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Louise Barkhuus <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 14:37:33 +0000
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Special issue of JCSCW on Leisure Technologies

Editors: Louise Barkhuus and Barry Brown, University of Glasgow

Call for papers
(deadline March 17th 2006)

While computers are a established part of leisure activity, research 
into leisure technology has remained an undercurrent in CSCW  research. 
In this call we invite authors to submit papers to the CSCW  journal 
that study the enjoyable aspects of collaboration and  technology.

Following work on domestic settings [Taylor et al., 2005], blogging 
[Nardi et al., 2004], gaming [Ducheneaut and Moore, 2004] and music 
listening [Ohara and Brown, 2005], there is a growing body of  research 
that engages with the details of leisure practice.  This  work increases 
our  understandings of the diversity of practices that  make up leisure. 
  Leisure cannot be defined in simple contrast with  work – leisure 
often takes place as part of work, and many leisure  activities can seem 
very work like, not to mention for those who work  in the leisure 

We call for research that takes these observations further, engaging 
with leisure as a new domain for technology research. In particular,  we 
invite contributions that discuss the design of new leisure 
technologies, systems that support a broader range of activity than 
currently concieved– the sociable, emotional and playful aspects of  our 
lives.  We also call for conceptual contributions that deepen our 
understanding of how technologies can support or hinder existing 
leisure practices, such as sport and social relationships.  The 
deadline for paper submissions is March 17th 2006, and submissions 
should be sent to [log in to unmask]  Submissions will be  reviewed 
and authors notified before the end of June 2006.

Topics include but are not limited to:
•    New innovative games, e.g. mobile or interactive
•    Mobile communication for social purposes, e.g. picture exchanging
•    Home entertainment technologies
•    Social and sociable implications of leisure technologies
•    Tourist technologies such as interactive tourist guides, museum 
visiting systems
•    Fitness/health technologies

See also call for participation at:

Review Committee:

Matthew Chalmers, University of Glasgow
Mark Perry, Brunel University
Mark Stringer, University of Sussex
Alex Taylor, Microsoft, Cambridge
Keith Edwards, Georgia Institute of Technology
Lars Erik Holmquist, Victoria Institute, Gothenburg
Elizabeth Churchill, PARC
Oscar Juhlin, Interactive Institute, Stockholm
Nicolas Ducheneaut, PARC,
Dirk von Lehm, Kings College London
Kenton O'Hara, HP laps, Bristol

Ducheneaut, N. and Moore, R. J. The Social Side of Gaming: A Study of 
Interaction Patterns in a Massively Multiplayer Online Game. In 
Proceedings of CSCW 2004. pp. 360-369. Chicago, IL, USA. ACM Press,  2004.

Nardi, B., Schiano, D. and Gumbrecht, M. Blogging as Social Activity, 
or, Would You Let 900 Million People Read Your Diary?. In Proceedings 
of CSCW 2004. pp. 222-231. Chicago, IL, USA. ACM Press, 2004.

O'Hara, K. and Brown, B. (eds.). Consuming music together: social and 
collaborative aspects of music consumption technologies. Springer, 2005.

Taylor, A. and Swan, L., Artful systems in the home. In Proceedings  of 
CHI 2005. pp.641-650 ACM Press, 2005.

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