Call for Papers: The 13th biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC) in Windhoek, Namibia. (6. – 10. October 2014)

Posted by Katrien Dreessen on Thursday January 16th 2014 at 14:07

The conference theme of the 13th Participatory Design Conference  2014 is “Reflecting connectedness”. We are currently experiencing a  technologically pushed trend in ‘being always connected’.  This is  manifested in a number of designed artifacts, such as smart-phones,  social networks, computer supported cooperative work and distributed  working tools. By ‘reflecting connectedness’ in PD, we acknowledge  influential relations across continents, societies, people,  disciplines and time, beyond the direct involvement of stakeholders.   While PD has evolved as a discipline on its own, we should  continuously reflect on interrelations of theories and practices  within and across the field and thereby enriching PD within a wider context. We must further engage in critical debates of what it means  to design within and for a multilayered network, such as the on-line  world versus off-line interactions, the blurring distinction of  designers and users, researchers and artists, design and research ‘in  the wild’, designing for social justice, inclusiveness, and  sustainability. We invite authors to deliberate on these relations within and beyond the field of PD, which affect its conceptualization  and practices all over.
The 2014 PDC seeks to attract submissions from different disciplines,  academics, practitioners and artists in form of tutorials, workshops,  doctorial consortiums, participatory art encounters, papers, and  industry cases.


Call for papers – Designing for ‘Situated Elderliness’

Posted by Katrien Dreessen on Thursday January 31st 2013 at 15:07

The special session Design Culture for Ageing Well: Designing for ‘Situated Elderliness’ aims to open up interdisciplinary discussions between social scientists, seniors’ association members, healthcare practitioners, researchers and practitioners from human-computer interaction, ambient assisted living and related fields, and other interested persons. The special session aims to bring together people from diverse backgrounds.

Roles of “diversity”, “heterogeneity” and “abilities” will be core themes, based on an ability-based understanding of aging and situated elderliness. The organizers invite position papers that focus on topics related to “ageing well”, “ambient assisted living” or similar.

Dates: 1-3 July 2013
Location: Maribor, Slovenia at SouthCHI2013 (
Deadline for submissions: 5 March 2013