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First Call for Position Papers
Workshop on Conflict IT: Technologies and Collaborative Practices in Conflict areas (September 20, 2015)
In conjunction with the 14th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW 2015)
September 19-23, 2015 (Oslo, Norway)
http://www.conflictit.org/ecscw-2015-workshop/
Deadline for submission: August 10, 2015, 23:59 GMT
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This workshop seeks to explore a new area of research within CSCW, which we coin, ‘ConflictIT’. ConflictIT focuses on the role that technologies play within contexts with longstanding historical imbalances and asymmetrical relations of power. Research in ConflictIT is dedicated to examining work and life within highly politicized and otherwise unstable contexts (e.g., Palestine, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, India) and the special conditions political tensions place on collaborative practices, distributed work, and the development and use of technologies. The workshop will cover a range of topics, including, the particular conditions created by the political context and their influence on IT development, the role that technology play in these contexts, and the methodological challenges encountered when investigating technologies and practices within conflicted areas. We aim to explore the interplay between technologies, practices and political dimensions in order to gain in-depth knowledge of studies within these particular contexts.

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Call for Position Papers
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We invite position papers on topics such as:

– Identification of current trends and research questions that should be relevant to Conflict IT.
– The role of technology in conflict areas. Similarities and/or differences between the role that technology plays in Conflict areas and across other settings?
– The influence of the political conditions on the development and use of technologies.
– Methodological challenges encountered when carrying out a study in such a highly contested political context (e.g., access to the field, anonymity, building trust)? Similarities and/or differences between the complexities that are encountered when carrying out a research project within a conflict area and a research project carried out in other settings? Strategies for dealing with these methodological complexities.

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Submission
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Position papers for the Conflict IT workshop should use the ECSCW formatting instructions, and all submissions must be in Adobe PDF format. Position papers should be between 2-4 pages long. Participants will be invited to present their positions or projects on the topic, their experiences and reflections and all papers will be made available through the workshop’s website.

How to Submit: Send your submission to: [log in to unmask], subject: Conflict IT Workshop.

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Important Dates
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Deadline for submission: August 10th, 2015, 23:59 GMT
Notification of acceptance: August 15th, 2015
Workshop: 19-23rd September 2015

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Organizers
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Nina Boulus-Rødje, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Pernille Bjørn, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dave Randall, University of Siegen, Germany.
Volker Wulf, University of Siegen, Germany.
Ahmad Ghazawneh, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

For the workshop schedule, research questions, and other information please visit the official workshop website:  http://www.conflictit.org/ecscw-2015-workshop/


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