Radical HCI Bibliography

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I’ve been collecting readings for a new project focused on HCI as it pertains to organizing and activism. So far a quick skim as yielded some interesting insights and questions. Here is a link to a prelim bibliography of relevant readings [added 12/26/2017 @817PM EST – some entries are incomplete]. I will update the file on the semi-regular basis in case there is any interest in resource sharing. I’ve been working my way through these texts with an eye towards the following:

  • activists unique needs/constraints (there are many)
  • nature of the collaborative relationship (I like the idea that contestational design requires that designers/researchers “take sides on contentious social issues” as a necessary part of their work)
  • key artifacts like TXTmob, Dialup Radio, resist.org, Protest.net, Indymedia, and many others (case studies coming if they don’t already exist)
  • key methodologies (content analysis of social media seems common / embedding in volatile places and critical making workshops are less common)
  • key theoretical influences, such as: Mouffe, Laclau & Mouffe, and Habermas, and
  • generally interesting bits of text (always part of my approach… identify things that are interesting for reasons that aren’t immediately obvious)

I’m eager to continue this project and interested in potential collaborations with others working in this area.


Finally, DIS

design, design research, HCI, HCI/d, Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, knowledge production, knowledge tools, research, writing

After a few years of submitting papers to HCI venues and learning how to cope with rejection after rejection after rejection*, I finally managed to get one accepted at ACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2017.

It’s a full paper, and it’s the outcome of a collaboration with Erik Stolterman. Here’s the abstract:

What are big questions? Why do scholars propose them? How are they generated? Could they be valuable and useful in HCI research? In this paper we conduct a thorough review of “big questions” literature, which draws on scholarship from a variety of fields and disciplines. Our intended contribution is twofold. First, we provide a substantive review of big questions scholarship, which to our knowledge has never been done before. Second, we leverage this summary as a means of examining the value and utility of big questions in HCI as a research discipline. Whether HCI decides that generating and having big questions would be a desirable path forward, we believe that examining the potential for big questions is a useful way of becoming more reflective about HCI research.

I’ll add a link to the draft soon, so if you find the abstract intriguing please do check back to download the paper. Can’t wait to visit Edinburgh!

*If you’re looking for an entertaining text on rejection-proofing yourself, I highly recommend Rejection Proof.