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Focus section on
*"Experiences of Technology Appropriation: Unanticipated Users, Usage, 
Circumstances, and Design"*

to be published at the
Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)
(ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)
**** Since 2015 also Scopus ****
**** *Since 2015 also* in *Emerging Sources Citation Index* and *Web of 
Science* ***

Guest Editors:

/• Alina Krischkowsky, University of Salzburg, Austria
• Nervo Verdezoto, Aarhus University, Denmark
• Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria
• Michael Muller, IBM Research, USA/
Important dates:
• Deadline: *May 15, 2016 *
• Notification to the authors: June 20, 2016
• Camera ready paper: July 20, 2016
• Publication of the special issue: mid September, 2016


Whether in private or professional life, people frequently adapt, adopt, 
and shape the technology around them based on their everyday practices 
to ease interaction when accomplishing certain tasks. The major goal of 
this focus section is to highlight how this form of technology 
appropriation is used to satisfy people’s communication needs. In 
particular we focus on technology that was not initially intended to 
foster communication, but which led to appropriation, driven by people’s 
communication needs. We argue that it is critical to identify 
‘unexpected’ communication needs, to better account for them when 
designing interactive systems. Thereby, a variety of contexts are of 
relevance; ranging from private settings (e.g., home) or semi-public 
spaces (e.g., art galleries) to strictly regulated environments (e.g., 
production lines or health- and emergency contexts) in which 
appropriation may be considered as a ‘critical’ matter. In relation to 
technology appropriation we consider the following four aspects as 
potential drivers of appropriation: unanticipated usage, unanticipated 
users, unanticipated circumstances, and designing for the unanticipated.
The aim of this focus section is to invite researchers and practitioners 
to deeper explore on these (or other) drivers of technology 
appropriation but also on the challenges, opportunities, lessons 
learned, and theoretical insights that emerge when researching 
technology appropriation (practices) to satisfy communication needs. 
This will broaden the scope of IxD&A and HCI research towards a more 
holistic understanding of the appropriation phenomenon.

*Topics of Interests*
We welcome research papers that contribute to a deeper understanding 
about how users adapt and shape technology to their potentially 
‘unexpected’ communication needs. In order to discuss this question, we 
invite research papers to address (but not exclusively) the following 

• Examples of successful/unsuccessful technology appropriation for 
communication needs in different contexts;
• Examples of technology appropriation by unanticipated users 
(addressing either expected/unexpected communication needs) in everyday 
or emergent practices;
• Methodological approaches to explore technology appropriation for 
• Theoretical accounts to technology appropriation for communication;
• Design of collaborative systems that address expected/unexpected 
communication needs as a reaction to technology appropriation;
• Design of collaborative systems that enable users to share their 
adaptations to technology that could be useful for others in the same 
• Critical reflections on the design, implementation, and use in 
relation to technology appropriation practices

/Keywords:/ Technology appropriation; communication needs; unanticipated 
users, usage, circumstances; designing for the unanticipated

Submission procedure

The manuscripts should be submitted either in .doc or in .rtf format.
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.
Authors are invited to submit 8-20 pages paper (including authors' 
information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.).
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines

Authors' guidelines

Link to the paper submission page: (when submitting the
paper please choose Domain Subjects under: "IxD&A focus section on:
‘Emotions and Personality in Personalized Systems')

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics
of the paper format can be found on the website of the IxD&A Journal
where information on the copyright policy and responsibility of authors,
publication ethics and malpractice are published.

For scientific advices and for any query please contact the guest-editors:

• alina [dot] krischkowsky [at] sbg [dot] ac [dot] at

marking the subject as: 'IxD&A focus section on: 'Experiences of 
Technology Appropriation' "

**** 2015: IxD&A in figures ****
IxD&A has been visited by scholars from all over the world coming from 
more than *120* countries
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*Forthcoming issues:*

• in the same Summer 2016 issue
'The Social Innovation capacity of Open Education and Learning'
Guest Editors: Carlo Giovannella & Demetrios Sampson

• Autumn 2016
'On Making'
Guest Editors: Joep Frens & Patrizia Marti
/with a focus section on:/
'Player and Learner eXperience'
Guest Editors: Monica Divitini, Gabriella Dodero, Rosella Gennari

• Winter 2016
'Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development'
Guest Editors: Alke Martens, Radu Vasiu, Annika Wolff

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