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Luigina Ciolfi <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 8 Jun 2007 09:58:51 +0100
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"Beyond Mobility: Studying Nomadic Work"
A Workshop at ECSCW07, 24 September, Limerick (Ireland)

Organisers: Cristian Bogdan (KTH - Royal Institute of Technology,
Stockholm), Monika Büscher (Lancaster University), Luigina Ciolfi
(University of Limerick) and Chiara Rossitto (KTH - Royal Institute of
Technology, Stockholm)

Workshop overview: 
Recent years have witnessed a remarkable proliferation of portable
technologies, twinned with ever more widely available connectivity and data
services. This has contributed to a partial migration of work outside of
traditional workplaces and working hours. However, while carrying out work
at different physical locations is certainly enabled by the spread of
portable technologies, mobile work cannot be merely regarded as a matter of
space variability, detached and independent from the specifics of particular
settings, situations, re-sources and activities. Studies of mobile workers
and their usage of mobile devices have also begun to investigate how people
make work possible in different places - re-discovering and developing
'nomadic' practices - and how work is achieved in these places. Insights
from these studies reveal a large spectrum of variabilities and practices,
articulated around different artefacts, infrastructures and locations. The
term "mobility", we feel, has failed to address such complexities. We turn
to the term 'nomadic' work, because it refers to the need for re-searchers
to become aware of the dynamic practical achievement involved in making the
most of, and working in different places. The workshop will discuss the
challenge of understanding mobility as a situated and nomadic achievement
and comprehensive of many different aspects, with particular attention to
the re-consideration of analytical frameworks and of methodologies adopted
to study it.

Who should attend: 
 For this workshop, we invite contributions from different backgrounds to
explore 'nomadic' practices and the range of variables shaping them such as
space and place. The aim is to develop a richer, more holistic framework for
understanding situated practices of mobility, as well as opportunities and
challenges for design. For a list of topics, please consult the workshop

 The workshop will be a full-day event and will be open to a maximum of 15

More info at:

 During the workshop we will discuss on potential follow-ups, including a
potential journal special issue (no negotiations or agreements have been
made yet)

 Position papers (2-3 pages long) should be submitted to Chiara Rossitto
(chiara-1 AT by June 22nd 2007.
 Acceptance notifications will be sent by July 10th.

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