FINAL CALL FOR DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM
20 August 2005
CRITICAL COMPUTING -- Between Sense and Sensibility
The Fourth Decennial Aarhus Conference,
Aarhus, Denmark, 21-25 August 2005
Deadline: June 12, 2005
The doctoral colloquium will be the place where
lively and useful discussions enable ph.d.
students within areas related to IT-reserach as
critical action to receive suggestions about
their on-going research and allow more
experienced participants to encounter some fresh
ideas and view some of the new trends in the
The colloquium provides an opportunity for
participants to discuss their research (outcomes,
process etc) both with other students and with
the organizers. The purpose is for students to
receive constructive feedback on their thesis
work so far, get advice about future
developments, and share ideas and experiences
with students in related areas.
Participants should have advanced beyond the
introductory stage in their thesis work, and be
actively engaged in the exploration of a critical
perspective on IT-reserach. Students may come
from different academic subjects or disciplines,
such as interaction design, computer science,
cognitive science, and sociology.
To apply, please submit a proposal of at most 2
pages, including references. Also, a short
biographical note describing the applicant's
background and a letter of recommendation from
the supervisor should be enclosed. The proposal
should include a description of the research
problem, the theoretical background and approach
chosen, and the work performed so far. The
proposals will be evaluated by a review
committee. Approximately 8 participants will be
selected to give a short presentation of their
research topic, followed by a discussion among
the of students and organizers.
Applications should be sendt to Peter Carstensen at [log in to unmask]
Upon selection particpants should submit a
revised positioning paper approximately 5 pages
in the conference publication format.
During the colloqium, participants will be asked
to give a 15 min presentation of their work, and
then to answer questions from the organizers.
Deadline for submissions: June 12, 2005.
notification: July 1, 2005.
Deadline for final position paper: August 10, 2005
ORGANIZERS (as of May 2005)
Yvonne Dittrich, The IT University of Copenhagen.
Peter Carstensen, The IT University of Copenhagen.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Continuing the tradition from the conferences in
1975, 1985 and 1995, it is the aim of the fourth
Aarhus conference to provide a forum for the
exploration and development of new perspectives
for critical computing.
As information technology reaches out from the
workplace to virtually all aspects of human life,
the scope of critical IT research expands from a
focus on designing computer support for quality
of working life to new frontiers. These frontiers
include the home, leisure time, citizen services,
public spaces as well as the workplace. We face
new challenges for technology support and new
pitfalls regarding the ways in which people sense
and form meaningful environments.
Critical Computing is a multi-disciplinary
conference covering fields like participatory
design, interaction design, CSCW, social
computing, digital art and entertainment
addressed from a variety of disciplines like
computer science, sociology, psychology,
ethnography, architecture, and aesthetics.
Topics for contributions include, but are not limited to:
* Objectives of critical computing e.g.: Is
empowerment still the objective? How is the
balance between tradition and innovation affected
in the new contexts of use?
* Design ideals e.g.: How do we understand and
use invisible computers, ambient intelligence,
* Context e.g.: How will our environment be
affected? Aesthetically? Ergonomically?
* Scope and quality e.g.: How do we define design
quality when there is no work to support? How do
we assess relevance, sense and sensibility of
* Design processes e.g.: Which new kinds of
processes do we initiate to involve users in
design of computing systems and artefacts for
homes, semi-public and fully public spaces? How
do we bridge between work and other aspects of
* Research method, e.g.: How can IT research
adapt issues of sustainability, both
environmental, social and economical?
The conference encourages presentations of
examples in terms of cases, systems, applications
and conceptual frameworks that contribute to the
understanding of the new issues and design
values. In keeping with the tradition of the
Aarhus Conferences, this conference will
encourage new types of presentations, including
such that ask for active participation from the
Doctoral Colloquium Chair: Peter Carstensen
Conference co-chairs: Susanne Bødker & Kim Halskov
Program co-chairs: Olav Bertelsen & Morten Kyng
Deadline: June 12 (short papers, critical demonstrations, doctoral colloquium).
Notification to applicants: July 1.
Final version: August 10.
For further information and updates: http://www.aarhus2005.org.
For further information about the doctoral
colloquium contact Peter Carstensen at
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