Call: History of Human-Computer Interaction virtual workshop

Call for Papers

Remember the past to look to the future
A virtual workshop
7th July 2020

Submission deadline: 23rd June 2020

This workshop will bring together those interested in preserving the fragile history of human-computer interaction. This includes those interested in the strategies to support such endeavours in both HCI and related areas (within and outside academia), and also those seeking to understand the lessons past HCI holds for the on-going development of the field.

We hope that this workshop we will start a process to ensure the preservation of the history of HCI and also, by examining our own cultural preservation, understand the tools and infrastructure necessary to benefit cultural heritage more broadly. Although in some ways focused on the past, one core lesson of history is that it is easy to forget the lessons of history; by understanding the past we create the seedbed for better and more informed future interactions.

See more of the vision of the workshop at:


Please submit a 1-2 page position statement through the workshop website. In addition feel free to submit additional information such as links or pointers to resources, personal reminiscences, and descriptions of systems of software for curating or collecting heritage. These will be made available to all participants electronically before the workshop. We hope that material from the workshop will in due course form the basis for a volume in the Springer History of Computing Series as well as creating an on-going online resource for the community.

The final deadline for submissions is 23rd June 2020, but we will review submissions on a rolling basis and will use these to update the website and start an online conversion.

Participants may have a variety of different roles, including, but not limited to:

  • Source – those bringing or having access to documentation, artefacts or personal memories, either directly or through their institutions or contact networks
  • Historian – those interested in understanding the history of HCI, either HCI people wanting to use this to understand their own past and future, or historians interested in the history of technology
  • Futureologist – those seeking to foresee upcoming trends and directions based on past experiences
  • Designer/developer – those interested in the tools and techniques for eliciting, preserving, study and use of this kind of material
  • Disseminator – those willing help report and curate the outcomes, and any potential resources which emerge from the workshop

We welcome contributions related to more recent areas of HCI such as human-robot interaction, human-¬data interaction or the rise of UX as well as the older origins of the field.

This workshop was originally intended to run as part of British HCI 2020, which has been postponed; so the impact of UK HCI will be one focus. However, we welcome and encourage contributions relating to all aspects of HCI anywhere in the world. Come tell your own stories, and celebrate those of your colleagues past and present.


Details to be formulated – we are learning how to do this virtually! We expect a mix of plenary videoconference sessions, breakout groups and gaps for independent work, such as writing, gathering resources, etc.


Alan Dix, Computational Foundry, Swansea University
Michael Harrison, University of Newcastle and Swansea University
John Knight, Aalto University, Finland
Stephen Lindsay, Computational Foundry, Swansea University
Tom McEwan, independent
Dianne Murray, independent
Harold Thimbleby, Computational Foundry, Swansea University
John Tucker, History of Computing Collection and Computational Foundry, Swansea University


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