Call for Participation

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. Research conducted in these sensitive and emerging areas can produce complex ethical dilemmas. This one-day workshop, held as part of the OzCHI 2015 Conference, aims to provide a forum for researchers to share experiences about ethical challenges encountered in HCI research conducted in sensitive settings. From this workshop we aim to develop an edited collection of case studies to inform good practice for future HCI research.

We invite researchers working in sensitive settings to submit position papers of up to 4 pages (in the OzCHI 2015 template) that describe experiences such as:

  • Challenges adhering to formal ethics procedures
  • Challenges that emerged in the doing of research
  • Emotional dilemmas researchers have faced and how these have been addressed
  • Sensitive settings and blurred research boundaries
  • The processes of obtaining informed consent and ensuring voluntary participation when working with marginalised groups
  • Introducing new and disruptive technologies into sensitive settings

Submissions should be sent in .pdf format to Position papers will be reviewed by a committee of experts and selected on the basis of relevance to the workshop, quality of presentation, and potential to stimulate discussion. At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the workshop.

Important Dates:

  • Submission: 2nd October 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: 9th October 2015
  • Workshop day: 7th December 2015