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Nervo Verdezoto <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:32:46 +0100
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*Apologize for unintended cross-mailing*
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)*
*a SCOPUS and Web of Science - Emerging Sources (Thomson Reuters) indexed
(ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)

Guest Editors:
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*• Alina Krischkowsky, University of Salzburg, Austria • Nervo Verdezoto,
University of Leicester, UK • 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

*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 topics:

• 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
• 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:
‘Experiences of Technology Appropriation: Unanticipated Users, Usage,
Circumstances, and Design')

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' "

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