Food for Thought: Designing for Critical Reflection on Food Practices

Newcastle, UK
June 11, 2012

This workshop is a continuation and extension to the successful past
workshops including 2011 Communities and Technologies Food(ing): Between
Human-Computer and Human-Food-Experience; 2009 [4]; OZCHI workshop, Hungry
24/7? HCI Design for Sustainable Food Culture and Sustainable Interaction
with Food, Technology, and the City [3], and Food and Interaction Design:
Designing for Food in Everyday Life [5]. The workshop addresses the
opportunities and challenges for the design of digital interactive systems
that engage individuals in critical reflection on their everyday food
practices – including designing for engagement in more environmentally
aware, socially inclusive, and healthier behaviour.

These three themes represent the focus of much recent HCI work related to
food. The proposed workshop aims to further the conversation on these
themes through understanding specifically how the process of critical
reflection can be encouraged by interactive technology. While the focus
will be on food as an application area, the intention is to also explore,
more generally, how the process of critical reflection can be facilitated
through interactive technology. The workshop will include a design
session, where participants will be asked to respond to the challenging
local issue of alcohol and fast food consumption, to create innovative
design solutions that facilitate people’s engagement in critical
reflection on their food consumption, ultimately leading to broader
socio-cultural transformation of Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s foodscape. The
workshop will provide a unique forum to discuss existing theoretical and
pragmatic approaches, and to envision novel ways to design technology that
encourages sustained critical reflection.

Interested participants should submit position papers to Jaz Hee-jeong
Choi (h.choi [at] qut.edu.au<http://qut.edu.au/>, outlining their work,
brief biographies, and what they would like to gain from the workshop.
Submissions should be no longer than 2 pages, in PDF Format, and styled
using the DIS paper format (http://dis2012.org/dis2012format.doc).
Participants will be selected based on their expertise and to ensure
overall disciplinary and geo-cultural diversity.

Deadline for submissions: March 16, 2012
Notification of acceptance: April 16, 2012
Workshop: June 11, 2012

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