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 11, 2017

CFP: Digital interlocutors: Theory and practice of interactions between human and machines

Call for Papers: Digital interlocutors: Theory and practice of interactions between human and machines
Computers in Human Behavior

Robots and other machine communicators are emerging in all aspects of everyday life. They are increasingly performing social and workplace roles such as teachers, caregivers, surveillance, decision-makers and personal companionship. They have the ability to improve quality of human life through assistance, enabling, for instance, independent living or providing support in work-intensive, difficult and possibly complex situations. They also can be used as educators and motivators.

This special section of Computers in Human Behavior aims to examine the role of communication in human-robot interaction or social robotics. Specifically conceptualized as examining communication between people and digital interlocutors: theory and practice of interactions with digital interlocutors in the form of artificial conversation entities, artificially intelligent software agents, embodied machine communicators (robots) and technologically augmented persons (cyborgs, wearables, enhancements, etc.) with the goal of increasing understanding of the personal, relational, and social implications of communication between humans and machines and the impact of communication on the degree of personalized interaction. The section will also consider how social robots converge and diverge from accepted communicative and behavioral practices. Preference will be given to submissions that focus on communication or education, but any communicative or social aspect of human-robot interaction will be considered. Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies are encouraged.

  • Manuscripts examining the following areas will be welcome
  • communicative practices between humans and digital interlocutors
  • the integration of artificial entities into private and professional spaces
  • the incorporation of AI into education and other industries
  • cultural discourse surrounding digital and robotic interlocutors
  • relationship dynamics between humans and machines
  • reinterpretations and representations of humans as digital entities

Before paper submission opens, potential contributors should send the guest editor a title, abstract, short synopsis of the contribution as well as a short CV or Google scholar profile.

Paper Submission opens September 1, 2017
Paper Submission due by October 1, 2017
Decision and Feedback after review December 2017
Final Submission February 2018
Anticipated Publication late spring 2018
The final paper should be in accordance with the Journal’s Guide for Authors.

Guest editor
Patric Spence, School of Information Science, University of Kentucky,