The conference theme of ECIS 2020 is Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity in a Digitizing World. As the United Nation’s 2030 sustainable development goals highlight, we live in a world where not everyone enjoys the freedoms commonly argued to be a human right (like freedom of speech, of religion, of assembly); where eradication of poverty and inclusiveness are still far from a reality; and where loneliness and isolation remain a common experience for many. Digital technologies are sometimes presented as at least part of the solution for helping to drive towards a sustainable and inclusive future. Yet at the same time, digital technologies have also been identified as a threat to our freedoms (e.g., in relation to our privacy), to fairness (e.g., with the digital divide decreasing the economic opportunities for some, and with robotization causing unemployment levels for others), and to community (e.g., with social media reducing face-to-face relationships between people even while online connections may be increasing). In other words, the consequences (both intended and unintended) of ever-more pervasive digital technologies in our work and personal lives in relation to creating a more inclusive and sustainable world are not straight-forward. For this conference, then, we are especially interested in papers that discuss and expand our understanding of how digital technologies are influencing and impacting fundamental human values, whether at the individual, the organization and/or the societal level.
In addition to the conference theme, ECIS 2020 hopes to attract a range of traditional track themes that have been at the heart of the IS community in Europe, as well as tracks covering new emergent themes. The aim of ECIS 2020 is to form a meeting place for people in the IS field to discuss fundamental and innovative issues related to Information Systems.
We welcome both established and emerging topics that draw significant attention within IS research. A conference theme track “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity in a Digitizing World” has already been set up. We aim at accepting 25 tracks.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
We cordially invite fellow researchers to propose tracks on their particular field of interest. Each track is to be organised by three chairs. The track chairs should be based in different countries. The co-chairs team for each track should possess sufficient level of academic seniority, in terms of being recognized in the field (of the track), e.g. through publications, as well as having editorial experience. We highly recommend a gender balanced composition of the co-chairs.
The responsibilities as a track chair will be to:
Track chairs are encouraged to make fast track or special issue arrangements with leading journals that fit the topic of the track.
Each proposal will be evaluated by the conference chairs in cooperation with the program chairs. Decisions will be based on (a) the overall merit of the proposal, (b) the significance of the subject covered, (c) the profile and diversity of the track team (including seniority, geographical background, and gender); and the (d) fit with the conference theme
The conference chairs will select tracks with the objective of balancing the more traditional IS topics with emerging topics, and supporting diversity of chairs and AEs. If needed, track proposals might be merged in order to obtain the best possible coverage of topics and the best mix of track chairs.
Please note that in order to ensure interesting and a sufficiently extensive range of tracks, the ECIS 2020 Conference Chairs might approach you with a suggestion to modify your track proposal. In case there are proposals for identical or similar topics, the committee might ask you to consider joining forces with another group. The committee also reserves the right to invite scholars to chair tracks on themes or topics that are deemed necessary but have not been proposed through the open call. Track proposals that do not meet the criteria can be directly rejected by the organizers.
Submissions Track proposals should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible but no later than April 3, 2019, 12pm CET. Notifications of acceptance or rejection of proposed tracks will be sent out by June 1st, 2019.