CFP: Lost and Found in Virtual Reality: Women and Information Technology (9/30/04; edited book)

full name / name of organization: 
Heidi Strengell

The University Press of Lapland (Finland) will publish a book entitled Lost and Found in Virtual Reality: Women and Information Technology.

As many researchers struggle to give an account of our immersion in information and communication technology, which resonates with lived experience, there is an increasing turn to phenomenology as a way to get back to the actuality of these experiences. As Merleau-Ponty claims in his famous preface in Phenomenology of Perception: "Phenomenology is a study of essences ... But phenomenology is also a philosophy which puts essences back into existence, and does not except to arrive at an understanding of man and the world from any starting point other than of their 'facticity.'" It is with this challenge in mind that Lost and Found in Virtual reality: Women and Information Technology sees its task.

Contributors are sought for the above book (due for publication in spring 2005) which aims to analyse how women construct their identities and expertise when using information and communication technology. The monograph will aim to develop and explore not only phenomenological analysis and accounts but also a wide range of other approaches to the making of identity, such as cognition, constructivism, and consciousness studies, of phenomena such as (but not limited to):
    - Women, media, mediating and mediation
    - Women, collaboration and cooperation
    - Women, communicating and working
    - Women, information and communication
      technology use
    - Women and virtualisation of everyday life
    - Women, connecting and being connected
    - Women, ethics and mediation
    - Women, technology, learning and improvisation
    - Women, knowledge, knowing and action

Due date: September 30th, 2004

Format: 20 pages, double spaced, MLA style citations.

Additional information: 1) 200-word bio, 2) full name, and 3) contact information, including e-mail, address, and phone number.

Please, send electronic submissions (MSWord or RTF) to both editors:

Hannakaisa Isomäki, PhD
Department of Reseach methodology
University of Lapland
P.O. BOX 122
96101 Rovaniemi, Finland


Heidi Strengell, PhD, EdD
Language Center
University of Lapland
P. O. BOX 122
96101 Rovaniemi, Finland or

Requests for further information (including topics) should be directed to the editors: Hannakaisa Isomäki and Heidi Strengell.

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