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[Commlist] Updated CfP for the Mediated Conversation minitrack of HICSS

Sun Jun 28 15:06:47 GMT 2020

We invite paper submissions to the Mediated Conversation minitrack of HICSS, the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. This minitrack is part of the broader Digital and Social Media track of HICSS, which will host its 54th annual conference on January 5-8, 2021, at the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

The submission site is now open. Submissions will be accepted until July 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. HST

For details about the conference and how to submit, see

But what about COVID-19? Will the conference take place in Hawaii? The organizers expect to hold the conference on Kauai as planned, as it is known for its interdisciplinary interactions, and add that "if it becomes evident that convening in Kauai is not advisable, we will timely propose an alternate solution to preserve as much as possible the HICSS experience." Regardless of what happens, the HICSS proceedings are highly cited, and a good way for your work to reach diverse researchers. All papers accepted to HICSS will be published in the proceedings, even though not all papers will be presented as a result of those of you who cannot be in person in Kauai due to ongoing health concerns and travel restrictions related to COVID-19.


Conversations are at the core of human communication. Mediated conversations can use text, audio, images or video, or any combination thereof. The minitrack welcomes research on conversations that are interpersonal, as well as those that occur in organizational or mass communication, educational or political contexts, and in any other sphere of human activity, including the emerging interplay of human-machine communication.

Consider submitting to our mini-track or a related Digital and Social Media track.

This minitrack brings together researchers and innovators to explore mediated conversation and its implications; to raise new socio-technical, ethical, pedagogical, linguistic, and social questions; and to suggest new methods, perspectives, and design approaches.

The Mediated Conversation minitrack is the successor of the Persistent Conversation minitrack established by Tom Erickson and Susan Herring at HICSS in 1999, which was originally focused on the novelty of conversational persistence. With the prevalence of mediated conversation, we are called upon to consider a wider field of issues. Examples of appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:

* Mediated conversation and the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic
* Innovation in mediated conversational practice
* The dynamics and analysis of large-scale conversation systems (e.g., MOOCs and big data applications) * Methods for analyzing mediated conversation: qualitative, quantitative, data analytics, etc.
* Mediated collaboration
* The dark side of mediated conversation: e.g., loafing, hate speech, bullying, and communication overload
* Studies of virtual communities or other sites of mediated conversation
* Ethics and mediated conversation: privacy, deception, freedom of speech, security, and information warfare
* The role of mediated conversation in knowledge management
* The role of mediated conversation in organizations
* Domain-specific applications, opportunities, and challenges of mediated conversations and conversational exchanges (e.g., in education, healthcare, social movements, government, citizen participation, and news media)
* Conversation visualization
* The role of listeners, lurkers, and silent interactions
* Novel properties of mediated conversation
* A platform’s role in mediating the conversation
* Power dynamics and conversational patterns among users of social media
* The role of conversation in understanding the interplay between media producers and media audiences
* Human-machine communication and related conversations (e.g., chatbots)

Fast-track journal opportunity: Authors of papers accepted for presentation in the minitrack will be offered the opportunity to submit an extended version of their papers for consideration for fast-track publication in the ACM journal ACM Transaction on Social Computing (

Mediated Conversation minitrack co-chairs:

Sheizaf Rafaeli (Primary Contact)
University of Haifa
(sheizaf /at/ <mailto:(sheizaf /at/>

Seth C. Lewis
University of Oregon
(sclewis /at/ <mailto:(sclewis /at/>

Yoram Kalman
The Open University of Israel
(yoramka /at/ <mailto:(yoramka /at/>

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