[URBANTH-L]CFP: Settings for Collaboration: The Role of Place

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Fri Nov 11 16:37:01 EST 2005


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**1st Call for Papers**

Computer-Supported Cooperative Work Journal Special Issue
"Settings for Collaboration: The Role of Place"

Co-edited by Luigina Ciolfi, Geraldine Fitzpatrick and Liam Bannon

Existing Recent work in HCI, CSCW and -more recently- interaction design has
begun to critically examine the concept of place, its meaning and the
implications for design. Early work by Erickson (1993) and Harrison and
(1996) suggested that place, is a more appropriate concept rather
than space is the notion that for providing an appropriate suitable
for understanding people's interaction with their physical environment.
More recently, a consideration of place has been introduced in studies of
particular domains such as geographical technologies, collaborative systems
and interactive environments. In particular, increasing
attention is being paid to the notion of place as a useful conceptual tool
when studying people's interaction with ubiquitous computing environments,
whereby computational power augments and enhances existing features of
actual physical environments.
Place provides a frame for understanding how people relate to complex
environments that include technology, physical and material resources and
other inhabitants.
A debate is emerging regarding different conceptual definitions of place and
on their implications if introduced within the HCI, CSCW and interaction
design areas, particularly in terms of methodological approaches.
The meaning and implications of these different notions needs to be
discussed and analysed, and especially when the notion of place is applied
to understanding social and collaborative activities in a number of locales,
from work environments, to public spaces,. This is even more so as new forms
of collaboration are enabled through ubiquitous computing environments.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

conceptual frameworks for understanding place
methodological approaches for studying interaction and communication in
case studies describing the design and evaluation of spatially distributed
and mobile technologies
case studies of human experience of place mediated by technologies

Deadline for submissions: 31st January 2006
Notification of Acceptance: 15th April 2006

Submission of manuscripts (between 5000 and 10000 words, a figure equals 250
words) are invited. At this stage no specific format is required, however
you are invited to follow the layout guidelines given at

Please **email** your submission (in MS Word or Acrobat PDF format) to
luigina.ciolfi at ul.ie

REVIEW BOARD (more reviewers to be confirmed)

Liam Bannon, University of Limerick (Ireland)
Matthew Chalmers, University of Glasgow (UK)
Luigina Ciolfi, University of Limerick (Ireland)
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, University of Sussex (UK)
Eva Hornecker, University of Sussex (UK)
Leysia Palen, University of Colorado (USA)
Mark Perry, Brunel University (UK)

Luigina Ciolfi, University of Limerick (Ireland)
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, University of Sussex (UK)
Liam Bannon, University of Limerick (Ireland)

Please contact luigina.ciolfi at ul.ie if you have any queries

Dr. Luigina Ciolfi
Interaction Design Centre
Engineering Research Building, ER1 005
University of Limerick, Ireland
Tel. [+353] 061 213530
Fax. [+353] 061 213484
Web: http://richie.idc.ul.ie/luigina/

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