Call for Papers

Technology and Intimacy: Choice or coercion?

Submission deadline extended to January 31st 2016

From distant mainframes to personal computers to handhelds to wearable tech and implanted devices, contemporary technology seems on an unstoppable trajectory to get nearer and nearer to us, our bodies, and the most intimate details of our lives. This conference series has marked every stage of this journey from 1974 until today. Manchester, home of the computer and now European City of Science in 2016, welcomes HCC12 with the aim of scrutinising the journey from impersonal monolithic technology towards the intimate intertwining of devices and the self. What is the history and impact of this journey and where are we going next?

Intimate technologies are now manifest in so many ways in the workplace, domestic environments, in transport, in defence, and through entertainment opportunities, with both similar and distinct impacts in the developed and in the developing world. The conference seeks to bring together an inclusive and representative sample of these many constantly evolving intimate relationships that have existed previously and continue to exist between humans and technology.

Cross-disciplinary papers concerning ethics, health and wellbeing, or the security and privacy issues associated with any or all of the topics below are very welcome.

The conference welcomes inputs from members of academia and research, civic society, computing associations, industry, and the IT professions on the following themes:

  • Intimacy – Location – Personal/Social – Wearables – Implantables – Data Manipulation
  • Personalisation – Identity – Digital Footprint – Gender
  • Marketing – User Experience – Human Computer Interaction & Design – Search and Social Media
  • Customisation – Material Culture – Innovation – Kit – Microchipping
  • Generations – Histories – Enabling Technologies
  • Geographies – Urban Technologies – Wayfaring
  • ICT for Development – Global Mobility – Developing Economies – Sustainability.

Paper Submission

The conference is open to attendees at all stages of career and education, whether you are at the start, middle or peak of your career, either as academics or practitioners. Submitted papers should be approximately 3,000-5,000 words in length.

Please Register for an account on Springer’s OCS service
and upload your Abstract and your Paper here.

Instructions: Click on ‘Submit Abstract’ to enter Title, Keywords, your Abstract, Author names, and upload your full paper.  A fuller help-guide to submitting your paper through OCS is available here.

Once reviewed, if your paper is accepted for inclusion in the Conference and publication in the Proceedings, we will require you to format your paper according to the Springer guidelines by April 15th 2016.

Conference Venue

The conference venue is MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, in the heart of Greater Manchester, hosted by Salford Business School’s Centre for Digital Business.

Virtual Presenters

Delegates are also invited to submit papers to our special ‘Virtual Presenter’ track, to include presentations of accepted papers via videolink in the Digital Performance Lab at MediaCityUK. Virtual presenters will not only benefit from having no travel and accommodation costs, but will be charged special Virtual Presenter Conference Fee rates.


springerlogoSpringer will be publishing the proceedings of the conference in the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology series (IFIP AICT)

Programme Committee


David Kreps – University of Salford, UK, WG9.5 Chair
Diane Whitehouse – The Castlegate Consultancy, UK, TC9 Chair
Gordon Fletcher – University of Salford, UK
Marie Griffiths – University of Salford, UK

Programme Committee

Bernd Stahl – De Montfort University, UK
Eileen Trauth – Penn State University, US
Jackie Phahlamohlaka – CSIR, South Africa
Ela Klecun – London School of Economics, UK
Will Venters – London School of Economics, UK
Kai Kimppa – Turku University, Finland
Niki Panteli – Royal Holloway University, UK
Norberto Patrignani – Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Oliver Burmeister – Charles Sturt University, Aus
António Moniz – New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Louise Leenen – CSIR, South Africa
Martin Warnke – Leuphana University, Germany
Petros Chamakiotis – University of Sussex, UK
Brad McKenna – University of Portsmouth, UK
Christina Mörtberg – Linnaeus University, Sweden
Magda David Hercheui – Westminster, UK
Vic Grout – Glyndwr University, UK
Denise Oram – Glyndwr University, UK
Sisse Finken – Linnaeus University, Sweden
Olli Heim – Turku University, Finland
Jani Koskinen – Turku University, Finland
Sue Hessey – BT, UK

Important Dates

January 31st 2016 – Submissions due: 3000-5000 wds
March 18th 2016 – Notification of acceptance/rejection
April 15th 2016 – Submission of camera ready papers in Springer formatting
July 1st 2016 – Deadline for early bird registration
Sept 7th-9th 2016 – Conference dates.


Conference Fees

As well as Standard Rates and Early Bird rates, we are pleased to make available HCC Members Rates: if you are a representative from a National Computing Society affiliated with IFIP, a member of an IFIP Working Group or IFIP Special Interest Group, or attended HCC11 or HCC10, you may select the appropriate Members Rate, and enter your Society, WG, or attended conference in the relevant field in the online shop.

Rate Description Early Bird Fee Standard Fee
Full Delegate Conference fee for non-HCC Member Delegates £375 £425
VP Full Delegate Rate Virtual Presenter Fee for non-HCC Members £305 £340
HCC Member Conference Fee for HCC Member Delegates £305 £340
VP HCC Member Virtual Presenter Fee for HCC Members £270 £300
Student Conference fee for Student Delegates £270 £300


The online shop for registration and payment of conference fees will be available from this website nearer the time.

Download the Call for Papers as a PDF:

HCC12- FinalCall for Papers_Jan2016