Preconference Schedule and Abstracts

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The ICA Mobile Preconference
Wednesday, 8 June, 2016.
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Center for Mobile Communication Studies, College of Communication, Boston University
Fukuoka Art Museum
Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University

Below please find the full schedule for the conference and abstracts of each of the workshops

9:00 – 9:20am

9:20am – 9:30am
Welcoming remarks by organizers

9.30am – 11.00am
Workshop 1: Mobile Media and Communication in East Asia
Workshop 2: The Past, Present and Future of Locative Media

11.00am – 11.15am
Coffee break

11.15am – 12.45pm
Workshop 3: The Power of Communicating Significant Life Experiences via Affective Mobile Media Practices
Workshop 4: Research Methods for the All Powerful Mobile

12.45pm – 2.00pm
Lunch (organized at a nearby restaurant)

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Workshop 5: The All Mighty Mobile Disrupter and Opportunity Provider at Work
Workshop 6: Mobile Communication and Media Literacy

3.30pm – 3.45pm
Coffee break

3.45pm – 5.15pm
Plenary Session: Using the Current Evidence on mHealth Impact to Guide Future Actions


Workshop Descriptions and Presenters

Mobile Media and Communication in East Asia

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Chair: Tomoyuki Okada, Kansai University, Japan
Larissa Hjorth, RMIT in Melbourne, Australia
Yuichi Kogure, Aomori Public University, Japan
Ichiyo Habuchi, Hirosaki University, Japan
Masaaki Ito, Seikei University, Japan


As one of the most advanced areas in the world regarding mobile media and communication, how has East Asia (Japan, China, South Korea, and Taiwan etc.) performed and what will it become? We will discuss these questions in this workshop from historical/cross-cultural perspectives, public/private spheres and aging societies in progress.

The Past, Present, and Future of Locative Media

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Jordan Frith, University of North Texas, USA
Rowan Wilken, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Jason Farman, Univeristy of Maryland, College Park, USA
Ana Rita Morais, Ryerson University, Canada


This session will focus on the study of locative mobile media. The session presenters will cover a variety of topics related to locative media, including business models, space and place, infrastructure, and activism. The presenters will lead multiple methodological activities related to each topic.

The Power of Communicating Significant Life Experiences via Affective Mobile Media Practices.

11.15 AM – 12.45 PM

Kathleen M. Cumiskey, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, USA
Larissa Hjorth & Jung Moon, RMIT University, Australia
Didem Özkul, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK


Sharing significant emotional experiences via mobile devices influences meaning-making, memory and representation. This workshop will center on data from three separate projects focused on affect and mobile media. Participants will work in groups to address methodological and ethical challenges that emerge. This will lead to a larger discussion on how to position this work within our discipline and around commercial/political/legal interests.

Research Methods for the All-Powerful Mobile

11.15 AM – 12.45 PM

Dr. Christine Linke, University of Rostock, Germany
Prof. Dr. Maren Hartmann, Berlin University of the Arts, Germany
Dr. Corinna Peil, University of Salzburg, Austria
Assoc. Prof. Sangmi Kim, University of Nagoya, Japan
Mag. Stephan Görland, University of Rostock, Germany


The workshop explores innovative research methods linked to the “All-Powerful Mobile”. The topics are Theory Generating Methods, Mobile Methods, Communication Diaries, Focus Group Interviews and Mobile Experience Sampling Method. The workshop enables interaction and exchange and brings discussions to a practical level to foster ideas for future research and collaboration.

The All Mighty Mobile Disrupter and Opportunity Provider at Work

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Keri K. Stephens, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Yaguang Zhu, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Wenhong Chen, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Chih-Hui Lai, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Cara Wallis, Texas A&M University, USA
Arul Chib, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Yvonne Loh, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Jaehee Cho, Chung-Ang University, South Korea


Mobiles are ubiquitous, but we understand very little about how people use them at work. Our interactive workshop focuses on designing this mobile research trajectory. We will 1) connect researchers with similar interests to further research collaboration, and 2) generate a prioritized list of research questions to guide future research.

Mobile Communication and Media Literacy

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Sahara Byrne, Cornell University, USA
Giovanna Mascheroni, Università Cattolica Milano, Italy
Andrea Cuman, Università Cattolica Milano, Italy
Claudia Riesmeyer, University of Munich, Germany
Sun Sun Lim, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Mariek Vanden Abeele, University of Ghent, Belgium


Mobile technologies have become an integral component of youth’s everyday lives. However, in this area media literacy as a concept has remained underdeveloped. This workshop wants to engage mobile communication and media literacy in order to tackle these issues together and to identify research questions that may foster future research.

Using the Current Evidence on mHealth Impact to Guide Future Actions

03.45pm – 05.15pm

Moderator: Prof. Arul Indrasen Chib, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Lin Huili Sapphire, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Nicola Krömer, University of Erfurt, Germany
John Robert R. Bautista, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Saskia Klenk, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
Doreen Reifegerste, Univeristy of Music, Drama and Media Hanover, Germany
Rebecca Renatus,Technical University of Dresden, Germany


With near-ubiquity, the question arises whether smartphones have fulfilled their promise for improved health(-care). We review the mHealth literature in both formal institutional and patient self-care settings, finding a technological focus. We encourage audience discussion on future directions in mHealth, emphasizing further research on impact, and noting implications for other domains.