CFP: The Interaction Society: Practice, Theories, and Supportive Technologies (4/15/03; collection)

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Mikael Wiberg

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Call for Chapters: The Interaction Society: Practice, Theories, and
Supportive Technologies, Idea Group, Inc. Editor: Mikael Wiberg
(Submission Deadline: Proposal due 15 April 2003, Full Manuscript Due:
July 31, 2003)

The Interaction Society: Practice, Theories, and Supportive

Edited by: Mikael Wiberg, PhD, Department of Informatics, Umea
University (Sweden)


Background - emerging issues in the Interaction Society

Recently it has been argued that there is a need for computer science, and
related fields of research, to shift its focus from user tasks, their
requirements, applications or computing, to issues concerning interaction,
mutual awareness, and ubiquity. Overall, it is a shift from the
Information society, with its focus on information, storage and processing
of data, and transactions, to the Interaction society, with related issues
including e.g. work as ongoing and fluid networks of connections,
interaction overload, interaction management, contact management, seamless
session management, and time management. This general shift has also
highlighted the need to acknowledge issues such as individual attention
management in relation to the fluidity of work in group collaboration, and

Along with the focus on interaction and its related issues several
empirical studies have been conducted with a focus on the characteristics
of informal, lightweight, and opportunistic interaction and its
implications for design of technology to support interaction. Together
with the issue of interaction there is also the issue of interruptions and
inappropriate times for interaction. Recent empirical work place studies
have shown that people spend a lot of their time in settings where their
ability to respond to incoming interaction requests are very limited.


The overall objective of this proposed book is to provide its audience
with a rich overview of the emerging interaction society enabled by new
information and communication technologies (ICT) such as mobile phones,
PDAs, and pagers, and applications such as: email and chat clients,
instant messaging systems, video conferencing systems and different kinds
of alert- and notification systems. The overall objective is thus to
address the issues highlighted in the background description for this
book, together with in depth analyses of emerging trends, opportunities,
and problems related to the interaction society.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Empirical studies - of the fluidity of work and work in the interaction
society. Here, ethnographic studies, naturalistic studies, and experiments
with interaction technologies and its use in both work contexts and during
leisure times are invited.

Theories, frameworks, and models - concerning the interaction society and
the fluidity of work. Here, theories, frameworks and models that aim at
describe and analyze how these new technologies challenges our assumptions
made about human-computer interaction, and human communication in general
are specially invited.

Novel interaction technologies - for the fluidity of work. Here, Research
efforts made to realize novel applications and gadgets designed to support
all various kinds of interaction are especially invited. Also, overviews
and categorizations of different types of interaction supports are

Obstacles - for enabling fluid and instant collaboration in the
interaction society. Here, critical reviews and evaluations of various
interaction technologies and how these technologies supports individual,
collaborative work, and organizational work are invited.


General information:

If you are interested in contributing a chapter for this forthcoming book,
please forward a proposal of 2-4 pages on your topic before April 15,

Authors of accepted proposals would be asked to submit their full
manuscript by July 31, 2003. Final chapters should be between 25-30
double-spaced pages formatted according to the guidelines provided upon
acceptance. The bibliographic references should follow APA style. An
abstract of 100-150 words should also be included.

The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group, Inc., publisher of
the "Idea Group Publishing," "Information Science Publishing," and "IRM
Press" imprints in 2004.

Important Dates:

* Proposal Due: April 15, 2003
* Full Manuscript Due: July 31, 2003
* Revised Manuscript Due: October 31, 2003

Please send all inquiries and submissions (preferably through e-mail as
Word files) to:

Dr. Mikael Wiberg
Department of Informatics
Umea University
901 87 Umea

Tel: +46 (0)90 786 61 15

--___________________________________________Mikael Wiberg, Ph.D. Assistant ProfessorInteraction Theory Lab (ITL)Department of InformaticsUmeå University901 87 UmeåSwedenPhone: +46 (0)90 - 786 61 15email: mikael.wiberg_at_informatik.umu.se =============================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Erika Lin: ===============================================Received on Wed Mar 12 2003 - 01:21:38 EST