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CALL FOR PAPERS
ECSCW 2017 Workshop on Nomadic Culture Beyond Work Practices
August 29th, 2017, Sheffield, UK
************ IMPORTANT DATES ************
* Submission deadline: May 26th, 2017
* Notification of acceptance: June 16th, 2017
* Camera ready: June 30th, 2017
* Workshop day: August 29th, 2017
Ten years after a successful workshop at ECSCW 2007 on a related theme, we set out to revisit the notion of nomadicity in light of recent research and empirical changes, such as the spread of wireless connectivity, the rise of the so-called ‘gig economy’ and the development of a nomadic culture entangling economic, social, cultural and technological practices enabling and constituting nomadicity.
We seek contributions that will deepen the current understanding of “nomadic culture”, as well as highlight opportunities and challenges for design. Contributors may wish to address a range of issues, including, but not restricted to:
* The transition from micro to macro aspects of nomadicity and from place-making practices to trajectories of nomadic lives;
* The transition from a work-centred to a practice-centred research entailing the work and non-work dimensions of people’s lives, and the negotiation and reconfiguration of work-life boundaries;
* Accounts of nomadic practices as emerging from novel spatial and organisational contexts;
* The range of organisational aspects, motivational factors, personal values and expectations underling the flexibility stemming from this way of working;
* The adoption of methodologies and frameworks to investigate trajectories of nomadic lives in changing organisational, technological and personal circumstances.
* The role of the constellations of technologies and digital platforms in enabling nomadic cultures, but also in creating a potential range of problems/issues to be dealt with;
* An examination of how we might identify those forces, contexts and dynamics that hinder, resist or work against the momentum of ‘nomadic culture’
* The technological, cultural, political and economic rationalities that underpin and legitimise contemporary enactments of nomadicity and the reproduction of nomadic culture;
* Methodological innovations in the study of nomadic culture;
* Analysis of the relationship between greater merging of human and machine and formations of nomadic culture;
* The role of technology as discourse in socially, culturally and ideologically shaping nomadic culture and nomadic worker subjectivity;
* Analysis of how a nomadic culture that emphasises constant technological innovation constitutes the relationships between capitalist goals of competition and profit and individual life aims;
* Explorations of what present and future “Nomadic Culture(s)” might look like, and of the challenges and issues we will be addressing by 2027.
Interdisciplinary participation from designers, developers, sociologists, psychologists, ethnographers, etc. is appreciated. In this way, the workshop will provide an important opportunity for researchers from both academia and industry to share ideas and possibly coordinate their efforts.
Participants interested in contributing with a position paper have to send in a submission (max. 4 pages) containing a brief overview over the key ideas of the presentation and some information on their occupational background.
Submissions must adhere to the IRSI series format: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6e8wtrxsv9t35u3/irsi_template.doc
Papers must be submitted directly to the workshop organisers through the e-mail: [log in to unmask]
Contributions will be reviewed by the workshop organisers and selected on the basis of their quality, compliance with the workshop theme, and the extent (and diversity) of their backgrounds in terms of fieldwork, design, and technology.
Position papers accepted and presented in the workshop will be published in the workshop proceedings, which will be edited by the workshop organisers. The proceedings will include the final versions of all accepted contributions, adjusted to satisfy reviewers’ recommendations. It will be published as an issue of the International Reports of Social-Informatics (IRSI) series from the International Institute of Socio-Informatics (IISI) in Bonn, Germany.
Chiara Rossitto, Stockholm University
Aparecido Fabiano Pinatti de Carvalho, University of Siegen
Luigina Ciolfi, Sheffield Hallam University
Airi Lampinen, Stockholm University
Breda Gray, University of Limerick
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