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Konstantinos Kazakos <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 26 Nov 2012 01:19:40 +0000
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Call for participation:
CHI 2013 workshop on Exploring the Diversity of Families: Designing Technologies for the Contemporary Family Life

• Submission by: January 11th, 2013
• Notification of Acceptance: February 8th, 2013
• Workshop days: April 27 or April 28, 2013

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In recent years, the HCI community has expanded its interest to include exploring the role of technology within the domestic domain; particularly in the context of families and technology. Numerous studies have focused on mapping the challenges and opportunities faced in designing technologies that are appropriated to the needs of contemporary families. However, few research lines have focused on supporting families with diverse structures and situations (i.e. divorced, same-sex, dealing with death, work-related periodic separation and reunion). This workshop aims to explore the research space of family design and further our understanding of what it means to design technologies for diverse family structures. During the workshop we will readdress the meaning of a diverse family, the methods used to conduct family research as well as discuss design and evaluation techniques with a focus on user experience.

This one-day workshop will bring together researchers, practitioners and designers who are interested in furthering our understanding of designing technologies for diverse families. Indicative examples of these family types include those separated by divorce, families that experience periodic transitions between being together and apart due to work-related reasons, foster and many-children families, same-sex and multicultural families as well as families experiencing chronic illnesses. During the workshop we will revisit the meaning of a diverse family, the methods used to conduct family research as well as discuss design and evaluation techniques with a focus on user experience.

We invite authors to submit their 4-6 page position papers (in the Extended Abstract Format<>), video or photo essays (up to a maximum of 2 minutes of viewable content), or fieldwork narratives (4-6 pages) that relate to the broad theme of diverse families and technology. Discussion topics include but are not limited to:

▪   Theoretical conceptualizations of diverse families;
▪   empirical studies within this space;
▪   methods and tools for diverse families;
▪   evaluation practices of technologies for diverse families;
▪   guidelines or lessons learned;
▪   ethical considerations.

Submissions should be sent in pdf format to [log in to unmask] Position papers will be reviewed by the organizers according to their significance, quality of presentation, as well as their potential to stimulate discussion. The accepted papers will be uploaded to the workshop's website.

Please do note that all workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the main CHI 2013 conference.  The reason for this policy is that workshops are supposed to be a part of the CHI conference, not separate events that happen to be in the same location at the same time. The intention is that people will be attending the conference as well. For some early indication on prices, please refer to last year's workshop & conference pricing:

Please feel free to email us if you have any questions about the workshop. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Workshop Organizers

Konstantinos Kazakos, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Elizabeth Bales, University of California San Diego, USA
Carman Neustaedter, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Svetlana Yarosh, AT&T Labs, USA
Joseph ‘Jofish’ Kaye, Yahoo! Labs, USA
David Kirk, Culture Lab, Newcastle University, UK

With apologies for cross-postings

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