CFP: “Infopaths” in “Hybrid Environments”: Examples from Archaeology, Museology, Urban Geography and Computer Interface Design

CFP: “Infopaths” in “Hybrid Environments”: Examples from Archaeology, Museology, Urban Geography and Computer Interface Design

Despina Catapoti (University of the Aegean) and Ingrid Berg (University of Stockholm)

Archaeological excavations, museums, cities and computer interface constitute sites within which various entities (i.e. words, thoughts, ideologies, habits, practices, technologies, bodies, objects, materials, structures and places) find themselves in interaction.Way-finding within such environments of ‘presence’ and ‘absence’, ‘ruins’ and ‘traces’ requires meticulous attention to the complexity of what is taking place in hybrid conditions, the profound socio-political implications of the choice to record, process, ignore or even silence (any form of immediate, mediated or mediatized) information and thus, by extension, awareness of the ethical responsibility of the connoisseurs in all aforementioned decision making processes (krisis).
In seeking to shed further light into these issues, the editors of the volume “Infopaths” and “Hybrid Environments”: Examples from Archaeology, Museology, Urban Geography and Computer Interface Design invite specialists from all four fields to participate in an interdisciplinary dialogue, whose key themes will be the following:

[1] Hybrid ecologies
How is the notion of “hybridity” to be perceived in all four environments? What makes an archaeological site a hybrid environment? What factors render a city into a “hybrid space”? How are we to discern “hybridity” in museum exhibitions? Why does computer interface possess a “hybrid anatomy”?

[2] Data regionalization
How do we process data? Whether in a museum or an archaeological site, how do we tend to arrange information, how do we bring order to it and how do we deal with its complexity? Whether we work with urban contexts or computer interface design, how do we make choices as to what to bring to the fore and what to leave in the margins? What types of data or information do we choose to ignore or silence in the course of our analysis? Can we afford multi-vocality in our projects and if so, how?

[3] Infopaths: Who’s ‘leading the way’?
How ought the role of the connoisseurs in information processing be perceived in the postmodern era? Are we mediators, regulators, or creators? How is this role justified? To whom are we responsible? Whom do we represent? How do we choose our audience or target group?

All those interested in submitting a paper in this volume are kindly requested to send an email to Despina Catapoti at dcatapoti@aegean.gr by 30/09/2013. The email should include the title and abstract of the proposed paper (approx. 250 words). Contributors will be notified by 31/10/2013. Papers to be included in the volume will be 5000-6000 words (including bibliography). Deadline for the submission of the papers: 30/05/2014.

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