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Verena Fuchsberger <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 2 Dec 2015 06:58:10 -0500
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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Workshop on Fabrication & HCI: Hobbyist Making, Industrial Production, and Beyond

In conjunction with CHI 2016

May 7 or 8, 2016
San Jose, CA, USA

Workshop Website:


This one-day workshop seeks to advance the discussion around making and fabrication in HCI, ranging from notions of hobbyist making, industrial production, and fabrication in research. The workshop aims to elaborate on the mutual implications between changing fabrication cultures and HCI research and practice. We particularly aim to discuss critical alternatives that move us beyond the binary between hobbyist and industrial fabrication, focusing on the intersections, transitions, and fusions of diverse perspectives.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together different perspectives to discuss their inherent fabrication cultures, motivations, challenges, and, especially, intersections. Finally, we envision contouring a landscape of fabrication, aiming to critically examine implications for HCI research: What research agendas are related to fabrication? Which challenges do we face when researching fabrication? What economic / democratic visions do we need to take into account? Where are the blind spots in the landscape of fabrication research? How does fabrication practice relate to research? What happens if we fabricate in research?

Researchers and practitioners are invited to contribute to one or more of the following topics:
• Understanding fabrication as specific contexts of research and reflection
• Individual, cross-cultural, societal conditions and changes in fabrication
• Technologies and practices apparent, employed or emerging in making and production
• Workplaces of production (industrial and entrepreneurial fabrication)
• Intersections of fabrication cultures
• Fabrication as a means for / the subject of constructive design research
• Emerging fabrication practices that disclose alternative ways to socioeconomic and/or cultural impact

We expect participants to critically reflect on fabrication and its relation to HCI (research) and share how they envision the future of fabrication.

The workshop will begin by a very brief introduction of participants and their positions, followed by intense discussions in sub-groups and the plenum. Furthermore, key stakeholders of the Silicon Valley area (e.g., start-ups, makers, industrial producers) will be invited to participate to facilitate not only interdisciplinary, but also cross-domain discussions.

Please submit either a position paper (max. 4 page ACM extended abstract) or a link to a video contribution (5 min max.) to [log in to unmask] 

The deadline for submitting a contribution is January 4, 2016. In this case, notifications will be sent out by January 15th, 2016. 

As intended by CHI2016, there will be another option: If you need to know already in 2015 whether your paper / video will be accepted, you have the possibility to submit by December 14th, 2015. In this case, you will be notified by December 21st, 2015. 

Contributions will be selected based on their specific, unique, or controversial notion of fabrication in order to contour the landscape of fabrication broadly. The organizers will review the submissions und decide upon acceptance. 

Final position papers or videos should be submitted by February 12th, 2016, as all accepted contributions (position papers and links to videos) will be made available on the workshop website to allow participants to prepare for the workshop.

Furthermore, we would like you to consider artifacts that relate to or characterize your workshop contribution and which you can bring along to the workshop. For instance, you could bring an object resulting from a maker, hacker, or DIY project, goods produced in a factory that you study, etc. You do not need to specify this in your position paper or video, but are expected to bring an object along that will foster discussion and reflection during the workshop. 

Please note that at least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and that all workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

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

More details to be found on the workshop website:
Questions, comments, position papers or links to video submissions should be sent to [log in to unmask] 

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