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Eric Baumer <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 17 Apr 2009 18:15:54 -0700
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Hybrid Design Practices: Situating Ubicomp's Interdisciplinarity

Current Ubicomp research and practice often go beyond 
interdisciplinarity. New hybrid practices are created, by synthesizing 
methods from multiple disciplines, such as design, ethnography, 
engineering, and sociology. This does not only imply crossing of 
disciplinary or epistemological boundaries, but also engagement across 
diverse cultural sites and perspectives. We take hybrid practices to 
mean day-to-day interdisciplinary practices that are often established 
beyond pre-designed institutional, disciplinary, or transdisciplinary 
boundaries. This hands-on workshop will focus specifically on hybrids 
that involve the design of ubiquitous computing systems, drawing 
together both individuals who have experience developing and using such 
hybrids, as well as those who have an interest in applying hybrid 
practices to their work.

Thus, this workshop explores questions such as:
• How might ethnographic field work be incorporated into design practice?
• How might design practice work be incorporated into ethnographic field ?
• How might fieldwork or design sketching be integrated more closely 
into the process of theorizing?
• What might theory-oriented design or design-oriented theorizing look like?
• What role can Ubicomp design practice play for cross-cultural and 
multi-sited explorations?

We invite participants with any disciplinary background to submit a 
two-page position paper which expounds on examples of the hybrid design 
practice which they employ in their own research or work; details why 
their current research might benefit from this approach; relates an 
opinion on the current state of, or speculates on the future of, hybrid 
practices in Ubicomp and HCI; or proposes a brief exercise, focused on 
the exploration of leisure activities in Disney properties (specifically 
those areas open to the public, rather than those for which admission 
must be paid), which other participants could undertake in order to 
experience a new form of hybrid practice.

Please submit position papers to Silvia Lindtner <lindtner [at]> by June 25.

For more details, please see 


June 25 ........... Submission Deadline
July 20 ........... Acceptance Notification
August 1 ......... Final Manuscript Due
September 30 ... Ubicomp Workshop Program

Workshop Organizers

Eric Baumer, Informatics, University of California, Irvine
Johanna Brewer, Frestyl
Barry Brown, Communication, University of California, San Diego
Lucian Leahu, Computer Science, Cornell University
Silvia Lindtner, Informatics, University of California, Irvine
Karen Martin, Bartlett School, University College London

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