11.0052 Cultural Attitudes: call for papers

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 20 May 1997 21:18:10 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 52.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 21:11:05 +0100
From: Special Issues Project <ejcrec@lib.drury.edu>
Subject: first call for papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: Cultural Attitudes towards Technology
and Communication


Computer-mediated communication (CMC) networks, such as the Internet and
the World Wide Web, offer tantalizing possibilities of global
communications. If such communications facilitate dialogues which both
cross and preserve irreducible cultural and political boundaries, they may
contribute immeasurably to greater global understanding and

But diverse cultural attitudes towards technology and communication also
issue in culturally distinctive ways of implementing and using CMC
technologies. Some of these culturally-grounded differences in
implementation and use frustrate, rather than facilitate, hopes for
greater global communication.

Our thematic question: how do diverse cultural attitudes shape the
implementation and use of CMC technologies?

We seek to respond to this question by bringing together, in a special
issue and international conference, papers which articulate the
connections between specific cultural values and present and/or possible
future communicative practices involving CMC technologies. We seek
articles which, taken together, will help readers, researchers, and
practitioners of "electronic democracy" better understand the role of
diverse cultural attitudes as hindering and/or furthering the
implementation of global computer communications systems such as the
Internet and the World Wide Web.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by an international panel of
scholars and researchers. The special issue of the Electronic Journal of
Communication/La Revue electronique de Communication (EJCReC) will appear
in the third quarter of 1998.

For additional information on this project, visit our Web sites:

Submissions to the special issue with an abstract, are due to the guest
editor, Dr. Charles Ess, by November 1, 1997. For more information,
please contact Dr Charles Ess, <ejcrec@lib.drury.edu>.

Submissions to the conference are due to the co-chair, Fay Sudweeks, by 1
November 1997. For more information, please contact Fay Sudweeks,