CfP CATaC’12: Beyond the digital/cultural divide: in/visibility and new media

Charles Ess informa através da lista da Air-L que o prazo para o envio de trabalhos da CATaC’12: Beyond the digital/cultural divide: in/visibility and new media foi ampliado para o dia 31 de Março com notificação dos aceites para o dia 20 de Abril de 2012. O evento acontecerá de 18 a 20 de Junho em Aarhus, Dinamarca. Abaixo o aviso sobre a expansão do deadline e detalhes sobre a chamada.

CATaC (Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication)

CFP for CATaC’12: Beyond the digital/cultural divide: in/visibility and new media (June 18-20, 2012, Aarhus, Denmark).

Dear Colleagues,
In response to continuing requests, we are extending the submission deadline for CATaC’12 to March 31, 2012, with final notification of acceptance by April 5, 2012.  Deadline for earlybird registration, as noted below, is April 20, 2012.

We continue to solicit either full papers (10-15 formatted pages), short papers (3-5 formatted pages), and/or panel proposals. To submit a paper and/or panel proposal, please find your way to, click on the Submissions tab, and then find the red-lettered “Click here to submit your papers and panel proposals” which will take you to the submission site.

Our 2012 conference, as the title suggests, begins with the recognition that the ongoing issues and challenges clustering around digital divides – often involving mutually reinforcing cultural divides – extends beyond classic and stubborn problems of access to new media and communication technologies.

For example, matters of representation come into play, issuing in a cluster of questions:

  • Whose images and words are seen/presented/promoted and whose aren’t? And why?
  • If activists are using new media to represent realities of, say, oppressed indigenous people in a given country, is this better than no visibility at all, even if the people in question do not have access or skills to present themselves as subjects?

In particular:

  • Local and indigenous HCI/ID is about making visible the semiotic scripts and political processes of meaning construction that shape the process of technology design and knowledge representation from a sociotechnical perspective. Making visible these scripts enables the assessment of the value of these tools and frameworks from indigenous and/or local perspectives. Key concerns here are (1) to examine the meaning and validity of democratic values that drive participatory design as a discipline, and (2) to question ‘exported’ representations of what constitutes good usability and user experience.


  • How do new practices of cloaking messages in otherwise public or semi-public media; for example, the strategies of online steganography work to create intentional invisibility in otherwise visible spaces? Are there important culturally-variable elements in these practices that, when brought to the foreground, help illuminate and clarify them in new ways?


  • What are the role(s) of (culturally) diverse understandings and representations of gender in structuring the frameworks and practices of design and implementation. How do these roles foster the visibility of some vis-à-vis the invisibility of “others” (in Levinas’ sense, in particular)?

Additional submissions are encouraged that address further conference points of emphasis:

  • Theoretical and practical approaches to analyzing “culture”
  • New layers of imaging and texting interactions fostering and/or threatening cultural diversity
  • Impact of mobile technologies on privacy and surveillance
  • Gender, sexuality and identity issues in social networks
  • Cultural diversity in e-learning and/or m-learning
  • Culturally-variable approaches to online identity management/creation, privacy, trust Copyright and intellectual property rights – recent developments, culturally-variable future directions?
  • Culturally-variable responses to commodification in online environments

Both short (3-5 pages) and long (10-15 pages) original papers are sought for presentation. Panel proposals addressing a specific theme or topic are also encouraged.
On behalf of the organizing committee,
Charles Ess (Media Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark), Chair
Fay Sudweeks (Professor Emerita, Murdoch University, Australia), honorary
Herbert Hrachovec (University of Vienna, Austria)
Leah Macfadyen (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Jose Abdelnour Nocera (University of West London, UK)
Kenneth Reeder (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Ylva Hård af Segerstad (Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Michele M. Strano (Bridgewater College, Virginia, USA)
Andra Siibak (University of Tartu, Estonia)
Maja van der Velden (University of Oslo)


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