Call for Papers

Important Dates


* Submission deadline (extended): June 16th, 2017

* Notification of acceptance: June 30th, 2017

* Camera ready: July 15th, 2017

* Workshop day: August 29th, 2017

Call for Contributions

We seek contributions that will deepen the current understanding of “nomadic culture”, as well as highlight opportunities and challenges for design. Contributors may wish to address a range of issues, including, but not restricted to:

* The transition from micro to macro aspects of nomadicity and from place-making practices to trajectories of nomadic lives;

* The transition from a work-centred to a practice-centred research entailing the work and non-work dimensions of people’s lives, and the negotiation and reconfiguration of work-life boundaries;

* Accounts of nomadic practices as emerging from novel spatial and organisational contexts;

* The range of organisational aspects, motivational factors, personal values and expectations underling the flexibility stemming from this way of working;

* The adoption of methodologies and frameworks to investigate trajectories of nomadic lives in changing organisational, technological and personal circumstances.

* The role of the constellations of technologies and digital platforms in enabling nomadic cultures, but also in creating a potential range of problems/issues to be dealt with;

* An examination of how we might identify those forces, contexts and dynamics that hinder, resist or work against the momentum of ‘nomadic culture’

* The technological, cultural, political and economic rationalities that underpin and legitimise contemporary enactments of nomadic work and the reproduction of nomadic culture;

* Methodological innovations in the study of nomadic culture;

* Analysis of the relationship between greater merging of human and machine and formations of nomadic culture;

* The role of technology as discourse in socially, culturally and ideologically shaping nomadic culture and nomadic worker subjectivity;

* Analysis of how a nomadic culture that emphasises constant technological innovation constitutes the relationships between capitalist goals of competition and profit and individual life aims;

* Explorations of what present and future “Nomadic Culture(s)” might look like, and of the challenges and issues we will be addressing by 2027.

Interdisciplinary participation from designers, developers, sociologists, psychologists, ethnographers, etc. is appreciated. In this way, the workshop will provide an important opportunity for researchers from both academia and industry to share ideas and possibly coordinate their efforts.

Submission Format & Process

Participants wishing to contribute with a position paper should send in a submission (max. 4 pages) containing a brief overview over the key ideas of the presentation and some information on their professional background.

Submissions must adhere to the IRSI series Format:

Papers must be submitted directly to the workshop organisers through the e-mail:

Review Process

Contributions will be reviewed by the workshop organisers and selected on the basis of their quality, compliance with the workshop theme, and the extent (and diversity) of their backgrounds in terms of fieldwork, design, and technology.


Position papers accepted and presented in the workshop will be published in the workshop proceedings, which will be edited by the workshop organisers. The proceedings will include the final versions of all accepted contributions, adjusted to satisfy reviewers’ recommendations. The workshop proceedings will be published as an issue of the International Reports of Social-Informatics (IIRSI) series from the International Institute of Socio-Informatics (IISI) in Bonn, Germany.

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