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Wed, 7 Jan 2009 11:49:21 +0200
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"Images of Virtuality: Conceptualizations and Applications in Everyday Life"
An IFIP WG9.5 "Virtuality and Society" International Workshop
April 23-24, 2009
Athens, Greece 



Aim and Scope
Following on last year's International Working Conference of IFIP 9.5 Working Group on Virtuality and Society: "Massive Virtual Communities" at Leuphana University Lueneburg, this workshop will focus on conceptualizations and applications of virtuality in everyday life, including socialization, governance, education, entrepreneurship and entertainment.

The main objective of this workshop is to encourage the continuation and enrichment of the discussion on virtuality and society, by focusing more on the technologies, arts, and practices of virtuality as they emerge in spaces and contexts of everyday life. The workshop constitutes an opportunity to bring together theoretical conceptualizations and practical applications of Images of Virtuality that affect everyday life in human interaction with information, nature and others.

Where and how can we experience Images of Virtuality in our everyday life? How do such such Images implicate information technologies, architectural artifacts, artworks, imagination, or combinations of such elements? What do these Images mean to our everyday life? How does the experience of such Images transform our everyday practices and shape our own individual of collective Image?

Current applications of virtuality make use of various technologies such as WEB2.0 & 3.0, ubiquitous computing with RFID, GIS and GPS, mobile networks, intelligent agents and context-aware systems, to construct a Cyberspace of virtual worlds and social networks. Trends point towards an integration of such systems at the point where the virtual and non-virtual will meld into a new digital space augmenting everyday life interactions. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in presenting and discussing conceptualizations of virtuality and current applications of Information Systems that supply virtual spaces of interaction.

Relevant topics and themes include, but are not limited to:
* Discussions on problems of design, construction, adoption, and use of IS of virtuality
* Exploring new e-research methodologies and techniques on inquiring social action in virtuality
* Identification of challenging social and ethical issues of socialization in virtuality
* Discuss on role of digital representation in multi-user remote collaboration
* Opportunities and challenges for education, governance, and entrepreneurship in virtual worlds
* Emerging issues of e-policy and e-quality of life

The workshop will be a full day event and will be open to a maximum of 50-60 participants. It will include short presentations of full research papers (15-20min) while a discussant will be allocated and invited in each presentation in order to organize a 10 min discussion..

On 23 of April a pre-workshop day is scheduled with two special sessions: First, a morning session with presentations of in-progress research work in a looser format compared to typical conference-like paper presentations. Second, a mini doctoral research meeting will take place where PhD students will have the opportunity to present their work in an informal presentation (i.e posters, case studies and demos). Both of these two sessions are subject to an adequate participation. In case of limited offers to contribute to this event, the two sessions will merge in one half-day session.

Both full and in-progress research contributions will be included in a CD-ROM published with an ISBN. Workshop contributions will also be considered for publication in a Special Issue of a related International Journal.

Important Dates
* Paper submissions due: January 31, 2009
* Notification to authors: February 28, 2009
* Final papers submissions due: March 27, 2009
* Workshop: April 24, 2009

Submission Details
Participants should submit their position papers (6-10 pages) for the main workshop session or extended abstracts (no more than 2 pages) for the pre-workshop day event, by email to [log in to unmask] no later than January 31, 2009. Instructions to authors can be found here: 

Workshop Organizers
* Angeliki Poulymenakou (group leader of the ISTLab/OIS, Associate Professor in Information Systems Management, at Department of Management Science and Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business, [log in to unmask])
* Anthony Papargyris (PhD candidtate in Information Systems, at Department of Management Science and Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business, [log in to unmask])

Program Committee
* Chrisanthi Avgerou (Information Systems and Innovation Group, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, IFIP TC 9 Chair)
* Nikolaos Avouris (HCI Group, University of Patras, GR)
* Kevin Crowston (Inf. Studies, Syracuse University, USA)
* Paul C. van Fenema (Netherlands Defense Academy, and Tilburg University, NL)
* Dimitris Gouscos (New Technologies Laboratory in Communication, Education and the Mass Media, University of Athens, GR)
* David Kreps (Business Management, Salford University, UK)
* Alexandros-Andreas Kyrtsis (Political Science & Public Administration, University of Athens, GR)
* Niki Panteli (School of Management, University of Bath, UK)
* Dimitris Papalexopoulos (School of Architecture, University of Athens, GR)
* Anthony Papargyris (Management Science & Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business, GR)
* Angeliki Poulymenakou (Management Science & Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business, GR)
* Francois de Vaujany (Institute of Business Administration, Grenoble University, FR)
* Martin Warnke (Computer Science & Culture, Leuphana University Lueneburg, D)

For more information check the workshop's web site: 


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Anthony Papargyris, MSc.
Research Officer, ISTLab/OIS
Department of Management Science and Technology
Athens University of Economics and Business 
76 Patission St., GR104 34, Athens, GREECE
tel. +30 210 8203 755, fax. +30 210 8203 756,
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