Venue: Department of Informatics, Ole-Johan Dahls hus, University of Oslo
Dates: June 17-20, 2014 (Predoctoral PhD workshop: time and date TBA)
- Charles Ess (Department of Media and Communication)
- Maja van der Velden (Department of Informatics)
- José Abdelnour-Nocera (School of Computing and Technology, University of West London)
- Herbert Hrachovec (Philosophy Department, University of Vienna)
- Leah Macfadyen (Evaluation and Learning Analytics, University of British Columbia)
- Patrizia Schettino (Communication Studies, Università della Svizzera italiana)
- Ylva Hård af Segerstad (Department of Applied Information Technology at the University of Gothenburg/Chalmers)
- Andra Siibak (Media Studies, University of Tartu)
- Michele M. Strano, Program Chair (Communication Studies, Bridgewater College)
- Satomi Sugiyama (Communication and Media Studies, Franklin College Switzerland)
Our 1998 conference on “Culture, Technology, and Communication” (CATaC) was among the first devoted to the roles of culturally-variable norms, practices, and communicative preferences in the designs, implementations, and responses to (networked) information and communication technologies. The biennial CATaC series has generated a number of significant publications; the series has also been ranked by the Australian Research Council among the top 20% of conferences in terms of international impact and significance. Equally importantly: our critical but collegial conference culture provides a unique oasis for participants who shared often radically interdisciplinary interests.
As the Internet and then the World Wide Web have come to now connect over 2 billion people globally, the questions of culture and communication vis-à-vis (networked) ICTs have become increasingly mainstream and widely explored across the needed range of disciplines, conferences, and publication venues. At the same time, however, there is ongoing need for a conference venue that fosters new explorations at the intersections of culture, technology, and communication – as approached in ways that are:
- robustly interdisciplinary / cross-disciplinary;
- cordially but rigorously critical;
- inclusive of the philosophical, including the ethical and political dimensions of ICT design and diffusion;
- relational, bringing out the entanglements of culture, communication, and technology;
- and within a conference environment shaped by our hallmark hospitality and collegiality.
Accordingly, CaTaC’14 will
- celebrate the people and accomplishments of the past conference series, including the production of a Festschrift; and
- transform the conference series through development of
- new research, directions and approaches.
We invite both participation in the opening Doctoral Colloquium and paper and panel submissions that address the intersections between culture, technology, and communication with a focus on either Design/Production or Practice.