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WS4: Workshop on Francophone Ergonomics and CSCW – a comparative analysis


  (Submission deadline extended to July 7 !!!)


Organizers: Françoise Darses (IRBA), Pascal Salembier (Université de Technologie de Troyes), Kjeld Schmidt (Copenhagen Business School), Ina Wagner (University of Oslo)


The objective of this workshop is to start an in-depth discussion of Francophone ergonomics and its conceptual and methodological contributions to CSCW research. Themes for discussion will be: the distinction ‘’task – activity’ and the notion of work practice; the role of artifacts in collaborative work and the different theoretical framings in both traditions; the importance of contextual and environmental factors for understanding work; the notion of fieldwork in both traditions, in particular the similarities and differences between ethnographic research and ergonomic analysis of work; the different theoretical traditions, in particular the notion of cognition and the interest in ‘intentional and psychological explications’ in Francophone Ergonomics; the relationship with design, the different understandings of design and the focus on working conditions.



Workshop activities and goals


In their introduction to a special issue of the journal Activités on ‘Activités et action/cognition située’ Salembier et al. (2006) raise a series of points for debate which we would like to take as a source of inspiration for a comparative discussion of Francophone Ergonomics and CSCW in this workshop. These key issues are:

The distinction ‘tâche – activité’ (task – activity) and the notion of work practice in CSCW research;

The role of artifacts in collaborative work and the different theoretical framings in both traditions;

• The importance of contextual and environmental factors (material, cognitive, organizational cultural, etc.) for understanding work;

The notion of fieldwork in both traditions, in particular the similarities and differences between ethnographic research and ergonomic analysis of work;

The different theoretical traditions, in particular the notion of cognition and the interest in ‘intentional and psychological explications’ in Francophone Ergonomics;

The relationship with design, the different understandings of design and the focus on working conditions.


Discussion of these issues will be based on a) participants reading a few selected key papers representing major theoretical and methodological positions within Francophone Ergonomics which will be made available in time before the workshop (see Paper Submission page); b) presentations by invited speakers that address the five workshop issues. Here the idea is to provide an informed position on each of the issues, which is sufficiently grounded in both traditions.


The maximum number of workshop participants will be limited to 12. Potential participants will be asked to send in a 2-pages position statement in which they articulate their interest in one or several workshop issues as well as related own research. The workshop organizers will recruit speakers to the different workshop issues.













Laville, Teiger, Duraffourg, 1972
Laville, Teiger, Duraffourg, 1972

Important dates

Position papers submission deadline: July 7 (New !)

Notification of acceptance: July 31

Early Registration deadline: August 9

Workshop: September 21-22, 2013


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