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Call for Papers for the Special Issue of Human-Computer Interaction journal
Time and HCI

IF 2018: 3.360

* Proposals due: 15th December 2019 (an extension of one week can be
granted on request)
* More information about the special issue:

* Journal Website

*Special Issue Editors*

Amon Rapp, University of Torino
Daniela Petrelli, Sheffield Hallam University
William Odom, Simon Fraser University
Larissa Pschetz, University of Edinburgh

Time is a fundamental dimension of the human condition, affecting the ways
we experience the world and construct our identity. In Western societies
there is a strong tendency to regard time as universalized, external to
human practices and independent of the individual’s subjectivity.

It comes as no surprise, then, that HCI research has traditionally viewed
time as the time of the machine, paying attention to its management,
scheduling, and tracking.

More recently, we have witnessed increased attention to the multiple forms
of time that we encounter in our everyday life within the HCI
community. For example, HCI work on aging, legacy and death relate to
fundamental temporal concerns, like the desire for longevity and
immortality, the relentless flow of time, the need to be remembered in the
future, as well as the frailty of the material and the digital as they
decay over the years. Likewise, research on personal and social memories
highlights how our present is intrinsically tied to our past.

Other examples of “alternate” takes on time in HCI are represented by
proposals to design for the future self, slowness, the time of
consciousness and change, multi-lifespans, impermanence and cross-cultural
constructions of time. In these perspectives, time can be undoubtedly
“captured” by machines, but its meaning and experience is beyond direct
mechanical quantification. Time becomes a phenomenon that concerns
fundamental aspects of existence and a social and cultural concern.

In this special issue we focus on emerging research about how HCI might
account for the experience of time as an existential, social, and cultural
matter. We invite original research that explores connections between time
and technology, formulating new research questions and proposing novel
solutions. Critical and speculative designs are welcome if they produce new
knowledge with reference to time and HCI.

We encourage submissions that include but are not limited to the following:

** Research topics**

- Research aiming to understand aspects of human existence connected with
our experience of time, like personal memories, personal change, family
rituals, personal routines, life transitions and disruptions, aging,
legacy, and bereavement, in order to design novel systems. Systems designed
for specific time-related experiences such as lifelogging for documenting
long term personal memories will be considered too.

- Design contributions that elaborate on the current HCI conception of
time, such as inter-generational design, design for the distant future,
design for reliving the remote past, lifelong technologies, and design for

- Novel representations and materializations of time in systems,
interfaces, and material artifacts, as well as novel tools for “measuring”
time or synchronizing activities with others.

- Research addressing temporal aspects of interaction in novel ways, e.g.
waiting time, interruptions, timeliness, scheduling, and pace when focused
on the user’s subjective experience, as well as designing for different
“use of time” (e.g., for reflecting on how we spend our time online).
Submissions addressing “standard problems” of time in HCI like productivity
and planning must offer novel insights.

- Psychological, social, and cultural accounts of temporality in relation
to technology, such as users’ perceptions of time, social practices
constructing shared temporalities, “special times” such as festivities or
memorial days, cultural and cross-cultural matters when designing for
temporal experiences, “social media times” such as ephemerality and
permanence in social media contexts


- Proposals due: 15th December 2019
- Response to authors: 30th January 2020
- Full papers due: 15th May 2020
- Reviews to authors: 1st Sept 2020
- Revised papers due: 1st Nov 2020
- Reviews to authors: 15th Jan 2021
- Final papers due: 1st Mar 2021

** Submission of Proposals**

To help authors find a good fit, we solicit proposals. Proposals should be
about 1000 words and provide a clear indication of what the paper is about.
Note that you must use the template provided (

Proposals will be evaluated for relevance to the special issue theme, and
feedback will be given. Both proposal and full paper submissions should be
submitted to the HCI Editorial site (

Follow the guidelines and instructions for submissions on the site. There
is a place on the submission site to note that your submission is for the
special issue. Full paper Special Issue submissions will be peer reviewed
to the usual standards of the HCI journal.

For questions about the special issue, please send mail to

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Amon Rapp Ph.D.

University of Torino - Computer Science Department Svizzera, 185 - Torino, Italy

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Mobile: +39 346 2142386
Skype: amonrp

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