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CFP: Perspectives on participatory HCI research: Beginnings, middles and endings

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John Vines <[log in to unmask]>

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Int. Journal of Human-Computer
Studies

Perspectives on participatory HCI research: Beginnings, middles and endings

 
http://di.ncl.ac.uk/participation/special-issue/
 

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Scope
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Participation is a research area of sustained interest to the HCI
community. Traditionally, the term has been used to suggest a democratized
approach to the design of technology that calls for end-user involvement
in the design process. This may vary from researchers inviting specific
users or stakeholders to participate in design workshops, through to long
term engagements with communities to define research questions and study
deployments of new technologies. As HCI is an interdisciplinary field,
however, there are multiple understandings of what participation in
research might mean, from subjects and disciplines such as social science,
participatory and performance arts, international development, and action
research. Beyond these influences, there is also increased pressure from
funding bodies and public institutions to involve a wider spectrum of the
public in academic research. The convergence of these factors has drawn
attention to the potential benefits and challenges, both theoretical and
practical of involving users and the public in HCI research.
 

While user, citizen or stakeholder participation in design processes can
offer great insight into the applicability of technological interventions
in certain contexts, the HCI community would benefit from critically
reflecting on how participation is planned, managed, and sustained. The
mundane yet still significant details of how participatory HCI research is
performed are rarely documented and discussed by the community. The coming
together of multiple perspectives from different disciplines  some of
which have existing frameworks, some debate the very notion of
participation  provides an opportunity for HCI researchers to reflect
critically on how people are involved in design processes. Specifically,
we call attention to the following three phases of performing
participatory HCI research:
 

How we begin:
How do researchers establish relationships with communities, participants,
or users and stakeholders prior to commencing participatory research? Who
here determines the research context and the setting it takes place in, or
what research questions are formed? Furthermore, what agendas, skills and
assumptions do researchers bring to a participatory project? Why are
certain participants selected or invited to take part over others?
 

How we reflex and reflect:
How do researchers reflect upon and manage the complicated processes of
participation and engagement while working with groups or communities? How
are researchers and participants given space to document and reflect upon
the activities they perform and how does this inform the research or
design process throughout? How do we understand our practice when busy
doing it and can we develop strategies to elicit generative reflections on
practice as it is enacted? Furthermore, is it possible to document
participatory work along the way without skewing the process itself?
 

How we end:
How do researchers determine whether deployments or interventions should
be sustained beyond the formal completion of research, and what are the
practical challenges of leaving a legacy of a participatory project? Is
sustainability or legacy always positive outcome of participatory
research, and are there ways of empirically understanding transformations
within a context beyond the uptake or success of a specific technology or
intervention?
 

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Topics
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This special issue aims to present a set of high quality, thought
provoking, original research articles that address one or more of these
stages through topics including, but not limited to:
 
-- Empirical studies collaborating with organizations and communities in
the design or evaluation of new technologies.
-- Studies of participatory HCI that target specific populations or
communities, such as older people, young people, activist groups,
charities, rural communities, among others.
-- Theoretical and conceptual frameworks that unpack the questions and
related problems of participation as a process.
-- Critical reflections on existing and historical examples of
participation in HCI.
-- Strategies for documenting and eliciting reflection from both
researchers and participants engaged in research.
-- Considerations of the ethical, moral and political implications of
designing technologies with communities of users and stakeholders.
-- Interdisciplinary perspectives on participatory HCI research.
-- Case studies discussing experiences of beginning, reflecting on or
sustaining participatory HCI research.
 

It is anticipated that submissions will tackle at least one stage of
participatory research/design processes in use, as described above, and
that accepted papers will comprise examples from each phase. Papers
addressing theoretical issues will only be considered where the
contribution is exceptional.
 

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Paper submission
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Authors are requested to contact the guest editors (email:
[log in to unmask]) prior to making a submission by July 31st 2013
to inform them of their plans to submit to the special issue. All
submissions should be made to the IJHCS submission system at
http://ees.elsevier.com/ijhcs selecting "SI: participatory HCI" as the
Article Type. Full manuscripts should be submitted according to the IJHCS
Guide for authors and will be blind refereed.

Articles must be based on original research, although extended versions of
published conference papers may be acceptable if they contain at least 50%
new material. All manuscripts should be submitted online. The IJHCS Guide
for authors and online submission is available at
http://ees.elsevier.com/ijhcs.
 

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Key dates
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Email guest editors prior to submission: 31st July 2013
Paper due date: 31st August 2013
Review completion date: 15th November 2013 (Notification of 1st
review)
Re-Submission by: 17th January 2014
Final Acceptance: 21st February 2014 (Notification of 2nd review)
Final Version due: 7th April 2014

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Guest Editors
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John Vines, Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
Rachel Clarke, Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
Ann Light, Northumbria University (United Kingdom)
Peter Wright, Newcastle University (United Kingdom)

 


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