November 2015 Bulletin: Selected News Stories

10 November 2015

A selection of articles from the Balance Network’s November 2015 bulletin. To be added to our mailing list, please click the ‘Sign Up To Our Bulletins’ icon above.

  1. Upcoming collaborative Balance Network activities
  2. Digital Families Across the Lifecourse
  3. Researcher in Residence Programme
  4. MREV – Call for Papers: Digital Working Life
  5. BBC Capital
  6. CoDE 2016 Conference

1. Upcoming collaborative Balance Network activities
In this bulletin and on the website are brief descriptions of the eight recently funded activities which will run between now and April 2016. And of course they will all be brought together at Beyond Balance on 27 June 2016. As event registrations and/or further details for each activity become available we will include those on our website and in the monthly bulletins.

Upcoming collaborative Balance Network activities (for details go to the Events page):

  • Rhythms, Routines and Relationships – Extended deadline – 15 November (working party 26-27 Nov 2015, webinars from Jan 2016)
  • Life-Swap Workshops (three workshops, Jan – Mar 2016)
  • Design Led Explorations: Material Desires (one day workshop, 17 Feb 2016)
  • Prolonging working life through ICT: the role of crowdsourcing (afternoon/evening seminar, early 2016)
  • ‘Going off the grid’: Can employees really switch off during travel? (one day workshop, Mar 2016, date tbc)
  • Business Travel, Mobile ICTs and work-life balance: Day Workshop and Research Network Building (one day invitation workshop, 13 Apr 2016)
  • A trans-disciplinary approach to building e-resilience: managing technology across the lifespan (conference, 21 Apr 2016)
  • Digital Brain Switch: Exploring work-life boundaries in a digital age (dissemination videos, to be launched 2016)

2. Digital Families Across the Lifecourse
Scottish Universities Insight Institute programme (SUII) invite you to attend the first of three seminars to consider the influence of digital technologies across the lifecourse. These events are being co-organised by Prof. Natasha Mauthner from the Digital Epiphanies project. Seminar One is Children and Digital Technology on November 19, 2015 from 10.30-3.30 in Glasgow.  This seminar aims to:

  • Explore how digital technologies are changing childhood, both positive and negative factors
  • Identify key issues in the influence of digital technologies on children, and how to address these
  • Develop new collaborations between those interested in taking issues forward

3. Researcher in Residence Programme
The Digital Catapult and the RCUK Digital Economy (DE) Theme is now accepting applications for the Researchers in Residence Programme at the Digital Catapult Centre in London. The closing date is December 6, 2015.
 
4. MREV – Call for Papers: Digital Working Life
Management Revue journal is hosting a seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik  April 11-15, 2016, which will then contribute to a special issue of the journal.  Seminar abstracts are due by January 31 and papers for the journal are due by July 31.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Virtual work and stress; work-family boundaries; Virtual teams and E-leadership; and Virtual work and trust.

5. BBC Capital
The BBC’s feature section, Capital, has recently featured a number of work-life balance articles that might be of interest to BN members.  Two additional BBC articles in which you might be interested are: Are productivity apps more hype than help? and The truth about Sweden’s short working hours.

6. CoDE 2016 Conference
The Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE) conference will be held at Anglia Ruskin, 12-13 May 2016. The conference theme is Case Studies on Creative Communication. CoDE invite submissions under three different categories: 1) 20-minute paper presentations; 2) digital demonstrations with an accompanying poster; 3) lightning round presentations. Proposals should be identified as category 1, 2 or 3 and submitted to code@anglia.ac.uk before mid-day January 18.