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  • Robin Hamman
    I forwarded this from the cyberculture list, but it oringated on the OnlineRsch list. For more info, see http://people.a2000.nl/fschaap/maillist/index.html
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 25, 2000
      I forwarded this from the cyberculture list, but it oringated on the
      OnlineRsch list. For more info, see
      http://people.a2000.nl/fschaap/maillist/index.html and

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      > From: gad@... (Gad Haifa)
      > Date: 8-02-2000, 18:48:18
      >Subject: [OnlineRsch] CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
      >From: Gad Haifa <gad@...>
      > Part of the Digital Documents Track of the
      > Hawai'i International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS)
      > Maui, Hawai'i, January 3-6, 2001
      >What: Minitrack and Workshop on 'Persistent Conversation' (e.g.
      > email, MUDs, IRC, etc.)
      >Who: Designers and researchers from CMC, HCI, the social sciences,
      > the humanities, etc.
      >Dates: Abstract submission - April 1, 2000; Paper submission - June 15
      >Chairs: Thomas Erickson, IBM T.J. Watson Research Labs
      > Susan Herring, Program in Linguistics, University of Texas at
      > Arlington (susan@...)
      >This minitrack and workshop will bring designers and researchers
      >together to explore persistent conversation, the transposition of
      >ordinarily ephemeral conversation into the potentially persistent
      >digital medium. The phenomena of interest include human-to-human
      >interactions carried out using email, mailing lists, news groups,
      >bulletin board systems, textual and graphic MUDs, chat clients,
      >structured conversation systems, document annotation systems, etc.
      >Computer-mediated conversations blend characteristics of oral
      >conversation with those of written text: they may be synchronous or
      >asynchronous; their audience may be small or vast; they may be highly
      >structured or almost amorphous; etc. The persistence of such
      >conversations gives them the potential to be searched, browsed,
      >replayed, annotated, visualized, restructured, and recontextualized,
      >thus opening the door to a variety of new uses and practices.
      >The particular aim of the minitrack and workshop is to bring together
      >researchers who analyze existing computer-mediated conversational
      >practices and sites, with designers who propose, implement, or deploy
      >new types of conversational systems. By bringing together
      >participants from such diverse areas as anthropology,
      >computer-mediated communication, HCI, interaction design,
      >linguistics, psychology, rhetoric, sociology, and the like, we hope
      >that the work of each may inform the others, suggesting new
      >questions, methods, perspectives, and design approaches.
      >We are seeking papers that address one or both of the following two
      >general areas:
      >1. UNDERSTANDING PRACTICE. The burgeoning popularity of the internet
      >(and intranets) provides an opportunity to study and characterize new
      >forms of conversational practice. Questions of interest range from
      >how various features of conversations (e.g., turn-taking, topic
      >organization, expression of paralinguistic information) have adapted
      >in response to the digital medium, to new roles played by persistent
      >conversation in domains such as education, business, and
      >2. DESIGN. Digital systems do not support conversation well: it is
      >difficult to converse with grace, clarity, depth and coherence over
      >networks. But this need not remain the case. To this end, we welcome
      >analyses of existing systems as well as designs for new systems which
      >better support conversation. Also of interest are inquiries into how
      >participants design their own conversations within the digital medium
      >-- that is, how they make use of system features to create,
      >structure, and regulate their discourse.
      >Ideally, papers should also address the implications of their
      >analysis or design for one or more of the following areas:
      >a) ANALYTICAL TOOLS. The effort to understand practice can benefit
      >from an array of analytical tools and methods. Such tools may be
      >adapted from existing disciplinary practices, or they may be
      >innovated to analyze the unique properties of persistent
      >conversation. One goal of this minitrack is to gain a fuller
      >understanding of the kinds of insights offered by different
      >analytical approaches to persistent conversation.
      >b) SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS. Even as the persistence of digital
      >conversation suggests intriguing new applications, it also raises
      >troubling issues of privacy, authenticity, and authority. At the same
      >time, it has beneficial effects ranging from making a community's
      >discourse more accessible to non-native speakers, to laying the
      >foundations for mutual support and community in distributed groups.
      >Authors are encouraged to reflect on the social implications of their
      >observations, analyses, and designs.
      >c) HISTORICAL PARALLELS. From the constructed dialogs of Plato to
      >the epistolary exchanges of the eighteenth century literati,
      >persistent conversation is not without precedent. How might earlier
      >practices help us understand the new practices evolving in the
      >digital medium? How might they help us design new systems? What
      >perspectives do they offer on the social impacts (present and future)
      >of persistent conversation?
      >The minitrack will be preceded by a half-day workshop on Tuesday
      >morning. The workshop will provide a background for the sessions and
      >set the stage for a dialog between researchers and designers that
      >will continue during the minitrack. The minitrack co-chairs will
      >select in advance a publicly accessible CMC site, which each author
      >will be asked to analyze, critique, redesign, or otherwise examine
      >using their disciplinary tools and techniques before the workshop
      >convenes; the workshop will include presentations and discussions of
      >the participants' examinations of the site and its content.
      >April 1: ~300 word Abstracts due
      >April 15: Feedback on abstracts
      >June 15: Papers (up to 10 pages in length) due
      >Aug. 31: Paper accept/conditional accept/reject and
      > reviewer feedback
      >Sept. 30: Camera-ready copy due
      >Jan. 3-6, '01: Conference
      >* Submit an abstract of your proposed paper via email to Tom
      >Erickson and Susan Herring (snowfall@..., susan@...) on
      >or before April 1, 2000.
      >* By April 15th we'll send you feedback on the suitability of your
      >abstract, and paper submission instructions.
      >* On HICSS: http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/
      >* On the Workshop and Minitrack:
      >* For a look at papers from the first minitrack, see

      Robin Hamman, PhD Candidate at the Hypermedia Research Centre,
      University of Westminster, London.
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