14.0221 conferences &c.

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 221.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni- (117)
             Subject: Conference on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia

       [2] From: "Charles Ess" <cmess@lib.drury.edu> (144)
             Subject: CATaC conference proceedings available

       [3] From: Elli Mylonas <elli_mylonas@BROWN.EDU> (29)
             Subject: conference on the form of the book

       [4] From: Michael Fraser <mike.fraser@computing- (44)
             Subject: Classical Constructions (Oxford, Sept 21-23)

             Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 10:35:22 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: Conference on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia

    dear humanists,

    ((hi --forwarded via [cybersociology] list --thought might interest
    you. thanks.-arun))

    Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 12:07:25 +0100
    From: Cybersociology List Moderator <robin@cybersoc.com>

    >From: "VSMM Secretariat" <vsmm-sec@vsmm.org>
    >-----------CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT---------------
    > The International Society on Virtual Systems
    > and MultiMedia presents
    > 6th International Conference on VSMM2000
    > 3-6 October 2000
    > Softopia, Gifu, Japan
    > "International Collaboration through
    > Virtual Heritage,
    > Technical Applications
    > and
    > Highspeed Connectivity"
    > http://www.vsmm.org/vsmm2000
    >Subscription information at the end of this document
    >The International Society on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia proudly
    >announces VSMM2000, to be held in Gifu, Japan 4-6 October 2000. This
    >conference will be the 6th International Conference on Virtual Systems and
    >PAPERS: 140
    >- EVA2000Gifu Conference
    >- EURO-GIFU-Business Meeting with European and Japanese IT
    >- Special Session by Japanese Industries
    >- Labyrinth of 3D Virtual Heritage Tour with Large VR/MultiMedia Exhibition
    >- Scott Fisher, Telepresence, and Keio University
    >- Robert Stone, Muse Technologies, USA, Virtual Presence, UK
    >- Donald Sanders, Learning Sites, USA
    >- Ben Davis, RazorFish, USA
    >- Alonzo Addison, UC Berkeley, USA
    >The third Special Session on Virtual Heritage will present 30 papers
    >exploring the virtual reality tools and applications used for Cultural,
    >Natural and World Heritage interpretation and preservation. This session has
    >quickly become the industry benchmark for all developments and innovations
    >pertaining to Virtual Heritage, so if your research is in any way related to
    >this field, you are highly encouraged to participate.
    >SPECIAL TOUR: Shirakawa-go Village
    >UNESCO World Heritage Site
    >On 3rd October before the conference, we are planning a special tour of the
    >world famous Shirakawa-Go Village, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This tour
    >will be an all-day excursion and will enable you to experience the
    >indigenous culture of Japan through it's natural beauty and wondrous foods.
    >Truly an event not to miss!
    >Over 70 papers will be presented during the technical session dealing with
    >many themes including highspeed Networking and Collaboration, Telemedicine,
    >robotics, software and hardware innovations and more.
    >40 papers will be presented during this session and will focus on the
    >commercial development of the virtual reality industry in Japan. It will
    >include special sessions on incubation programs and opportunities, case
    >studies, robots, animation, 3D display, funding and technical resources,
    >workshops and a full exhibition of Japanese VR Technologies.
    >Intelligent Virtual Environments incorporate Artificial Intelligence
    >technologies into Virtual Reality in order to support more advanced forms of
    >user interaction, such as reactive or user-adaptive environments, or to
    >facilitate the development of Virtual Environments (e.g., through high-level
    >scene description and knowledge representation).
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    --[2]------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 10:35:48 +0100 From: "Charles Ess" <cmess@lib.drury.edu> Subject: CATaC conference proceedings available

    Colleagues: Allow me to forward the message below from Fay Sudweeks (Murdoch University). And to elaborate: The second conference on "Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication" (CATaC) took place July 12-15, 2000, in Perth, Western Australia. As conference co-chair with Fay Sudweeks for both CATaC'98 and CATaC'00, I was struck by the considerable progress made in research on the various interactions between cultural values, communicative preferences, and the computer-mediated communication technologies making up the Net and the Web, as well as in other forms (e.g., Computer Support Collaborative Work systems, Information Technology systems for indigenous peoples such as the Aborigines of Australia, the Kelabit of Borneo, etc.) And while each of the papers included in the proceedings has much to recommend it, I was further intrigued with how a cluster of cultural values and communicative preferences affiliated with South East Asia (e.g., Confucian face-saving and others) emerged from several of the presentations as significant factors in the uptake of IT - factors that, ideally, must be taken into account if IT is to be designed in such a way as to avoid the cultural imperialism otherwise at work, even if covertly, as Western IT systems (which can now be demonstrated to embed and foster specifically Western cultural values and communicative preferences) are rapidly disseminated around the world in the name of global communication. There are other riches to be gleaned here. Happy reading!

    Charles Ess Professor and Chair, Philosophy and Religion Department, Drury University 900 N. Benton Ave. Voice: 417-873-7230 Springfield, MO 65802 USA FAX: 417-873-7435 Home page: http://www.drury.edu/Departments/phil-relg/ess.html Co-chair, CATaC 2000: http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks/catac00/ "Life is short, and Art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decision difficult." Hippocrates (460-379 B.C.E.), _Aphorisms_, 1.

    == Hi everyone CATAC00 in Perth was excellent - we had a very good selection of papers. The proceedings from CATAC'00 are available for purchase at a cost of AUD35. You can order it online at http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks/catac00 or contact me at sudweeks@murdoch.edu.au. A list of the papers is below. Best Fay

    ----------------------- Fay Sudweeks Senior Lecturer in Information Systems School of Information Technology Murdoch University WA 6150 Australia +61-8-9360-2364 (o) +61-8-9360-2941 (f) sudweeks@murdoch.edu.au www.it.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks


    Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication

    Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication Perth, Australia, 12-15 July 2000

    edited by

    Fay Sudweeks Murdoch University, Australia

    Charles Ess Drury University, USA

    ISBN 0-86905-747-2

    PUBLISHED 2000 School of Information Technology Murdoch University, Murdoch WA 6150 Australia catac@it.murdoch.edu.au, www.it.murdoch..edu.au/~sudweeks/catac00

    CONTENTS Preface

    Session 1 IT in Marginalised Communities Outside the Net: Kiribati and the knowledge economy Trevor H. B. Sofield, Australia Challenges and opportunities in introducing information and communication technologies to the Kelabit community of North Central Borneo Roger Harris, Poline Bala, Peter Songan and Elaine Khoo Guat Lien Malaysia Barangays of IT: Filipinizing mediated communication and digital power Peter Sy, Philippines Rural secondary school teachers' attitudes towards information technology: A study in the Kelabit highlands of Bario, Borneo Elaine Guat Lien Khoo, Tingang Trang, Pong Won Sia, Peter Songan, Roger Harris and Poline Bala, Malaysia

    Session 2 Virtual Environments Perceptions of virtual museums among French users: An analysis of cultural differences on uses of the Arts on the Internet Roxane Bernier, Canada and France Disenfranchisement from the global technoculture: Broadening the conceptual discourse on accessibility Dineh Davis, USA Symbiotic interface contingency: The reciprocal emergence of use and abuse Steffen Walz, USA and Germany

    Session 3 Cyberculture Cyberpower: The culture and politics of cyberspace Tim Jordan, United Kingdom Ethnography and hermeneutics in cybercultural research: Accessing IRC virtual communities Jose L. Abdelnour Nocera, Venezuela Mindscapes and Internet mediated communication John G. Gammack, Australia

    Session 4 Culture and Information Systems Information systems and organisational culture in a developing country: A critical theory perspective Mark C. Williams and R. Sunil Gunatunge, Australia Reducing the negative effects of power distance during asynchronous pre-meeting without using anonymity in Indonesian culture Sjarif Abdat, Indonesi,a and Graham P. Pervan, Australia Thai culture and communication of decision making processes in requirements engineering Theerasak Thanasankit and Brian Corbitt, New Zealand A world wide web of cultures or a 'world wide web' culture Andrew Turk, Australia The impact of cultural values on computer mediated group work Nasrin Rahmati, Australia Explaining community informatics success prospects: The autonomy/harmony model Celia Romm and Wal Taylor, Australia

    Session 5 Education and Policy A consideration of culture in national IT and e-commerce plans Steve Benson and Craig Standing, Australia Dissemination on a global scale? Possibilities and problems in access to Internet-based academic journals Sara Gwynn and Peter Thomas, United Kingdom Addressing the moral poverty of computing higher education, including the Web Mark Williams and Guy Duczynski, Australia

    Session 6 Technology and Learning A theoretical argumentation and evaluation of South African learners' orientation towards and perspectives on the empowering use of information: A calculated prediction of computerised learning for the marginalised Louisa Postma, South Africa A culture for computer literacy Richard Thomas, University of Western Australia, Australia

    Session 7 The Role of Media in Communication How cultural differences affect the use of information and communication technology in Dutch-American mergers Frits Grotenhuis, The Netherlands Nerdy no more: A case study of early Wired (1993-96) Ann Willis, Australia Technological transformations of the public sphere: The role of CMC David Holmes, Australia

    --[3]------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 10:36:28 +0100 From: Elli Mylonas <elli_mylonas@BROWN.EDU> Subject: conference on the form of the book

    Transformations of the Book & Redefinitions of the Arts & Humanities

    BOOK/ENDS is an international gathering of theorists, educators and artists planned for 11-14 October 2000. The event will combine lectures by renowned scholars from the US and abroad, multimedia artist exhibitions and demonstrations, focus workshops and open fora.


    As the form of the book undergoes the profound transformations of the digital age, the knowledge practices and values associated with it are also rapidly shifting ground. Electronic resources are already introducing changes in the way cultural offerings--literature, the arts, information, popular entertainment--are produced and accessed, and by whom. Interactivity, hypertext and multimedia "texts" expand, and explode, such traditional notions as narrative, work of art, artist, author, audience. Digital representation and computational logics challenge conventional flows of information. A multiplicity of innovative literary, artistic, performance and hybrid "cyber" forms are opening up new pathways of communication and reinventing cultural and knowledge production. BOOK/ENDS will investigate these contemporary shifts from diverse perspectives and apply the results of its investigations to the concrete challenges of higher education and humanities curriculum renewal. What is most innovative about the project is its combination of academic and theoretical discussion with artistic and pedagogical restagings of the exploration of the potential of "postbook" technologies. Events planned will provide maximum interaction among the range of participants, from inner-city schoolchildren and local educators to internationally renowned artists and critical thinkers.

    Conference Support Funding by:

    State of New York/UUP Technology Committee

    University at Albany Office of the Vice President For Research, Research Foundation of the State University of New York

    --[4]------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 10:37:09 +0100 From: Michael Fraser <mike.fraser@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk> Subject: Classical Constructions (Oxford, Sept 21-23)

    [The following may be of interest to some members. It is not too late to register, but please note the email address below (classoff@ermine.ox.ac.uk) for any queries and for requesting booking forms.]

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    21st-23rd September 2000 Jesus College, Oxford

    There will be a symposium at Jesus College, Oxford from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd September 2000 to celebrate the inspiration Don Fowler provided to his teachers, pupils, colleagues, friends and readers in the field of Classical literature.

    Provisional Programme

    Thursday 21st September (start 14.00)

    Lucretius and didactic (chaired by Phil Hardie/Peta Fowler) speakers: Phillip Mitsis, Gordon Campbell, Alessandro Schiesaro, Monica Gale.


    Friday 22nd September

    '101 things to do with a Latin text' (chaired by Stephen Harrison) speakers: Joseph Farrell, Llewelyn Morgan, Robin Nisbet.

    Women (chaired by Effie Spentzou) speakers: Patricia Salzman, Juliane Kerkhecker.

    Roman constructions (chaired by Alison Sharrock) speakers: Michele Lowrie, Matthew Leigh.

    Saturday 23rd September (end 17.30)

    Theory (chaired by Alessandro Barchiesi/Gian Biagio Conte) speakers: Andrew Laird, Deborah Roberts, Stephen Hinds.

    Closure (chaired by Stephen Heyworth) speakers: Stratis Kyriakidis, Ben Tipping.

    Round table discussion

    The conference fee will be GBP38 (including the party on Thursday, lunch on Friday and Saturday); GBP19 for a single day. There are 25 places available for graduate students at a cost of GBP10. Accommodation is available at Jesus College on Thursday and Friday nights (plus Wednesday and Saturday, if required), at a full-board cost of GBP45 per night.

    Full details and a booking form may be obtained from the Classics Office, 37 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD; email: <classoff@ermine.ox.ac.uk>.

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