[Air-L] CFP: A Special Issue on Transnational HCI

Irina Shklovski irsh at itu.dk
Thu Oct 6 10:41:17 PDT 2011

Call for Papers (for the full text of this call please see: 

A special issue of Human-Computer Interaction
"Transnational HCI: Humans, Computers and Interactions Considered Globally"

Deadline for proposals: December 1, 2011

Special issue editors:
Irina Shklovski IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Janet Vertesi Princeton University, USA
Silvia Lindtner University of California, Irvine, USA
Lucy Suchman Lancaster University, UK

HCI researchers are increasingly interested in understanding the role of 
technology in relation to global processes. ICT4D (Information and 
Communication Technologies for Development), emerging markets, new forms 
of mobility, and the internationalization of organizations dominate 
contemporary conversations about information and communication 
technology. Whether in academia or industry, all agree that technology 
design and research today must consider the role these globalizing 
processes play in the way people collaborate, interact and exchange 
ideas across national and cultural boundaries.

The focus of this special issue is on the relations between 
transnational processes and technology practice, design and research. We 
are especially interested in characterizing the theoretical, 
methodological, and empirical challenges of our work in transnational 
settings in a way that will be useful for future research and design in 
this area. For example, what analytical and methodological frames from 
within the HCI tradition offer new approaches to this empirical context, 
and which of our existing frames require reconsideration? How does 
"Transnational HCI" engage with or challenge ICT4D or Reflexive HCI? 
Thinking interdisciplinarily, what can the broader HCI community learn 
by drawing on work in other disciplines, such as information studies, 
anthropology, media and cultural studies, communications, science and 
technology studies? How can HCI contribute a novel perspective on 
transnationalism and technology to those disciplines as well?

We encourage papers that represent a variety of disciplinary 
perspectives and analytical approaches. True to the "transnational" 
perspective, submissions do not have to be limited to "developing world" 
sites. Examples of topics that fall into the scope of this special issue 
include but are not limited to:

. The network society: global flows, frictions and politics in 
local-global technology use
. Cross-cultural collaboration and culture as encounter
. Communication and collaboration across boundaries (not just the 
. Diaspora communities, the politics of international migration, and 
. Use of information and communication technologies in censorship state 
. The role of information and communication technologies in 
reconfiguring "the local"
. Political, local and translocal in new technological sites
. Technology design and use in constructing, reproducing, or enforcing 
notions of global connectedness or local community
. The role of technology in preserving versus undermining cultural identity
. Mobility and circulation in constructing or moving between the local 
and the global
. Methods for analysis and design in complex, hybrid, or virtual 
transnational spaces
. The relationship between the researcher, designer and user in 
transnational collaborative projects

This special issue follows upon two successful workshops: the Ubicomp 
2010 workshop "Transnational Times" organized by Shklovski, Lindtner, 
Vertesi, and Dourish, and the CHI 2011 workshop "Transnational HCI" 
organized by Vertesi, Lindtner and Shklovski.

*Important Dates*
Deadline for proposals: December 1, 2011
Response to authors: January 5, 2012
Full papers due: April 2, 2012
Reviews to authors: July 16, 2012
Revised papers due: October 15, 2012
Reviews to authors: February 15, 2013
Final papers due: April 1, 2013

Submission of proposals
Proposals should be at least 1000 words and provide a clear indication 
of what the paper will be about. Proposals should be submitted by email 
to the special issue editors (transnationaltimes at gmail.com). Mention 
explicitly in the email that your submission is intended for this 
special issue. The proposals will be evaluated for relevance to the 
special issue themes and guidance will be given. The full paper 
submissions will be peer reviewed to the usual standards of HCI.

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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