Enhancing interaction spaces by social media for the elderly


Myriam Lewkowicz, Universite de Technologie de Troyes (UTT), France
Claudia Mueller, University of Siegen, Germany
Cornelius Neufeldt, University of Siegen, Germany
Volker Wulf, University of Siegen, Germany


The extension of CSCW research towards new domains, such as the home, has brought up many ideas to support ageing in place. However, the social wellbeing as a pivotal pillar of healthiness besides physical and psychical health has not gained much attention yet. This workshop aims to address the area of social wellbeing of the elderly by means of focussing on social media, such as Social TV and social support online communities for elder people in their homes. By bringing together CSCW and social media researchers we wish to open up discussions on the development of new interaction and coordination spaces for wellbeing and social support which enhance the spaces of physical home environments. The workshop especially welcomes empirical studies and work which pay attention to concepts of spatiality and by this shed light on modes of perception, appropriation and use of spaces by elder persons for informing domestic media design.

Workshop activities and goals

We welcome researchers from different disciplines and backgrounds (CSCW, social studies, Interactive TV researchers, etc.) who are interested in technology design for the elderly and their particular needs according to technology use in the field of home-based social media. In particular, the workshop is aimed to be a high communicative meeting place for the exploration of issues of spatial orders and connotations which influence and guide the use of new media. Each author will be encouraged to read another accepted paper and to comment on it after the original talk was given.

Important dates

Submissions are open indefinitely.
7th -8th Sept.: Workshops days at ECSCW


Position papers should contain a brief overview (max. 5000 words) over the key ideas of the presentation and some information on the occupational background of the submitter.
Papers have to be sent as a .pdf or .doc file to [email protected]

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