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Call for papers "CaTaC’16: Culture, Technology, Communication: Common world, different"

posted 16 Oct 2015, 05:59 by Lola Fernández Santos   [ updated 16 Mar 2017, 02:13 ]

CaTaC’16: Culture, Technology, Communication: Common world, different

Venue: University of West London
Dates: June 16-18, 2016
Conference Co-organizers:
* José Abdelnour-Nocera, Local host(School of Computing and Technology,
University of West London)
* Charles Ess, CaTaC Co-chair (Department of Media and Communication,
University of Oslo)
* Maja van der Velden, CaTaC Co-chair (Department of Informatics,
University of Oslo)
Programme Committee
* Herbert Hrachovec, (Philosophy Department, University of Vienna)
* Michele M. Strano, Program Chair (Communication Studies, Bridgewater

The tenth biennial conference on “Culture, Technology, Communication” –
(CaTaC)’16 – will take place on June 15-17, 2016, at the Brentford site
of the University of West London. The Brentford site and nearby Ealing
Campus (including hotels and restaurants) are very conveniently located
for arrival via Heathrow as well as from London by tube. (For initial
orientation, please see:

CaTaC'16 will be open for papers located within culture, technology, and
communication, applying different theoretical and methodological
perspectives, genres, and styles.
In addition, CaTaC'16 will have three themes:
* Culture, Technology, and Communication: Is Another Design Possible?
Design is complicit in the creation and sustainment of our unjust,
unsafe, and unsustainable world. The technologies, products, and
services we design today will shape the lives of generations to come,
human as well as nonhuman. For this theme we invite papers that
critically explore technologies used today and alternative technology
designs and design perspectives that make other futures possible.

* Culture, Technology, and Communication in Design for Development
For this theme we invite papers that report on and address the main
challenges for design and innovation in the Global South. We would also
like to see good examples of design for community development in the
Global North to understand points of convergence and divergence with
experiences in the Global South.

* Culture, Technology, and Communication in Practice?
We invite papers that have the practice of information and communication
technologies in specific cultural contexts as their main focus. Examples
· Cultural diversity and global ICTs , e.g., global health information
systems, Wikipedia, social media, surveillance and sousveillance, Big
Data collection and analysis, etc.
· Global and local cultures of computing , e.g. outsourcing, global
development teams; the identity of migrants and the experience of
migration; appropriation, creolization, hybridization between cultures
and also between technologies;
· The construction of identity using online social media, gaming, and
blogging platforms;
· Political activism through social media vis-à-vis governmental and
corporate censorship, control of access, etc.;
· Privacy issues in media environments that encourage public identities;
· Additional ethical issues evoked in the design, implementation,
usages, and (counter-) responses to ICTs across diverse cultural
contexts, especially vis-à-vis efforts to sustain and enhance local
cultural identities, practices, norms, etc.

Please see our website, <http://philo.at/ocs2/index.php/london16/>.
Additional conference details, including registration fees, and keynote
speakers, will be announced soon on the conference website. Both short
(3-5 pages) and long (10-15 pages) original papers are sought for
presentation. Panel proposals addressing a specific theme or topic are
also encouraged: please include names of committed participants and
(provisional) presentation titles.

Important Dates:
Paper submission for peer-review: February 15, 2016
Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2016
Final papers and panel descriptions due for Conference Proceedings: May
1, 2016
The Conference Proceedings will be published on the conference website
with an ISBN number. Authors retain copyright to their papers and are
welcome to attach a Creative Commons license indication on their work.
Additional conference details, including registration fees, and keynote
speakers, will be announced soon on the conference website.