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  • Tue

    Mark Ackerman: Reinvigorating CSCW Field-based Research Through Theory

    12:00pm-1:00pm2435 North Quad, 105 S. State St.

    Many of the important themes that have sustained CSCW field-based research for the last 25 years are largely tapped out. To be sure, there are still great studies, such as those that will be at CSCW'16. Yet, we have seen many papers on awareness, online norms, and so on. There are those who feel that the CSCW work studies and other interpretivist research streams are in decline; many interpretivist studies are small incremental elaborations over previous studies or studies that elaborate known findings in new subject domains (such as medicine or education).

    In this talk, I want to consider some ways to revitalize the CSCW interpretivist research agenda. Many efforts are already ongoing in the CSCW community.

    To do this, I will use symbolic interactionist (SI) theory as a case study of sorts to guide the discussion, as recent theoretical developments have moved to update "classic" SI (which would correspond to, roughly, updating the so-called second Chicago School) with the postmodern and practice turns. I find the moves in this update important; they generalize to CSCW socio-technical considerations as well. I also consider why extending a standard CSCW micro-sociological basis it is likely to be valuable to CSCW interpretivist work by expanding previous understandings and opening up new questions.

    This work is joint with Liz Kaziunas and Melissa Chalmers

    Mark Ackerman is the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His major research area is Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), primarily Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). He has published widely in HCI and CSCW, investigating collaborative information access in online knowledge communities, medical settings, expertise sharing, and most recently, pervasive environments. Mark is a member of the CHI Academy (HCI Fellow) and an ACM Fellow.

    Previously, Mark was a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine, and a research scientist at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science (now CSAIL). Before becoming an academic, Mark led the development of the first home banking system, had three Billboard Top-10 games for the Atari 2600, and worked on the X Window System's first user-interface widget set. Mark has degrees from the University of Chicago, Ohio State, and MIT.

    This presentation was recorded and you can view it here