Call for Chapters: The Interaction Society: Practice, Theories, and Supportive Technologies, Idea Group, Inc Editor: Mikael Wiberg (Submission Deadline: Full Manuscript Due: July 31, 2003 )


The Interaction Society: Practice, Theories, and Supportive Technologies


Edited by: Mikael Wiberg, PhD, Department of Informatics, Umea University (Sweden)


Background - emerging issues in the Interaction Society

Recently it has been argued that there is a need for computer science, and related fields of research, to shift its focus from user tasks, their requirements, applications or computing, to issues concerning interaction, mutual awareness, and ubiquity. Overall, it is a shift from the Information society, with its focus on information, storage and processing of data, and transactions, to the Interaction society, with related issues including e.g. work as ongoing and fluid networks of connections, interaction overload, interaction management, contact management, seamless session management, and time management. This general shift has also highlighted the need to acknowledge issues such as individual attention management in relation to the fluidity of work in group collaboration, and organizations.

Along with the focus on interaction and its related issues several empirical studies have been conducted with a focus on the characteristics of informal, lightweight, and opportunistic interaction and its implications for design of technology to support interaction. Together with the issue of interaction there is also the issue of interruptions and inappropriate times for interaction. Recent empirical work place studies have shown that people spend a lot of their time in settings where their ability to respond to incoming interaction requests are very limited.


The overall objective of this proposed book is to provide its audience with a rich overview of the emerging interaction society enabled by new information and communication technologies (ICT) such as mobile phones, PDAs, and pagers, and applications such as: email and chat clients, instant messaging systems, video conferencing systems and different kinds of alert- and notification systems. The overall objective is thus to address the issues highlighted in the background description for this book, together with in depth analyses of emerging trends, opportunities, and problems related to the interaction society.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Empirical studies - of the fluidity of work and work in the interaction society. Here, ethnographic studies, naturalistic studies, and experiments with interaction technologies and its use in both work contexts and during leisure times are invited.

Theories, frameworks, and models - concerning the interaction society and the fluidity of work. Here, theories, frameworks and models that aim at describe and analyze how these new technologies challenges our assumptions made about human-computer interaction, and human communication in general are specially invited.

Novel interaction technologies - for the fluidity of work. Here, Research efforts made to realize novel applications and gadgets designed to support all various kinds of interaction are especially invited. Also, overviews and categorizations of different types of interaction supports are welcome.

Obstacles - for enabling fluid and instant collaboration in the interaction society. Here, critical reviews and evaluations of various interaction technologies and how these technologies supports individual, collaborative work, and organizational work are invited.


General information:

All chapter proposals will be peer reviewed. Final chapters should be between 25-30 double-spaced pages formatted according to the guidelines provided upon acceptance. The bibliographic references should follow APA style. An abstract of 100-150 words should also be included.

The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group, Inc., publisher of the "Idea Group Publishing," "Information Science Publishing," and "IRM Press" imprints in 2004.

Important Dates:

* Full Manuscript Due: July 31, 2003
* Revised Manuscript Due: October 31, 2003

Please send all inquiries and submissions (preferably through e-mail as Word files) to:

Dr. Mikael Wiberg
Department of Informatics
Umea University
901 87 Umea

Tel: +46 (0)90 786 61 15