Call: CHI 2016 Workshop on Ethical Encounters in HCI

Call for Papers and Participation

CHI 2016 Workshop on Ethical Encounters in HCI
Part of the CHI 2016 conference, held in San Jose, USA, between 7 and 12 May 2016.

Important Dates:

  • Early submission deadline: 14th December 2015
  • Early notification: 21st December 2015
  • Second submission deadline: 8th January 2016
  • Final notification: 15th January 2016
  • Workshop day: 7 or 8 May 2016

HCI research is moving into increasingly sensitive and challenging settings. New technologies are now being designed and evaluated with vulnerable or marginalized participants in contexts that can be emotionally challenging for researchers, participants, and others involved in the research. Research conducted in these sensitive and emerging areas can produce complex ethical dilemmas. Building on previous workshops, this CHI 2016 workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers to share experiences and learn from ethical challenges encountered in HCI research conducted in sensitive settings. From this workshop we aim to develop a handbook of practical strategies to inform good practice for future HCI research. Attendees will be invited to develop their workshop paper into a chapter for the handbook.

We invite researchers working in sensitive settings to submit 4-6 page case studies (in ACM Extended Abstract format) that: a) describe ethical challenges they have experienced in their research, and b) illustrate how they addressed or responded to those challenges.

Submissions should be sent in .pdf format to Submissions will be reviewed by the committee and selected on the basis of relevance to the workshop themes, quality of presentation, and potential to stimulate discussion.

At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the workshop and at least one day of the main conference. For more information, please visit:


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