CHI 2021 Workshop

From the Margins to the Centre:
Defining New Mission and Vision for HCI Researchers in South Asia

Virtual Workshop co-located with ACM CHI 2021 Conference

Sunday May 9th 2021, 11:00-16:00 JST (UTC+09:00)

 

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Quick INFO:

Why should one attend this workshop?

The goal of this workshop is to bring together the community of HCI researchers, designers, and technology makers at CHI 2021 virtually who are interested in research including and beyond development in South Asia.

Together, we aim to break the stereotypes and re-imagine the future of HCI research in the South Asian region, celebrating the diversity, inclusion, and chaos that comes with it. 

We have two deadlines to submit the forms. To gauge the interest and to plan accordingly, we urge the participants to utilize the early deadline.

Early deadline: 1st February 2021

Regular deadline: 1st March 2021

May 8-13, 2021 Online Virtual Conference (originally Yokohama, Japan)
May 8-13, 2021
Online Virtual Conference (originally Yokohama, Japan)

Date of the Workshop: Sunday May 9th 2021, 11:00-16:00 JST (UTC+09:00)

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About

Over the years, the global Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community has witnessed a plethora of work from South Asia. The focus of the HCI work in the region has been primarily on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its developmental implications on users, including those pertaining to the socio-cultural norms, lack of resources, literacy, and income. Some of the conducted research has been initiated and conducted by or in collaboration with researchers from the Global North, focusing primarily on challenges of the under-served user groups. However, the South Asian region has more to offer and needs to be looked at more than merely as a site for marginalized user groups. To benefit from the richness and diversity, results of continuous interaction among cultures and openness for dialogue, embedded in the living experience, social-structures and cultural-narratives, it is vital that the South Asian HCI community sets a strong agenda to be united to share a vision of HCI that goes beyond the ad-hoc system or service developments from the Global North.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together the community of HCI researchers, designers, and technology makers at CHI 2021 virtually who are interested in research including and beyond development in South Asia. Together, we aim to break the stereotypes and re-imagine the future of HCI research in the South Asian region, celebrating the diversity, inclusion, and chaos that comes with it. 

More specifically, this workshop has the following objectives:

 


HCI4SouthAsia
CHI 2021 Workshop Objectives

 

 

Reflect

To reflect on the current opportunities and challenges in the research being conducted in the South Asian region.

 

Explore

To explore an alternative and empowering vision for research and researchers in South Asia, where research agendas and methods, users groups, and contexts transcend the context of the “user study” to include aspects such as lived experiences, narratives and stories, belongingness and identities, assimilation and co-existence and cultural norms and ethical values

 

Define

To define (with the community of researchers) diverse and alternative vision(s) for research and researchers in South Asia in/for the future.

To define concrete mission statements that enable researchers to achieve the visions defined in the workshop.

 

We plan to explore various themes during the workshop and exchange ideas and invite conversations (including anecdotes, experiential information, and field stories) during this workshop.

Call for Participation

We aim to build ”HCI4SouthAsia”, a strong community of HCI researchers and practitioners who work/will work in the South Asian region (i.e., in and around the countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).

 

As a first step, we are organizing a half-day virtual workshop over the virtual platform at CHI 2021, titled: “From the Margins to the Centre: Defining New Mission and Vision for HCI Researchers in South Asia”.

The primary objective of the workshop is to provide an international platform — to showcase to the ”center” — the research including and beyond development, challenges, experiential information, and field stories, from (marginal) communities across the South Asian Region, and help to collectively build a vision for the community. We invite participants to join our online workshop. The half-day workshop will include three activity-based design sessions encompassing reflection on the past, building a vision, and proposing pathways for realizing the vision. 

How to Participate?

We invite participants from across the Globe interested in working with and for the South Asian context. Through your participation, we hope to create a collaborative community where we exchange ideas, experiences, and learn from each other. 

Interested participants are invited to fill a survey to share details about their research, methods, preliminary or prominent results from their work, and their aspirations from the workshop.

Selection criteria

Participants will be accepted based on how their responses align with the workshop theme. 

Important Dates

We will have two deadlines to submit the forms. To gauge the interest and to plan accordingly, we urge the participants to utilize the early deadline.

  • Early deadline: 1st February 2021
  • Regular deadline: 1st March 2021

 

Registration Instructions for Workshop Participants: 

If you are not yet registered for CHI, CLICK HERE.

    1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the Member or Non-Member button to begin your registration
    2. Fill in all of the required information
    3. Proceed to the Optional Items page – select your workshop or symposia from dropdown list and click next at the bottom of the page
    4. Enter AccessW39 in the code box
    5. Follow through to complete the addition, making a payment, if necessary and click “Finish”

If you are adding a workshop to your existing registration, CLICK HERE.

    1. Scroll down the select the “Already Registered?” button.
    2. Enter your email address and confirmation code – found in your confirmation email
    3. Click “OK” to proceed, then select “Modify” on the next page
    4. Proceed through your registration (“Next” until the Optional Items page) to add your workshop
    5. Select your workshop from the dropdown and click “Next” at the bottom
    6. Enter AccessW39 in the code box
    7. Follow through to complete the addition by making a payment and clicking “Finish”

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**While doing the registration, it might be good to have SIGCHI membership. 

Not sure if you’re a member? Here’s how to check:

    1. Visit myacm.acm.org, and log in using the member login on the left side

Not an active SIGCHI member? Here’s how to become one:

    1. Renewal: In the upper right hand corner of the myacm.acm.org landing page, there is a link labeled “renew.” That link will take you to a page where you can renew your membership.

 

Program

We will hold a half-day workshop virtually comprising three sessions with activities summarized in Table below over the Zoom platform. In these sessions, we will reflect on the past and re-imagine the future, considering questions loosely based on design futuring. The organizers have expertise and experience in conducting design futuring workshops. 

The program below is in JST timezone.

Time: JST (UTC+09:00) Activity  
11:00 – 11:15 Welcome: Introduction from the organizing committee  
11:15 – 12:15 Session I: Reflecting on Now individual; all attendees
12:15 – 12:30 Break  
12:30 – 13:30 Session II: Ideating for the Future small groups
13:30 – 14:45 Break  
14:45 – 15:15 Session III: Reflections and Synthesis small groups, followed by all attendees
15:15 – 15:25 Break  
15:25 – 16:00 Closing: Next Steps and Final Remarks  
Proposed Agenda (half day)

Session I: Reflecting on Now

Participants and organizers (as agreed in the pre-workshop activity with several open slots) share one experience (in two minutes each) on conducting research in South Asia. This can include:

These two-minute presentations can either be presented using a previously shared 1-slide or in a free presentation format.

Session II: Ideating for the Future

Participants are divided into small teams of 3-5, based on their selected sub-theme (in the pre-workshop activity), to spend 30 minutes to discuss:

Participants can use mind-maps, google docs, or slides (or other online collaborative tools) to document their ideas and answers. Teams with the same sub-theme join the same breakout rooms and present and discuss their insights. These discussions will also be summarized using an online collaborative tool for archival purposes.

Session III: Reflections and Synthesis

Participants will perform an activity for defining shared vision(s), mission(s), and identities for HCI activities in South Asia.

About CHI 2021

CHI 2021
CHI 2021

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference on Human-Computer Interaction. CHI – pronounced ‘kai’ – is a place where researchers and practitioners gather from across the world to discuss the latest in interactive technology. CHI is generally considered the most prestigious in the field of HCI and attracts thousands of international attendees annually. CHI will be held for the first time as an online virtual conference.

Organizers

Pranjal Jain

theUXWhale, India

Samia Ibtasam

University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Sumita Sharma

University of Oulu, Finland

Anupriya Tuli

IIIT Delhi, India

Nilavra Bhattacharya

University of Texas at Austin, USA

Dilrukshi Gamage

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Dhruv Jain

University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Rucha Tulaskar

Continuum Managed Services, India

Priyank Chandra

University of Toronto, Canada

Lubna Razaq

Information Technology University, Lahore, Pakistan

Rahat Jahangir

North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Deepak Ranjan Padhi

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

Mohit Jain

Microsoft Research, India

Suleman Shahid

Lahore University of Management Science, Pakistan

 

Nova Ahmed

North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Devanuj Balkrishan

JK Lakshmipat University, India

IIIT Delhi, India

 

Contact Us

HCI for South Asia

 

Supported by

ACM Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction
ACM Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction

 

Partners

Srishti SIGCHI Chapter
Srishti SIGCHI Chapter
NORTH SOUTH UNIVERSITY HCI RESEARCH GROUP
Dhaka ACM SIGCHI Chapter
Computer Human Interaction and Social Experience Lab’ (CHISEL)
Lahore ACM SIGCHI Chapter

 

Sponsors

TBD

 
 
CHI 2021 Workshop

From the Margins to the Centre:
Defining New Mission and Vision for HCI Researchers in South Asia

We aim to build ”HCI4SouthAsia”, a strong community of HCI researchers and practitioners who work/will work in the South Asian region (i.e., in and around the countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).

The half-day workshop will include three activity-based design sessions encompassing reflection on the past, building a vision, and proposing pathways for realizing the vision. 

We can paint this canvas on 9th May 2021 together!
We can paint this canvas on 9th May 2021 together!
 

Important Dates

We will have two deadlines to submit the forms. To gauge the interest and to plan accordingly, we urge the participants to utilize the early deadline.

  • Early deadline: 1st February 2021
  • Regular deadline: 1st March 2021

Program

We will hold a half-day workshop virtually comprising three sessions with activities summarized in Table below over the Zoom platform. In these sessions, we will reflect on the past and re-imagine the future, considering questions loosely based on design futuring.

Contact US

For questions, comments, or feedback, please send them to hci4southasia@gmail.com / pranjal_jain@live.com / samiai@cs.washington.edu.