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William Hudson <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 1 Dec 2005 09:40:52 -0000
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CHI 2006 Workshop: Sexual Interactions 

Call for Participation

Everyday interactions with technology - occurring in homes, streets and
cars as much as at the office increasingly draw upon the social,
emotional and physical. There is growing interest at CHI in moving
beyond cognition to examine these aspects of the human-computer
experience. Sex lies at the intersection of these concerns; it is an
important part of our domestic, social and emotional lives and a topic
of and means for communication. Yet we tend to desexualize technology,
the practices around it, and the environments into which we deploy it. 

Academic discourse about sexual behavior is commonplace in anthropology,
sociology, psychology, history, and essentially every area of
intellectual inquiry that purports to study people. We believe that
understanding human computer sexual interactions can provide HCI
researchers and practitioners with a deeper understanding of established
research themes in the community. For instance, online pornographers
were among the first to adopt online security technology that was later
adopted by the general public. The ways in which domestic and health
surveillance technologies impact and are impacted by everyday sexual
practices can serve as a lens to better understand issues of privacy and

HCI is also a design-oriented discipline, and to this end it is worth
understanding how an examination of sex can inform design. We believe
that the rich patterns of human sexual behaviors provide opportunities
both as inspiration and object for design. We welcome discussion of
specific designs that consider sex as well as discussion of broad
implications for HCI.

* To understand how sex and themes related to it can inform current HCI
practice and discourse.
* To explore the challenges in conducting human-computer sexual
interactions research.
* To brainstorm novel technologies, interactions, and research methods
inspired by human sexuality.
* To create a community for future discussion and exploration of the

We encourage participation from many disciplines including computer
science, design, psychology, anthropology, sociology, social studies of
technology, and media studies as well as practitioners in industry.

Participants will be selected based on 2-4 page position papers. We
welcome papers that:

* Present a novel technology, interface or system inspired by or
supportive of sexual interactions.
* Examine areas of HCI in which sex plays an important role. This
includes but is not limited to online dating, online communities,
intimate interfaces, production, consumption and regulation of
* Discuss field studies of technology use in which sexual practices may
have impacted or been impacted by technology adoption.
* Discuss problematic areas of sex in HCI, such as abusive, immoral or
criminal activity.
* Discuss implications of sexual practice on broader areas of HCI

We ask presenters to be sensitive other workshop participants in the
presentation of their papers. Submissions should include an additional
page discussing the author's background, interests, current work and its
relevance to workshop goals.

Send submissions (PDF) or questions to Johanna Brewer via e-mail at

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