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Call for Participation: SIG SI’s 10th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium

ASIS&T SIG SI, along with our co-sponsor the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University, is happy to announce the Call for Papers and Participation for our 10th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: Connecting (Epistemic) Cultures and (Intellectual) Communities. The symposium will take place on November 1st as part of the ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting in Seattle. The deadline for paper, poster, and panel proposals is August 9th. You can also register for the Annual Meeting and our symposium on the ASIS&T 2014 site. Full details are included below. Good luck to all who submit!

The 10th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium
Connecting (Epistemic) Cultures and (Intellectual) Communities

Sponsored by: ASIS&T SIG Social Informatics and the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics, Indiana University

Saturday, November 1st, 2014, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, Washington, USA

Organizers: SIG SI co-chairs Pnina Fichman and Howard Rosenbaum, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington

This year we are celebrating a decade of successful and vibrant SIG-SI Research Symposia. Since 2004, established scholars, young researchers and doctoral students interested in the study of people, ICT and work and play have gathered at the SIG SI ASIS&T Annual Research Symposium to share their work and ideas. Approximately 100 papers, posters and panels have been presented and for the past three years, we have given awards for the best papers published by Social Informatics (SI) faculty and students in the preceding years. This year we gather to celebrate a decade of intellectually challenging and engaging work in SI and hope that you will join us. Our goal remains the same: to disseminate current research and research in progress that investigates the social aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT) across all areas of ASIS&T.

Building on the success of past years, the symposium includes members of many SIGs and defines “social” broadly to include critical and historical approaches as well as contemporary social analysis. It also defines “technology” broadly to include traditional technologies (i.e., paper), state-of-the-art computer systems, and mobile and pervasive devices. Submissions may include empirical, critical and theoretical work, as well as richly described practice cases and demonstrations.

We are particularly interested in work that assumes a critical stance towards the Symposium’s theme but are also soliciting research on other related social informatics topics. We encourage all scholars interested in social aspects of ICT (broadly defined) to share their research and research in progress by submitting an extended abstract of their work and attending the symposium. Papers that take social informatics further in theoretical conceptualization or empirical grounding are of particular interest to SIG-SI this year as we celebrate a decade of Symposia in ASIS&T.

This year’s conference theme is “Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities.” In keeping with this theme, the symposium is also soliciting work that focuses on the question of understanding and analyzing connections between social informatics and cognate epistemic cultures and intellectual communities from a social informatics perspective. Some of the questions we ask include:

  • What are the social and technological forces that enable and constrain connections between SI and cognate intellectual communities?
  • What are some of the ways in which we can begin to establish and maintain connections among SI and cognate epistemic cultures and intellectual communities?
  • What can a social informatics approach tell us about the nature of the boundaries among SI and cognate epistemic communities?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of engaging in SI work?

The schedule for the workshop will involve the presentations of papers and the best social informatics paper awards for 2013 (see separate calls for Best Paper and Best Student Paper (forthcoming)). We expect an engaging discussion with lively interactions with the audience.


August 9, 2014: Submit a short paper (2000 words), a poster (500 words), or a panel (1000 words) by email to Howard Rosenbaum and Pnina Fichman ( and

September 2, 2014: Author notifications (in time for conference early registration.) (NOTE: this timeline may be adjusted when the registration dates are announced.)


Early-bird (through Sept. 18):  SIG SI Members $90, Members $100, Non-members $120
Regular (after Sept. 18):  SIG SI Members $105, Members $115, Non-members $135

Register for the ASIS&T Annual Meeting and SIG SI Symposium!