The theme for the fifth edition of the Web Audio Conference (WAC) is Diversity in Web Audio. We particularly encourage submissions focusing on inclusive computing, cultural computing, postcolonial computing, and collaborative and participatory interfaces across the web in the context of generation, production, distribution, consumption and delivery of audio material that especially promote diversity and inclusion. This can take the form of papers, oral presentations, demos, posters, performances, workshops, tutorials, or satellite events.
What does diversity mean for WAC?
WAC has a social and productive understanding of diversity:
- The social understanding addresses the various and complex social dimensions intersecting with underlying structures in society that may lead to exclusion or other discrimination of such social dimensions. As shown in the diversity wheel below, this can include many different visible and invisible characteristics of a person.
- The productive understanding of diversity (understood as creative asset as opposed to a capitalistic asset) in web audio can stimulate creativity and productivity in the creation of technology and products, by acknowledging the different backgrounds and experiences of our community members. This has been researched in diversity management. This has been the motivation to configure our committee this year.
Our motivation for bringing more diversity into web audio includes the following reasons:
- There’s a general gap considering a number of social dimensions such as ethnicity, disability, gender, and so on that reflects our society as a whole. These dimensions should be better included in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, as explained in this article on "5 Numbers That Explain Why STEM Diversity Matters to All of Us".
- For example, there's a large gender imbalance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, which includes audio engineering, music technology, sound and music computing (SMC), music information retrieval (MIR), new interfaces for musical expression (NIME), and related academic fields, as well as in creative industries, such as the electronic music industry and music festivals.
- #metoo and recent studies on sexual harassment in creative industries, student life and academia are proofs of deep, problematic structures that leads to discrimination, harassment and other inequality. This is the reasoning behind our CoC, but also the need to acknowledge, discuss and take action towards the social structures that lead to discrimination and inequality, through our overarching diversity topic.
The center of the colourful wheel of diversity represents dimensions that are usually most permanent or visible. The outside of the wheel represents dimensions that are acquired and change over the course of a lifetime. The combinations of all of these dimensions influence our values, beliefs, behaviors, experiences and expectations and make us all unique as individuals.
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- March 26, 2019: The Call for Submissions is open, a selection of the best papers will be offered the opportunity to publish an extended version at JAES.
- March 8, 2019: ROLI will be the Diversity sponsor. If you want to know more about diversity in web audio, the conference theme for this year, visit our dedicated page.
- February 28, 2019: The Code of Conduct of WAC 2019 has been published!
- February 14, 2019: The website of WAC 2019 has been launched: https://ntnu.edu/wac2019! Help us to spread the word and keep an eye on our daily updates!
- September 21, 2018: The WAC 2019 conference and committee was announced during WAC 2018 in Berlin. It was very well received by the WAC community, see you all in Trondheim!