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Thu, 21 May 2015 05:45:51 -0400
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Final CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: One-day workshop on *The Future of Making: Where Industrial and Personal Fabrication Meet*

in conjunction with Critical Alternatives 2015

Submission of Position Papers: June 1st, 2015 (extended)

August 18th, 2015
Aarhus, Denmark

Workshop Website:


This one-day workshop focuses on fabrication in both personal and industrial contexts. Although these contexts are very distinct in their economical and political vision, they share several key characteristics (e.g., users interacting with specific fabrication equipment and tools, changing roles of humans and technology, etc.). The workshop topic spans from personal fabrication to (automated) production contexts, from applied to theoretical considerations, from user requirements to design as a crafting practice. We will thereby address changes in production environments that affect humans, e.g., from mass production to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) production, or from simple interactions to complex decision-making. 

A great number of promises are associated with maker movements, DIY and personal fabrication, such as a democratization of technology and increasing possibilities of participation. By the same token, industrial fabrication is anticipated to have a significant upturn enabled by automation and the production of individualized goods. Both augur paradigmatic changes in computing, one by focusing on making, the other one by upholding automation. However, are these euphoric visions of how fabrication changes desirable? If yes, how can they become reality? How can we, as a research community, help to achieve and sustain the potentials while being critical about undesirable consequences? How can we cross the boundaries between making and automation in order to facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange? With this workshop, we aim to discuss these questions by reflecting on processes in and around hobbyist and professional production, their intersections as well as their social, economic, and technological consequences.

We invite scholars and practitioners, who have experience with and interest in the workshop topic, to submit a position paper or video contribution on one or more of the following topics (or related to them): 

-- Current trends, visions, and promises of industrial and/or personal fabrication (e.g., IoT, democratized production, human empowerment) and their consequences for technology, society, individuals, economy, etc.
-- Human perspectives in fabrication, especially in terms of changing conditions, e.g., the social order of fabrication, distribution of power, changing roles and requirements, politics of labor, reorganization of work, etc. 
-- Intersections or (irreconcilable?) differences between personal and industrial fabrication
-- Critical perspectives on visions of empowerment and democratization of personal and/or industrial fabrication
-- Proposals for how to achieve and sustain the potentials of personal and/or industrial fabrication
-- A hacker or maker project that speaks to the workshop theme, e.g. critical making, DIY fabrication, etc.

Please submit a position paper (up to 4 pages in the ACM Extended Abstract format) or a link to a video contribution (max. 5 minutes) until June 1st, 2015 to [log in to unmask] 

Furthermore, we would like you to consider what artifacts characterize your work in the field of industrial and/or personal fabrication, which you can bring along to the workshop. For instance, you could bring an object resulting from a maker, hacker, or DIY project, factory-made goods, etc.

The submissions will be reviewed by the workshop organizers and selected according to their potential to contribute to the workshop topic and to foster discussion. We expect participants to critically reflect on personal and/or industrial fabrication and to share how they envision the future of fabrication. 

All accepted contributions (notifications will be sent out on June 15th) will be made available on the workshop website to allow participants to prepare for the workshop. 

June 1st, 2015 - Submission of Position Papers (extended)
June 15th, 2015 - Notification of Acceptance
August 18th, 2015 - One-Day Workshop at Critical Alternatives 2015

Verena Fuchsberger, Martin Murer, Manfred Tscheligi (University of Salzburg, Austria)
Silvia Lindtner (University of Michigan, USA)
Andreas Reiter (University of Nottingham, UK)
Shaowen Bardzell, Jeffrey Bardzell (Indiana University, USA)
Pernille Bjørn (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

More details to be found on the workshop website:
For any further information on the workshop please contact [log in to unmask]

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