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  • Robin Hamman
    From: catac@wirth.murdoch.edu.au CALL FOR PAPERS Fourth International Conference on CULTURAL ATTITUDES TOWARDS TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION (CATaC 04) 27
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 1, 2003
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      Fourth International Conference on
      27 June-1 July 2004
      Karlstad University, Sweden

      Conference theme:
      Off the shelf or from the ground up?
      ICTs and cultural marginalization, homogenization or hybridization

      The biennial CATaC conference series provides a continuously expanding
      international forum for the presentation and discussion of current research on
      how diverse cultural attitudes shape the implementation and use of information
      and communication technologies (ICTs). The conference series brings together
      scholars from around the globe who provide diverse perspectives, both in terms
      of the specific culture(s) they highlight in their presentations and
      discussions, and in terms of the discipline(s) through which they approach the
      conference theme. The first conference in the series was held in London in
      1998, the second in Perth in 2000, and the third in Montreal in 2002.

      Beginning with our first conference in 1998, the CATaC conferences
      have highlighted theoretical and praxis-oriented scholarship and research
      from all parts of the globe, including Asia, Africa, and the Middle-East. The
      conferences focus especially on people and communities at the developing edges
      of ICT diffusion, including indigenous peoples and those outside the
      English-speaking world.

      Understanding the role of culture in how far minority and/or indigenous cultural
      groups may succeed - or fail - in taking up ICTs designed for a majority
      culture is obviously crucial to the moral and political imperative of designing
      ICTs in ways that will not simply reinforce such groups' marginalization. What
      is the role of culture in the development of ICTs "from the ground up" -
      beginning with the local culture and conditions - rather than assuming dominant
      "off the shelf" technologies are appropriate? Are the empowering potentials of
      ICTs successfully exploited among minority and indigenous groups, and/or do
      they rather engender cultural marginalization, cultural homogenization or
      cultural hybridization?

      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 invited.

      Topics of particular interest include but are not limited to:

      - Culture: theory and praxis
      - Culture and economy
      - Alternative models for ICT diffusion
      - Role of governments and activists in culture, technology and communication
      - ICTs and cultural hybridity
      - ICTs and intercultural communication
      - Culture, communication and e-learning

      Our conference themes provide a range of approaches to the questions raised.

      Nina Wakeford, Foundation Fund Lecturer in Sociology and Social Methodology. For
      her DPhil at Nuffield College, Oxford, Dr Wakeford studied the experiences of
      mature students using a sociological conception of risk. Before coming to the
      University of Surrey in September of 1998, she spent three years studying
      "Women's Experiences of Virtual Communities", funded by an ESRC Post-Doctoral
      grant. The last two years of this Fellowship she conducted fieldwork in and
      around Silicon Valley while based at the University of California, Berkeley.

      CATaCÂ’04 will also feature two particular foci, each chaired by a distinguished
      colleague who will oversee paper review and development of the final panels.

      PANEL 1: The Multilingual Internet
      Panel Chairs: Susan Herring and Brenda Danet
      Expanding on their collective work, including a special issue of the Journal of
      Computer-Mediated Communication (Vol. 9 (1), November, 2003 - see
      http://www.ascusc.org/jcmc/), this thread invites papers with
      a specific focus on how the Internet impacts language choice and
      linguistic practices in traditionally non-English speaking cultural
      contexts. Of particular interest are situations that respond in
      various ways to the tension between global English dominance and
      local linguistic diversity, e.g., through use of English as an
      online lingua franca, the "localization" of global or regional
      linguistic influences, translation or code-switching between
      different languages, and strategic uses of the Internet to
      maintain and invigorate minority languages.
      Susan Herring is Professor of Information Science and Linguistics,
      Indiana University Bloomington
      Brenda Danet is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Communication at the Hebrew
      University of Jerusalem

      PANEL 2: Utopian Dreams vs. Real-World Conditions: Under what conditions can
      ICTs really help worse off communities?
      Panel Chair: Michel Minou.
      CATaC'04 will likely feature some examples of "best practices" in using ICTs to
      aid culturally-appropriate development, especially as pursued through
      governmental or NGOs' projects, community informatics endeavours, etc. At the
      same time, however, real-world politics and realities - e.g., violent
      oppression, political corruption, gender and ethnic discrimination, abuse of
      dominant economic position, structural disasters, worst practices of all kinds
      and origins, etc. - can shatter the best-laid plans for using ICTs to
      supposedly help especially the poorest of the poor. How far can ICTs succeed in
      supporting culturally-appropriate development - and what appropriate answers to
      real-world conditions are required in order for our best efforts to realize the
      liberatory potentials of these technologies not be broken down?
      Michel Menou, has worked on the development of national information policies and
      systems in many countries of the Southern hemisphere since 1966. Since 1992 his
      work focused on the impact of information and ICT in development. He is a
      member of the Community Informatics Research Network and of the network of
      Telecentres of Latin America and Caribbean.


      All submissions will be peer reviewed by an international panel of
      scholars and researchers and accepted papers will appear in the conference

      Initial submissions are to be uploaded to the CATaC website according to the
      paper guidelines (available at the conference website). 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

      There will be the opportunity for selected papers from this 2004 conference to
      appear in special issues of journals and a book. Papers in previous conferences
      have appeared in journals (Journal of Computer Mediated Communication,
      Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de Communication, AI
      and Society, Javnost- The Public, and New Media and Society) and a book
      (Culture, Technology, Communication: towards an Intercultural Global Village,
      2001, edited by Charles Ess with Fay Sudweeks, SUNY Press, New York). You may
      purchase the conference proceedings from the 2002 conference from

      Important Dates

      Full papers (10-20 pages): 12 January 2004
      Short papers (3-5 pages): 26 January 2004
      Notification of acceptance: end February 2004
      Final formatted papers: 29 March 2004

      Charles Ess, Drury University, USA, catac@...
      Fay Sudweeks, Murdoch University, Australia, catac@...
      Malin Sveningsson, Karlstad University, Sweden, malin.sveningsson@...

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    • Robin Hamman
      ... Fifth International Conference on CULTURAL ATTITUDES TOWARDS TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION (CATaC 06) 28 June - 1 July 2006, Tartu, Estonia Website:
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 24, 2006
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        Fifth International Conference on
        28 June - 1 July 2006, Tartu, Estonia
        Website: www.catacconference.org

        Conference theme:
        Neither global village nor homogenizing commodification:
        Diverse cultural, ethnic, gender and economic environments

        The biennial CATaC conference series provides a continuously expanding
        international forum for the presentation and discussion of current research on
        how diverse cultural attitudes shape the implementation and use of information
        and communication technologies (ICTs). This fifth conference is hosted by Tartu
        University in Tartu, Estonia. Tartu, known as the "city of good thoughts", is
        situated 180km south of the country's capital, Tallinn.

        Presenters from 20 countries will provide a rich and exciting Program. Examples
        of plenaries and special sessions include: cultural diversity, technology and
        information transfer, culture and online education, youth and mobile
        technologies, and issues in indigenous and minority languages, gender and
        identity, and ethics and justice. The conference includes multiple
        opportunities for discussions that will provide initial syntheses and future
        directions for research and publication.

        Dr Marju Lauristin, Professor of Social Communication, University of Tartu,
        Estonia. Dr. Lauristin has more than 70 academic publications. Her most recent
        publications include Baltic Media in Transition and The Challenge of the
        Russian Minority: Emerging Multicultural Democracy in Estonia. Dr Lauristin has
        served as a member of the Estonian Parliament from 1990-1995 and again
        1999-2003. During this time, she also served as the Minister of Social Affairs
        of Estonia from 1992-1994.

        The conference dinner will be held on Thursday 29 June at the Atlantis
        Restaurant overlooking the Emajogi River. The dinner is preceded by a one-hour
        cruise on the river.

        The discounted conference registration fee, until 21 April, is USD350 (or USD270
        for full-time students). The registration fee includes technical sessions,
        proceedings, shuttle bus between Tallinn and Tartu, reception, lunches, morning
        and afternoon coffees, boat cruise, conference dinner and closing cocktails.

        See the registration form on the conference website for more information and


        Professor Charles Ess
        Drury University, USA
        Tel: 1-417-873-7230; Fax: 1-417-873-7435

        Dr Fay Sudweeks
        Murdoch University, Australia
        Tel: 61-8-9360-2364; Fax: 61-8-9360-2941

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