13.0369 call for papers: TIS special issue on time and IT

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           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2000 20:11:53 +0000
             From: Heejin Lee <Heejin.Lee@brunel.ac.uk>
             Subject: Special issue on time and IT

    Special Issue of The Information Society

    "Time and Information Technology"

    Edited by Heejin Lee and Edgar A. Whitley

    The Information Society (TIS) invites authors to submit papers for a
    special issue on the topic of "Time and Information Technology".


    Traditional notions of time and space are being challenged by information
    technology based phenomena such as the internet, globalisation of business
    and virtual work. Whilst it is easy to simply describe the temporal effects
    of these changes in terms of everything being faster, in practice the
    changes are much more fundamental. Indeed, a useful comparison can be made
    with the wholesale transformation of time perception and time discipline
    that arose when mechanical clocks were introduced into societies that had
    previously based their notions of temporality on the seasonal passage of
    the sun.

    Thus, it is possible to consider time not simply as an objective,
    clock-time based phenomenon, which is typically used as a constant or an
    independent variable in studies. Instead, time can be viewed as a
    subjective, socially constructed phenomenon which can be studied as a
    dependent variable.

    This special issue of TIS hopes to further research and discussion on time
    and information technology by publishing papers on aspects of this theme
    from diverse viewpoints, in particular, from information systems,
    sociology, philosophy, computer science and organisation studies. Topics of
    interest include but are by no means limited to:

      information technology and the social construction of time
      virtuality and temporality
      philosophy of time and information technology
      polychronicity, monochronicity and information technology
      ethnographic studies of temporal behaviour in cyberspace
      temporal implications of IT/IS generated organisational change
      the internet and new time keeping systems
      history of time, horology and information technology
      the politics of time with relevance to information technology
      time and communication behaviour
      electronic commerce and consumers' time
      discourses of time (saving/gaining time, historical and future
    orientations, etc.)

    Papers of empirical research (either qualitative or quantitative) are
    welcomed as are theoretical papers that provide new insights or state of
    the art reviews that cover diverse disciplines.

    As is common practice with special issues for The Information Society,
    authors are invited to nominate up to four reviewers who are knowledgeable
    about the topic (authors, however, should avoid any nominations that
    involve a conflict of interest). Nominations should include name, complete
    address, telephone, fax, and electronic mail address.

    We encourage prospective authors to become familiar with TIS and to discuss
    possible articles with the Special Issue editors before they submit.
    Manuscript guidelines and a list of the titles and abstracts of articles
    published in TIS can be found on the journal's web site

    Please send your manuscript, as a word or .rtf document, formatted
    according to the TIS guidelines
    (http://www.slis.indiana.edu/TIS/basic_info/tisinst.html) to the first

    Heejin Lee, Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel
    University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, United Kingdom, ph: +
    44-1895-274000, fax: + 44-1895-251686, Email: heejin.lee@brunel.ac.uk

    Edgar Whitley, Department of Information Systems, London School of
    Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, ph + 44-207-955-7410, fax
    44-207-955-7385, Email: e.a.whitley@lse.ac.uk

    Feel free to correspond with the special issue editors if you have any
    questions or are planning to submit an article.

    The deadline for accepting manuscripts for consideration for publication is
    June 26, 2000. All manuscripts will be reviewed by a select panel of
    referees, and those accepted will be published in the special issue.

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