20.319 new publications

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 06:33:44 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 319.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: "Jose Abdelnour Nocera" <j.l.abdelnour- (48)
         Subject: Sociotechnical Research Groups for Interaction Design:
                 Invitation to Join List

   [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (71)
         Subject: Litteraria Pragensia publications

         Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 06:23:22 +0000
         From: "Jose Abdelnour Nocera" <j.l.abdelnour-nocera_at_open.ac.uk>
         Subject: Sociotechnical Research Groups for Interaction
Design: Invitation to Join List

Dear Friends:

This is an invitation to join and participate in this new list on
sociotechnical issues surrounding interaction design. This list focuses on
how diverse qualitative areas of the social sciences (e.g. Sociology of
Technology, Discourse Analysis, Critical Theory, Actor Network Theory,
Communication Theories, Activity Theory, Cultural Models such as Hofstede's,
Hermeneutics, among others) can contribute to create better IT for people.
The space enabled by this list will contribute to the translation of
interesting insights provided by these disciplines into actionable
recommendations and guidelines for:

* The conception, design and evaluation of interactive systems as social

* A feasible integration of user-centred design with novel development

* Improved methods for the gathering and elicitation of sociocultural

* The identification of adequate technology policies for settings in which
technology is deployed.

The list's key interests are the ubiquitous, pervasive and social proxy
dimensions of interactive systems and how its usefulness is socially
constructed and culturally shaped. It is hoped this list will foster
dialogue between academics in different disciplines (e.g. HCI, CSCW,
Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Marketing, Software Engineering,
Ergonomics, Education, Information Systems, among others) interested in this

An initial question and point of discussion is the following:
Is this attempt at 'translation' really feasible despite the epistemological
differences between disciplines whose main interest is understanding social
phenomena and disciplines whose main interest is the design of interactive

You can join the list here:

Thanks for reading!

Dr. Jose Abdelnour Nocera
Senior Lecturer
Institute for Information Technology
Thames Valley University
Wellington Street
Slough - England
Tel [work] +44(0)1753697887 / [home] +44(0)1908648376
Fax +44 (0)1753 697750
Associate Lecturer and Visiting Research Fellow
Computing Department, The Open University =20

         Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 06:28:19 +0000
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: Litteraria Pragensia publications


by Louis Armand
ISBN 80-7308-138-5 (paperback). 250pp.
Publication date: October 2006


    Price: Euro 12.00 (not including postage)

    Why is there consciousness and not nothing?
What is the meaning of discourse?
What would it mean if machines could think?

    It is a basic contention of the present volume that only on such
a basis of generalised technology can we begin to approach the
phenomenon of literacy in its broadest sense--as concerning
any system of sign operations in which an event of transmission
or transcription can be said to take place. This universalising
of literacy bridges the entire field of discourse--from atomic and
molecular structures to the transcriptive coding and decoding
processes of DNA; from the evolving neural structures of the
human brain to computing programmatics and artificial
intelligence; from simple binary procedures to the most
complex topologies. Consciousness, mind and cognition are in
this way seen to be formal aspects of a signifying system,

    This volume treats the work of Walter Ong, Ludwig Wittgenstein,
Norbert Wiener, Jacques Lacan, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Nicholas
Rescher, Roman Jakobson, Alan Turing, Claude Levi-Strauss,
Thomas Sebeok, Juri Lotman, Sigmund Freud and Claude

    Louis Armand is director of the Intercultural Studies programme
in the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University, Prague. His
books include Solicitations: Essays on Criticism & Culture;
Techne: James Joyce, Hypertext & Technology; and Incendiary
Devices: Discourses of the Other.

    For more titles: http://litteraria.ff.cuni.cz/books/armand.html


OTHER TITLES recently published by LPB:
ed. Louis Armand
ISBN 80-7308-123-7 (paperback)
Publication date: September 2006
Price: Euro 12.00 (postage not included)

    Global Ireland
eds. Ondrej Piln=FD & Clare Wallace
ISBN 80-7308-103-2 (paperback)
Publication date: January 2006
Price: Euro 12.00 (postage not included)

    Giacomo Joyce: Envoys of the Other
eds. Louis Armand & Clare Wallace
ISBN 80-239-5046-0 (paperback)
Revised, enlarged edition
360pp, includes index
Publication date: June 2006
Price: Euro 17.00 (postage not included)


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