Workshop on Repair in HCI (CHI 2013)

Call for participation

Reclaiming Repair
Maintenance and Mending as Methods for Design
Workshop at CHI 2013, Paris, France, April 28, 2013

Key dates:
Submission deadline: January 11, 2013
Acceptance notification: February 8, 2013
Workshop day: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Errors, omissions, and failures underlie almost everything we do. Our cell
phones inevitably break, our software becomes outdated, and our appliances
degrade. In response, we fix and maintain what we already have; we upgrade
our software and replace broken parts, often in creative and imaginative
ways. For example, the work of repairing mobile handsets may enable
survival, sustenance, and social mobility, and the repair of alarm clocks
and desk lamps may spur creative reinvention and reuse. Still, breakage and
repair tend to be overlooked as important sources of technology design and

This workshop considers what the field can learn from, and contribute to an
engagement with repair practices. Our investigation will advance and inform
HCI design methods and approaches to studying, and developing tools to
support repair activity. The workshop will also provide a forum for
participants and organizers to develop a shared language around issues of
breakdown, maintenance, and repair. We thus hope to acquire a deeper
understanding of what repair activities make possible — both for
sustainable design and creative invention.

We request that participants submit a one-page thought piece to by January 11, 2013 that describes their work in
relation to repair and HCI. This could take the form of an argument, a
portfolio, or an analytic intervention. Submissions will be accepted based
on originality, quality, and how well they represent disciplinary and
geographic range. Authors of accepted submissions will be asked to bring a
broken technology to the workshop. Submissions from outside the HCI
community will be particularly welcome (e.g., information studies,
archaeology, anthropology, history, philosophy, or the arts).

For any questions, contact

We look forward to your contribution!

Workshop organizers:
Steven J. Jackson, Department of Information Science, Cornell University
Garnet Hertz, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine
Lara Houston, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University,
Nimmi Rangaswamy, Microsoft Research India
Daniela K. Rosner, Program in Science, Technology & Society, Stanford

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