With the theme of IRIS 2006 we aim to revitalize and reframe a critical dimension in Information Systems (IS) research by encouraging contributions about the politics involved in IS design, development and use.
On the one hand, the participatory roots of the IRIS community provide a unique critical contribution to international IS research. On the other new areas of science and technology studies and feminist theory opens up new paths for generative critique. Likewise gender issues and IS aspects in developing countries are paths IRIS researchers might follow to reformulate a critical research agenda.
Keynote speakers and panels of the conference will reflect the theme, while the rest of the conference is dedicated to small working groups where participants give and receive feedback on submitted papers. With this theme we hope to bring together different discourses within the IRIS community as well as reaching out to other related areas as diverse as software engineering, science and technology studies, feminist theory and development studies.