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Call for Papers

The Clothesline Approach to Notions in Participatory Design

A workshop at The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) in Aarhus 2016, August 15.

Submission deadline July 1.

A notion or concept represents the understanding of something. When we talk about this something, we shape how we understand it through the use of words and expressions. Notions affect the interaction between different stakeholders and a lack of a shared language easily leads to misunderstandings, confusion, or a general failure of communication. 
Notions have implications in participatory design research and practice, as what notion is used has consequences for how an issue is dealt with. For example, what does the notion ‘participant’, imply in a design situation? A recent literature review of PDC papers reveals diverse definitions of ‘participation’, ranging from the goal of ‘involving users’, without further qualification, to more elaborate discussions of the idea of participation as a core aspect of PD. The aim of this workshop is to contribute insight on how notions may reframe and recreate participatory design practice, while also providing an overview of current norms and notions in use.
We invite researchers and practitioners to bring a plurality of perspectives and expertise related to the use of notions in participatory design. 
What do they mean and how are they used? How could a change of notions affect our perspective on participation and design? The workshop will apply a clothesline approach in order to identify and sort, wash and tumble, some of the notions used in the community, and air them for better alternatives.
We invite submissions of positions papers expanding on the use of concepts and notions in PD. Some suggested topics are:
-Notions referring to concepts and methods in practice, research and education
-Notions revealing the dark side of participatory design
-Exclusive vs inclusive notions in design
-Discriminating notions
-Notions that reveal power relations in the history of participatory design
Position papers should be submitted to: eva.eriksson @ and be formatted according to 
the SIGCHI publications template (

Eva Eriksson, Chalmers University of Technology
Viktor Hjort af Ornäs, Chalmers University of Technology
Kalle Klockars, University of Gothenburg
Sara Ljungblad, University of Gothenburg
Iréne Stewart Claesson, Lots Design
Olof Torgersson, University of Gothenburg
Olof Torgersson

Associate Professor
Department of Applied Information Technology
Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University
SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden

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