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CfP: Indigenous Knowledge Technology Conference

30.April 2011
Windhoek, Namibia


Submission Categories

We invite high quality contributions in form of papers, demonstrations, audio files, videos, posters, workshops, and panel discussions, which can include:

  • Narrations or performances of experiences related to the theme of the conference, with English translations
  • Empirical studies in situ, using approaches such as ethnographies, surveys, interviews, contextual inquiries, data mining, etc.
  • Case studies describing the design or usage of knowledge systems (success or failure)
  • Novel tools motivated by observed needs; such as, new ways to gather and access knowledge, navigational systems, communication, collaboration, visualizations, etc.
  • Methodologies, methods and techniques to introduce technologies
  • Meta-research topics; such as how to effectively validate interventions
  • Critical discourse, theoretical models and/or their practical validation

Conference Theme

Indigenous knowledge systems differ fundamentally from the knowledge systems that underlie technology development. Numerous initiatives aim to enable remote diverse communities to share their wisdom and practical know-how with conventional digital technologies but often overlook the very systems that they use to organize and make sense of the world. Further, many indigenous communities, especially those in rural places, have few opportunities to appropriate new technologies emerging in ubiquitous computing, such as social networks, flickr, virtual and augmented realities.
To design digital infrastructures for currently unserved knowledge systems we must account for the transformations that occur as technology interacts with the ways of knowing, doing and being that constitute indigenous knowledge systems.

Aim of IKTC2011

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners, from different disciplines, who are engaged in supporting indigenous and local knowledge representation and dissemination.
The conference will pursue a critical dialogue that considers the tensions arising in representing indigenous knowledge digitally and the factors that contribute to these tensions. Through this we aim to identify opportunities and new epistemological and methodological perspectives that will enable developing technologies that can extend the practices of indigenous knowledge and support the emergence of local socio-technical systems globally.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The use of technologies that link to the overall theme of the conference, such as in:

          o Digital Storytelling
          o Local content creation
          o Knowledge representations and architectures
          o Visualization
          o Agent technologies

  • Methods to design for and support communities that are marginalized in the global knowledge economy, such as

          o Projects aimed at the digital inclusion of rural communities
          o Collaborative frameworks for IK
          o Community centered design approaches
          o Digital representations of life story telling

  • Perspectives on the politics, social and cultural dimensions that contribute to tensions between digital artifacts and marginalized knowledge systems


Important Dates:
Submission Deadline
30 April 2011
Acceptance Notification
30 June 2011
Final Version Deadline
10 August 2011
Registration Deadline
15 August 2011