CaTaC¹14: Culture, Technology, Communication: Celebration, Transformation,
Call for Papers and Panels
Selected papers and panels touching on cultural aspects of Human-Computer
Interaction will be allocated to a common set of sessions at the
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Venue: Department of Informatics, Ole-Johan Dahls hus, University of Oslo
Dates: June 15-18, 2014
Predoctoral PhD workshop: Monday morning, June 16, 2014.
Conference website: <http://www.catacconference.org/>
Charles Ess (Department of Media and Communication)
Maja van der Velden (Department of Informatics)
José Abdelnour-Nocera (School of Computing and Technology, University of
Herbert Hrachovec (Philosophy Department, University of Vienna)
Leah Macfadyen (Evaluation and Learning Analytics, University of British
Patrizia Schettino (Communication Studies, Università della Svizzera
Ylva Hård af Segerstad (Department of Applied Information Technology at
the University of Gothenburg/Chalmers)
Andra Siibak (Media Studies, University of Tartu)
Michele M. Strano, Program Chair (Communication Studies, Bridgewater
Satomi Sugiyama (Communication and Media Studies, Franklin College
Background. Our 1998 conference on ³Culture, Technology, and
Communication² (CATaC) was among the first devoted to the roles of
culturally-variable norms, practices, and communicative preferences in the
designs, implementations, and responses to (networked) information and
communication technologies. The biennial CATaC series has generated a
number of significant publications; the series has also been ranked by the
Australian Research Council among the top 20% of conferences in terms of
international impact and significance. Equally importantly: our critical
but collegial conference culture provides a unique oasis for participants
who shared often radically interdisciplinary interests.
Transformation. As the Internet and then the World Wide Web have come to
now connect over 2 billion people globally, the questions of culture and
communication vis-à-vis (networked) ICTs have become increasingly
mainstream and widely explored across the needed range of disciplines,
conferences, and publication venues. At the same time, however, there is
ongoing need for a conference venue that fosters new explorations at the
intersections of culture, technology, and communication as approached in
ways that are:
robustly interdisciplinary / cross-disciplinary;
cordially but rigorously critical;
inclusive of the philosophical, including the ethical and political
dimensions of ICT design and diffusion;
relational, bringing out the entanglements of culture, communication, and
and within a conference environment shaped by our hallmark hospitality and
Accordingly, CaTaC¹14 will
celebrate the people and accomplishments of the past conference series,
including the production of a Festschrift; and
transform the conference series through development of
new research, directions and approaches.
We invite both participation in the opening Doctoral Colloquium and paper
and panel submissions that address the intersections between culture,
technology, and communication with a focus on either Design/Production or
Practice (see descriptions below).
Doctoral Colloquium: PhD students will present and collaboratively discuss
their current work, and enjoy advice and mentoring from senior faculty
across the disciplines represented at CaTaC¹14 including informatics and
design, communication and media studies, and (Monday morning, 8.30-12.00)
Conference tracks. Broadly, we invite research, reflection, and
scholarship that specifically address one or more of our defining elements
of culture, technology, and communication while simultaneously exploring
the interrelationship(s) between these. More particularly, we invite
submissions that do so by way of focusing on either Design/Production or
For this track, we invite individual papers and panels that look at how
technical, cultural and communication affordances and constraints
intersect in the production of technology, messages and theory
construction. This track includes:
Designs for Good Lives in a Mediated Age, e.g.
i) emotions in design and in user experience;
ii) embodiment and the notion of body, memory and emotions both in
philosophy and in material culture;
iii) design as "skin of culture" (De Kerckhove, 1991).
Invited panel, ³Cross-cultural understandings and designs of social robots
as co-agents of good lives² (Satomi Sugiyama, chair).
Trans-mediated and intelligent workplaces: implications for work analysis
and interaction design, e.g.,
i) The sociotechnical challenges for designing technologies for new forms
of workers and workplaces
ii) Implications for design of sociotechnical understandings of
iii) Ethical and cultural implications for interaction design on the light
of the transformation of human agency in smart workplaces.
iv) Cultural aspects of human work interaction design
Technology Design: Politics and ethics e.g.
i) Slow Tech/Fair Tech;
ii) Politics of Design;
iii) Modest interventions (cf. Donna Haraway)
Legal and ethical issues tied to media environments where authorship
becomes increasingly invisible
Research Design and Theory Development
Access to "big data" and developments in data science have enhanced our
ability to use computation and modeling both in place of and in
conjunction with interpretive qualitative methods. Example contributions
to this thread would include:
i) Critical analyses of exemplar research using "big data" approaches and
analytics to examine technology design and usages. What are the strengths
and limits of such approaches?
ii) Explorations of the ethical, social, and/or political dimensions of
"big data" research including culturally-variable patterns of regulations
regarding data privacy protection, research ethics, etc.
iii) Exemplar research using mixed methods that capitalize on the
strengths of quantitative and qualitative approaches
We invite individual submissions and panels that have the use of
information and communication technologies in specific cultural contexts
as their main focus. Examples include:
Cultural diversity and global ICTs, e.g. ,global health information
systems, Wikipedia, social media;
Global and local cultures of computing, e.g.
i) outsourcing, global development teams;
ii) the identity of migrants and the experience of migration;
iii) appropriation, creolization, hybridization between cultures and also
The construction of identity using online social media, gaming, and
Political activism through social media
Privacy issues in media environments that encourage public identities.
Analysis of Cultural Discourses about technology that shape understanding
and use, e.g.:
i) Perceptions of authorship and ownership in environments dependent on
user generated content
ii) Hopes and fears associated with the introduction of new technologies
iii) Understandings of the relationship between the "real" and the
For further details on conference themes and topics, please see the
conference website, <catacconferences.org>.
Both short (3-5 pages) and long (10-15 pages) original papers are sought
for presentation. Panel proposals addressing a specific theme or topic
are also encouraged.
Papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings (electronic only).
Authors retain copyright, etc.
Submission of papers (short or full), panel proposals: 14 February 2014
Notification of acceptance: 14 March 2014
Final formatted papers (for conference proceedings): 18 April 2014
Registration fees: to be determined. (We anticipate that registration
fees will be somewhat perhaps significantly less than in previous
Because June is a busy conference and tourist month in Oslo, we strongly
urge participants to book as early as possible!
The Rica Victoria Hotel is in the direct centre of Oslo, with quite easy
access to the University. Participants enjoy the University of Oslo
discount rate of 1095,- NOK per night, including breakfast.
Comfort Hotel Xpress (Møllergata 26, 0179 Oslo) is within easy walking
distance of the centre of Oslo and the various public transit stations
that will get you quickly to the University and conference venue.
Current booking rate, 540,- NOK per night; breakfast can be ordered for
NOK 85 (or NOK 95 for organic).
This hotel chain is also one of the better ones when it comes to social
and environmental responsibility:
P-hotel (Grensen 19, NO-0159 Oslo) is even closer in and convenient to
both tram (³trick²) and metro stations for University access.
Current booking rate is 595,- NOK per night., including breakfast.
Citybox, Oslo (Prinsensgate 6, N-0152 Oslo) is very close to the train
station and both tram (³trick²) and metro stations for University access.
Single rooms currently range between 550,- (weekends) to 750,- NOK (some
weekdays). No breakfast, but Stockfleths Café at the corner of the hotel
is one of the best places for coffee, breakfast and lunch.
The Oslo municipal website for all B&Bs and pensions lists additional
Hotel Karl Johan: This is a hotel directly on the main street of Oslo City
Center. Walking distance to most tourist attractions. It¹s a two minutes¹
walk to the Metro, and 10 minutes with the metro to the University. Prices
start at 1300,- NOK per night including breakfast.
Hotel Gyldenløve: Placed in one of the best shopping districts in Oslo
(Majorstua), and quite close to the University. It¹s a ten minutes¹ walk
to the Metro, and 2 minutes with the metro to the University, or you can
walk all the way (about 30 minutes). Prices starts at 1052,- NOK per
Hotel Munch: Close to the city centre. Walking distance to most tourist
attractions in Oslo. It¹s a 5 minutes¹ walk to the Metro, and 10 minutes
with the metro to the University. Prices starts at 845,- NOK per night.
Haraldsheim Youth Hostel: The cheapest alternative. A bit outside of the
city center, but easy accessed by Metro, trams or buses. It¹s a 10-15
minutes¹ walk to the Metro, and 10 minutes with the metro to the
University. Prices starts at 255,- NOK (4 bed dorm) to 510,- (single room
with bathroom) including breakfast.
We look forward to welcoming you to Oslo next June!
Dr. José Abdelnour Nocera
Reader in Sociotechnical Design
Institute for Practice and Interdisciplinary Research (INSPIRE)
Head of Sociotechnical Centre for Internationalisation and User Experience
University of West London
St Mary¹s Road, Ealing London W5 5RF
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