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CALL FOR PAPERS: PERSONAL AND UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING THEME ISSUE
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Social Interaction and Mundane Technologies in Everyday Life
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EDITORS
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Paul Dourish, Connor Graham, Dave Randall, Mark Rouncefield 

SYNOPSIS
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This theme issue is responding to the proliferation and developing
constellations of 'mundane'  technologies in people’s lives. We define
'mundane technologies' as those quite unremarkable, simple 
technologies that have been 'made at home', have become 'ordinary'.
In this special issue we are interested  in a variety of 'mundane
technologies' – mobile technologies, domestic technologies and office 
technologies – and the often richly layered social interaction
surrounding them. We are interested in  exploring studies of these
quite ordinary technologies that have already been appropriated and 
subsumed into the fabric of family, social and organisational life and
do particular kinds of 'work': maintaining a sense of community;
assisting with everyday decision-making; maintaining "social 
translucence"; providing channels for emotional labour and so on. Our
primary interests concern: 
- how technology both provides an account of and makes us account
for our actions; 
- the transformation of (constellations of) mundane technologies to
support particular routines; 
- the kinds of social action and interaction mundane technologies
facilitate; 
- the visibility that technology enforces despite its 'embeddedness'
and 'invisibility'; 
- the importance of the relationship between ordinary technologies
and notions of space and place.

SUBMISSIONS
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Possible submissions can include (but are not restricted to): 
- extended reports from the field describing and analysing mundane
technologies for 'social' uses in  particular contexts (e.g. the home,
an organization); 
- studies of newly introduced, 'simple' technologies and how they are
transformed and become mundane; 
- accounts across different studies describing how mundane
technologies provided insights into a setting.

TOPICS
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Possible topics include (but are not restricted to): 
- How people maintain a sense of community in particular social
networks through mundane technologies; 
- The role of mundane technology (e.g. digital media, spreadsheets)
use in family life, if any; 
- How managers use mundane technologies (e.g. email, mobile phone,
Word, Excel) to lead in their  organisations and the work that
technology does for them; 
- How simple technologies reconfigure space.

EXTENDED CALL/MORE INFORMATION
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Available from:
http://www.mundanetechnologies.com/in-press.html#PUC-08
Email:
c.graham [at] lancaster.ac.uk and/or
m.rouncefield [at]lancaster.ac.uk

DATES
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8th August 2008: Submissions due 
15th September 2008: First notification 
15th December 2008: Revisions due 
2009 15th February: Final notification 
2009 30th March: Final revisions 
2009 June: Planned publication 

SUBMISSION DETAILS
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Submissions should be no more than 6000 words in length. Email
contributions to c.graham [at] lancaster.ac.uk and/or
m.rouncefield [at] lancaster.ac.uk. Authors should accord with the
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing authors’ instructions available
from: http://www.springer.com/computer/user+interfaces/journal/779.
Reviewing will involve at least two reviews and two cycles of
reviewing.

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