Nomadic Culture(s) Beyond Work Practices

Yesterday I received an email notification that our workshop proposal to ECSCW 2017 has been accepted. I’m looking foward to this workshop as it willbe an opportunity to revisit and explores ideas and research  interests developed during my PhD in light of recent socio-technical developments.
The workshop is a collaboration with old and new colleagues I really enjoy working with, and it will take me back to ECSCW after several years of absence.


This workshop is relevant to ECSCW 2017 as it will provide a context to revisit past and current research on mobility and nomadic practices that has traditionally been core in the community. As such, it will be an opportunity to highlight how this area of research has contributed to the CSCW community, but also to identify unsolved problems, future challenges and research agendas. We see the in-depth discussion that we hope to generate as an opportunity to connect research on nomadic practices to more recent research on sharing platforms as sites of work. This will contribute to develop an understanding of nomadic culture by providing a more contemporary perspective on the social and cultural aspects around workplace sites and co-working practices.

More about the workshop


Luigina Ciolfi is Reader in Communication in the Communication and Computing Research Centre, C3RI, Sheffield Hallam University (UK). She holds a Laurea (Univ. of Siena, Italy) and a PhD (Univ. of Limerick, Ireland) in Human-Computer Interaction. Her main research interests are on people’s experience of technology in the physical world, nomadic work and life practices, cultural heritage technologies and collaboration and participation in design. She has worked on several research projects exploring interaction with technology in public spaces, heritage settings, and practices of work and life on the move. She is interested in further exploring placemaking and mechanisms of mobilisation of work and non-work activities. She has organised numerous international workshops and has published on these topics in refereed conferences and journals.
Breda Gray is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick. She holds a B. Soc. Sc. (University College Dublin, Ireland); BSW (University of British Columbia, Canada), MA Management Learning and PhD Sociology, Lancaster University UK. She is Co-Convenor of Gender ARC research consortium between the University of Limerick and National University of Ireland Galway. Her central research interests are in gender, migration, mobilities, changing work patterns and governance. She has published widely on these themes as well as leading and advising on related international and national research projects.
Airi Lampinen is a researcher and lecturer at Mobile Life Centre at Stockholm University, Sweden. Over the past decade, her research has focused on social and economic activities in networked settings, ranging from network hospitality and peer-to-peer exchange in local communities to on-demand service platforms and social media. Lampinen holds a PhD in social psychology from University of Helsinki and a BSc (Eng.) from Aalto University’s interdisciplinary Information Networks degree programme. Previously, she has been a researcher at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s School of Information and a research intern at Microsoft Research New England.
Fabiano Pinatti is an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Information Systems and New Media of the University of Siegen. He holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Federal University of São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil, and a Multidisciplinary PhD developed within a joint project between the Interaction Design Centre of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Limerick, Ireland, and the Department of Sociology at the same university. His interests span Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing, Mobile and Nomadic Work and Informatics in Education and the focus of his research is on technologically-mediated human practices. He has published several articles on topics related to these fields of research in prestigious international conferences. During his doctoral research he has investigated issues of nomadic work/life practices in the knowledge economy, providing a more nuanced account of nomadicity and associated issues.
Chiara Rossitto is a lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction at Stockholm University. She holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), and a Masters Degree in Communication Science from the University of Siena (Italy). Her research is characterized by a combination of social theory and empirical investigations of technologies use. Her previous work has focused in the methodological and analytical challenges inherent in studying nomadicity in collaborative work. She has also investigated place-making practices and how they can emerge from the interactions between people, their activities, and their efforts to manage and use constellations of technologies. She is interested in outlining a research agenda exploring an ecological understanding of contemporary nomadic practices.