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2nd Call for Papers:

The 13th biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC)
in Windhoek, Namibia. (6.– 10. October 2014)

Join us in Windhoek, Namibia in 2014 to celebrate the 13thParticipatory
Design Conference (PDC).
The conference theme of the PDC 2014 is “Reflecting connectedness”. We are
currently experiencing a
technologically pushed trend in ‘being always connected’. This is
manifested in a number of designed
artifacts, such as smart-phones, social networks, computer supported
cooperative work and distributed
working tools.By ‘reflecting connectedness’ in PD, we acknowledge
influential relations across
continents, societies, people, disciplines and time, beyond the direct
involvement of
stakeholders. While PD has evolved as a discipline on its own, we should
continuously reflect on
interrelations of theories and practices within and across the field and
thereby enriching PD within a
wider context. We must further engage in critical debates of what it means
to design within and for a
multilayered network, such as the on-line world versus off-line
interactions, the blurring distinction of
designers and users, researchers and artists, design and research ‘in the
wild’, designing for social
justice, inclusiveness, and sustainability. We invite authors to deliberate
on these relations within and
beyond the field of PD, which affect its conceptualization and practices
all over.
The 2014 PDC seeks to attract submissions from different disciplines,
academics, practitioners and
artists in form of tutorials, workshops, doctorial consortiums,
participatory art encounters, papers, and
industry cases.

Important dates:

Conference dates: 6. – 10. October 2014
Full papers 28 February 2014
Short papers 10 March 2014
Workshop proposals 10 March 2014
Tutorials 10 March 2014
Doctorial Consortium 10 March 2014
Industry Cases 10 March 2014
pArt Installations 10 March 2014
Nomination to the Artful Integrators Award 10 March 2014
Acceptance Notification 13 June 2014

PDC’14 invites submissions in the following categories:
Research papers: (full papers - maximum 10 pages). Research papers should
report on original
research which advances Participatory Design (PD) and reflect on state of
the art themes in our field.
As a single track conference, and the only one exclusively dedicated to PD,
PDC Research papers have
a broad impact on the development of PD theory, approaches and practices.
Research papers will be
published in the ACM International Conference series. Each submitted paper
will be double blind
reviewed by at least 3 reviewers. Each submission will be managed by a
meta-reviewer to ensure that
feedback is relevant, the learning experience significant and the process
fair. Please make sure your
submission is correctly anonymized. Accepted papers should be revised
according to the review reports
and the language should be checked by a native English speaker.

Short papers: (short papers – maximum 4 pages). Short papers should present
original, unpublished
ideas and research that advances the field of Participatory Design (PD) and
reflect on its potential
future developments. As discussed in parallel, thematic sessions, PDC Short
Papers can benefit from a
clear scope and are expected to contribute to the emergence of new
possibilities for PD. Compared to
Research Papers, Short Papers may offer a more limited discussion of
related work, or they may, for
example, provide a novel design, method or theoretical concepts, without a
full evaluation or with less
detailed explanation. Short Papers are reviewed to the same standard of
scientific quality as Research
Papers, but the contribution is more focused and clear-cut. Each submitted
short paper will be double
blind reviewed by at least 3 reviewers. Please make sure submissions are
anonymous. Accepted papers
should be revised according to the review reports and the language should
be checked by a native
English speaker.

Interactive Workshops: (maximum 2 pages) The workshop proposal should
describe half day or full
day sessions on topics that include methods, practices, and other areas of
interest related to
Participatory Design (PD). They should support an interactive format
wherein active participation is
possible, beyond a presentation format. These formats could include a
mapping of a problem
definition, small discussion groups, etc. The proposal must be written in a
format that can be used for
recruitment via the web. It should justify the need for the workshop and
should contain a title, goals,
format, method or technique, its relevance to PD and a schedule. Intended
participants and how they
will be recruited should also be described. In the recruitment procedure
important dates should be
clearly communicated to the participants (see timing). Also, it should be
clear to the organizers and the
participants what the maximum amount of participants is for the workshop
and what the workshop
duration is (half day or full day). Finally, the workshop proposal should
include a clear statement about
the expected outcomes of the workshop (e.g. journal publication, research
proposal, exhibition, etc.).

Tutorials: (2 page proposal) Half day and full day sessions for teaching
conceptual frameworks,
methods/techniques, and novel approaches in Participatory Design (PD). The
proposal should contain a
title, goals, method or technique, relevance to PD and a schedule. Please
describe in the proposal any
handouts that you intend to make available.

Industry Cases: (2-4 page case description) should report on the use of
participatory methods, tools,
and/or practices within commercial, non-profit, or governmental
organizations. We are interested in a
broad range of submissions that explore what a participatory approach means
to different practitioners
and audiences and may include ideas, approaches, projects, experimentations
or reflections on
participation. We encourage submissions from practitioners who might not
ordinarily attend the
Participatory Design (PD) conference but who are grappling with the
complexities of participation or
who are experimenting with novel approaches. Cases should highlight the
benefits, challenges, and
outcomes from the application of participatory approaches and should
provide concrete lessons for
others who are interested in applying PD in their organizations. Each
submitted case will be peer
reviewed for applicability to the PD community.

Doctoral consortium: (4 page proposal) The doctoral consortium is a
full-day session intended for
PhD students working within the field of Participatory Design (PD). It will
provide students with an
opportunity to discuss issues of concern to them in their studies and
receive extensive feedback from
the session co-chairs and other student participants. Enrollment is limited
and selection will be based on
the quality of application submissions, taking into account how the
research is related to PD. The aim
will be to include a spread of students with different disciplinary
emphases, at different stages of study,
and coming from different cultural backgrounds. The proposal should give an
overview of the PhD
project, including research motivations, questions, methods, status of
current work, major findings and
plans for further research. Accepted applicants will be asked to provide a
revised and elaborated
research summary (4 pages), and to participate in some pre-workshop on-line

Art installations: (2 page proposal) Interdisciplinary collaborations have
often yielded surprising yet
astonishing results, leading both research and knowledge to new heights.
PDC has a long history of
incorporating participatory art installations to inspire and innovate.
Artists and designers working with
any form of interactive participatory methods are invited to submit their
projects. The works can take
inspiration from visual and digital media, performance arts, installations,
communication technologies,
touch, sound and any other genres that allow participants to take part or
become part of the art piece.
Projects should address/explore the theme ‘reflecting connectedness’.
Please submit a 2 page proposal
of the art work, in which the project is described (incl. sketch/design),
the relation to PD, and specific
requirements for display. Alternatively artists can submit audio or video
files describing the project.

The Artful Integrators’ Award: We welcome nominations for the sixth Artful
Integrators’ Award, to
be presented at PDC 14 in Namibia. The Award is intended to recognize
outstanding achievement in
the area of participatory design of information and communications
technologies. Where traditional
design awards have gone to individual designers and/or singular objects,
the Artful Integrator’s Award
emphasizes the importance of collaborative participation in design, and a
view of good design as the
effective alignment of diverse collections of people, practices and

Submission and formatting guidelines
The submissions in all categories are subject to double-blind peer review.
For previous PDC
conferences, the acceptance rate for research papers has been about 25% and
for the other submission
categories about 50%.All submissions should follow thePDC paper template to
be found on the
conference website (

The PDC 2014 proceedings will be published as part of the International
Conference Proceedings
Series published by ACM and available online from the ACM Digital Library.
Accepted research
papers will comprise Volume I of the Proceedings of the 13th Participatory
Design Conference.
Volume II of the proceedings will comprise the accepted papers in the other
submission categories.
Authors of accepted papers will need to complete the ACM copyright form as
a condition of inclusion
in the proceedings.Only PDF files (.pdf) may be submitted and submissions
are only accepted through
the PDC conference management system.

Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Vincenzo D'Andrea & Ole Sejer Iversen
PDC’14 chairs.

Best regards/ med venlig hilsen

*Kasper Rodil*****

Ph.D Student *| * Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology***

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