Society for the Social Study of Mobile Communications

The Society for the Social Study of Mobile Communication (SSSMC) is intended to facilitate the international advancement of cross-disciplinary mobile communication studies. It is intended to serve as a resource and to support a network of scholarly research as to the social consequences of mobile communication.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

CFP: CaTaC'14: Culture, Technology, Communication: Celebration, Transformation, New Directions

Venue: Department of Informatics, Ole-Johan Dahls hus, University of Oslo 
Dates: June 17-20, 2014 (Predoctoral PhD workshop: time and date TBA) 

Conference Co-organizers 
  • Charles Ess (Department of Media and Communication) 
  • Maja van der Velden (Department of Informatics) 

Organizing Committee 
  • 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.