[Event] Critical Issues in Interaction Design Workshop: Call for Participation

6 Jun 2008 - 11:04am
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***** WORKSHOP *****
Critical Issues in Interaction Design

At HCI 2008: Culture, Creativity, Interaction
1-5 Sept. 2008, Liverpool, John Moores University, UK

Submission Deadline: Thursday, July 24, 2008

Computing technology is now so pervasive that the study of Human
Computer Interaction (HCI) is almost the study of everyday life. A
consensus has emerged in HCI that its historical concerns, such as
usability and
efficiency, are no longer sufficient scopes of inquiry. There have
been turns to fun and enjoyment, emotional design, experience design,
culturally situated design, critical and reflective design, beauty and
aesthetics, and technology for social action.

As HCI has become more implicated in culture, the field has become
concerned with critical theory. Critical theory is a catch-all term
that encompasses a number of writers and disciplines; it includes the
sub fields of hermeneutics, phenomenology, semiotics, Marxism,
feminism, deconstruction, and postmodernism, among others. Critical
theory has traditionally aimed to help critics, understand, explicate,
and evaluate dense cultural phenomena, such as literature, film,
social ritual, and mass media.

Developing connections between critical theory and HCI is a major
undertaking that will likely require much work. This workshop is
designed to bring together some of the people interested in doing it.

[Plans and Goals Of The Workshop]

This one day workshop will take the format of short presentations in
the morning followed by a group design/evaluation activity in the

The goals of the workshop are to:

* Provide a forum to discuss current interest in critical theory
* Identify the perspectives which are currently being used in HCI and
those which are neglected
* Discuss the ways in which critical theory can be made relevant to design
* Consider problems of legitimating critical theory as a relevant source for HCI

[To Participate]

Please send a 300-500 word abstract outlining your interest in
critical theory and/or your current or previous work in the area to

mblythe at cs.york.ac.uk

By the 24th of July

[Workshop Organizers]

Mark Blythe
University of York, UK
Department of Computer Science
mblythe at cs.york.ac.uk

Jeffrey Bardzell
Indiana University School of Informatics
Human Computer Interaction Design
jbardzel at indiana.edu

Shaowen Bardzell
Indiana University School of Informatics
Human Computer Interaction Design
selu at indiana.edu

Alan Blackwell
University of Cambridge, UK
Computer Laboratory
Alan.Blackwell at cl.cam.ac.uk

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