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Call for papers

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ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI)

Special Issue on “Sustainable HCI through Everyday Practices”

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Special issue editors: James Pierce (Carnegie Mellon University), Phoebe
Sengers (Cornell University),Yolande Strengers (Centre for Design, RMIT
University), Susanne Bødker (University of Aarhus)

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: February 1, 2012

Deadline for Full Submissions: April 15, 2012

Reviews Due: May 30, 2012
Author Notification: June 15, 2012
Revised Papers Due: August 15, 2012
Special Issue Published: First or Second Quarter 2013

TOCHI special issue site:


To date, sustainable HCI research has focused largely on changing
individuals’ behavior in order to address large-scale environmental
concerns such as climate change, drawing predominantly on theories and
concepts from psychology and behavioral economics. In this special issue,
we explore new research opportunities derived from redirecting emphasis
from individual behavior to everyday social and cultural practices.  An
everyday practice-oriented approach is used in fields including
anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy and geography, and
emphasizes the complex, cultural, material, and social contexts in which
resource-consuming and environmentally-damaging activities are situated. A
critical difference between many of the understandings of human action
drawn on in sustainable HCI and a practice perspective is an analytical
focus on the organization and reorganization of shared activities and
routines, rather than individuals' behavior or broad-scale social norms. In
other words, practices, rather than people, become the unit of enquiry and
focus of analysis and critique.

This special issue will bring together works that use empirical case
studies of everyday practices and/or develop theoretical perspectives on
everyday practice to critically and creatively re-think how HCI researches
and designs for environmental sustainability. Everyday practices are not
only a potential locus of intervention for sustainable HCI; they equally
raise issues about and provide opportunities for how HCI can and should
approach sustainability. For example,

   - Empirical and theoretical accounts of everyday practice challenge
   psychologically- and economically-informed accounts of how social and
   behavioral change happens (e.g., Akrich, 1992; Schatzki, 1997; Shove, 2003).
   - Grounded studies of common everyday practices such as cooking,
   laundering and leisure activities raise questions about the appropriateness
   of “rational choice” approaches that target the conscious motivations and
   behaviors of individual consumers (e.g., Shove 2003; Pierce et al., 2010;
   Strengers, 2011).
   - Engagement with diverse communities—such as the homeless (Woelfer and
   Hendry, 2010), subsistence fishing communities (Brynjarsdóttir and Sengers,
   2010), low-income communities (Dillahunt et al., 2009), and ecovillages and
   “bright greens” (Nathan, 2008; Woodruff et al., 2008) and wealthy, highly
   mobile individuals (Peterson, Lynggaard & Krogh, 2010)—raise issues of
   what exactly is considered sustainable or unsustainable, and who gets to
   - Consideration of the various ways HCI aims to intervene in everyday
   consumption practices raises ethical issues about these approaches: are
   they empowering, persuading, or coercing? What are the ethical implications
   of considering “everyday practice”—as routinized ways of behaving and
   living—as a unit of intervention for HCI and design more broadly?
   - Reflection on the areas of everyday practice that HCI does and does
   not target and the types of technologies that are studied and employed
   (e.g., interactive products, automated systems, services, infrastructures)
   raise issues of where HCI can, should and should not aim to effect change
   for sustainability.

This special issue will bring together empirical and theoretical
contributions regarding everyday practices to critically and creatively
re-think how HCI researches and designs for sustainability. An overall goal
of this issue is to bring together a collection of works that will
cross-inform the areas of interpretive social science, critical reflection
and design in the context of sustainable HCI. Contributions from multiple
perspectives are welcome and may, for example, do one or more of the

   - Examine everyday sustainable practices that inspire ideas for IT design
   - Explicate practices of non-mainstream communities such as dumpster
   divers, vintage car buffs, or urban farmers for concepts or orientations
   that sustainable HCI might usefully build on
   - Empirically analyze unsustainable practices to understand how they
   come about and what they tell us about processes of practice change and the
   role of design and IT in those processes.
   - Analyze the varied conceptions of sustainability that are enacted in
   everyday practice and how they might usefully inform the ways sustainable
   HCI frames its research approaches
   - Use reflection on specific everyday practices to rethink sustainable
   HCI research and professional practice
   - Offer new theoretical contributions and insights that assist HCI
   designers in broadening current understandings of human action towards a
   practice-oriented perspective

Contributions may also:

   - Reflect on and/or argue for individual behavior change approaches in
   relation to everyday practice approaches, for example, through discussions
   of the role of “behaviors” vs. “practices” with respect to case studies of
   “persuasive” or eco-feedback technologies, or discussions of
   epistemological differences in theoretical approaches. Contributions that
   adopt a behavioral perspective should be clearly identified as such, and
   discuss how their position relates to practice-based perspectives.

Deadline: 300-500-word abstracts are required for submission to the special
issue, and are due February 1, 2012. Full manuscripts are due April 15,
2012, but early submissions are encouraged.

Please submit abstracts to [log in to unmask]

Additional info can be found at:


All contributions will be rigorously peer reviewed to the usual exacting
standards of TOCHI. Further information, including TOCHI submission
procedures and advice on formatting and preparing your manuscript, can be
found at:

Full manuscripts are submitted via the ACM online manuscript system at:

Full submissions must contain a cover letter stating that the submission
should be directed to the special issue on Sustainable HCI through Everyday

To discuss a possible contribution, please contact the special issue
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