Call for papers : Mobile technologies reshaping urban life

30 juillet 2013

Habitele: Mobile technologies reshaping urban life

CALL FOR PAPERS in a critical perspective on urban studies
ISSN 2175-3369
Guest-editor: Professor Dominique Boullier (Sciences Po, Université de Paris)

Habitele  is a theoretical framework proposed by Dominique Boullier, from SciencesPo, for understanding the major role of mobile technologies as new skins/envelops (after habit, habitat and habitacle), that allow shifts from one identity or affiliation to another. People used to control their personal world through devices that they always want to keep close to their body (keys, credit card, money, IDs and so on). Most of these devices allow people to interact among themselves and with the urban environment.

Now mobile technologies are aggregating all these traces of affiliations to various worlds and making the shift between these worlds very fluid. Related concepts, capturing some aspects of Habitele, have been discussed by Julie Cohen’s personal data ecosystem, Alessandro Aurigi and Fiorella De Cindio´s augmented spaces and Rodrigo Firmino and Fábio Duarte´s infiltrated technologies.

One of the questions proposed by Boullier is: Is Habitele creating a new kind of envelope as do “habit” or “habitat”? Or, in other words and considering the city as a technological artifact: Is Habitele reshaping the way people interact, through mobile technologies, with an urban environment increasingly infiltrated with a myriad of information technologies?
We invite you to address the challenges of constructing and living in an urban environment mediated by mobile technologies.

Habitele: digital wereable identities, was also a research project leaded by Dominique Boullier, funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), which involved teams from 8 countries investigating how people interact with mobile phones as part of their personal interface to different layers of social worlds and urban environments.

Paper submission date (full papers): 1st September 2013.
Acceptance and feedback from reviewers/editors: 30th September 2013.
Submission of final revised versions: 10th October 2013.

All papers must be submitted in English and will go through a double-blind review process.
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