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Call for participation

(Apologies for cross-posts)

From Materials to Materiality:
Connecting Practice and Theory in HCI
Workshop at CHI 2012, Austin, TX, USA, May 6, 2012

Key dates:
Submission deadline: February 1, 2012
Acceptance notification: February 20, 2012
Workshop day: Sunday, May 6, 2012

Over the past decade, HCI has taken an increasing interest in matters of
material. Concepts of material have been developed theoretically, drawing
on social theory, design theory and the philosophy of technology. The goal
of this one-day CHI Materials to Materiality workshop is to discuss how we
might acquire a deeper conceptual understanding of materiality in HCI. What
role does the concept of materiality play in taking into account the
interoperability, modularity, access and use of information technology?
 When we consider digital information as (im)material, what is lost and
what is gained? Workshop participants will jointly consider what HCI can
learn from, and contribute to, an engagement with material studies in
theorizing digital culture, in developing digital media and information
technologies (IT), and in framing and interpreting their historical,
political and social contexts of assembly and use. Our investigation will
provide a forum for participants and organizers to develop a shared
language around questions of digital materiality.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Ways of describing digital material
• Rhetoric of digital immateriality
• Affordances
• Material properties of digital representation
• Craft, handiwork and interaction design
• Sustainability and material practices
• Digital materiality and longevity
• Political, historical, and social contexts of material practice
• Materials of information and organizational practice

To participate, please submit *one* of the following to
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1) a 800-1000 word position paper that describes a key concern for HCI
regarding digital material or materialities and how you envision addressing

2) a URL linking to digital documentation of an artifact, tool or service
that offers a particular view on material engagements and a short
explanation of how this work relates to the workshop and what questions,
opportunities, or challenges it raises.

Submissions will be accepted based on originality, quality and how well
they represent a range of disciplinary perspectives.

For any questions, contact Daniela Rosner ([log in to unmask])

We look forward to your contribution!

Workshop organizers:
Daniela K. Rosner, School of Information, UC Berkeley
Jean-Franηois Blanchette, Information Studies, UC Los Angeles
Leah Buechley, MIT Media Laboratory
Paul Dourish, Informatics, UC Irvine
Melissa Mazmanian, Informatics, UC Irvine

Daniela K. Rosner

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