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** Deadline extended: 19th January 2015 **

Call for participation - CHI 2015 Workshop on Ethical Encounters in HCI: Research in Sensitive Settings

This one-day workshop will be held as part of the CHI 2015 annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, held in Seoul, Korea between 18 and 23 April 2015.

Important Dates:

   Submission by: 19th January 2015

   Notification of acceptance: 6th February 2015

   Workshop day: 18th April 2015

Workshop website:

Research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is moving into increasingly sensitive and challenging settings. New technologies are now being designed and evaluated with vulnerable or marginalized participants in contexts that can be emotionally challenging for researchers. Research conducted in these sensitive and emerging areas can produce complex ethical dilemmas where there are no clear "right" or "wrong" answers. These ethical issues are often emergent, diverse, and embedded in the context in which the research takes place. This workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers to discuss, share experiences and learn from ethical challenges encountered in HCI research conducted in sensitive settings. From this workshop we aim to develop a handbook of practical strategies to inform good practice for future HCI research. Attendees will be invited to develop their workshop paper into a chapter for the handbook.

We invite researchers working in sensitive settings to submit 4-6 page position papers (in ACM Extended Abstract<> format) describing their experiences and lessons learned from ethical encounters such as:

  Challenges adhering to formal ethics procedures

  Challenges that emerged in the doing of research

  Emotional dilemmas researchers have faced and how these have been addressed

  Sensitive settings that involved blurred research boundaries

  The processes of obtaining informed consent and ensuring voluntary participation when working with marginalized groups

  Introducing new and disruptive technologies into sensitive settings

Submissions should be sent in .pdf format to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. Position papers will be reviewed by a committee of experts and selected on the basis of relevance to the workshop themes, quality of presentation, and potential to stimulate discussion.
At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the workshop and at least one day of the main conference. For more information, please visit: or contact [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

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