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Dear all,

We warmly invite contributions for PDC 2022 Exploratory Papers:

Exploratory Papers present original, unpublished ideas and research that explore, advances or reflects on PD’s potential future developments. PDC Exploratory Papers benefit from making one, clear contribution. Authors are encouraged to present a focused reflection or a meaningful empirical case study. A focused reflection will be expected to explore or advance existing ideas/concepts or propose new ones at a theoretical level, even coming from nearby disciplines to build an interdisciplinary dialogue. A case study will be expected to present applications of PD that are empirically fascinating even without strong theoretical grounding.

If you are new to PDC or want to discuss your ideas for papers please join us for online sessions with the wider community (see below for information). 

Important dates:

29th November 2022 - Let’s explore paper ideas (Book online Session 9:00-10.30 am UTC ( or 17:00-18.30 pm UTC (

7th February 2022 – Submission deadline for Exploratory Papers – submit via ConfTool (

23rd April 2022 – Notification to authors (Accept or Reject)

30th May 2022 – Camera ready papers deadline for accepted submissions

Note that all deadlines are for the end of the day Anywhere on Earth (

PDC Exploratory Papers can be submitted on any topic or issue of relevance to participatory design theory, practice or methods – however, we are especially interested in soliciting submissions that relate to the specific themes of the 2022 conference:

Embracing Cosmologies: Expanding Worlds of Participatory Design

Democratic and socially just practices of design have always foregrounded people as agents of socio-political change. In more recent years a growing recognition of other forms of participation beyond the human have emerged. These include participation not only from technological entities, such as AI and algorithms, but also participation with biophysical, ecological, and spiritual worlds. How we design equitably with these prescient entities is increasingly of concern for many participatory designers and researchers seeking to have meaningful impact. 

Through invoking a hopeful design of social justice that responds to multiplicity and relational interdependence, PDC 2022 will explore what it means to embrace cosmological approaches to participatory design. This means valuing different kinds of participatory alliances that span micro-organisms to eco-systems, micro-finance to global supply chains and circular economies, algorithmic data justice for individuals and distributed communities. 

We especially encourage submissions that respond to the conference themes, including: 

Designing between (biophysical, spiritual, material and digital) worlds: How do we learn to listen differently and expand our perceptions of different worlds? How can we be attentive and respond to the invisible? How do we draw and blur boundaries around what is included and excluded in design if everything is so interrelated? How do we define what kinds of knowledge are worthy of exploration and what is not, and what are the problematics associated with this? Who and what can speak in and for design? 

Sentipensar (feeling-thinking): How can we enact and represent design practice that is difficult to describe but is heartfelt and passionate? How can we practice careful design that values emotional intelligence and poetics in response to people, land and other species? How can we create opportunities for generative design practice that integrates emotions, rationality and forms of spirituality? How can we better attune to different forms of expression in a socially just way? 

Relational commons: What is included and excluded from the commons and who gets to decide? How can we embrace and nurture local knowledges yet speak and connect across boundaries, cultures and nations and traditions? Does the relational commons look the same from anywhere? How do we work through the impacts of colonialism and recognise the significance of specific geography and territories on relational commons? How do we respect and attune to experiences of relational commons when we are working remotely or digitally? 

Activating protest against injustice: What skills can participatory designers bring to acts of protest and civil disobedience? How do designers work through the moral and ethical complexities of social justice work in meaningful ways? How do we design to allow for healing and grief as quiet acts of solidarity and co-operation as protest? How can we find creative, artful and productive forms of participatory design and protest that challenge perceptions of activism? How can PD work improve understandings between and bring oppositely positioned groups closer together in contexts where right and wrong is in the eye of the beholder? How can we encourage multiple voices and qualities of protest to embrace different technical systems or species and forms of participation? 

If you’d like to submit an Exploratory Paper, please find more information about how to submit your paper on the PDC 2022 website: And also look on the website to find out about the emerging plans for the hybrid, global format for PDC 2022:

There will be calls for participation for other submission formats (Exploratory Papers, Workshops and Situated Actions and more) later in 2021. 

Exploratory Papers Chairs:

Zoy Anastassakis (Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil)

Christopher Frauenberger (University of Salzburg, Austria)

Melisa Duque Hurtado (Monash University, Australia)

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