21.392 cfp: ICTs Bridging Cultures? Theories, Obstacles, Best Practices

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2007 08:32:50 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 392.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2007 07:44:17 +0000
         From: Charles Ess <charles.ess_at_gmail.com>
         Subject: 2nd CFP: CATaC'08

Dear Humanists -
please distribute to pertinent colleagues, students, lists - with apologies
for cross-postings -


ICTs Bridging Cultures? Theories, Obstacles, Best Practices
6th International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and
Communication (CATaC08)

24-27 June 2008
Universite de Nīmes, France
Conference languages: English and French

The biennial CATaC conference series - 10 years old in 2008! - provides a
premier international forum for current research on how diverse cultural
elements shape the implementation and use of information and communication
technologies (ICTs). The conference series brings together scholars from
around the globe who provide diverse cultural and disciplinary perspectives
in their presentations and discussions of the conference theme and topics
(listed below).

Nīmes, inhabited by Celts since the 4th ct. B.C.E., became a Gallo-Roman
city in 18 BCE, and is home to some of the best-preserved examples of Roman
engineering and architecture. The Pont de Gard, an aquaduct bridge across
the Gard river, serves as our primary metaphor for CATaC 2008: ICTs as
technologies bridging cultures. Our venue in multi-cultural Nīmes further
provides us with a number of cultural experiences and pleasures unique to
the South of France. Finally, CATaC 2008 emphasizes francophone
participation in a number of ways, including, translation provided for
abstracts in French and English, and for questions and answers following

Original full papers (especially those which connect theoretical frameworks
with specific examples of cultural values, practices, etc.) and short papers
(e.g. describing current research projects and preliminary results) are

TOPICS include but are not limited to:
- Language as a core issue in cultural diversity with IT: are languages
shaping a new IT world?
- CMC as fostering and/or threatening cultural diversity
- Theoretical and practical approaches to analyzing "culture" and its impact
on the use and implementation of ICTs
- ICTs in the francophone world, including: influences of francophone usages
globally and cross-cultural comparisons
- Beyond glocalization and homogenization: new mixtures of identities and
cultures as facilitated by ICTs
- Empowerment and CMC, including issues of gender, languages and power
(economic, political, social)
- Values, ethics, justice, and ICTS
- Cultural and linguistic diversity and e-learning

All submissions will be peer reviewed by an international panel of scholars
and researchers. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings.
Submission of a paper implies that it has not been submitted or published
elsewhere. At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to present
the paper at the conference.

- Full papers (maximum 15 formatted pages) - 14 January 2008
- Short and panel papers (3-5 formatted pages) - 21 January 2008
- Notification of acceptance - mid February 2008
- Final formatted papers - 28 February 2008

The review process will be handled electronically through a review system,
linked to the conference website. Papers may be submitted in either French
or English. We strongly encourage submissions to include abstracts both in
French and English, since accepted papers will be published in the
Proceedings with abstracts in both languages. We will translate abstracts if
necessary. Accepted papers must be formatted according to the conference
proceedings template (download from www.catacconference.org).

The keynote speakers are Marie-Franēoise Narcy-Combes, University of Nantes,
and Jean-Paul Narcy-Combes, University of Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle. Their
topic is "Local Eyes for Global Vision: Can human intelligence and
technology help?"

The program includes a number of panels:
- Culture and psychology (Chair: Professor Alexander Voiskounsky, Moscow
State University, Russia)
- Beyond Hall, Hofstede, and 'Culture' (Chairs: Connie Kampf, University of
Aarhus, Denmark and Jose Abdelnour-Nocera, Thames Valley University, UK)
(Additional panel proposals will be considered.)

Accommodation details are on the conference website. Be aware that Nīmes is
a very popular vacation destination in June and July so accommodation will
need to be booked as early as possible.

Universite de Nīmes
Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maītres de Montpellier
Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Bčziers

   Charles Ess, Drury University, USA, catac_at_it.murdoch.edu.au
   Fay Sudweeks, Murdoch University, Australia, catac_at_it.murdoch.edu.au

   Marie-Christine Deyrich, IUFM de Montpellier,
   France, marie-christine.deyrich_at_montpellier.iufm.fr

   Herbert Hrachovec, University of Vienna, Austria
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