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"Olav W. Bertelsen" <[log in to unmask]>
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Final Call for Papers
The Ninth Danish HCI Research Symposium

Monday December 14, 2009 at Aarhus University.

Submission deadline December 1, 2009

in cooperation with


We are happy to announce this years keynote lecturer,
Charles Ess: “Culture”: Does It Matter Anymore?
(more information below).

The annual Danish Human-Computer Interaction Research
Symposium has stimulated networking and provided an overview across
the various parts of the Danish HCI research scene. We invites
researchers working with HCI in the broadest sense.

Participation is based on submission of a short paper: max 4 pages in
ACM format. Accepted papers will be presented at the symposium and
printed in the proceedings.

Symposium papers can present work in progress, recent published work,
organizational overviews, teaching experiences, etc.

Submissions should be formatted according to the ACM/sigchi publication
template and not exceed 4 pages.

Papers shold be submitted in PDF format by email to [log in to unmask]


The working language of the symposium is mainly English.

The registration fee is 600 DKK (900 DKK after Dec. 9). It includes
printed proceedings, lunch, refreshments and dinner.

The symposium is organized by Anne Marie Kanstrup ([log in to unmask])
and Olav W. Bertelsen ([log in to unmask])

Important Dates
December 1, 2009: Deadline for submission of symposium papers.
December 5, 2006: Notification of authors.
December 9, 2006: Deadline for early registration.

Submission procedures, further information and updates will be available
soon at


Lecturer: Charles Ess, Visiting Professor, AU/IMV

Title: “Culture”: Does It Matter Anymore?
(Or: Beyond Hall, Hofstede, and ‘culture’?)

The biennial conference series on “Cultural Attitudes towards
Technology and Communication” (CATaC - see <>)
began in 1998 with what was then a relatively novel observation: most of
the Anglophone, especially then U.S. dominated discourse regarding the
Internet and the Web, rested on a technological instrumentalism that
presumed that these technologies were somehow “just tools,” i.e.,
neutral instruments disconnected from any culturally-variable factors
(including values, practices, beliefs and communicative preferences).
For those of us able to travel and communicate across national and
cultural boundaries, however, it was becoming quickly obvious that the
explosive diffusion of the once U.S.-centered web brought in its train a
number of “cultural collisions” in which the cultural-specific values
and communicative preferences in fact built into these technologies
clashed in one or more ways with the values and preferences of local,
“target” cultures.

The CATaC conferences brought together a wide range of increasingly
sophisticated culturally-oriented research and reflection, demonstrating
first of all that, indeed, cultural values and communicative preferences
profoundly shape the design, implementation, and use of ICTs - and
hence, designers who wished to avoid “computer-mediated colonization”
(i.e., the imposition of one set of values and preferences upon those
holding different values and preferences) would need to take cultural
differences into account.

On the one hand, this approach to HCI and related design fields has
become gradually more mainstream.  At the same time, however, more
recent work highlighted at the CATaC conferences has radically critiqued
not only the prevailing frameworks used in cultural analyses for the
sake of a more “culture-aware” approach to design (most importantly,
those developed by G. Hofstede and E.T. Hall) - but, more fundamentally,
the very concept of ‘culture’ itself.

In my lecture, I will provide an overview of these three phases of
scholarship and research, i.e., (1) examples (1998-2006) of how
culturally-variable beliefs, practices, and communicative preferences
manifest themselves in the design, implementation, and reactions to
ICTs; (2) emerging critiques (2004-2008) of Hall, Hofstede, and the very
notion of ‘culture’ itself; and (3) emerging suggestions for HCI and
design that seek to avoid cultural colonization, but now on the basis of
concepts and analytical frameworks that intend to go beyond Hall,
Hofstede, and ‘culture’ as such.

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