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M-ITI Researchers Participate in the 14th Participatory Design Conference

18th August 2016

M-ITI's  ERA Chair Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Maurizio Teli, Research Assistant Professor, and Jose Nocera, Affiliate Associate Professor will be presenting at the 14th Participatory Design Conference, in Aarhus, Denmark, August 15-19. 

Chris Csikszentmihalyi is the invited speaker for the closing keynote, where he will present "Design on the Barricades":

"Technology is the continuation of politics by other means. An artful distillation of labor, nature, and capital, each product is a partisan golem, constructed by a specific group of humans — generally the more empowered ones — to accomplish particular ends."

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Maurizio Teli, is presenting a full paper, entitled "Computing and the Common. An empirical case of Participatory Design Today":

"We focus on how the implications of the emergence of financialized capitalism, characterized by “accumulation by dispossession”, could be reduced by the nourishment of the “common”. In taking this approach, we claim that nourishing the “common”, which refers to the ensemble of the material and symbolic elements that tie together human beings, would allow a renewal of Participatory Design, reinvigorating its political agenda."


Jose Nocera, is presenting the paper  "A Hermeneutic Inquiry into User-Created Personas in Different Namibian Locales", a paper about an exploratory-case study on user-created persona co-designed with four Namibian ethnic groups: ovaHerero, Ovambo, ovaHimba and Khoisan. 


"We follow a hermeneutic inquiry approach to discern cultural nuances from diverse human conducts. Findings reveal diverse self-representations whereby for each ethnic group results emerge in unalike fashions, viewpoints, recounts and storylines. This paper ultimately argues User-Created Persona as a potentially valid approach for pursuing cross-cultural depictions of personas that communicate cultural features and user experiences paramount to designing acceptable and gratifying technologies in dissimilar locales."


The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) is a premier venue for presenting research on the direct involvement of people in the design, development, implementation and appropriation of information and communication technology. PDC brings together a multidisciplinary and international group of researchers and practitioners from multiple fields encompassing a wide range of issues that emerge around cooperative design. This includes, but is not limited to, Human-Computer Interaction, CSCW (computer supported cooperative work), Co-Design, Design Research, CSCL (computer supported collaborative learning), ICT4D (information and communication technology for development), design Anthropology, design Psychology, design Industry and the Arts.


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