November 2016 Bulletin: Selected News Stories

4 November 2016

We’ve got the final dates and locations for our Autumn/Winter Balance Network activities. Congratulations to Yitong Huang of University of Nottingham for successfully leading the first event in October.  See below for the events coming up in November, and the attached flyer or our website for all events. Please contact the organisers of any activities you would like to attend.  Please contact us regarding travel bursaries (details below). As always, the majority of this bulletin is also available on our website.

  1. Autumn/Winter 2016 Balance Network Activities: dates and details
  2. Travel bursaries to BN events
  3. Invitation for Part Time and Flexible Working Networks
  4. Recent Publications & Call for Papers
  5. Upcoming Conferences and Events
  6. Funding Opportunities

Autumn/Winter 2016 Balance Network Activities: dates and details
Our webpage will be updated with all the latest details, and a flyer is attached. Please feel free to forward it to your networks, or any family or friends who need a little more work-life balance!

Three Cafés: Experiential Artistic Workshops, 23 & 28 Nov, Cambridge
Anglia Ruskin University’s Marina Velez, Davide Natalini, and Debby Lauder are leading three experiential artistic workshops that will focus on embracing technology (23 Nov, 4-6pm, Espresso Library, Cambridge), refusing technology (23 Nov, CB2 Cafe, 6-8pm, Cambridge) and a final discussion about work life balance and technology  (28 Nov, 6-8pm, Thirsty, Cambridge).

ICT Skills and Online Platforms for Social Inclusion, 28 Nov afternoon, Coventry
Dr Sally-Anne Barnes of the University of Warwick and her colleagues are drafting an evidence-based paper focusing on the skills and attributes needed to successfully gain and sustain work via online platforms. A Call for Evidence for this activity is included in our News section below.  A 12-5 pm workshop with experts and local and national policy makers will also be held on 28 November as part of this project.

The Role of Microboundaries on Work-Life Balance, diary studies Nov; workshops 1, 3 & 5 Dec, London 
Marta Cecchinato, PhD student, and Dr Anna Cox of UCL will be undertaking a number of activities related to the use of “microboundaries” by knowledge workers who are experiencing work-life balance challenges. The diary studies are currently being organised, and the workshops will be in early December.

2. Travel bursaries to BN events
We have a number of travel bursaries available for attendance of the above events, in return for a short summary of your experience and ‘take-home messages’ for publication on our website. To apply, send your name, position and organisation, along with a brief statement of what you would hope to get out of the event, and amount requested to Stephanie. If your institution is able to provide some degree of match-funding, please include details.

3. Invitation for Part Time and Flexible Working Networks
Rosie Robison, PI on the Balance Network, recently co-founded the Part Time & Flexible Working (PTFW) staff forum at Anglia Ruskin University. We are very interested to know about any related staff networks/groups at other academic institutions. If you have set up, or are interested in setting up, initiatives to support part time and flexible working within academic settings please do get in touch with Rosie. We also have some special PTFW sessions (facilitated by Balance Network member, Jessica Chivers) coming up on the two main ARU campuses on 21 November (Cambridge) and 23 November (Chelmsford): (1) ‘Flexible talent’ – how to progress your career while working part time/flexibly & (2) ‘Managing Flexibly’ – a workshop about managing part time and flexible workers. We have a couple of spaces at the workshops available for external participation and Balance Network members are particularly invited to join; let Rosie know via the email above if interested.

4. Recent Publications & Call for Papers
An Ethnography of Household Energy Demand in the UK 
Roxana Moroşanu has just published An Ethnography of Household Energy Demand in the UK. Everyday Temporalities of Digital Media Usage.  Roxana participated in the Balance Network-funded activity, Rhythms, routines and relationships: Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand, and co-authored one of that project’s working papers.

The global assemblage of digital flow
‘The global assemblage of digital flow’ Critical data studies and the infrastructures of computing, authored by Graham Pickren, was recently published in Progress in Human Geography. Geographers interrogate the changes made possible by the ubiquity of computing and the phenomenon of ‘big data’ in an emerging field known as ‘critical data studies’. Graham argues that engagement with the proliferation of computing infrastructures that make these new developments allows critical data studies to gain important historical-geographical perspective, connect to new manifestations of uneven development, and better grasp the role of non-human actors within emerging socio-technical relations.

Call for Papers: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) – Special Issue on Re-imagining Participatory Design
Original contributions are requested for a Special Issue of TOCHI on Reimagining Participatory Design. In particular, research contributions are requested that address the potentials and failures of participatory design in pursuing its democratizing project in emerging Information Technology domains. Abstracts are due 5 Jan and full submissions are due 23 Jan.

5. Upcoming Conferences and Events
Call for applications: Digital Methods Winter School 2017, Amsterdam, 9-13 January 2017
The school format includes hands-on work for telling stories with data, together with a programme of keynote speakers and a Mini-conference, where PhD candidates, motivated scholars and advanced graduate students present short papers. For a preview of what the event is like, view a short video from previous Schools in 2015 and 2014.The DMI Winter School is pleased to have Geoffrey Bowker (Univ California Irvine) give the opening keynote.

Tech & Work Life Balance Conference: 16 December 2016
Understanding how issues such as information overload, and constant connectivity affect the quality of our work-life balance is essential for the health, wellbeing and professional performance of modern day information workers. The Tech & Work Life Event, which takes place online, brings together speakers to share tools, best practices, the latest research and the most innovative techniques for workers, team leaders and department heads seeking the best ways to improve the performance and wellbeing of their work lives. For more information, contact Lawrence Ampofo.

6. Funding Opportunities
Are digital technologies making politics impossible? The Nine Dots Prize is a new prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. Entrants are asked to respond to a question in 3,000 words, with the winner receiving US$100,000 to write a short book expanding on their ideas. The question is: Are digital technologies making politics impossible? The aim of the Prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. The name of the Prize references the nine dots puzzle – a lateral thinking puzzle which can only be solved by thinking outside the box. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2017.

Telling Tales of Engagement Competition 2016 – The RCUK Digital Economy (DE) Theme is running this competition designed to help capture and promote the impact that your digital economy research is having. Three prizes of £10,000 are available to support researchers to further tell the story of research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience. Deadline 1 December, 12:00.

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