Digital Crossroads: Enhancing Mediterranean Values through Human-Computer Interaction Research

Guest Editors

  • George Caridakis, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Houda El Mimouni, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
  • Joel Lanir, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Valentina Nisi, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Giuliana Vitiello, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

Important dates

  • Deadline: September 30th, 2024
  • Notification to the authors: November 30th, 2024
  • Camera ready paper: December 20th, 2024
  • Publication of the special issue: January 2025 (tentatively)


The Mediterranean region stands at a crucial intersection of tradition and modernity, offering a fertile ground where the intersection of rich cultural heritage and cutting-edge technological advancements invites exploration. As a result, a unique opportunity arises to investigate how Human-Computer Interaction research can enrich and advocate for these intrinsic values in the digital age. By leveraging the fusion of modern technology and timeless Mediterranean culture, HCI research can play a pivotal role in enhancing various aspects of life in the Mediterranean region.
This special issue aims to bring together scholars, researchers, and practitioners to delve into the multifaceted relationship between digital technologies and Mediterranean values through the lens of HCI. Relevant questions to be answered include:

  • How can HCI research contribute to the preservation and promotion of Mediterranean cultural heritage in the digital era?
  • What are the ethical considerations and challenges in designing digital solutions that respect Mediterranean values and traditions?
  • How can HCI methodologies be adapted to better serve the diverse populations of the Mediterranean region?
  • What innovative HCI applications can support sustainable tourism and economic development in Mediterranean countries?
  • How can digital technologies facilitate intercultural dialogue and understanding among Mediterranean communities?

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest for this special issue include, but not limited toWe invite submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Digital preservation and promotion of Mediterranean cultural heritage
  • HCI approaches for sustainable development in Mediterranean communities
  • Designing inclusive digital solutions for diverse Mediterranean populations
  • Ethical considerations in HCI research within the Mediterranean context
  • User-centered design methodologies for Mediterranean users
  • Digital storytelling and narrative approaches to promote Mediterranean values
  • Technologies for fostering intercultural dialogue and understanding in the Mediterranean region
  • Innovative HCI applications for supporting Mediterranean tourism and hospitality
  • Collaborative platforms for knowledge exchange and community engagement in the Mediterranean context
  • Digital interventions for addressing societal challenges in Mediterranean countries

Submission procedure 

All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication.
The manuscripts should be submitted anonymized either in .doc or in .pdf format.
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Prospective participants are invited to submit an 8-20 pages paper (including authors’ information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.).
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors’ guidelines .
Submission page -> link
(when submitting the paper please choose the section: ‘SI: Digital Crossroads: Enhancing Mediterranean Values through Human-Computer Interaction Research’’)

For scientific advice and for any query please contact the guest editors:

  • George Caridakis,
  • Houda El Mimouni,
  • Joel Lanir,
  • Valentina Nisi,
  • Giuliana Vitiello,

marking the subject as: IxD&A special issue on ‘Digital Crossroads‘.