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CFP: Locative Media and Communities, 28 Feb 2010

November 17, 2009

Special Issue of International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

Title: Locative Media and Communities

Guest Editors:
Katharine S. Willis (University of Siegen)
Keith Cheverst (University of Lancaster)

The development of locative media applications is not simply about the physical location or social setting in which the interaction occurs, but rather about situating the media within the social setting of a community. This Special Issue will explore the potential for locative media applications to support community cohesion and the integration of such media within existing community structures and practices. The workshop will address the dual challenge of capturing the temporary and spatially changeful nature of behaviours with locative media, as well as responding to the intricate web of strong and weak social ties that make up local social networks, in order to find ways to support community practices. In terms of methodology it will focus on the potential of ethnographic approaches for investigating and evaluating the integration of media in these social settings. This special issue aims to present a set of high-quality and original research outcomes. We hope to receive submissions that offer insights into appropriate methodologies for identifying requirements, evaluating behaviour and integrating locative media in real-world communities. We invite contributions that respond to some of the following questions:

• How can mobile media be located within existing communities and social settings?
• How can we find better ways of enabling and supporting locative media in
community practices?
• How can mobile media foster communities and facilitate daily living, such as for
communities in rural areas or the elderly?
• How can ethnographic methods inform and evaluate the place and integration of
media in community settings?

This special issue follows from a workshop held a MobileHCI09: Community Practices and Locative Media ( We now invite members of the research community to submit original articles relevant to the topic.

Although articles must be based on original research, extended versions of conference papers may be acceptable if they contain at least 50% new material. Papers will be subject to the full IJHCS review process.

Manuscripts should generally not exceed 7000 words. Papers should be prepared according to the IJHCS Guide for authors, and should be submitted online. The IJHCS Guide for authors and online submission are available at

For information on the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies see:

28th February 2010: Paper submission deadline
Early May 2010: Notify authors of paper acceptance
Target Publication date: Autumn 2010

Katharine S. Willis
Locating Media Graduate Research School
University of Siegen, Germany
Email: willis[at]

Keith Cheverst
Computing Department,
Lancaster University, UK
Email: kc[at]

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 17, 2009 12:04 pm

    Sounds like a great CFP. Trouble I have with it is that it seems to foreclose the inquiry by assuming that communities and networks are the paradigmatic forms of local sociation. For a critique of this position, see

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