Call: “Crime and/or Punishment: Joining the Dots between Crime, Legality and HCI” – CHI 2020 Workshop


CRIME AND/OR PUNISHMENT: Joining the Dots between Crime, Legality and HCI
Workshop at ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020;
25 April 2020
Honolulu, Hawaii

Workshop Organisers:
Rosanna Bellini (Newcastle University), Nicola Dell (Cornell Tech), Monica Whitty (Melbourne University), Debasis Bhattacharya (University of Hawaii), David Wall (University of Leeds) and Pamela Briggs (Northumbria University)

Abstract submission deadline: Monday, 16th February 2020

Crime is rarely cited as an explicit focus for research in CHI papers, although it is often discussed implicitly. A search of the entire CHI conference series using the search term ‘crime’ produced 83 results, with only 47 full archival papers, and of these, only nine dealt with crime outside of cybersecurity and privacy protection. This is surprising, as recent years have seen a rise in the number of papers addressing issues of domestic violence, sex work, incarceration and hate crimes. Yet such papers rarely frame the work explicitly in criminological theory and this omission is, in itself, interesting.

This one-day workshop invites inter-/cross- disciplinary perspectives and contributions to working with and against crime on non-/digital projects. We seek position papers from design practitioners, criminologists, researchers, educators, artists, activists and persons interested in critiquing technologies that are shaped by the influence of crime and morality. This is the first workshop that explicitly focuses on the concept of crime and will develop a roadmap of existing interactions between crime and HCI to inform future work. We provide a set of guiding considerations and questions for this community to consider in working with and against crime: (1) what approaches already exist; (2) conceptual considerations of crime and justice; and (3) our role as researchers and people.

We welcome applicants to submit in both creative formats and short 2-4 pages (excluding references) position papers written in the SIGCHI Extended Abstract on either:

a) the findings of their own academic work
b) individual anecdotes of an experience relevant to crime and HCI

Acceptance will be on the basis of workshop relevance, and the potential of contributing to discussions, as reviewed by workshop organisers. While applicants can be part of a group of authors submitting, we do require at least one author of the position paper to attend the workshop and be registered for at least one day of the conference. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Please email abstracts to by Monday, 16th February 2020.

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