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***** Deadline this Friday, May 1*****


CulTech2015: Cultural Diversity and Technology Design Workshop - Call
for Participation!


Does your research explore culture, technology design and communities?

If so, join us at the “CulTech2015: Cultural Diversity and Technology
Design” Workshop! CulTech2015 will be held at the 7th international
Communities and Technologies (C&T) Conference in Limerick, Ireland, on
June 27, 2015. Website here: <>

Workshop submissions due:  May 1, 2015
Feedback to authors:             May 15, 2015
Camera-ready papers due:   June 17, 2015
Workshop at C&T 2015:        June 27, 2015

With globalization and technological advances, people are increasingly
coming into contact with others from different cultural backgrounds,
particularly in place-based and virtual communities. Yet, cultural
diversity – the diversity of community members’ cultural backgrounds –
offers both significant benefits and challenges in the design, usage
and evaluation of technologies. In this one-day workshop, we explore
the role of cultural diversity in potentially informing, supporting,
challenging or impacting the design of Information and Communications
Technology (ICT) within community contexts. We welcome workshop
submissions that:

1) Engage broadly with the role of culture within technology design
and usage for, with and by communities,

2) Proposals for approaches, tools, conceptual and methodological
frameworks, case studies and best practices in community-based design
that exploit cultural diversity as an asset and seek to facilitate
intercultural interactions.

Our goal is to bring together academics and practitioners from
different domains such as computer science, urban design, interactive
art, anthropology and social sciences who share a common interest in
exploring the design space of ICTs, culture and communities.

To stimulate discussion and exploration, we welcome initial idea
explorations, as well as ongoing or completed projects relating (but
not exclusive) to the following themes:

- Theoretical and reflective engagements with the role of culture and
cultural difference in community-based (participatory) design and
technology appropriation across cultures

- Frameworks, tools, and conceptual engagements tackling inclusion in
(participatory) design; The role of technology and technology design
in mediating or supporting societal inclusion

- Means (methods, tools, frameworks) for cross-cultural
transferability of design and design processes

- Limits of transferability and situated, emergent design
practices in community contexts

- Localization and culturally adaptive interfaces

- Empirical studies exploring cultural difference in
technology usage and formulating design implications

- Metrics, tools, and frameworks for examining cultural
differences in technology usage

- Conceptual papers that problematize design, re-framing
design processes from cultural studies and intercultural communication
frameworks (e.g. design as a process of encoding values and meaning in

- Uses, benefits and limitations of ethnography and
data-intensive research methods in community-based design

- Inherent value tensions or clashes between local and
academic/scientific knowledge

- Local knowledge management, knowledge conversion and the
challenges posed by structuring fluid knowledge episodes to generate
design requirements

- Cultural pathways for community engagement and the
localization of participatory practices

- Aligning intentions in multicultural design projects

- Bridging differences in culturally diverse design teams

- Case studies, approaches and best practices in
community-based design that explore or engage with issues of
connectedness and community cohesion, facilitating intercultural
awareness, communication and collaboration, and stimulating
intercultural interactions across diverse cultural groups

We welcome the following contribution types:
- Novel technologies or interaction paradigms
- Design or evaluation methods
- Case studies on existing applications and systems
- Evaluation studies
- Theoretical frameworks
- Controversial or thought-provoking ideas of issues relating
to communities, culture and ICTs

Interested candidates are asked to submit either a position paper
(min. 2 pages, max. 4 pages in the ACM format) or a video submission
about your project/research and its relevance to the workshop themes.
Position papers will be published online in Workshop Proceedings
available from the workshop website. Please submit to:
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The organizers will invite authors of selected workshop papers to
submit an extended version to a peer-reviewed Special Issue on
“Cultural Diversity and Technology Design” to be published by the
Journal of Community Informatics.

---- ORGANIZERS ----
Helen Ai He, Department of Informatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Nemanja Memarovic, Department of Informatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Amalia Sabiescu, School of Art and Design, Coventry University, UK

Aldo de Moor, CommunitySense, The Netherlands

---- CONTACT INFO ----
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