Participation is a research area of sustained interest to the HCI community. Traditionally, the term has been used to suggest a democratized approach to the design of technology that calls for end-user involvement in the design process.
Papers due Aug 31, 2013. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.
The theme of the 13th Participatory Design Conference is Reflecting Connectedness.
Full papers due Jan 15, 2014.
PDC 2014, Reflecting connectedness, Oct 6-10, 2014, Windhoek, Namibia.
ABOUT – The conference theme of the PDC 2014 is “Reflecting connectedness”. We are currently experiencing a technologically pushed trend in ‘being always connected’. This is manifested in a number of designed artifacts, such as smart-phones, social networks, computer supported cooperative work and distributed working tools. By ‘reflecting connectedness’ in PD, we acknowledge influential relations across continents, societies, people, disciplines and time, beyond the direct involvement of stakeholders. … We invite authors to deliberate on these relations within and beyond the field of PD, which affect its conceptualization and practices all over.
Read full call(s): http://www.pdc2014.org/
In this paper, Heidi Forbes Öste define the visual practice as real-time graphics generation used to help people communicate, collaborate and make decisions”.
Forbes Öste continues:
To visualize or “see what you mean” through imagery and metaphors is the base approach. We can see from prehistoric cave paintings that this is not a new form of communication for humans. The formal application and refining of this practice, nevertheless is relatively new. It is rapidly evolving beyond communicating hunting and war strategies to events, meetings, classrooms and coaching.
Algorithms are increasingly invoked as powerful entities that control, govern, sort, regulate, and shape everything from financial trades to news media. Nevertheless, the nature and implications of such orderings are far from clear. What exactly is it that algorithms “govern”? What is the role attributed to “algorithms” in these arguments? Can we turn the “problem of algorithms” into an object of productive inquiry?
This conference sets out to explore the recent rise of algorithms as an object of interest in scholarship, policy, and practice beyond computer science.
GOVERNING ALGORITHMS: A conference on computation, automation, and control. New York University, May 16-17, 2013.
Read more: http://governingalgorithms.org
Should contemporary media culture be understood as a culture that offers unprecedented freedom for producing participators – so-called “produsers”, or should it rather be understood as a culture in which various forms of user participation in fact are conditioned, or even manufactured, by organized, professional producers?
The contributions to this book add to our critical understanding of these new forms of media. They all draw on various theoretical concepts – such as producers, community, and participation – used when analysing media culture. But they also share a critical interest in problematizing and analysing the forms of power built into this culture.
Editor: Tobias Olsson
Publisher: Nordicom, 2013
Selected chapter titles:
Participation is a research area of sustained interest to the HCI community. As HCI is an interdisciplinary field, there are multiple understandings of what participation in research might mean, from subjects and disciplines such as social science, participatory and performance arts, international development, and action research.
Full papers due July 31, 2013.
Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Int. Journal of Human-Computer Studies – Perspectives on participatory HCI research: Beginnings, middles and endings.
Spreadable Media, by Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford and Joshua Green, maps fundamental changes taking place in our contemporary media environment, a space where corporations no longer tightly control media distribution and many of us are directly involved in the circulation of content.
The authors introduce the concept of “spreadability” to describe the ways content travels through social media.
If you don’t have the time to read the book you can listen to a discussion about it from SXSW Interactive 2013.
Authors: Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford and Joshua Green
Publisher: NYU Press, 2013.
This collection of essays, the first book-length treatment of its kind, explicates the concept of “media interventions” herein defined as activities and projects that secure, exercise, challenge or acquire media power for tactical and strategic action.
Edited by Kevin Howley w. afterword by Nick Couldry.
Published by Peter Lang, 2013.
MORE – Drawing on insights from media, communication and cultural studies, contributors offer penetrating analyses of media interventions in a variety of social, political, and cultural settings from culture jamming and DIY media, to public relations campaigns and reality television shows. In doing so, the volume develops an analytical framework for examining the complex and contradictory operation of media power in contemporary society.
In recent years studies of aesthetic, urban and digital culture have focused on the political potential of user-driven production often referred to by means of concepts such as DIY urbanism and participatory culture, co-creation, produsage, etc. How do we understand and support collective creation, and what new challenges does this change bring forth?
Abstracts due June 20, 2013.
RETHINK Participatory Cultural Citizenship – When is citizen participation socially transformative? Aarhus University (AU), Denmark, Nov 14-16, 2013.
“In Digital Disconnect, Robert McChesney offers a groundbreaking critique of the Internet, urging us to reclaim the democratizing potential of the digital revolution while we still can.”
Author: Robert McChesney, professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and previous host of Media Matters.
Publisher: The New Press, 2013.