A workshop at The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) in Aarhus 2016, August 15.


Because of the importance of the role and embodiment of the designer/artist in making publics, this workshop calls attention to self-reflective practices in participatory design, and questions how these self-reflective practices can be embedded in the functionality of new publics and design practices. More specifically, the workshop aims to explore the following questions: How do the designer/artist create and maintain publics? How do we accommodate differences in these agonistic spaces? What is the role of the designer/artist in these contexts? How can we understand the tension between artistic control in speculative design and empowerment in participatory design?

We invite researchers, designers, activists, artists, who in their work are exploring utopian, speculative, and critical design projects as well as designing for and with social movements, alternative societies and relational economies.

The specific themes and topics we are interested to revisit and discuss in this workshop are:
• Agonistic public spaces versus consensual decision-making
• Role of the author/designer/creator/artist in speculative and critical design in relation to participatory design
• Exclusion and inclusion in the design practice
• Norms in speculative participatory design practices
• Institutional conditions for the development and growth of speculative and critical design within a participatory design practice

Workshop Participation and Key Dates
Participants will be selected to participate in the workshop based on their submitted position-papers. The submission should be between 1,000 to 2,000 words long, and include an image or illustration of a design work or design process. Submission should follow the ACM ICPS format .

• Position paper deadline: June 13, 2016
• Author Notification: June 20, 2016

Extended papers will be considered for a special issue in Design Issues.

Karin Hansson, Stockholm University
Laura Forlano, Illinois Institute of Technology
Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Queensland University of Technology
Carl DiSalvo, Georgia Institute of Technology, Digital Media Program
Tessy Cerratto Pargman, Stockholm University
Silvia Lindtner, School of Information, University of Michigan
Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University
Somya Joshi, Stockholm University

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