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December 07, 2006

Methods and Evaluation in Interdisciplinary Collaboration


Call for Proposals

CFP: Workshop on Methods and Evaluation in Interdisciplinary Collaboration :: Computer/Human Interaction Conference, 2007 :: San Jose, CA.

Research into new forms of sociality or critical applications of technology often requires unexpected and even disjunctive institutional partnerships. Universities in particular find researchers coming together around common resources or initiatives who share little in the way of methods, values, or politics.

How are researchers and practitioners from Art/Design and the Sciences negotiating and sustaining collaboration today? What differences are preserved in the process, which ones obscured, which transcended? When have quantitative and qualitative methodologies successfully co-mingled, and what do the adherents of each have to learn? Aren't disharmonious partnerships more likely to be formed in a climate of decreased resources and increased pressure to demonstrate "creativity" that produces capital?

This April in San Jose at the annual Computer/Human Interaction (CHI) Conference, we'll be conducting a workshop on these subjects for a day, and we're eager to enlist some more participants. The workshop will take the form of short presentations, large and small-group discussions, with representatives present from many disciplines.

The context, if you're new to CHI, is a professional conference based predominantly in scientific discourse. We've proposed this workshop to CHI as an interdisciplinary team from art and science, and indeed the conference has seen an increasing amount of designers and artists in attendance recently.

We'll be focusing on the following specific questions and topics:

1 - How are projects evaluated by interdisciplinary teams? Which criteria from which constituencies are applied, and to what ends?

2 - What methods of investigation are employed in design processes by teams composed of diverse practitioners? How are ideas iterated?

3 - When is labor divided based on disciplinary difference? At what stages in the process are these differences ignored?

4 - When is evaluation and critique incorporated into process, and how?

If your research or practice has led you to navigation of these or related questions, we invite you to submit proposals for participation and presentation at this Spring's workshop, on April 27th in San Jose. Please see the full CFP for more a more detailed explication of this workshop's goals.

We hope to assemble a group capable of producing applicable methods and useful processes in the pursuit of research that is interdisciplinary by necessity, and perhaps not by choice.

DEADLINE: January 12, 2007

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: http://orchid.cs.uiuc.edu/HCIandNewMedia/

RELATED LINKS (precedent at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) http://www.art.uiuc.edu/projects/memory

Posted by jo at December 7, 2006 12:45 PM