[Asis-l] CFP> Memory practices in computer-mediated communities: a research methods workshop

Howard Rosenbaum hrosenba at indiana.edu
Fri Apr 20 17:00:13 EDT 2007

***Apologies for cross-posting***

Call for papers: 3rd International Conference on Communities and  
June 28-30, 2007, Michigan State University

Workshop: Memory practices in computer-mediated communities: a  
research methods workshop
Full description at:

Community depends on memory; computer mediated community (CMC)  
depends on digital memory. Human memory is limited, corporeally  
bound, and subject to forgetting. As a consequence, communities  
develop other means of maintaining memory. Bowker (2005) argues that  
memory practices are infrastructure tools used to preserve memory in  
scientific communities. Information technologies are examples of  
memory practices that support community.

In this workshop, we seek to explore the concept of memory practices  
in the study of community and broaden it beyond the scientific  
community to include CMC: communities of practice, interest  
communities, professional communities. We invite researchers of CMC  
to submit 5 page position papers:

~ Describing the communities they are studying
~ The memory practices on which they are focusing, and
~ The methods they are employing to study these practices.

We welcome submissions in three broad areas.

Theme One: Historical work on memory practices, technology and  
Theme Two: Memory practices in communities of practice:
Theme three: Memory practices in interest communities – gamers,  
shoppers, serious leisure and other interest groups – driven by  
social infrastructures.

To participate send an abstract of 500 words or less to  
hrosenba at indiana.edu by May 4. Notification of acceptance will be  
sent by May 18. Questions or comments:

Elisabeth Davenport, School of Computing, Napier University,  
Edinburgh EH10 5DT (e.davenport at napier.ac.uk)
Howard Rosenbaum, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana  
University, Bloomington, IN47405 (hrosenba at indiana.edu)

Conference web site:

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