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Date:         Mon, 25 Aug 2008 23:03:38 +0100
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.171 CFP: Rethinking Technology Transfer projects
To: humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 171.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 22:41:23 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: CFP: Rethinking Technology Transfer projects

Special Issue on the International Journal of Sociotechnology and
Knowledge Development.

Call for papers ? Rethinking Technology Transfer projects: Culture and
Communicating Knowledge in Developing Regions.

Culture and knowledge communication practices underlie important
challenges that face those who work in, and with, developing regions and
technology. The tacit understandings inherent in these practices also
deal with the problems encountered with innovation and implementation of
ICT and related enabling technologies involving difficult physical
environments, limited technological infrastructure and social gaps,
misunderstandings and conflicts. This issue intends to ask important
questions about the connection between knowledge and communication when
culture operates as a medium and not just as an object. This tension
between knowledge and culture manifests itself in the communication
between the different stakeholders, their priorities and interpretive

     * What is persuasive and invasive about technology and how is the
local culture changed by its introduction?
     * How are local stakeholders considered in the conception and
planning of technology transfer projects?
     * What cultural problems arise in communicating knowledge about
technology and using technology to communicate knowledge in developing
     * How are technological knowledge and situational knowledge
communicated by the international, governmental and local stakeholders
in developing world projects?
     * How and why do current development methods enhance or impede
knowledge communication?
     * To what extent can/should technology transfer include diffusion of
innovations versus co-construction of innovation?  How do culture and
knowledge communication affect it?

Contributions are sought from a variety of disciplinary and
interdisciplinary frames, as well as from those with practical and/or
theoretical insights.

Please submit 400 - 800 words abstracts by 5th September 2008 by email
to both of the editors:

Lynne Dunckley, phd.
Professor of Information Technology at the Institute for IT
Thames Valley University, UK

Constance Kampf, phd.
Assistant Professor,
Knowledge Communication Research Group
Aarhus School of Business,
University of Aarhus, Denmark

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