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"Olav W. Bertelsen" <[log in to unmask]>
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                    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.

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 
computing artefacts?

* 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 
human lives?

* 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:

For further information about the doctoral 
colloquium contact Peter Carstensen at 
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