Mobile Phones and the Developing World Pre-Conference Workshop
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tentative Presentation Schedule

10:00 am Introduction

10:15 – 12:00 Session 1: Conceptualizing Appropriation: A View from the Developing World

Tolu Odumusu (Harvard University): 
Appropriating Users: Examining Mobile Telephony Use in Nigeria

Adriana de Souza e Silva (North Carolina State University), Daniel M. Sutko (North Carolina State University), 
Fernando A. Salis (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and Claudio de Souza e Silva (Rio de Janeiro State University): 
Cell phone appropriation and social mobile use in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jonathan Donner (Microsoft Research India), Shikoh Gitau (University of Cape Town) and Gary Marsden (University of Cape Town):
 “i-Internet? Intle” (beautiful): Exploring mobile-centric internet use in urban South Africa

Dillon Mahoney (Rutgers University): 
Sheng and the SMS in Contemporary Kenya: Efficiently Performing Cosmopolitanism

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:30 Session 2:Communication and the Mobile: Trust, Faith and Conflict

Ayobami Ojebode (University of Ibadan, Nigeria): 
Mobile Phone Deception in Nigeria: Deceivers' Skills, Truth Bias or Respondent Greed?

Sandra Rubia Silva (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil): 
Cell Phones and their Religions: Technology use as an expression of faith and a coping strategy among Pentecostals and umbandistas in Brazil

Sirpa Tenhunen (University of Helsinki): 
Culture, Conflict and Translocal Communication: Mobile Technology and Politics in Rural West Bengal, India 

2:30-3:00 Coffee Break

3:00-4:30 Session 3: Mobile Money: Socioeconomic Dimensions of the Mobile Phone

Nimmi Rangaswamy (Microsoft Research India) and Sumitra Nair (Virginia Tech): 
The Mobile Phone Store Ecology in a Mumbai Slum Community: Hybrid Networks for Enterprise

T T Sreekumar (National University of Singapore): 
The Social Life of the Fishers’ Cell Phone: The Challenges of socio-cognitive incorporation of mobile phones by Fish Workers in Kerala, India 

Fernando Paragas (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore): 
The Materiality of Mobile Telephones as Money and Message Media among Migrant Workers

4:30 - 5:00: Discussion and Wrap Up