What’s going on in my Writing Productivity Pipeline?

Inspired by Furtak’s description of a Writing Productivity Pipeline, I started to pay more attention to how my own work spread across the different steps in the pipeline, as she suggests: from ideas to drafts, proposals, manuscripts and untill manuscripts have become articles, chapters and books in press and published.

I liked the idea of the pipeline and being aware of how projects move through the pipeline. I also enjoyed how trying to define my own pipeline actually visualised many things that otherwise just remained something I did without noticing it. In many cases our work remains invisible until it is in print, but there’s a lot of work going on before that.

Looking back at what has been going on in my own pipeline over the last two months, I am quite satisfied with:

Ideas developing
* Abstract sent to the conference (June) Fjordkonferansen about role models for women in IT – (Abstract accepted)
* Full paper sent to HCC13 – (waiting for review)

In revision
* Review received from a scientific journal on an article about Women in IT education – (needs editing, so need to work on that)

Data collection
* Continuing interviews with women working with technology, for the NCoE Nordwit
* Finished a survey on programming in school – need to move this to the next stage: analysing and writing about it.

Proposals under review
* Participant in 2 proposals sent to Gender Net Plus; one on computing and the other on health technology, both on gender. (Waiting for review phase 1, then hopefully accepted for phase 2 in June – July)
* Participant in 2 proposals about ehealth/assistive technology sent to regional and national governments in Norway – (waiting for response).

Manuscripts in draft form
* Paper presented at CENS 2018 together with – or correction: presented by, because I couldn’t go there – Carol Azungi Dralega. The presentation will be reworked to a manuscript before the summer. Part of NCoE Nordwit

In press
Two articles have been through final editing and are now in press for  the forthcomming Fjordantologien 2018:
* one on Immigrant Youth and Computer Gaming, together with Carol Azungi Dralega,
* and one about IT-forum Sogn & Fjordane, with Øyvind Heimset Larsen
* One article about programming in secondary school in Norway (together with Fay Tveranger) sent for publication in ACM proceedings for the conference Gender & IT 2018

CFP: IEEE TALE 2018 – Engineering Next-Generation Learning

Fancy a conference a warm place?

IEEE TALE 2018 will be in Wollongong in December this year!

I have not attended this conference before, but it looks interesting also in content:

TALE is the IEEE Education Society’s flagship Asia-Pacific (IEEE Region 10) conference, catering to researchers and practitioners with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education

This year’s theme, Engineering Next-Generation Learning, adopts a future-facing perspective in addressing this dual focus. To this end, papers and other contributions are solicited that relate to two distinct but interconnected and overlapping strands:

  • Preparing the Next Generation of Engineers and Technologists
  • Engineering the Next Generation of Learning Technologies, Approaches and Environments

Gender and diversity in STEM is of course on the list!

Option for new authors to submit and receive feedback early. Otherwise deadline in June. See CFP and dates

Gendering of assistive technology / welfare technology in Norway

“About the Technology that was not Allowed to be a Technology – Discourses on Welfare Technology“
Article by myself and Kari Dyb, available online here: https://doi.org/10.18261/9788215028163-2017-09
It’s in Norwegian though, and the title as well: “Om teknologien som ikke fikk være teknologi – diskurser om velferdsteknologi”.

Abstract: Inspired by Foucault, we explore meaning created by the health authorities’ policy documents on welfare technology. We explore the meaning construction of a «technology-reducing» claim stating that «welfare technology is not about technology, but about human beings». The scientific essay illustrates how this and similar claims have gained widespread acceptance and discusses some of the effects this type of policy statements has for the users of welfare technology.

In the article, we are touching on the (difference in) gendering of health care and technology. Our starting point is critique against a slogan often repeated in Norway: “Welfare technology [assistive tech] is not about technology, but about people”.

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We want more girls in programming classes!

Why are there so few women who choose ICT education in Norway? And how can we change this? One strategy is to start early to include girls in ICT and programming classes. Together with Eid vidaregåande we have received funding from the Norwegian Research Council to work with this challenge. Our project is tied to a national pilot for programming in secondary schools, and our goal is to create inclusive programming education where everybody, also girls, can feel that they belong. We collaborate with schools on all levels at Eid, as well as ICT experts from public and private sector and research institutions, and of course the pupils, to create an inclusive environment for programming. Our goal is to reflect how programming and ICT are both relevant and important in many different contexts, and also to present a large variety of ICT experts or “role models” in all kinds and shapes, illustrating that anybody can programme.

Here we are signing the collaboration agreement, the three headmasters and myself.
Signing the agreement about collaboration (Photo Ove Jonny Lillestøl)

CFP – HCC13: This Changes Everything

CFP for the 13th IFIP TC9 Human Choice and Computers Conference: “This Changes Everything”, to be held in Poznan, Poland, 19th-21st September 2018
Conference Chairs: David Kreps, Kai Kimppa, Louise Leenen, Charles Ess

Gender is of course a relevant topic in general for a conference like this, but there is also a track on “Gender in ICT” (Track chairs: Sisse Finken, Christina Mörtberg and Johanna Sefyrin), connected to the (sleeping)  working group (WG9.8) on Gender, Diversity and ICT.

Send your full paper before January 15, and perhaps we can revive the sleeping WG9.8 together 🙂

This conference will also be part of the 24th IFIP World Computer Congress!


Source: Call For Papers – HCC13: This Changes Everything

CFP Medical Informatics Europe 2018

Gothenburg, Sweden – 24 – 26 April 2018:
Building Continents of Knowledge in Oceans of Data: the Future of Co-Created eHealth

CFP – deadeline 01-11-2017!

MIE2018’s chosen focus is “Building Continents of Knowledge in Oceans of Data: the Future of Co-Created eHealth”, pointing to the broad range of topics in digitising health care, citizen participation, professional challenges meeting health information technology, data science, population health informatics, learning health systems, connected health and changing health systems.

Source: Call for Submissions – Mie 2018

Two new publications – open access

Fjordantologien 2017 is out, and I’m involved in two chapters – all open access!

Kapittel 4: Mediebruk, samfunnsengasjement og sosial kapital i en digital æra: På jakt etter minoritetskvinner sine stemmer

Abstract: This chapter draws from a project studying non-western immigrant women and their use of media related to social engagement. The authors explore social capital, including the digital, analysed through two women’s life biographies, community involvement and media use. Engaged in different arenas they illustrate different manifestations of social capital, one of them shows a high degree of digital social capital, while the other deploys alternative media.


Kapittel 9: Om teknologien som ikke fikk være teknologi – diskurser om velferdsteknologi

Abstract: Inspired by Foucault, we explore meaning created by the health authorities’ policy documents on welfare technology. We explore the meaning construction of a «technology-reducing» claim stating that «welfare technology is not about technology, but about human beings». The scientific essay illustrates how this and similar claims have gained widespread acceptance and discusses some of the effects this type of policy statements has for the users of welfare technology.

CFP for HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities

HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities, November 2-4, 2017

University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Submissions Deadline:  April 7, 2017

Read more on Hastac’s website: CFP

The conference asks for creative formats, but “no reading papers!”

We seek proposals for participant presentations in the following categories:

5-8 minute “soapbox” talks
roundtables (be creative with your format — no reading papers!)
project demos
digital and/or print posters
maker sessions or workshops
Media arts (new media, games, and electronic literature)

CFP: The Digital Everyday Conference

Interesting CFP for a conference at King’s College London to be held at May 6th 2017:

The Digital Everyday: Exploration or Alienation?

This international conference aims at exploring the digital everyday, understood as the transformation of everyday life practices brought about by digital technology. From how we buy, walk around, get a cab, love, break up, go to bed, meet new people and sexual partners to the way we rate services, turn on the fridge, exercise, eat, use social media and apps, Big Data is reshaping some of the most basic activities in our lives.

The conference will explore these digitally enabled transformations by looking at …

Read more on the KCL webpage: King’s College London – The Digital Everyday: Conference and call for papers

Deadeline for abstracts 31 January

CFP – AoIR: Networked Publics

Interesting topic for next year’s AoIR conference: “networked or digital publics” and their “role in re-constituting the public sphere”.

Workshops: 18 October 2017
Main Conference: 19-21 October 2017
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Proposal Submission Deadline: 1 March 2017

AoIR 2017 is the 18th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, a transdisciplinary gathering of scholars interested in the place of networked technologies in social processes.

Read more on the AoIR website: Call for Proposals – AoIR

Call for submissions: Med-e-Tel presentation proposals & ‘Women in eHealth’ | Digital Single Market

Two interesting Call for submissions:

Call for submissions: Med-e-Tel presentation proposals & ‘Women in eHealth’

CFP Med-e-Tel 2017:

Join us at Med-e-Tel 2017 (5-7 April 2017) – 15th edition – and actively participate in the educational and information program of seminars, workshops, demonstrations and interactive panel discussions on eHealth, Telemedicine and ICT applications in medicine, health and social care. Med-e-Tel is the official event of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (www.isfteh.org), the international federation of national associations who represent their country’s Telemedicine and eHealth stakeholders.


Call for submissions for a special theme issue ‘Women in eHealth’ 2017

The JISfTeH (Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth) will again publish a special issue on the global vision of women’s engagement in Telemedicine and eHealth, the specific factors of influence, and sets of patterns in related areas.

Programmed Inequality

New book from Marie Hicks
Programmed Inequality : How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing

Women used to be present in computer work in higher percentages than they are today. Ever wonder what happened? Turns out that the story of gender and the progress of computing are a lot more tightly linked than we once thought…

In Programmed Inequality, Marie Hicks explores the story of labor feminization and gendered technocracy that undercut British efforts to computerize. That failure sprang from the government’s systematic neglect of its largest trained technical workforce–simply because they were women. Women were a hidden engine of growth in high technology from World War II to the 1960s. As computing experienced a gender flip, becoming male-identified in the 1960s and 1970s, labor problems grew into structural ones and gender discrimination caused the nation’s largest computer user—the civil service and sprawling public sector—to make decisions that were disastrous for the British computer industry and the nation as a whole.

Looking forward to the book will be published in January 2017!

We will be a Nordic Centre of Excellence!

The best news this last week is that we – that is me and colleagues at Western Norway Research Institute, will be part of one of two new Nordic Centres of Excellence!

Our NCoE has this long title:

Beyond the Gender Paradox: Women’s Careers in Technology-driven Research and Innovation in and outside of Academe

Professor Gabriele Griffin from Uppsala University is project leader, Tampere University is a partner, led by Hanna Ylostalo, and I will lead Western Norway Research Institute’s work. Our NCoE will be financed with 20 mill NOK by Nordforsk over the next five years.

The other NCoE will be “Nordic Centre for Research on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation” (NORDICORE), with project leader Professor Mari Teigen, University of Oslo.

Congratulations to both NCoEs!

They will be announced at Gender Summit (GS9) in Brussel next month.