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Dear all,


The Nomadic Work/Life in the Knowledge Economy <>
research team is delighted to announce the call for papers for the 


CSCW Journal Special Issue: Work Practices, Nomadicity and the
Mediational Role of Technology


Special issue editors:

Luigina Ciolfi (Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick,
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Ap. Fabiano Pinatti de Carvalho (Interaction Design Centre, University
of Limerick, [log in to unmask])


Important dates:

Submission deadline: June 17th 2012

Feedback to Authors due: November 2012

Revised version due: January 2013       


For updates see:



Submissions should be 6000-8000 words and MUST adhere to the journal's
formatting and editorial standards, available at (please refer to the
Instructions for Authors located in the menu For Authors and Editors on
the right).



Submissions must be made via the Springer Editorial Manager




Over the past few years new forms of work have emerged and developed.
One of the key characteristics of current forms of work, and
particularly information work, is the potential for nomadic practices,
since workers mainly deal with something that can be easily represented
digitally and taken to or accessed from different locations. In other
words, it can be said that work activities can be easily detached from
the office premises and can be performed anytime or anywhere that suits
the workers' needs (Davis, 2002). In fact, increasing attention is being
paid to what is here called modern nomadicity - an approach to work that
involves engaging with work activities across different locations
depending on the availability of the resources that are necessary for
accomplishing them (de Carvalho et al., 2011). In so doing, several
studies have approached issues related to nomadic work practices and the
design of technologies to support those involved with them (Bartolucci,
2007; Chen & Nath, 2005; Ciolfi et al., 2005; Cousins & Robey, 2005;
Kleinrock, 1996; Kristensen, 2002; La Porta et al., 1996; Lyytinen &
Yoo, 2002; Rossitto & Eklundh, 2007; Su & Mark, 2008).


Despite the increasing number of research studies in the topic, there
are still open issues that should be explored in order to better
understand it. Some of those issues are to do with:


*         the nature of nomadic work practices among different groups of
workers, which encompasses understanding the meanings associated with
nomadicity, investigating how it unfolds in different work settings,
identifying the attributes that make a specific work activity
potentially nomadic, comprehending the reasons that lead people to
approach it nomadically, and exploring the impact that nomadicity may
have upon collaborative activities;

*         the meditational role that technologies can play in the making
of nomadic work, which concerns investigating how the technological
means are appropriated and used in nomadic contexts, identifying in
which situations they act as a support or a hindrance to nomadic work
practices and exploring how technologies (tools, platforms and services)
can be designed to better support nomadic work;

*         the blurring of work and life boundaries that seems to be
happening in the lives of those involved with nomadicity, which
comprises examining to what extent nomadic work practices have been
contributing towards the blurring of the divide between the work and the
private dimensions of people's lives, identifying what are the pros and
cons stemming from it, and comprehending how people negotiate and manage
this blurring.


Therefore, the invited contributions should answer foundational
questions such as those listed below: 

*         What is the nature of nomadic work practices?

*         What is the role of computer technologies in the making of
nomadic work?

*         What kinds of resources do people assemble when they mobilise
their work activities?

*         What are the impacts of nomadicity in collaborative work?

*         How are nomadic work practices affecting the work/life

*         What are the social and organisational implications of nomadic

*         What opportunities and constraints are linked to being

*         What are the reasons for people to choose a place over another
place to develop their work activities?


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

*         Empirical research

*         Collaborative work

*         Mobilisation work

*         Design of technologies

*         Nomadic strategies

*         Social implications of nomadicity

*         Access anytime/anywhere

*         Place-making

*         Social networks

*         Work and enjoyment

*         Organisational aspects of nomadic work

*         Social aspects of nomadic work


All enquiries can be emailed to [log in to unmask]



Fabiano Pinatti, PhD Student
ISSP Government of Ireland Scholar
Interaction Design Centre, ER1-002
Dept. of Comp. Science & Inf. Systems
University of Limerick, Ireland <> 


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