15.071 CATAC'02 (Montreal, Canada)

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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 71.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2001 09:03:10 +0100
             From: "Fay Sudweeks" <sudweeks@murdoch.edu.au>
             Subject: Next CATAC Conference in Montreal - CFP


    International Conference on
    12-15 July 2002
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Conference theme:
    The Net(s) of Power: Language, Culture and Technology

    The powers of the Nets can be construed in many ways - political,
    economic, and social. Power can also be construed in terms of
    Foucault's "positive power" and Bourdieu's notion of "cultural
    capital" - decentered forms of power that encourage "voluntary"
    submission, such as English as a _lingua franca_ on the Net.
    Similarly, Hofstede's category of "power distance" points to the role
    of status in encouraging technology diffusion, as low-status persons
    seek to emulate high-status persons. Through these diverse forms of
    power, the language(s) and media of the Net may reshape the cultural
    assumptions of its globally-distributed users - thus raising the
    dangers of "computer-mediated colonisation" ("Disneyfication" - a la
    Cees Hamelink).

    This biennial conference series aims to provide an international forum
    for the presentation and discussion of cutting-edge research on how
    diverse cultural attitudes shape the implementation and use of
    information and communication technologies (ICT). "Cultural
    attitudes" here includes cultural values and communicative preferences
    that may be embedded in both the content and form of ICT - thus
    threatening to make ICT less the agent of a promised democratic global
    village and more an agent of cultural homogenisation and imperialism.
    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 (http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks/catac98/). For
    an overview of the themes and presentations of CATaC'98, see
    http://wwwit.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks/catac98/01_ess.html. The second
    conference in the series was held in Perth in 2000

    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. Papers should articulate the
    connections between specific cultural values as well as current and/or
    possible future communicative practices involving information and
    communication technologies. We seek papers which, taken together, will
    help readers, researchers, and practitioners of computer-mediated
    communication - especially in the service of "electronic democracy" -
    better understand the role of diverse cultural attitudes as hindering
    and/or furthering the implementation of global computer communications

    Topics of particular interested include but are not limited to:

    - Impact of information and communication technologies on local and
    indigenous languages and cultures.
    - Politics of the electronic global village in democratising or
    preserving hierarchy.
    - Communicative attitudes and practices in industrialised and
    industrialising countries.
    - Role of gender in cultural expectations regarding appropriate
    communicative behaviours.
    - Ethical issues related to information and communication
    technologies, and the impact on culture and communication behaviours.
    - Issues of social justice raised by the dual problems of "the digital
    divide" and "computer-mediated colonisation," including theoretical
    and practical ways of overcoming these problems.

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