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The 16th biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC)

Hasselt & Genk, Belgium, 20 - 24 August 2018


"Participatory Design, Democracy and Politics"

The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) is a conference with a long
history in bringing together scholars who present research on the direct
involvement of people in design, development, implementation, and
appropriation activities of information and communication technologies,
spaces, artefacts, and services. PDC brings together a multidisciplinary
and international group of researchers and practitioners encompassing a
wide range of issues that emerge around participatory design, encountered
and discussed in multiple fields. These include, but are not limited to,
HCI (Human-Computer Interaction), CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative
Work), co-design, design research, CSCL (Computer Supported Collaborative
Learning), ICT4D (Information and Communication Technology for
Development), development studies, design anthropology, sociology, media
studies, architecture and spatial planning, and arts.

In 2018, the Participatory Design Conference will be held in Belgium, in a
year that is characterised by municipal elections in the region. Not only
on a local level are things in motion; we are facing several challenges on
a global level too: growing economic and social inequalities, growing
migration rates, and a rise of xenophobia, right-wing upsurge and
securitarian policies. PDC 2018’s theme, ‘Participatory Design, Politics
and Democracy’, questions both the role of participatory design
practitioners in the PD processes themselves and in the changing political

Please see the full call: [1]

Join us on Facebook [2], Twitter [3] and Instagram [4]



* Full papers: 10 November 2017, 23:59 CET.

* First notification to full papers authors: 12 January 2018, 23:59 CET.

* Full-paper revised submission, Short papers, workshops, tutorials,
doctoral colloquium and situated actions submission: 9 February 2018, 23:59

* Second and final notification of acceptance: 27 March 2018, 23:59 CET.

* Camera ready versions: 18 May 2018, 23:59 CET.



PDC 2018 invites submissions in the following categories (to be published
in the ACM International Conference Proceeding Series):

* FULL PAPERS: (maximum 10 pages, excl. references). Full papers should
report on substantial and original, unpublished research that advances
Participatory Design (PD). As a single-track conference and the only
research conference exclusively dedicated to PD, PDC full research papers
have a broad impact on the development of PD theory, approaches and
practices. Full papers will be published in the ACM International
Conference series. Each submitted paper will be double-blind reviewed by at
least 3 reviewers and may be subject to a “revise and resubmit” process if
deemed suitable. Where papers rank equally, we will accept papers that
broadly address the theme of the conference in preference to others. Please
make sure your submission is correctly anonymised. Each paper should be
thoroughly proofread, polished and formatted according to submission
instructions before submission.

* SHORT PAPERS: (maximum 4 pages, excl. references). Short papers should
present original, unpublished ideas and research that explores or advances
the field of Participatory Design (PD) or reflect on its potential future
developments. As these will be presented and discussed in thematic sessions
run in parallel, short papers can benefit from making one, clear
contribution. Authors are encouraged to present a focused reflection or a
meaningful empirical case study. A focused reflection will be expected to
explore or advance existing ideas/concepts or propose new ones at a
theoretical level, even coming from nearby disciplines to build an
interdisciplinary dialogue. A case study will be expected to present
applications of PD that are empirically fascinating even without strong
theoretical grounding. Each submitted short paper will be double-blind
reviewed by at least 3 reviewers. Short papers will also be published in
the ACM International Conference series. Please make sure your submission
is correctly anonymised. Each paper should be thoroughly proofread,
polished and formatted according to submission instructions before

* INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS: (maximum 3 pages, excl. references). Workshop
proposals should describe half-day or full-day sessions on topics that
include reflections, methods, practices, and other areas of interest
related to Participatory Design (PD). They should support an interactive
format wherein active participation is possible and clearly goes beyond a
presentation format. These formats could include problem definition, small
discussion groups, mapping themes, etc. It should justify the need for the
workshop and should contain the workshop’s title, its goals, the planned
format, methods or techniques used to structure the workshop, the way
participants should contribute to the workshop, its relevance to PD, and a
draft schedule. This description should also include how the workshop topic
links to the conference theme and how the organisers have the relevant
expertise to set up this workshop. The duration of the workshop (half day
or full day), envisioned participants, minimum and maximum number of
participants and how they will be recruited should also be described. In
the recruitment procedure, important dates should be clearly communicated
to the participants. Finally, the workshop proposal should include a clear
statement about the expected concrete outcomes of the workshop (e.g.
journal publication, research proposal, exhibition). In the evaluation of
the proposals the following will be the main evaluation criteria: relevance
of topic to conference; interactivity of format; potential to draw
participants. The workshop location holds several workspaces for wood
cutting, 3D printing, electronic tinkering, laser cutting, etc. If, in your
workshop setup, you foresee to use any of these facilities, please contact
the workshop chairs before submitting your proposal.

* TUTORIALS: (maximum 3 pages, excl. references). 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, its relevance to PD, intended
participants and a schedule for the tutorial. We are looking particularly
for tutorials with relevance to the conference theme, and the
local/societal context of PDC 2018. Please describe in the proposal any
handouts or materials that you intend to make available to participants. In
the evaluation of the proposals the following will be the main evaluation
criteria: relevance of topic to conference; knowledge and skills transfer;
potential to draw participants.

* DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM: (maximum 4 page proposal, excl. references). The
doctoral colloquium 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 DC co-chairs, along with a core
group of senior participatory design researchers, 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 range of students with
different disciplinary emphases, at different stages of their research
programs, and coming from different cultural backgrounds. The proposal
should give an overview of the PhD project, including research motivations
and questions, intended contributions, methods, status of current work,
major findings and plans for further research. Accepted applicants will be
asked to do some pre-conference preparation, including reading each other’s
submissions and articulate common themes, among others. More directions
will be provided.

* SITUATED ACTIONS: (maximum 2 pages text with 2 pages optional images or
plans; or 5 minutes audio/video). Extending the conference theme of PD and
politics, we are retooling the former interactive exhibitions format to one
that incorporates public space in the city of Hasselt, imbricating the
conference with the urban community. Situated actions may encompass
PD-inspired exhibitions, performances, interventions, workshops, public
debates, or other highly interactive engagements. They can be public
representations of research, or new participatory encounters designed for
Hasselt citizens, conference attendees, or a mixture of both. Projects will
be presented on the first evening of the conference in lightning 5 minute
introductions to all conference attendees, who will later be able to
register for two different 30-minute situated action sessions during the
following days of the conference. Proposals should include a description (2
pages) of the situated action, including any plans or images (2 pages), its
relation to PD, and specific requirements for realisation of the situated
action. Alternatively, audio or video files describing the project may be
submitted. Each submitted project, case, demo, and/or design/art work will
be peer reviewed for applicability to the PD community, and (once accepted)
undergo a process of curation into the situated action format. Those
submissions that address or explore the conference theme will be favoured
in the selection process. The conference will introduce the project leaders
of accepted projects to local contacts who can help to understand Hasselt’s
past, present, and the impending political moment; provide suggestions for
possible venues; and assist with pre-conference logistics. Additionally, a
longer-duration exhibition space is available for “traces” of the Actions
or parallel installations. This exhibition space, the Hasselt Beguinage, is
the historic site of a 750 year old intentional community and will serve as
an alternative venue during the main conference.

* THE ARTFUL INTEGRATORS’ AWARD: We welcome nominations for the seventh
Artful Integrators’ Award, to be presented at PDC 2018. The Award is
intended to recognise outstanding achievement in the area of participatory
design. Where traditional design awards have gone to individual designers
and/or singular objects, the Artful Integrator’s Award emphasises the
importance of collaborative participation in design, and a view of good
design as the effective alignment of diverse collections of people,
practices and artefacts.

PDC we aim to strengthen dialogue and learning around new research,
methods, and innovative practices of participation by supporting
practitioners that are active in commercial, government, and not-for-profit
organisations to submit their work to any of the PDC submission categories,
instead of to a special track. Practitioners interested in this support
should send an expression of interest (1 page max no later than 1st of
september 2017 via email to: [log in to unmask]) so they can receive
feedback from a team of Industry Chairs that will provide guidance on:
contribution, right submission category for the potential manuscript and
possible options for coaching or co-authoring support.

We look forward to you joining us in Genk & Hasselt (Belgium) in 2018!

Liesbeth Huybrechts & Maurizio Teli

PDC 2018 chairs



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