Workshop Postponed

Dear CHI 2021 [W39] Workshop Attendees,

India, and much of South Asia, is currently experiencing an unprecedented second wave of the pandemic, which has affected several of our co-organizers, and potentially also our attendees.

Given this situation, we have gone forward with the difficult decision to postpone our [W39] CHI workshop by several weeks, until the South Asian community recovers, and finds its ground. We are very thankful to have received full support regarding this decision from the CHI 2021 workshop chairs, TPCs, GCs, and colleagues at Executive Events.

As we move forward with (re)planning for the postponed workshop, we will reach out to all our registered attendees with the updated date and time for the event.

Thank you SO much for your time and patience. We wish all our workshop attendees, their families and their communities the very best in this very difficult situation, and hope it resolves as quickly and well as it can.

Yours sincerely,
HCI4SA [W39] Workshop Organizers

Sunday, May 9th, 2021. 1300-1700 JST

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CHI 2021 VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

W39: From the Margins to the Centre:
Defining New Mission and Vision for HCI Research in South Asia

Virtual Workshop co-located with ACM CHI 2021 Conference

Photo by Ran Berkovich on Unsplash

Program

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

The program below is in JST time (UTC+09:00)

Sunday, May 9, 2021. Time: JST (UTC+09:00) Activity
13:00 – 13:15 Phase-1: Welcome: Introduction from the organizing committee [in plenum]
13:15 - 13:45 Phase 2: Reflecting on now [theme-based breakout rooms]
13:45 – 14:00 Break & Networking [in plenum]
14:00 – 14:45 Phase 3: Ideating for the future [theme-based breakout rooms]
14:45 – 15:00 Break & Networking [in plenum]
15:00 – 15:30 Phase 4: Reflections and Synthesis [theme-based breakout rooms]
15:30 – 15:45 Break & Networking [random break out rooms]
15:45 – 16:15 Phase 5: Sharing the learnings [in plenum]
16:15 – 16:45 Phase 6: Closing: Next Steps and Final Remarks [in plenum]

We can paint this canvas on 9th May 2021 together!
(Photo by Justyn Warner on Unsplash)

 
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

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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 deadline1st February 2021
  • Regular deadline1st March 2021

Registration Instructions for Workshop Participants: 

    • Workshop rate: $30 (mandatory to attend the workshop)

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.

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

Supported by

Supporters

ACM Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction
 

Computer Human Interaction and Social Experience Lab’ (CHISEL)

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!
(Photo by Justyn Warner on Unsplash)

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 deadline1st February 2021
  • Regular deadline1st 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.