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Focus Section on
*Inquiring the way we inquire*

to be published at the
/*Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)*/
(ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)
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*Guest Editors:*

/• Ines Di Loreto (University of Technology of Troyes, France
• Elena Parmiggiani (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 
Norway, and University of Oulu, Finland) /
*Important dates:*
• Deadline: *August 27, 2018 (extended)*
• Notification to the authors: October 10, 2018
• Camera ready paper: October 25, 2018
• Publication of the special issue: end of November, 2018

This focus section aims to promote a critical reflection of research 
methods to study modern Information and Communication Technologies 
(ICT). For decades, several disciplines from the human sciences (e.g., 
philosophy, economics, management sciences, semiotics, sociology, 
anthropology, and psychology) have demonstrated the complexity of the 
interactions between uses, social activities, and technical 
developments. Researchers from these disciplines have brought on the 
field the rigor of their intrinsic questioning, their methods, and their 
own histories. To grasp the interplay among all elements, reflexivity is 
a powerful tool drawn from the social sciences tradition to understand 
the relationship between the researcher, the surrounding context, and 
the research process. This notion recognizes and highlights that the 
researcher is part of the world that she is studying. As such, 
reflexivity invites the researcher to explicitly elaborate on the way 
different social, political, and theoretical aspects ‘are woven together 
in the process of knowledge development, during which empirical material 
is constructed, interpreted and written.’ As their methods of inquiry 
are today appropriated and accepted by design researchers, however, the 
consequences of applying methods that were originally designed to study 
specific aspects – for example social aspects – to the study and the 
design of technology remain largely unquestioned. It is however 
important to reflect on the consequences of our methodological choices 
(e.g., what we leave untold, invisible) and their generative potential. 
Questioning the construction of the research methods has indeed 
political meaning, because of its analytical consequences, such as 
allowing researchers to investigate how design can empower (or silence) 
specific categories of stakeholders, even non-human ones.
The objective of this Focus Session is to propose a discussion on the 
methodological posture of studies of collaborative and interactive 
design prototyping. We invite contributions inquiring into “the way we 
inquire”, promoting a reflexive practice onto the way we apply our 
research methodologies to inform, understand, and/or support the design 
of technologies.

*Topics of Interest*
Possible research questions addressed by articles in the focus section 
include (but are not limited to):

• What does it mean to promote a reflexive practice?
• What are the ethics and the epistemology of reflexive practices?
• How can we reflexively select and craft a research method to study the 
design of systems?
• How do we reflect upon the emerging constraints, needs, and expectations?
• How can we combine qualitative and quantitative methods in a reflexive 
• How can we leverage the potential of reflexive inquiry to scale up our 
inquiring methods to study distributed and/or long-term technologies?

Submission guidelines and procedure
All submissions (abstracts and later final manuscripts) must be original 
and may not be under review by another publication.
The manuscripts should be submitted either in .doc or in .rtf format.
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.
Authors are invited to submit 8-20 pages paper (including authors' 
information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.).
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines

Authors' guidelines
Link to the paper submission page:
(Please upload all submissions using the Submission page. 
When submitting the paper, please, choose Domain Subjects under:
"Inquiring the way we inquire")

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics
of the paper format can be found on the website of the IxD&A Journal
where information on the copyright policy and responsibility of authors,
publication ethics and malpractice are published.

For scientific advice and queries, please contact any of the 
guest-editors below and mark the subject as:
/IxD&A special issue on: Inquiring the way we inquire/

• ines [dot] di_loreto [at] utt [dot] fr
• parmiggi [at] idi [dot] ntnu [dot] no
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* Forthcoming issues:*

• Autumn 2018
includes also a special issue on
Alternance Schemes and Dual Education: Models, Criticalities and 
Guest Editors: Carlo Giovannella, Stefania Manca, Alke Martens

• Winter 2018
'SLERD 2018: The interplay of data, technology, place and people
Guest editors: Antonio Cartelli, Hendrik O. Knoche, Elvira Popescu
with a focus section on:
'Beyond Computers: Wearables, Humans, And Things - WHAT!'
Guest Editors: Gerrit van der Veer, Achim Ebert, Nahum Gershon, Peter 


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