"ALP_IS, le ALPI mostrano il pathos nei Sistemi Informativi"

In February 2005 a composite group of scholars from different disciplines met in a nice Casa Rustica close to the Antica Vetreria on the Sarca river, at the entrance of Val di Genova, a small valley in the Italian Alps. It was the first of a series of events called Alpis: Alpine Ski Seminar on Information Systems. Since 2005, the purpose of that gathering of people is to promote the social study of Information Systems in the Mediterranean region and the emergence of a European/Mediterranean identity for the scientific community on Information Systems. The Alpis ski seminar is an “institute des hautes Ètudes” with a ludic/sport component, where high quality contributions from young  researchers in the field are presented in four subsequent days of discussion with peers, in an environment enriched by contributions of established senior researchers.

Both the format, promoting interaction and sociality, and the scientific dimension, promoting interdisciplinarity while maintaing a specific focus, are the distinct trait of the Seminar series (this year at its 6th edition). According to the “Invitation” of Claudio Ciborra in Labyrinth of Information (2002), together with Gianni Jacucci (Scientific Coordinator of the Alpis Ski Seminarís first editions),  the research on Information Systems being presented and discussed in the Alpis community has been characterized by the reference to philosophical inquiry and to phenomenology in particular.

This year Alpis 2010 6th edition, will take place from 11 to 14 February.

Alpis position papers will be published at

See last year edited proceedings available as:

Liberman, K., Fele, G., D’Andrea, V., Campagnolo, G., Curzi, Y., Viscusi, G., “Phenomenology and the social study of Information Systems:
conversations with Kenneth Liberman”, Quaderni del Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale, n. 46, Università degli Studi di Trento.