Subject: CFP: Special issue on "Making old age inviting and worth living through ICTs in the 21st century" - IxD&A Journal

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Special Issue on
*"Making old age inviting and worth living through ICTs in the 21st

to be published at the
/*Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)*/
(ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)
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*Guest Editors:*

/• Sergio Sayago, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
• Josep Blat, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
• Margarida Romero, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
• Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University, Canada/
*Important dates:*
• Deadline: *January 31, 2018 *
• Notification to the authors: February 28, 2018
• Camera ready paper: March 15, 2018
• Publication of the special issue: end of March, 2018

The aim of this special issue is to bring together a number of
high-quality papers that contribute to make old age, which is defined
herein as a sociocultural category conferred on individuals at a
particular point in their lives, not only inviting but also worth living
through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) at the
beginning of the 21st century.
A growing ageing population is changing the world, with important
implications for almost all sectors of society, wherein communication,
production and exchange of information are of the utmost importance.
Information and Communication Technologies are widely regarded as those
technologies that make this communication, production and exchange of
information possible. However, there are reasons to argue that
revolutionary changes in digital technologies, demography and longevity
have not evolved well together.
Much of today’s research is based on the assumption that people aged 60+
are old. But what if our older users do not regard themselves as old?
The dimensions of ageing that tend to play a central role in studying
the relationship between older people and ICTs, and in designing these
technologies for this group, are narrowed down to age-related changes in
functional abilities and shrinking social networks; yet, ageing is far
richer and complex. The main taken-for-granted role of ICTs in the
everyday lives of older people is to ‘help them do something’. However,
in light of the presence of digital technologies in multiple facets of
the lives of most of us, there is room for thinking that the role that
ICTs play in older people’s lives can and should go beyond helping them
to improve their health, age in place and keep in touch with their
children and grandchildren. How can we design ICTs that truly enrich
older people’s lives? In addition to this, current research has mainly
been conducted with people who were born in the first half of the 20th
century. How will this body of knowledge change when we work with older
people who have grown up with digital technologies?
As scholars, we should recognize that we still know little about (i)
what computers, smartphones, video-sharing sites, smart cities, social
robots, and so on mean for an eighty-year old person; (ii) how we should
design these and other technologies for the current and next generation
of older people, and, perhaps more importantly, (iii) how to make old
age inviting and worth living through ICTs at the beginning of the 21st
This special issue aims to address these and other critical related
issues / open questions by bringing together research on ageing and
digital technologies conducted in several areas, such as Human-Computer
Interaction, Digital Games, Media Studies, Gerontology, Psychology and
Sociology of Ageing.

*Topics of Interest*
We invite contributions on topics including but not limited to:

• Conceptualizing old age and older people in digital technology design
in the 21st century
• Datafication, Big Data, and ageing / older people
• Designing technologies for baby boomers: designing for the next
generation of older people and co-design / participatory approaches
• Digital technology appropriation by older people
• Intergenerational creative learning and digital making
• Older people, social and digital inclusion
• Technology acceptance beyond perception of usefulness and ease-of-use

Submission guidelines and procedure
All submissions (abstracts and later final manuscripts) must be original
and may not be under review by another publication.
The manuscripts should be submitted either in .doc or in .rtf format.
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.
Authors are invited to submit 8-20 pages paper (including authors'
information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.).
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines

Authors' guidelines
Link to the paper submission page:
(Please upload all submissions using the Submission page.
When submitting the paper, please, choose Domain Subjects under:
"IxD&A special issue on: ‘Making old age inviting and worth living
through ICTs in the 21st century')

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics
of the paper format can be found on the website of the IxD&A Journal
where information on the copyright policy and responsibility of authors,
publication ethics and malpractice are published.

For scientific advice and queries, please contact any of the
guest-editors below and mark the subject as:
/IxD&A special issue on: Making old age inviting and worth living
through ICTs in the 21st century/.

• sergiosayago [at] ub [dot] edu
• josep [dot] blat [at] upf [dot]
• margarida [dot] romero [at] unice [dot] fr
• kim [dot] sawchuk [at] concordia [dot] ca

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