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Call for papers: PDC2020 Manizales, Colombia (complete version)


Participatory Design Conference PDC2020 - Participation(s) otherwise
Manizales, Colombia June 15-19 2020
Universidad de Caldas

The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) has a long history in bringing
together research concerned with the direct involvement of people in
co-design, development, implementation, and appropriation activities around
technologies, spaces, artefacts, and services. The conference invites
researchers and practitioners working on participatory design, as it is
encountered and discussed in multiple fields including, but not limited to:
HCI (Human-Computer Interaction), CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative
Work), CSCL (Computer Supported Collaborative Learning), ICT4D (Information
and Communication Technology for Development), Science and Technology
Studies (STS), Social and Community Informatics, Development Studies, Media
Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Design, Architecture, Spatial planning,
and Arts.

In 2020, the 16th Biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC) will be
held in Manizales, Colombia, for the first time in South America. It will
be hosted by Universidad de Caldas. The conference will be held in
conjunction with the Festival de la Imagen 2020
one of the largest and most recognized design events in Colombia, which
will bring a variety of unique possibilities and encounters for PDC and its

PDC 2020’s theme is “Participation(s) otherwise”

Since Participatory Design’s (PD) emergence as a research community, PD
scholars have asserted that design is a practical, social and political
endeavour. Main commitments include: offering alternative technologies,
rendering design processes democratic, open and accessible to wide
participation, and amenable to critical scrutiny and mutual learning. By
proposing the theme of Participation(s) otherwise, we want to invite the PD
community to think further on the diverse meanings and ontologies that
participation and design can take on. Let’s open up the understanding of
“participation” beyond modernist narratives and theoretically
cookie cutter solutions and account for diverse practices.

What forms, conceptions and understandings of participation, collaboration,
intervention, design and technology can we draw upon to contest
essentialist views on participatory design? Are current conceptions
coherent with plural understandings and realities? What haven’t we realized
before? From whom else are we / can we be learning?

We welcome a variety of different contributions, such as theoretical
elaborations, case study analysis, long term explorations and/or
methodological reflections. Submissions may address one or more of the
following anchor points. These should not be considered as mandatory, but
rather indicative of things we believe require urgent action:

Local/global - place/territory: Explorations of place, space, materiality,
and temporality within participatory design and for technologies otherwise.

Economies: Inquiries into the role and scope of participatory design in the
critique, reinterpretation and construction of green, circular, open,
commons and solidarity processes. This includes also provocative
reflections on participatory design processes themselves, understood as a
process of exchange.

Representation, resistance and governance otherwise: The potential of
participatory design practices to support (or undermine) forms of civic
participation, power redistribution and conflict negotiation, to challenge
authoritarianism, or explore horizontal ways of organising
- including making alternative (or resistive) technologies, spaces,
systems, processes or infrastructures.

Design Research: Explorations of new forms of making otherwise and
methodological innovations for design as participatory political praxis
(including decolonial, feminist, and collective research and action
approaches). Reflections on how those can transform scientific writing to
be more representative of collaborative knowledge construction processes.

Participation and interculturality: spaces and features of (and for)
dialogue and design that avoid universalism and include critical
perspectives towards collaboration, co-creation, and the role of technology
in these processes.

Submission formats
FULL PAPERS: (maximum 10 pages, excluding references - In English). Full
papers should report on substantial and original, unpublished research that
advances PD. Full papers are presented on single-track sessions in the only
research conference exclusively dedicated to PD, therefore PDC full
research papers have a broad impact on the development of PD theory,
approaches and practices. Each submitted full paper will be double-blind
peer reviewed and may be subject to a “revise and resubmit” process if
deemed suitable. Where papers rank equally, we will give preference to
those that best address the theme of the conference. Full papers will be
published in Vol 1 of the PDC ACM International Conference series.

PLURILINGUAL PD (ES/PT): (maximum 10 pages,excluding references - In
Spanish or Portuguese). Besides the customary tracks, this year we are
inviting paper contributions in Spanish or Portuguese from regional PD
aligned practitioners and researchers. The intention is to encourage the
Latin-American community to share knowledge and express ideas in their own
languages. ES/PT papers should present original, unpublished ideas and
research that contributes ideas to practices of PD. We welcome regionally
relevant themes and considerations as well as broad and general
contributions. Papers will be presented and discussed in thematic sessions
run in parallel. Submissions to the plurilingual track will be double blind
peer-reviewed and may be subject to a “revise and resubmit” process if
deemed suitable. Where papers rank equally, we will give preference to
those that best address the theme of the conference. The papers will be
published in ES/PT in Vol 3 of the proceedings published by Universidad de
Caldas. This part of the proceedings will not be published by ACM.

EXPLORATORY PAPERS: (maximum 4 pages, excluding references - In English).
Exploratory papers should present original, unpublished ideas and research
that explores, advances or reflects on PD potential future developments.
Exploratory papers benefit from making one, clear contribution. Authors are
encouraged to present a focused reflection or a meaningful empirical case
study. A focused reflection will be expected to explore or advance existing
ideas/concepts or propose new ones at a theoretical level, even coming from
nearby disciplines to build an interdisciplinary dialogue. A case study
will be expected to present applications of PD that are empirically
fascinating even without strong theoretical grounding. Exploratory papers
will be presented and discussed in thematic sessions run in parallel. Each
submitted paper will be double-blind peer reviewed. Exploratory papers will
be published in Vol 2 of the PDC ACM International Conference series.

BEYOND ACADEMIA: (maximum 2 page proposal - In English). This track
invites contributions from practitioners active in community, commercial,
government, and not-for-profit spaces who are exploring participatory
frameworks in their work. The invitation is open to those grappling with
the potential and the challenges of participation in any of the conference
anchor areas (see above). The intent is to foster and celebrate lively
exchanges regarding emerging questions about the politics and practices of
participation between those working in different learning, innovation and
activist spaces locally and internationally. Submissions to this category
will be curated by the chairs. There will be an online form to submit the
contributions (an academic paper is not required), and the possibility to
include audiovisual material (2 min video) to complement the story. In the
conference, presentations will take the form of short, lightning talks
and/or panel/roundtable discussions. Please note that everyone who attends
will be required to pay for registration regardless of whether they are

EXHIBITIONS/SITUATED ACTIONS: (maximum 2 pages text, excluding references
+ 2 pages optional images or plans - In English). This format encompasses
PD-inspired exhibitions, performances, demos, and/or design/art work that
can be presented in the Festival in exhibition context and as situated
action sessions during the days of the conference. Proposals should include
a description (2 pages) of the project and its relationship to
participation and the situated action proposed. Plans or images (2 pages),
and specific requirements for realisation in terms of space and materials
should be mentioned. Audio or video files describing the project can also
be submitted to clarify aspects of the concept. Those submissions that
address or explore the conference theme will be favoured in the selection
process. Each submitted proposal will be peer reviewed for applicability to
the PD conference, and (once accepted) undergo a process of curation into
the situated action format and for publication in Vol 2 of PDC ACM
International Conference series.

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS: (maximum 3 pages, excluding references - in
English). Submissions to this category are expected to propose sessions
that go beyond presentation formats and that actively engage participants
in different and novel types of activities, e.g. problem definition, small
discussion groups, mapping themes, do-it-yourself, hands-on group work etc.
Their topic should concern any area of interest of PD at any level, e.g.
theoretical reflections, methodologies, practices, etc. Workshops take
place 2 days before the main conference in sessions of half-day or
full-day. The proposal should include: the workshop’s title and its goals;
the planned format, methods or techniques used to structure the workshop;
the way participants should contribute to the workshop; its relevance to
PD; its need and value at PDC; and a draft schedule. In particular, it
should make clear how the workshop topic and format link to the conference
theme and how the organisers have the relevant expertise to set up this
workshop. The duration of the workshop (half/full day), minimum and maximum
number of participants, and how they will be recruited should also be
described. In the recruitment procedure, important dates should be clearly
communicated to the participants. Finally, the workshop proposal should
include a clear statement about the expected concrete outcomes of the
session (e.g. journal publication, research proposal, future
collaborations, exhibition). The following main evaluation criteria will be
considered to select and accept the proposals: relevance of topic to
conference, interactivity of format, potential to draw participants. If you
anticipate the need of specific equipment or setup for running your
workshop, please contact the workshop chairs well in advance of the
submission deadline. Workshop proposals are published in in Vol 2 of PDC
ACM International Conference series.

TUTORIALS: (maximum 3 pages, excluding references - in English). Half day
and full day sessions for teaching conceptual frameworks,
methods/techniques, and novel approaches in PD. The proposal should contain
a title, goals, method or technique, its relevance to PD, intended
participants and a schedule for the tutorial. We are looking particularly
for tutorials with relevance to the conference theme, and the
local/societal context of PDC 2020. Please describe in the proposal any
handouts or materials that you intend to make available to participants. In
the evaluation of the proposals the following will be the main evaluation
criteria: relevance of topic to conference; knowledge and skills transfer;
potential to draw participants.

CONVERSATIONS: (maximum 4 pages, excluding references - in English) This
new track aims to foster passionate discussion about emerging concerns,
future themes and alternative viewpoints through integrating, participatory
formats (e.g. fishbowl conversations, world cafe, etc). Proposals should
make a case for the topic to be discussed and explain why it is pressing
for the PD community to engage with it. When proposing a specific format,
please consider a maximum limit of one hour, and how the room needs
configuration with available elements like chairs and tables. Preference
will be given to formats that allow broader participation and more than
listening. This track will be curated by the chairs. Selection will ensure
we have a varied programme that engages PDC attendees, strengthens the
community and enables people to participate. Selected submissions will be
compiled in Vol 3 of the proceedings published by the Universidad de Caldas.

DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM: (maximum 4 page proposal, excluding references - in
English). A full-day session intended for PhD students working within the
field of Participatory Design (PD). It will provide students with a safe
and open space to discuss what matters to them concerning their studies,
and collaboratively seek ways to address them. Participants will have the
opportunity to present their work, share their experiences, and receive
feedback, support, and suggestions from experienced participatory design
researchers and peers. Selection for participation will be based on the
quality of proposal, taking into account how the research is related to PD.
The proposal must include: 1) an overview of one’s PhD project, including
research motivations and questions, methods, intended contributions,
progress to date, and plans for further research, and; 2) a brief
description of what one wants to gain from participating in the Doctoral
Colloquium or a brief description of one’s ideal PD Doctoral Colloquium.
The aim will be to ensure diversity by including students with different
disciplinary emphases, at different stages of their research programs, and
coming from different cultural backgrounds. Accepted applicants will be
asked to do some pre-conference preparation – for example, reading the
other participants’ submissions, or relating your proposal to a chapter
from the PD Handbook. More directions will be provided. Doctoral Colloquium
submissions will not be published in the conference proceedings.

STUDENT PROJECTS: (maximum 2 pages proposal, excluding references, and up
to 5 images to clarify the proposal - in English) We invite design
students to share how PD is applied in their projects at their schools,
art, and research institutions. Projects will be selected based on clarity
and relevance to PD and the conference theme, students groups are welcome.
Selected projects will be presented via posters in the Conference and
Festival venue. During the conference, attendees will be stimulated to
provide feedback/comments/ideas on the displayed projects in the
exhibition. A summary of the student projects will be compiled in Vol 3 of
the proceedings published by the Universidad de Caldas.

THE ARTFUL INTEGRATORS’ AWARD: We welcome nominations for the 9th Artful
Integrators’ Award, to be presented at PDC2020. The Award is intended to
recognise outstanding achievement in the area of PD. Where traditional
design awards have gone to individual designers and/or singular objects,
the Artful Integrator’s Award emphasises the importance of collaborative
participation in design, and a view of good design as the effective
alignment of diverse collections of people, practices and artefacts.

1st September 2019 — Submission Deadline for Full Papers + Plurilingual
track Papers
1st November 2019 — First notification for Full Paper and Plurilingual
track authors
1st December 2019 — Submission Deadline for Exploratory Papers, Beyond
Academia, Exhibitions/Situated Actions, Interactive Workshops and
Tutorials, Conversations, and PhD Colloquium
1st December 2019 — Second round submission for Full and Plurilingual
15th February 2020 — Notification to (all) authors
28th February 2020 — Student volunteers’ application Deadline
15th March 2020 — Camera ready papers (all formats, except student
projects) + Submission Deadline for Student Projects
31st March 2020 — Notification to student volunteers
25th April 2020 — Notification for student projects authors
25th April 2020 — Early bird registration Deadline
15-16th June 2020 — Pre-conference: Interactive Workshops and Tutorials,
Doctoral colloquium, and Conversations
17-19th June 2020 — Main conference

Join us in Manizales Colombia!
Felipe Londoño, Claudia Jurado and Andrea Botero, — General chairs
Chiara Del Gaudio and Leonardo Parra — Program chairs
More info at:

Host & Venues
The University of Caldas (Universidad de Caldas), is a public research
university based in Manizales, Caldas, Colombia. The university offers
education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The host will be the
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, specifically its Visual Design Department.
More info in spanish can be found at:

Manizales is a Latin-American cultural spot in the heart of the Andes, in
Colombia’s coffee growth area and cultural landscape. Being a non-central
city with an organic social environment and iconic openness to the
visitors, Manizales will host PDC with safety, flexibility while offering
rich cultural exchanges. Manizales is connected daily to Bogota (the
capital) through several flights. The international airport in Bogotá is
well connected through hundreds of international flights every day.

The University has several campuses: the Campus Universitario Principal
(Main University Campus, CUP), hosts the faculties of Natural and Exact
Sciences and Engineering. The Palogrande Campus which hosts the Faculty of
Law and Social Sciences; Sancancio Campus which hosts the Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences; Versalles Campus which hosts the Faculty of Health
Sciences and the Bellas Artes Campus that hosts the Faculty of Arts and
Humanities. All these campuses can have space availability to host
conference activities.

PDC conference activities (social and academic) will take place mostly in
the Rogelio Salmona Cultural Center, The ExpoFerias Convention Center, the
Banco de la República Cultural Center and the Recinto del Pensamiento
Natural Reserve. These are all venues used in the past to host the Festival
de la Imagen, an event that draws every year close to 7000 visitors local,
national and international. The surrounding area also offers a great
variety of possibilities to organise interesting and participatory social
and cultural programs that will be part of the program.

Chiara Del Gaudio *|

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