In a time of pressing ecological, political, and social concerns, the concept and practice of noticing has taken root, encouraging the re-examination of research assumptions, as means of pursuing alternative pathways towards preferable futures. In this one-day workshop, we aim to explore design research methods for seeing past dominant narratives and perspectives by considering approaches that will help us as researchers and designers to see the challenges in a new light. Here we take anthropologist Anna Tsing’s “arts of noticing” to see “the divergent, layered, and conjoined projects that make up worlds” (Tsing, 2015, p.22). These include paying attention to conditions of inequality and injustice (Haraway, 2016; Taylor & Rosner, 2017), cultivating the ability to acknowledge and simultaneously step in and out of familiar frames of reference (Lindtner, Bardzell, Bardzell, 2018), and shifting the scales and proximity of questions about “what is and what can be” (Blevis, 2018).
The aim of this one-day workshop is to explore, practice, and develop methodological approaches for HCI researchers and practitioners to “notice differently” and envision more ethical and responsible ways of engaging in technological interventions. The workshop will include discussion, a walkshop, and hands-on group exercises to identify the underlying methodological principles to notice differently as appropriate for HCI/d research, as well as develop, deploy, and reflect on nontraditional design research methods that amplify, augment, and attune our abilities to account for a wide range of perspectives and voices.
Insights gained from the activity will be documented—both by the organizers and the participants—in forms of images, videos, and text to be circulated into the public digitally via a WordPress website and social media. In addition, workshop organizers will further reflect, refine, and disseminate the lessons learned and submit an article to ACM Interactions magazine as a Feature, Blog, or a special issue (http://interactions.acm.org/submissions).
How to participate?
In preparation for the workshop, participants are asked to submit a 2-4 page position paper in the CHI Extended Abstracts format, presenting an original case study or reflection on their own engagements with noticing in which they:
- Present examples from an original research project or a case study that involves strategies for noticing differently,
- Illustrate how the specific case provides the opportunity to challenge dominant narratives or to question established ways of knowing, and
- Describe the questions and frictions that arose from using noticing strategies, or how noticing methods might be expanded/applied to the broader DIS community.
We welcome submissions from diverse research areas:
- Tech + Inequality / ICTD
- Disability/Accessibility Studies
- Animal Computer Interaction/Animal Studies
- Environmental Humanities
- Critical / Speculative Design
- Design Ethnography
- Tech / Design Ethics
- Infrastructure Studies
- Citizen Science / Naturalist Practices
- Urban planning / Smart Cities
- Sustainable interaction design
- Humanities in HCI
Interested participants should email their position papers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will contact accepted participants by May 6, 2019, and provide an invitation code to be used for registration. Participants can register for the workshop after they have registered for the conference. Please note that early bird registration for the conference ends May 13, 2019. Feel free to email us with any questions or concerns!