International Conference on

Conference Theme:
Cultural Collisions and Creative Interferences in the Global Village

12-15 July 2000, Perth, Australia

Computer-mediated communication networks, such as the Internet and the
World Wide Web, promise to realise the utopian vision of an electronic
global village. But efforts to diffuse CMC technologies globally, especially
in Asia and among indigenous peoples in Africa, Australia and the United
States, have demonstrated that CMC technologies are neither culturally
neutral nor communicatively transparent. Rather, diverse cultural attitudes
towards technology and communication - those embedded in current CMC
technologies, and those shaping the beliefs and behaviours of potential
users - often collide.

This biennial conference series aims to provide an international forum for
the presentation and discussion of cutting-edge research on how diverse
cultural attitudes shape the implementation and use of information and
communication technologies. The first conference in the series was held in
London in 1998. For an overview of the themes and presentations of
CATaC'98 and links to the papers, see

Original full papers (especially those which connect theoretical frameworks
with specific examples of cultural values, practices, etc.) and short papers
(e.g. describing current research projects and preliminary results) are
invited. Papers should articulate the connections between specific cultural
values as well as current and/or possible future communicative practices
involving information and communication technologies. We seek papers which,
taken together, will help readers, researchers, and practitioners of
computer-mediated communication - especially in the service of "electronic
democracy" - better understand the role of diverse cultural attitudes as
hindering and/or furthering the implementation of global computer
communications systems.

Topics of particular interested include but are not limited to:

- Communicative attitudes and practices in diverse industrialised countries.
- Communicative attitudes and practices in industrialising countries and
marginalised communities.
- Impact of new communication technologies on local and indigenous languages
and cultures.
- Politics of the electronic global village in democratising or preserving
- East/West cultural attitudes and communicative practices.
- Role of gender in cultural expectations regarding appropriate
communicative behaviours.
- Ethical issues related to new technologies, and their impact on culture
and communication behaviours.
- Legal implications of communication and technology.


All submissions will be peer reviewed by an international panel of scholars
and researchers. There will be the opportunity for selected papers to appear
in special issues of journals and a book. CATaC'98 papers, for example,
appeared in the Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de
Communication (Vol.8, Nos.3-4, 1998) and will appear in the AI and Society
Journal and Javnost (Journal of the European Institute for Communication and

Initial submissions are to be emailed to [log in to unmask] as an
attachment (Word, HTML, PDF). Submission of a paper implies that it has not
been submitted or published elsewhere. At least one author of each accepted
paper is expected to present the paper at the conference.

Important Dates:
* Full papers 14 February 2000
* Short papers 28 February 2000
* Notification of acceptance 27 March 2000
* Final formatted papers 17 April 2000


Highlights of the conference program include:
- discussion forums following technical sessions to focus on research
  and progress
- public lecture
- public panels with panelists drawn from conference participants
- reception in an art gallery featuring a didgeridoo player
- conference dinner at a winery
- pre-conference tour and post-conference safari
For more information, see the conference web site.


Funding is being sought by the Committee to partially subsidise travel
expenses for students and scholars from developing countries. Please contact
the Co-Chairs if you wish to apply for a subsidy in the event that funds are


The venue is the Tradewinds Hotel, Fremantle, Western
Australia, located on the Swan River. Fremantle, an atmospheric port of
convict-constructed buildings and great pubs, is approximately 20km
west of Perth. Perth was founded in 1829 and is the sunniest capital in
Australia, and is the most isolated capital in the world. It has a
climate, with warm to hot summers and cool winters. The average winter
maximum temperature (June-August) is 20C (~70F).

   Charles Ess, Drury College, USA, [log in to unmask]
   Fay Sudweeks, Murdoch University, Australia, [log in to unmask]
Krishna Sen, Murdoch University, Australia
Andrew Turk, Murdoch University, Australia
   Moira Dawe, Murdoch University, [log in to unmask]
   Matthew Allen, Curtin University of Technology
   Steve Benson, Edith Cowan University
   John Gammack, Murdoch University
   Fiona MacMillan, Murdoch University
   Richard Thomas, University of Western Australia
   Kathryn Trees, Murdoch University
   Tom Addison, Witwatersrand University, South Africa
   Phil Agre, University of California San Diego, USA
   Peng Hwa Ang, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore
   Michael Dahan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
   Donald Day, Towson University, USA
   Ken Friedman, Norwegian School of Management, Norway
   Pat Hall, Open University, UK
   Lorna Heaton, University of New Mexico, USA
   Soraj Hongladarom, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
   Herbert Hrachovec, University of Vienna, Austria
   Lawrie Hunter, Kochi University of Technology, Japan
   Steve Jones, University of Illinois Chicago, USA
   Willard McCarty, Kings College London, UK
   Lucienne Rey, Swiss Office of Technology Assessment, Switzerland
   Cyd Strickland, The Fielding Institute, USA
   Diane Witmer, University of California Fullerton, USA

Fay Sudweeks
Senior Lecturer in Information Systems
School of Information Technology
Murdoch University WA 6150 Australia
+61-8-9360-2364 (o) +61-8-9360-2941 (f)
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