Workshop on Exploring the Diversity of Families: Designing Technologies for the Contemporary Family Life

Call for participation:
CHI 2013 workshop on Exploring the Diversity of Families: Designing
Technologies for the Contemporary Family Life

IMPORTANT DATES:
• Submission by: January 18th, 2013
• Notification of Acceptance: February 8th, 2013
• Workshop days: Sunday April 28, 2013

Website: http://www.design4diversefamilies.org/
Contact: design4diversefamilies@gmail.com

In recent years, the HCI community has expanded its interest to include
exploring the role of technology within the domestic domain;
particularly in the context of families and technology. Numerous studies
have focused on mapping the challenges and opportunities faced in
designing technologies that are appropriated to the needs of
contemporary families. However, few research lines have focused on
supporting families with diverse structures and situations (i.e.
divorced, same-sex, dealing with death, work-related periodic separation
and reunion). This workshop aims to explore the research space of family
design and further our understanding of what it means to design
technologies for diverse family structures. During the workshop we will
readdress the meaning of a diverse family, the methods used to conduct
family research as well as discuss design and evaluation techniques with
a focus on user experience.

This one-day workshop will bring together researchers, practitioners
and designers who are interested in furthering our understanding of
designing technologies for diverse families. Indicative examples of
these family types include those separated by divorce, families that
experience periodic transitions between being together and apart due to
work-related reasons, foster and many-children families, same-sex and
multicultural families as well as families experiencing chronic
illnesses. During the workshop we will revisit the meaning of a diverse
family, the methods used to conduct family research as well as discuss
design and evaluation techniques with a focus on user experience.

We invite authors to submit their 4-6 page position papers (in the
Extended Abstract
Format<http://chi2013.acm.org/authors/format/#extendedformat&gt;), video or
photo essays (up to a maximum of 2 minutes of viewable content), or
fieldwork narratives (4-6 pages) that relate to the broad theme of
diverse families and technology. Discussion topics include but are not
limited to:

▪ Theoretical conceptualizations of diverse families;
▪ empirical studies within this space;
▪ methods and tools for diverse families;
▪ evaluation practices of technologies for diverse families;
▪ guidelines or lessons learned;
▪ ethical considerations.

Submissions should be sent in pdf format to
design4diversefamilies@gmail.com. Position papers will be reviewed by
the organizers according to their significance, quality of presentation,
as well as their potential to stimulate discussion. The accepted papers
will be uploaded to the workshop’s website.

Please do note that all workshop participants must register for both
the workshop and for at least one day of the main CHI 2013 conference.
The reason for this policy is that workshops are supposed to be a part
of the CHI conference, not separate events that happen to be in the same
location at the same time. The intention is that people will be
attending the conference as well. For some early indication on prices,
please refer to last year’s workshop & conference pricing:
http://chi2012.acm.org/registration.shtml

Please feel free to email us if you have any questions about the
workshop. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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