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Karin Danielsson Öberg <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:17:45 +0100
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*******Call for participation: Workshop at DSR2014******

Umeaa Sweden, June 15-19

***Critical Design and the creation of alternative visions: literally and metaphorically***

Critical design methods and thinking is gaining increasing interest during design of artefacts, applied mainly by interaction designers in order to create designs that cause reflections (on roles, norms, values, practices, cultures). It forces reflection among the users of the artefacts, since the artefact is aimed to provoke, and to support visions of alternative realities, other ways of being and living. However, ways to create such provocations, reflections and visions among the professionals (designers, researchers and practitioners) is not explored as much. If considering critical design rather as a position than an approach for design, how can we support reflection among us as professionals? Thereby, enable usage of critical design in our profession? These, and related questions, will be reflected upon and discussed during the workshop.

This one-day workshop aims to explore ways to enable designers, researchers and practitioners to discover, apply and increase the usage of critical design, by exploring, questioning and provoking ourselves in our own profession. One way of doing this is by using digital storytelling as a pre-workshop activity. Digital storytelling support a creation of materials in both literal and metaphorical ways. Through digital storytelling, we can identify, express and share conscious and unconscious assumptions of critical design as such, as well of us as professionals.

During the workshop, the pre-workshop materials (such as images, movies, illustrations, photos and texts) will be explored and transformed in order to communicate, envision and understand critical design. After the workshop, a bank of experiences is visualised on the workshop website. Participants in the workshops are expected to register to the conference, and to pay the conference fee. There is no additional fee for attending the workshop.

***For more information, please visit our Workshop website: <>

Conference website: <>  


People interested to participate in this workshop are required to submit an up to 300 word summary presenting their present/future interest and/or usage of critical design in their profession. In addition to this, an up to 200 word presentation on ideas of how they plan to create and/or document their digital stories is submitted. Selection process will be based on the submitted proposals, in order to create a mixed group of participants.

Preferable, use our submission system: <> Or send your submission to: <[log in to unmask]>

***Important dates***

Summary and digital story ideas are due: 1 April 2014

Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2014

Workshop: 15 June 2014

Please note that the workshop participant brings the individual digital stories to the workshop. Digital stories can preferable be available using social media. Any necessary program for presenting the story is made available by the workshop participant him/herself. Number of accepted participants: 5-10 (workshop organisers excluded). Any questions, please contact us at <[log in to unmask]>

Workshop organisers:

Katarina L Gidlund: Associate professor in Informatics at Mid Sweden University. Her research focus is on Critical Studies of digital technology and societal change in a variety of different application areas such as digitalization of public sector, open innovation, and participatory practices in societal development. She is part of the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Information Systems, co-coordinator of the Swedish network of eGovernment Research Network and part of the board of SIG eGov.

Annelie Ekelin: Associate professor in Human Science and Work Practice, and Media and Communication Science. She has an interest in methods concerning participation in development of e-services and mediation of innovation, interaction design and development of ICT and new media formats, including social media. She is a currently associated researcher and also the Head of the Department of Media and Journalism of Linnaeus University, Sweden. She has been involved in several European projects such as; the Dialogue Project, RISI+, IMMODI and in cross-cultural co-operation with the Te-Net Group from Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai (IIT-M). She has also recently concluded a post doc at the School of Computing at Blekinge institute of technology in participatory design of public e-services.

Karin Danielsson Öberg: PhD and senior lecturer in Informatics at Umeĺ University, Sweden. Her research focus on different levels of user participation: identifying, exploring and reflecting on user roles during design, with particular interest in teenagers’ participation during design of digital media. She is currently coordinator of the bachelor program Digital media production at the department of Informatics. She has experience of arranging workshops and panels at NordiCHI, CHI and PDC.

Johanna Sefyrin: PhD and senior lecturer in Informatics at Mid Sweden University. Her research area is Critical Studies of digital technology and societal change foremost in the application area of e-Government, and more specifically on issues such as power, knowledge, participation and gender in the development of digital technologies.

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