[SIGCIS-Members] PhD opening in user interface history

Anker Helms Jørgensen anker at itu.dk
Fri Feb 29 06:19:49 PST 2008

Dear Colleagues.

Please pass this announcement to relevant parties.

Thanks – Anker Helms Jorgensen

At the IT University of Copenhagen a number of Ph.D. openings are 
offered, among these one in User Interface History.

User interface history has so far largely been addressing the 
development of the graphical user interface and the influence of early 
visionaries such as Vannevar Bush, Douglas Engelbart and Alan Kay, i.e. 
“history from above”. Contrasting this, the intended approach in the 
present Ph.D. is ”history from below” where mundane aspects of user 
interfaces are addressed. Examples of such projects are plugboard 
programming, batch versus online-programming, portraits of user 
interface designers of the 1960s, the role of the pervasive IBM 3270 
protocol, and WordPerfect (a loved and hated menu-driven word processor 
of the 1980s).

Applicants are expected to submit a 3-5 page proposal on a project 
within the area.

The deadline is April 7 at noon Danish time.

Prerequisites: MA in Technology History, History, or similar.

The Ph.D. project will be supervised by Anker Helms Jorgensen, an 
HCI-person who in recent years has been working with the history of 
user interfaces.

For further information on the Ph.D., please visit 

For further info on Anker Helms Jorgensen see my (non-updated) webpage
For a more recent source, see my postings on the blog of my research 
group, many of which address UI History

Please contact me for further information (but note that I’m away until 
March 10): 
Anker Helms Jørgensen, anker at itu.dk, phone: +45 72 18 50 20

Anker Helms Jorgensen
Associate Professor, PhD
IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaardsvej 7
DK-2300 Copenhagen S  Denmark
anker at itu.dk  http://www1.itu.dk/sw4489.asp
+45 72 18 50 00

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