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International Conference on
CULTURAL ATTITUDES TOWARDS TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION (CATaC'04)
27 June - 1 July 2004, Karlstad, Sweden

Conference theme:
Off the shelf or from the ground up?
ICTs and cultural marginalization, homogenization or hybridization

Website: www.it.murdoch.edu.au/catac/

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This biennial CATaC conference series provides a continuously expanding
international forum for the presentation and discussion of current research
on how diverse cultural attitudes shape the implementation and use of
information and communication technologies (ICTs).

PROGRAM
An exciting program has been arranged, including presenters from Australia,
Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Japan,
Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore,
South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, UK and USA.
See the conference website for paper details. Ample time is allowed for open
discussions at the end of each session. The conference concludes with a
workshop the provides initial synthesis and future directions for research
and publication.

PANELS
CATaC'04 also features two particular foci, each chaired by a distinguished
colleague who has guided development of the panels.

PANEL 1: The Multilingual Internet
Panel Chairs: Susan Herring and Brenda Danet
This panel focuses on how the Internet impacts language choice and
linguistic practices in traditionally non-English speaking cultural
contexts.

PANEL 2: Utopian Dreams vs. Real-World Conditions: Under what conditions can
ICTs really help worse off communities?
Panel Chair: Michel Menou
This panel focuses on how far ICTs can succeed in supporting
culturally-appropriate development, and what appropriate answers to
real-world conditions are required in order for our best efforts to realize
the liberatory potentials of these technologies not be broken down.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Nina Wakeford, University of Surrey, UK

ACCOMMODATION
Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel, Ibis
Hotel and Savoy Hotel.

CONFERENCE DINNER
The conference dinner will be held on Tuesday 29 June, in the restaurant at
Rottneros Park (www.rottnerospark.se). The Park is one of the most beautiful
flower and sculpture parks in Scandinavia. Rottneros Park is approximately a
1.5 hour drive from Karlstad.

REGISTRATION
Until 16 April, the conference registration fee is USD375 with further
discounts for authors (one author discount fee per paper), reviewers, and
full-time students. After 16 April, each fee type will increase by USD50.
The registration fee includes technical sessions, panels, workshop,
conference dinner and transport, reception, proceedings, lunches, morning
and afternoon coffees.

See the registration form on the conference website for more information and
REGISTER NOW.

CONTACTS

Charles Ess
Drury University
Tel: 417-873-7230; Fax: 417-873-7435
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Fay Sudweeks
Murdoch University
Tel: 61-8-9360-2364; Fax: 61-8-9360-2941
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