Materiality of Information, Documents and Work
Forty-Eighth Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-48)
January 5-8, 2015 – Grand Hyatt Kauai, Hawaii
Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2014
We invite papers for the second annual Minitrack focusing on the materiality of information, organizational action and the work of documenting. The debates on materiality and sociomateriality, hailing from science and technology studies (STS) and organization studies, allow information systems (IS) researchers to evade received distinctions between the social, natural and technical (Orlikowski & Scott, 2008; Latour, 1990). The literatures that inform this Minitrack contest a purely information-based perspective that posit abstract meanings and immaterial data divorced from situated contexts. Instead, the bodies of work that inspire this Minitrack draw on new materialist, pragmatist, and practice-oriented perspectives, amongst others, that analyze the social activities going into the generation of information through the manipulations of various material forms (Barad, 2007; Reckwitz, 2002; Schatzki, 2002; Suchman, 2007).
The notion of the materiality serves as a lens into the practical and documentary nature of what organizational members do, day in and day out (Berg & Bowker, 1996; Frohman, 2004; Lund, 2009). For example, documents are sociomaterial in that they are both artifacts — and, thus, are the technical infrastructure— and social, as they embody both the work practices and shared orientations of those involved. Our production and distribution of the present document involved the technology of word processors, several different computers, cloud services, hard copies, email messages and PDF files. Your reading of the call involves numerous other technologies; you are likely reading a digital rendering of this conference call that you received in your email inbox or you might have stumbled over it among many other mini-track descriptions on the HICSS–48 website in your browser; each case, again, depends on a set of web clients, computers, and cloud servers. Shared social practices are reflected in the degree to which you, the reader, and we, the authors, understand and share common knowledge about the form and contents of the genre of conference calls in general and HICSS calls in particular. Our shared activities are the basics of work practice, and, the heterogeneous material forms of this call for proposals are some of the infrastructures supporting HICSS and the broader information systems field. In short, the production of this call involves both the materiality of information, organizational action and the work of documenting (Østerlund 2008; Ribes, 2014; Rosner, 2012).
As increasingly complex information systems are adopted and adapted within and across organizational environments, there is pressing need for more careful study of organizational action and the work of documenting within such contexts. Previous work in this minitrack has included a focus on document cycles (Østerlund and Boland 2009), trace ethnography, (Geiger and Ribes 2011) as well as the recipient of the Best Paper award in 2014, which was focused on governance (Finn, Srinivasan Veeraraghavan 2014). We invite papers for this minitrack that address (but are not limited to):
· Exploring material assemblages in organizational settings
· Materiality and organizational knowledge management
· eScience and Big Data as practical work
· Methodological considerations in adopting a sociomaterial research approach
· Documents as part of organizational infrastructure
· Institutional analysis and ethnography
· Boundary objects, information, and documents
· Classification systems, standards, and their roles in organizational life
· Bottom-up standards and classifications
· The practical life cycles of information
· Organizational infrastructures of tacit knowledge and materially-mediated practice
· The work of documenting as self-making
The minitrack chairs welcome inquires from authors about the suitability of their work for the minitrack. Contact Co-chairs Carsten Østerlund, Syracuse University, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://carsten.syr.edu; David Ribes, Georgetown University email@example.com, http://www.davidribes.com; or Daniela K. Rosner, University of Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.danielarosner.com.
From now to June 1: If you wish, you may prepare an abstract and contact the minitrack chairs for guidance and indication of appropriate content.
June 15: Authors submit full papers by this date, following the Author Instructions (http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/hicss_43/authorinstruction.htm). Please consult the HICSS main website for complete information (http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu). All papers will be submitted in double column publication format and limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references. HICSS papers undergo a double-blind review (June15–August15).
August 15: Acceptance notices are sent to Authors. At this time, at least one author of an accepted paper should begin visa, fiscal and travel arrangements to attend the conference to present the paper.
September 15: Authors submit Final Version of papers following submission instructions posted on the HICSS web site. At least one author of each paper must register by this date with specific plans to attend the conference.
October 15: Papers without at least one registered author to attend HICSS will be pulled from the publication process; authors will be notified.
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Finn, M., and J. Srinivasan, and R. Veeraraghavan. (2014) “Seeing with Paper: Government Documents and Material Participation.” Paper presented at the The 47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Science (HICSS-48), Hawaii, HI.
Frohman, Bernd. (2004). Deflating information: From Science studies to documentation. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.
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