSNATIONAL HCI: Humans, Computers and Interactions in 
Transnational Context
A workshop at CHI 2011
May 8, 2011, Vancouver BC, Canada

Recent studies in Human-Computer Interaction have turned to examining 
computing in non-Western contexts, increasingly recognizing that 
technologies and activities of their participants are not bounded by 
single geographies, cultures, or borders. In our interactions with 
everyday technologies, we are increasingly tied to people and machines 
in other countries, cultures and networks. Such activities require us to 
consider technologies not just in national, but also in a transnational 
context. That is, humans, computers and interactions not limited to 
single countries or cultures, but forming communities across spaces, 
managing boundary-crossings, and forming hybrid practices.

This workshop will bring together researchers and designers across 
academia and industry to address the effects, implications, and design 
opportunities for individuals and communities who engage in 
transnational technological practices. We seek participants to explore 
the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in 
transnational settings for our workshop, TRANSNATIONAL HCI, at CHI 2011. 
We aim to assemble an interdisciplinary group of practitioners to expand 
current work on ICTs in global processes, to develop a language and 
toolset for the study of technologies in transnational spaces, and to 
address the role of ICTs for local-global user interaction, 
collaboration across boundaries and negotiations of power relations.

Examples of possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

* The use of pervasive technologies such as multiplayer gaming across 
* Studies of social networking among Diaspora communities
* Use of ICTs in censorship state zones
* The role of ICTs in reconfiguring "the local"
* Technology in the context of international migration and politics
* Cross-cultural collaboration

Submissions that develop theoretical approaches, report on empirical 
work or on technology design are welcome, and need not be limited to 
"developing world" sites. Full papers may later be solicited for a 
potential special issue. We welcome applications from researchers, 
designers, practitioners and scholars across the subdomains of 
human-computer interaction and beyond, in the fields of anthropology, 
sociology, science and technology studies, critical theory, 
communication, media studies and cultural geography.

Interested participants should submit a 2-4 page paper in CHI Archival 
Format <http://chi2011.org/authors/format.html> by January 14, 2011 to 
transnationaltimes at gmail.com <mailto:transnationaltimes at gmail.com> 
describing your current project and its contribution to the workshop 
topic. At least one author for each accepted paper must register for the 
workshop and should attend at least one full day of CHI <www.chi2011.org 

Additional information, including the workshop description (Extended 
Abstract), is available on our website at 

* Submission deadline - Jan 14, 2011
* Notification of acceptance - Feb 11, 2011
* Workshop at CHI2011 - May 8, 2011

Janet Vertesi, Princeton University, USA
Silvia Lindtner, University of California, Irvine, USA
Irina Shklovski, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

If you have any questions please contact the organizers at 
transnationaltimes at gmail.com.

We apologize for possible cross-posting.

Irina Shklovski
Assistant Professor
Design, Culture, Mobility&  Communication (DCMC)
IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej, 7
2300, Copenhagen S. Denmark

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