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Call for Papers for the minitrack “Sensing and Pervasive Technologies and Applications for Healthcare” at HICSS 2014


47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences: HICSS conferences are devoted to the most relevant advances in the information, computer, and system sciences, and encompass developments in both theory and practice. The conferences have become a unique and respected forum in computer and information systems technology for the exchange of ideas among researchers and development communities in North America, Asia and the Pacific Basin nations, Europe, and the Middle East.

Waikoloa, Hawaii, January 6-9, 2014

HICSS 2014 Track on Information Technology in Healthcare
Minitrack: Sensing and Pervasive Technologies and Applications for Healthcare


There are two key challenges in today’s healthcare system: One is the significant cost pressure on healthcare delivery and the second is the rapid growth of the field of medical informatics and e-health, increasingly using sensing and pervasive technologies. In addition there is a trend to foster active patient participation in their care. Patients of all ages are becoming more and more familiar with technology, especially mobile devices. Therefore it is prudent to look at the application of such technologies for healthcare with the goal to facilitate value-driven healthcare delivery.

Here, a new field of research is evolving which is focused on sensing and pervasive technologies for healthcare. This rapidly growing area is expected to play an increasingly important role for healthcare globally. Reasons for this include: the higher mobility of individuals, the need to have active and empowered patients, the pressure to provide effective and efficient care, the growth in chronic diseases and therefore the demand for appropriate applications to monitor and manage these diseases. Sensing and pervasive technologies generate large amounts of data. This big data is a bonanza for enhancing insights into healthcare processes as well as for improving healthcare IT. This minitrack has been designed to provide an outlet for research in this nascent area. Selected papers will be fast-tracked for a special issue in Health and Technology published by Springer.

Completed and research in progress papers are welcomed that focus on any topic within this discipline. In particular broad categories of suitable papers include but are not limited to:

  • Network-centric design of applications using sensing and pervasive technologies
  • Biomedical applications based on sensor data
  • Sensor-based devices for treatment tracking and tracing
  • Big data analytics of heterogeneous health data
  • Online social networks and health 2.0
  • Persuasive technologies and applications
  • Apps development and service-orientated architectures
  • Theories and studies supporting successful design, development, and implementation
  • Methodologies and frameworks to support self-care
  • Chronic disease management and preventative solutions
  • Developing business models and cost-effective concepts for pervasive healthcare

Important dates

  • NOW Submission opens
  • May 1, 2013 Authors are encouraged to submit an extended abstract (1-2 pages) to the minitrack chairs via e-mail for early reactions and guidance
  • June 15, 2013 Submission deadline of full papers
  • August 15, 2013 Notification of acceptance
  • September 15, 2013 Submission of final paper

Instructions for authors

All conference submissions will be double-blind, peer reviewed, and all manuscripts must be submitted using the conference’s online submission system.

For complete instructions for authors and information about the conference, visit the HICSS 2014 conference website.

Minitrack chairs:
Prof. Dr. Freimut Bodendorf (primary contact), Institute of Information Systems, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Epworth HealthCare and School of Business and IT, RMIT University, Australia
Dr. Carolin Durst, Institute of Information Systems, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Conference: Afghanistan, The Cold War, and the End of the Soviet Union (14.-16.03.13)

Afghanistan, The Cold War, and the End of the Soviet Union
14-16 March 2013

The conference is open to the public. Registration is not necessary

Conference Program

Thursday, 14 March 2013: Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung

20.00: Opening
Rodric Braithwaite (London): This Time it will be Different: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-1989

Friday, 15 March 2013: : Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Thomas-Ellwein-Saal

9.45-10.15 Welcome

10.15-11.45 Rhetorics and Politics of the Cold War

Martin Deuerlein (Tübingen): The Bear Trap? Iran, Afghanistan and the Prelude to Invasion, 1978-1979
Roman Krawielicki (Tübingen): “Sovietnam”? Reagan Rhetoric and Politics in relation to the Soviet War in Afghanistan
Discussant: Claudia Weber (Hamburg)

11.45-12.30 Coffee Break

12.00-13.30 Everyday Lives I: Within the Soviet Army

Alena Maklak (Potsdam): “United Friendly Family”? Cohesion and Disintegration among Soviet Soldiers in Afghanistan
Serguei Oushakine (Princeton): Notes of War and Despair. Writing Military History with Songs
Discussant: Klaas Voß (Hamburg)

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.00 Everyday Lives II: Resistance and Migration in Afghanistan

Robert Johnson (Oxford, UK): Counter-Revolution or People’s War: The Mujahideen Insurgency, 1979-1989
Conrad Schetter (Bonn): Patterns of Migration in Afghanistan
Discussant: Florian Kühn (Hamburg)

16.00-16.60 Coffee Break

16.30-18.00 The Self and the Other: Perceptions of Afghans and Soviets

Martha Vogel (Basel): Afghan Visual Propaganda. The Self and the Other
Elena Senyavskaya (Moscow): Afghanistan in the Eyes of the Limited Contingent of Soviet Forces
Discussant: Rudolf Mark (Hamburg)

Saturday, 16 March 2013: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Thomas-Ellwein-Saal

9.45-11.15 The Aftermath: The Soviet War Veterans

Nataliya Danilova (Nottingham): Veterans of the Soviet Afghan War: Gender Crisis and Re-Invention of Identity
Vejune D. Gota (Vilnius): The Aftermath of War: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Social Support, and Alcohol Consumption in Lithuania
Discussant: Manfred Zeller (Hamburg)


Afghanistan, the Cold War and the End of the Soviet Union. Perspectives for new research

For further information please contact Dr. des. Esther Meier.

PD. Tanja Penter, Dr. des. Esther Meier, Laura Sembritzki, M.A. (HSU)
Dr. Claudia Weber (HIS)

Further information

Call for Papers: PEGNet Conference 2013 (October 17-18, 2013 in Copenhaben)

How to Shape Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Economies in the
Developing World ─ Global, Regional, and Local Solutions

Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark,
October 17-18, 2013

Conference format

The conference will provide a platform for high-level dialogue and exchange of ideas between development researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. The conference will feature parallel sessions based on invited and contributed papers as well as project presentations. The parallel sessions will be complemented by a debate, a round-table discussion, and keynote speeches by renowned speakers from academia, economic policy and development practice. In addition, the PEGNet Best Practice Award will be awarded for the fifth time to best practices in cooperation between researchers and practitioners. While plenary sessions will focus on the conference theme, parallel sessions and Best Practice Award projects are open to all topics surrounding PEGNet’s core theme – the nexus between poverty, equity, and growth.

Conference theme

Economic growth has come largely at the expense of natural resource depletion and environmental degradation, and has not yet provided the basis for substantial reductions in economic and social inequality, which is why the concept of green growth has emerged to find ways to make growth compatible with environmental sustainability without neglecting social dimensions.

Inclusive green growth policies are difficult to design and, even in the best case scenarios, are not a panacea for overcoming developing economies’ structural shortcomings that have been excluding the poor from the benefits of growth. In particular, but not exclusively, we invite contributions (papers and projects) that provide answers to the following questions:

  • What lessons can be learned from existing poverty reduction strategies about the scope for making social, economic and environmental objectives mutually reinforcing?
  • What mix of regulatory, market-based and informative instruments is needed to facilitate the transition towards green growth which is pro-poor and inclusive?
  • Are there models of agriculture, which can sustainably meet increased demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber while respecting resource scarcities and the integrity of vital ecosystems?
  • What are the technological and financing needs for a green economy transition in agriculture, one that includes and benefits smallholder farmers, agricultural laborers and food security?
  • How can the international development community contribute to this?
  • How to shape consumer behavior towards green societies in developing and emerging regions?
  • How can business and policymakers work together to create a green and inclusive economy, and

  • upscale green and inclusive employment and business models?
  • How can green and inclusive growth be modeled?

Best Practice Award

We also ask for submissions of projects, programs, and initiatives for the PEGNet Best Practice Award. This award will be granted to programmes or projects that have achieved effective interaction between research and practice. All initiatives that have proved to put research into action and have thereby fostered cooperation between development research and practice are encouraged to apply. Such initiatives can be development projects or programmes that have incorporated research tools into their design or research projects that have been particularly successful in translating their findings into policy and practice. Initiatives targeted at improving dialogue between researchers and practitioners are also encouraged to apply. http://www.pegnet.ifwkiel.de/activities/best-practice-award provides more information about the award.

A maximum of four projects will be selected by a committee on the basis of a three-page summary of the initiative’s objectives, the type of interaction between research and practice as well as its results. The preselected projects will be asked to submit one additional paper or report. At the conference, each nominated initiative will be presented and the winner of a prize of Euro 3000 will be selected by the committee.

Submission and Deadlines

Please email your submissions to pegnet@ifw-kiel.de in a pdf or Word file and indicate ‘PEGNet Conference 2013’ in the subject heading. The submission deadline for papers and Best Practice projects is May 15, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be sent out in early June 2013. Contributed papers and projects will be selected on the basis of papers or abstracts of not less than 400 words. Priority will be given to empirical research with clear implications for policy design and implementation. The deadline for full papers and additional material for the Best Practice Award is August 31, 2013.

Authors of selected papers will have the option to submit their papers for a special issue of the Economics E-journal (http://www.economics-ejournal.org/special-areas/special-issues/how-toshape-environmentally-and-socially-sustainable-economies-in-the-developing-world-2500-globalregional-and-local-solutions). Please indicate in your submission Email if you also want to submit your paper for the special issue.

For more information on PEGNet and the conference please refer to www.pegnet.ifw-kiel.de.


The conference is co-organised by the Department of Economics at University of Copenhagen, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported the KfW Development Bank, the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Courant Poverty Research Centre at the University of Göttingen.

Further Information

Call for Papers: The 7th Annual PhD Conference: The Non-Financial Crisis: Politics, Media and Culture in the Present Economic Context 31 May, 2013, Leeds

The 7th Annual PhD Conference
The Institute of Communications Studies
University of Leeds

The Non-Financial Crisis: Politics, Media and Culture in the Present Economic Context
31 May, 2013, Leeds

The recent financial crisis that caused the collapse of large financial institutions, the bailout of banks by national governments, and the struggle of national and trans-national governments in tackling the crisis, has signalled the need for fundamental changes in economic and political systems.

In this conference we hope to interrogate the various aspects of the crisis. These aspects span beyond economic considerations to broader issues related to socio-political systems, media and cultural production. Almost all fields are affected by the crisis and forced to change. The changes in these fields are interdependent and will have important implications for our future. With this aim in mind we invite submissions which could address any of the following questions or investigate related issues:

1. Politics

  • How is the crisis changing the way leaders appeal to audiences?
  • How has the crisis influenced political agendas?
  • How have governments been dealing with the communication of the crisis?
  • Has the crisis brought about new forms of political action?
  • Is the economic crisis encouraging citizen participation?
  • Is it still possible for the public sphere to influence national government in times of transnational crisis?
  • Has the crisis in anyway influenced the legitimacy of transnational institutions?

2. Media and Journalism

  • How has the media represented the crisis?
  • What are the challenges for communicating the crisis?
  • Have journalistic practices changed due to the influence of the crisis?
  • How have the economic crisis and budget cuts influenced media production?
  • Have new media changed the way news is produced and distributed during crisis?
  • Will the media play a different role in society after the crisis?
  • Has new media been shrinking or expanding disparity between the North and the South during the crisis?

3. Culture

  • Cultural labour and value creation: what impact has the crisis had on the dynamic between creative autonomy and market imperatives?
  • Are the creative industries more resilient to the impact of the economic crisis than traditional manufacturing industries?
  • What might the implications be of public subsidy cuts for culture and the cultural labour market?
  • What roles can the cultural and creative industries play in promoting job creation and economic growth?
  • Could the cultural industries play a real and significant role in the development and adoption of new socioeconomic models?
  • Where does the culture industry debate lie today: what have been the effects of the commodification of culture?
  • What is art’s relationship to social change? Is there legitimate faith in the autonomy of art as bound to the promise of a better world to come?
  • What might be the outcomes of the economic crisis for European culture?

Please email 250-300 word abstract, with any institutional affiliation and brief biography, to the following email address by March 1, 2013 (earlier submissions welcome):


This call for papers is also available online: http://www.ics-phd-conference.leeds.ac.uk/

Call for Presentations: 2013 German Stata Users Group Meeting – June 7, 2013

Call for Presentations
2013 German Stata Users Group Meeting

Organizers: Johannes Giesecke (University of Bamberg) and Ulrich Kohler (University of Potsdam)

Place: University of Potsdam Date: June 7, 2013

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2013 About the Conference

We would like to announce the 11th German Stata Users Group Meeting to be held at the University of Potsdam on Friday, June 7, 2013. We would like to invite everybody from anywhere who is interested in using Stata to attend this meeting.

Presentations are sought on topics that include:

  • user-written Stata programs,
  • case studies of research or teaching using Stata,
  • discussions of data management problems,
  • reviews of analytical issues,
  • surveys or critiques of Stata facilities in specific fields, etc.

The conference language will be English due to the international nature of the meeting and the participation of non-German guest speakers. (See http://www.stata.com/support/meeting for the proceedings of other User Group Meetings.)

The academic program of the meeting is being organized by Johannes Giesecke and Ulrich Kohler.


If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit an abstract by email to one of the organizers (max 200 words). The deadline for submissions is 1st March 2013. Presentations should be 20 min. or shorter.

Finance and Logistics

Participants are asked to travel at their own expense. There will be a small conference fee to cover costs for coffee, teas, and luncheons. There will also be an optional informal meal at a restaurant in Potsdam on Friday evening at additional cost. The logistics are being organized by Dittrich and Partner (http://www.dpc.de), the distributor of Stata in several countries including Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, and Hungary. You can enroll by contacting Anke Mrosek by email or by writing, phoning, or faxing to

Anke Mrosek
Dittrich & Partner Consulting GmbH
Prinzenstr. 2
42697 Solingen
Tel: +49 (0) 212 260 66-24
Fax: +49 (0) 212 260 66-66

The final program, cost, and venue will be circulated in March 2013.

REMINDER Call for Papers “Ableism, Racism and Conflicts of Participation and Inclusion in Society and the Labour Market”

Call for Papers
Ableism, Racism and Conflicts of Participation and Inclusion in Society and the Labour Market
International Conference on Linking Concepts of Critical Ableism and Racism Studies with Research on Conflicts of Participation – June 6-8, 2013

January 30th 2013 Abstract submission deadline

Network and Centre of Participation Research, University of Hamburg Prof. Dr. Marianne Pieper
Jamal Haji Mohammadi, Gesa Mayer, Till Telake

While anti-discrimination laws and the UN Disability Rights Convention provide legal guarantees anchoring the right to self-determination and inclusion in all sectors of society, these guarantees have yet to be realised in practice.

Central to this conference is the question of implementation of the rights of marginalised people to inclusion, self-determination and participation in society in general and especially in the labour market. The focus is on two central interconnected axes of difference, ableism and racism, which act as powerful social “ushers” in conjunction with other constructions of difference. Both “disability” and “migration background” are terms used colloquially and often understood as properties associated with individuals; however, what remains hidden is how they are the product of complex processes of construction. These processes can take on very different forms in different geopolitical contexts depending on the specific logics of economic valorisation as well as different political and technical conditions.

The aim of the conference is to discuss the creation of concepts as well as theoretical and methodological tools adequate to the task of analysing marginalisation and participation. An additional focus of the conference will be on the concept and practices of inclusion and a discussion of models, perspectives and policy options. The conference program is divided into three sections:

1. Theoretical and conceptual development

The aim is to explore new theoretical and methodological approaches to analysing processes of marginalisation by examining how ableism and racism interact with other axes of difference (gender, age, sexual orientation, class) in the context of specific economic conditions. How do logics of valorisation, production conditions and the labour market situation in contemporary neo-liberal economies relate to ableism, racism and other axes of difference?

2. Development of methodological perspectives / Discussion of new research designs

Creative and innovative methodologies will be presented for discussion. There will be an emphasis on theoretical concepts and research methods/research designs which neither comprehend people as simple emanations and materialisations of power logics and structures, nor view them as completely autonomous actors. The aim is rather to explore the potential offered by theoretical concepts and research designs from the fields of “neo- materialism” and complexity theory to escape the narrowness and aporias of social constructivist approaches.

3. Current empirical studies and reports from the field will be used as the basis for discussions of different forms of participation in the labour market and in everyday life.

a) Network activists will outline and discuss new perspectives and models as well as demands and opportunities for political intervention.
b) A panel discussion will allow network activists and scientists to debate new perspectives and models together with political decision-makers and representatives from business and the trade unions.

Important dates

January 30th 2013 Abstract submission deadline
March 3rd 2013 Abstract reviewed
March 4th – April 12th 2013 Early bird registration
May 15th 2013 Final deadline for registration
May 25th 2013 Full conference program published on-line

We invite colleagues from different countries and different disciplines within the social sciences. Please send your abstract (Limit 2000 characters, 250 words) to cepar@wiso.uni-hamburg.de

A Book Launch (or a special issue of an international journal) is in preparation.
Conference venue: University of Hamburg – Institute of Sociology – Network and Centre of Participation Research www.wiso.uni-hamburg.de/cepar

If you have any questions please contact to: cepar@wiso.uni-hamburg.de

Call for Papers – Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers

Invited Academic Speakers include: Richard Alba, Jagdish Bhagwati, François Bourguignon, Leah Boustan, David Card, Barry Chiswick, Claudia Diehl, Frederic Docquier, Ayse Guveli, Jens Hainmueller, Anthony Heath, Jennifer Hunt, Frank Kalter, Ethan Lewis, Mirca Madianou, Valentina Mazzucato, David McKenzie, Judi Mesman, Kaivan Munshi, Giovanni Peri, Lucinda Platt, Imran Rasul and Jeffrey Reitz.

Academic Podia on:

Transnational and Multicultural Lives
Ethnicity, Religion and Discrimination
First and Second Generation Migrants
Migration and Knowledge Spill-overs
Migration and Development
New Frontiers in Migration Data

Policy Podia on:

How should Governments Best Address World Trends in Migration?
Migration: the Key Challenge for the EU?

Invitation to submit: The NORFACE Research Programme on Migration and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at UCL are jointly organising a large interdisciplinary conference on migration. The conference will be held from 10th – 13th April, 2013 at University College London. It will feature invited talks, contributed sessions and a number of academic podia on topics at the frontier of the migration research agenda, as well as two policy events, where high level practitioners, politicians and media representatives will discuss migration related issues.

We welcome scholars from economics, sociology, psychology, demography, anthropology, development studies, and other disciplines with an interest in migration issues, to submit innovative papers on any aspect related to migration. Papers and abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the on-line submission link below.

Submission Guidelines: Submissions for presentation should include an abstract (max. 250 words) and a full paper.

Submission Deadline: Submissions of full papers (pdf files) for contributed sessions are expected by 16th December, 2012.

To submit a paper, please click here

Acceptance decisions will be communicated to the submitters by 31st January, 2013.

Presentation Format: The selected papers will be grouped by category. There will be parallel sessions, with four presentations in each session. Each parallel session will be two hours long. Each presenter will be allocated 30 minutes, including time for discussion.

Other: Travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants themselves. However, there will be a limited number of registration fee waivers for participants under exceptional circumstances.

To download the poster for the call for papers, please click here

Call for Papers: Work, Employment and Society Conference

Call for Papers for the

BSA Work, Employment and Society Conference 2013
“States of Work: and the interpretations of work, employment, society and the state”
3-5 September 2013; University of Warwick, UK

The conference has an international focus and comes at a critical time for the study of work. Over the few last years, unprecedented state intervention in the economy and subsequent radical reform plans for the public sector and the welfare state have raised new questions on the ways work is socially regulated: the WES 2013 conference will bring together sociologists of work from across the globe to assess the evidence and consider the theoretical implications of changing relations between work, society and the state. Deadline for abstract submission is April 19, 2013.

Further Information

Sunbelt XXXIII: Call for Workshop Proposals (Deadline: October 31, 2012)

The Sunbelt XXXIII program committee is soliciting workshop proposals for the upcoming 2013 conference in Hamburg, Germany. Workshops precede the conference and are typically one half-day to one full-day in length. They feature a participant-centered and highly interactive approach. Workshops cover topics and skills that are important to researchers who use social network analysis and provide substantive training and opportunities for practice and critical discussion. Workshops will take place May 21–22, 2013.

Workshop submissions are due by 31 October 2012. No proposals can be accepted after this date.

Proceed to Workshop Proposals submission

SSA Congress 2013: Inequality and Integration in Times of Crisis (June 26 – 28, 2013)

Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association June 26 – 28, 2013 at the University of Bern
Inequality and Integration in Times of Crisis

Since Karl Marx first described the enormous social inequalities and their potential for social change at the beginning of industrialization in the 19th century, the origins, extent, and consequences of social inequality, as well the level of inequality which a society is willing to tolerate, have been major themes in sociology. Our discipline has taken on the theme of inequality in multiple areas ranging from research on unequal educational and labor market opportunities, unequal income distributions, gender and health inequality, and inequality in life expectancy, to mention only a few. There are innumerable national and international conferences devoted to these themes. Do we need yet another one? Is inequality still a problem in our society?

The answer to this question is undoubtedly yes. In particular, the economic crisis at the start of the 21st century underlines the fact that the theme of inequality has not lost its relevance. Above all, the European debt crisis inclines us to suspect that social inequality is growing. In comparison with economic boom times, almost all the European countries feel the pressure of stabilizing their economies and cutting back on public expenditures. This will also impact redistributional policies to reduce inequality and bring about new challenges for integration policies addressing the emerging disparities. At the same time as inequalities within European societies are exacerbated, disparities between states are also rising, which will likely have adverse effects on European unification, not to mention creating new challenges for Switzerland as well.

The European debt crisis came at a point in time when global environmental and demographic problems worsened simultaneously – the aging of industrialized countries and population explosion in developing countries. The inequality effects of climate change and the unequal distribution of population growth will lead to an increase in migration and elevate the immigration pressure on the European Union and Switzerland. For this reason, Switzerland, as well as the other European countries, grapple with questions of managing migration and integration.

Inequalities – as problematic they may be – are also in some sense an opportunity. They increase the diversity of society and can bring about new ideas, innovation, and growth. Our desire and ability for social integration depends, above all, on the ultimate balance between these advantages and disadvantages. Within the framework of the various foci of the research committees, the conference will concentrate on the opportunities as well as the risks associated with these social changes.

Call for Organizers
If you would like to organize a plenary session, please submit the title of the plenary as well as the designated contributions (including titles, abstracts, and the names of the contributors) to the organizing committee by January 15, 2013 (by e-mail to sgs-kongress2013@soz.unibe.ch). A plenary session usually includes three contributions.

If you would like to organize a workshop (parallel session), please submit the theme proposal and call for papers for the workshop to the organizing committee by November 30, 2012 (by e-mail to sgs-kongress2013@soz.unibe.ch). After the organizing committee accepts the proposal, the call for papers will be published. The organizers of the workshop are responsible for collecting the submissions and selecting the contributions to be included in the workshop. The final program of the workshop (including titles, abstracts, and the names of the contributors) has to be submitted to the organizing committee by March 15, 2013 (by e-mail to sgs-kongress2013@soz.unibe.ch).

Further information about the conference can be found on our homepage: www.sgs-kongress2013.unibe.ch