Feminism and Interaction Design Workshop at CHI2011

Call for Participation

Feminist HCI is a cross-disciplinary area of research that combines feminist thinking with the concerns of human computer interaction. At this stage, however, “feminist HCI” remains a promising, yet underdeveloped term. The Feminism and Interaction Design workshop aims at creating actionable opportunities for design using feminist constructs and themes, reflecting on the methodological implications of practicing feminist interaction design, both philosophical and practical, and identifying obstacles that inhibit research and design in this area.

We are particularly interested in the following issues:

  • How do we use feminist theory and constructs to discover design opportunities?
  • What do the six qualities proposed by S. Bardzell (Bardzell 2010) mean for interaction designers? Are there cases, applications, or problems that enable us as a community to better understand and design for these qualities?
  • How can designers integrate abstract concepts, such as feminist design qualities, with reasonably well defined stakeholder needs; empirical user and/or market data; human, technological, and financial resources; and so forth? What is (or what should be) that relationship?
  • How do we evaluate whether a design process or product is successful in its feminist aspirations? Is evaluation just a judgment, or are there measures? Who gets to perform this judgment, anyway?

We invite HCI researchers and designers interested in this topic to submit a 4-6 page position paper in the ACM Extended Abstracts format that addresses the workshop themes outlined above. Email your paper to feministhci.workshop [at] gmail.com with subject “CHI2011Workshop Submission” by February 18, 2011.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: February 18, 2011 (extended)
  • Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2011
  • Workshop at CHI2011: May 8, 2011

At least one author of accepted papers must register for the workshop and at least one day of the conference.


Written by sbardzell

November 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

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