Call for Making Laboratories Submissions
@ COOP 2016, Trento, Italy, May, 22-23, 2016
Recent years have seen a surge in cultures of making involving physical and electronic materials and emerging tools and technologies. These include digital fabrication, electronic tinkering, repairing, hobbyist robotics, etc. COOP researchers and practitioners view making as the site of novel forms of engagement with diverse materials, community formation around amateur expertise, open sharing, and the development and implementation of new software and hardware tools.
Researchers focusing on such practices and cultures are increasingly becoming sensitive to the role(s) of the workshop/event format in collaborative practices and their outcomes. Indeed, makers learn by doing, which commonly unfolds in co-working spaces, maker spaces, fab labs, and tinkering studios. Oftentimes, making takes place in staged events such as workshops, hackathons, and conventions where like-minded makers are brought together to tinker/hack together, share materials, experiences, and best practices. Making events generate lots of stuff—in the forms of physical and digital prototypes, materials (e.g., circuits, tools, self-made tools, code samples), as well as related secondary artifacts such as how-to guides, manuals, design/make documents and plans, institutional strategic plans on making, and media discourses among others.
All of this raises questions about maker workshops/events and their relation to the forms of inquiry they support, including teaching and learning for novice makers, innovation with materials and techniques, and speculation concerning new possibilities and technology-supported ways of being and doing. Questions include the following:
* What qualities of the maker workshop or staged event distinctively contribute to inquiry outcomes?
* How should workshops be sequenced? What kinds of activities and prompts best support collaborative inquiry?
* What sorts of settings and environments (both spatial and technical) best support collaboration?
* What toolkits, materials, tools, and project recipes best support inquiry in these events?
* How should events be followed up to maximize their impacts?
* How can positive outcomes of inquiry in such environments be recognized and articulated?
In the Making Laboratories at COOP2016, we will engage in the theme of Workshopology–making alongside and in support of a meta-conversation about maker workshops and events. Our making will be both material and discursive. Sample outcomes will include the staging of workshops at the COOP2016 conference, workshop plans, toolkits, make kits, instructables, best practices guidelines, and so forth.
We welcome participants who already have or are planning making workshops, hackathons, make events, etc. We welcome participants who focus on maker workshop organization, design, facilitation, planning, and/or theorizing. We welcome participants from diverse disciplines, including those new to COOP: researchers, makers, hackers, sociologists, artists, interaction designers, scientists, creative technologists, and more. Independent as well as institutional profiles are both warmly invited to participate.
Visual portfolio with photos, video data, or other kinds of presentation of planning and/or actual events of making you held in the past or are currently working on. A companion document indicating (1) names and affiliations of the authors, (2) overview of the event (in the past or in progress), including the context (e.g., motivation, objectives, expectations, size, prerequisites, etc.), (3) the technical, logistical, and material requirements of the event, and (4) a brief retrospective reflection on lesson learned.
Submission materials should be e-mailed to the Making Laboratories Co-Chairs at: [log in to unmask]
* Submission deadline: January 29, 2016
* Author notifications: Feb 19, 2016
* Making Laboratories in Trento, Italy (pre-conference event): May 22-23, 2016
* COOP2016 Conference in Trento, Italy: May 25-27, 2016
For more info about the format and fees, please visit us at http://www.coop2016.unitn.it/index.php/attending/making-laboratories/
[Making Laboratories Chairs]
Jeffrey Bardzell (Indiana University)
Shaowen Bardzell (Indiana University)
Sabina Barcucci (MUSE FabLab, MUSE Science Museum)
The Cultural Research in Technology (CRIT) Lab
Associate Professor of Informatics
Affiliated Faculty of the Kinsey Institute
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