[URBANTH-L]CFP: Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (and the role of place/environment)

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Wed Jan 25 14:21:41 EST 2006

**Final 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

Deadline for submissions: 28th February 2006
Notification of Acceptance: 15th May 2006

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
Dourish (1996) suggested that place, is a more appropriate concept rather
than space is the notion that for providing an appropriate suitable
framework for understanding people's interaction with their physical
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 especially 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: 28th February 2006
Notification of Acceptance: 15th May 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

Liam Bannon, University of Limerick (Ireland)
Barry Brown, University of Glasgow (UK)
Matthew Chalmers, University of Glasgow (UK)
Luigina Ciolfi, University of Limerick (Ireland)
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, University of Sussex (UK)
Anne Galloway, Carleton University (Canada)
Elisa Giaccardi, University of Colorado (USA)
Jesper Kjeldskov, University of Aalborg (Denmark)
Eva Hornecker, University of Sussex (UK)
John McCarthy, University College Cork (Ireland)
Leysia Palen, University of Colorado (USA)
Mark Perry, Brunel University (UK)
Dan Shapiro, University of Lancaster (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
Skype: luigina.ciolfi
Web: http://richie.idc.ul.ie/luigina/

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