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Call for Participation

Workshop: "Beyond Mobility: Studying Nomadic Work"

24 September 2007, ECSCW07 Limerick, Ireland

Workshop overview:
Recent years have witnessed a remarkable proliferation of portable  
technologies, twinned with ever more widely available connectivity  
and data services. This has contributed to a partial migration of  
work outside of traditional workplaces and working hours. However,  
while carrying out work at different physical locations is certainly  
enabled by the spread of portable technologies, mobile work cannot be  
merely regarded as a matter of space variability, detached and  
independent from the specifics of particular settings, situations, re- 
sources and activities. Studies of mobile workers and their usage of  
mobile devices have also begun to investigate how people make work  
possible in different places - re-discovering and developing  
'nomadic' practices - and how work is achieved in these places.  
Insights from these studies reveal a large spectrum of variabilities  
and practices, articulated around different artefacts,  
infrastructures and locations. The term "mobility", we feel, has  
failed to address such complexities. We turn to the term 'nomadic'  
work, because it refers to the need for re-searchers to become aware  
of the dynamic practical achievement involved in making the most of,  
and working in different places. The workshop will discuss the  
challenge of understanding mobility as a situated and nomadic  
achievement and comprehensive of many different aspects, with  
particular attention to the re-consideration of analytical frameworks  
and of methodologies adopted to study it.

Who should attend:
For this workshop, we invite contributions from different backgrounds  
to explore 'nomadic' practices and the range of variables shaping  
them such as space and place. The aim is to develop a richer, more  
holistic framework for understanding situated practices of mobility,  
as well as opportunities and challenges for design. For a list of  
topics, please consult the workshop website:

The workshop will be a full-day event and will be open to a maximum  
of 15 participants.

More info at:

During the workshop we will discuss on potential follow-ups,  
including a potential journal special issue (no negotiations or  
agreements have been made yet)

Organisers: Cristian Bogdan (KTH - Royal Institute of Technology,  
Stockholm), Monika Büscher (Lancaster University), Luigina Ciolfi  
(University of Limerick) and Chiara Rossitto (KTH - Royal Institute  
of Technology, Stockholm)

Position papers should be submitted to Chiara Rossitto (chiara-1 AT by July 20th 2007.
Acceptance notifications will be sent by July 25th.

Dr. Luigina Ciolfi
Research Fellow, Interaction Design Centre
Course Director, Digital Media Design
Dept. of Computer Science and
Information Systems, room: ER1 005
University of Limerick, Ireland
Tel. +353 61 213530
Fax. +353 61 213484
Skype: luigina.ciolfi


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