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PDC'94 Call for Participation

PCD'94 - Call for Participation

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, October 27-28, 1994

Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

In the last few years, participatory approaches to design have gained adherents around the world. Participatory design approaches have at their core the involvement of workers in the design and development of new technologies and work practices that have the potential of improving their work lives. Collaborative design projects combine the skills and knowledge of workers who will use or are using the technology, with the technological and organizational expertise of those involved in its development.

The first Participatory Design conference explored the historical roots of this way of working, by bringing European practitioners together with American researchers and industry developers. By the second conference, PDC'92, participatory approaches to design had taken root in the US, not only in research environments, but also at several commercial firms. The goal at that time was to take a further step towards defining and nurturing participatory design. In PDC `94, we would like both to consider our ways of working and to foster a substantial dialog among practitioners. The conference is an international forum where this emerging community can meet, exchange ideas and experiences, and investigate the incorporation of participatory design approaches in new areas such as: product development, long-term system maintenance and redesign, and settings in the developing world.

We encourage the participation of all those interested in learning about participatory design and in trying it in their own settings, as well as those currently employing participatory approaches to design (possibly under other names). We welcome paper submissions, proposals for panels and workshops, and submissions for our "artifacts" room (see descriptions below). Wherever possible, we urge you to draw on your own experience from concrete situations. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Experiences and lessons learned from projects incorporating participatory design approaches;
  • Continuing participation of users in the post-prototyping "down stream" work of product development, assessment, installation and maintenance;
  • The ethics of participation, e.g. obligations to management versus workers, and designers' responsibility for what happens "down stream";
  • The politics of participatory design, e.g. identifying "stakeholders" over the course of a project;
  • Relations of participatory design approaches to the labor movement, e.g. to labor unions' own technology development and analysis efforts;
  • Frameworks for understanding and analyzing participatory design, and models for its incorporation in system development practice;
  • The theoretical roots of participatory approaches to design, e.g. connections to Action Research.

Paper submissions

We solicit papers from researchers and practitioners on any topics related to participatory design. We especially encourage submissions that draw upon experience (e.g. design, use, system maintenance). Papers will be grouped into thematic sessions that will include designated discussants and audience participation. Submission requirements: Paper submissions should be no longer than 6000 words. Please submit 5 copies and be sure to include authors' affiliations and contact information as well as an abstract of around 200 words.

Requests for information to: or

Submissions to:

Randall Trigg, PDC'94 Program Co-Chair
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
3333 Coyote Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA

tel: +1 415 812 4863
fax: +1 415 812 4380

Panel submissions

We solicit proposals for panels on provocative or controversial topics that will promote sharing experiences, clarifying positions and enlivening the discussions. Panels will have approximately four speakers who will succinctly state their positions and then debate their differences. The audience will be strongly encouraged to participate.

Submission requirements:

  • Overview of proposed panel describing the goals, themes and central issues (5 copies, maximum 3 pages)
  • Brief description of the panel organizer's relevant experience and background
  • List of potential panelists with a brief sketch of each

Submissions and requests for information to:

Andrew Clement, PDC'94 Panels Chair
Faculty of Library Information Science
University of Toronto
140 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 1A1

tel: +1 416 978 3111
fax: +1 416 971 1399

Workshop submissions

We invite participants to propose workshops that are scheduled to take place in parallel and will last approximately 3 hours. Topics can include any of the above themes, however, we prefer the workshops to be as concrete as possible and the format to be participative.

Submission requirements:

  • Overview of proposed workshop describing the content and methods of presentation (5 copies, maximum 3 pages)
  • Brief description of the workshop organizer`s relevant experience and background

Submissions and requests for information to:

Finn Kensing, PDC'94 Workshops Chair
Computer Science Department
Roskilde University
4000 Roskilde, Denmark

fax: +45 4675 4201

Artifacts submissions (including posters and demonstrations)

The Artifacts program brings together representations, techniques, methodologies and technologies developed for or through participatory design. (A representation may take the form of documents and other objects that reflect work practices, designs, and associated materials, and should include both the artifact itself and how it is used in the work situation.)

A contribution to the Artifacts program should be intended to be shown or demonstrated informally at a booth. The Artifacts program will take place in conjunction with the conference dinner and thus will not overlap with the papers/panels/workshops tracks.

Submission requirements:

  • Description and motivation of the artifact and how it is used in practice (5 copies, maximum 3 pages). Include non-textual materials like photographs, videotapes, sketches, etc., if appropriate (only one copy of a videotape is required, and photographs may be provided in photocopied form). Be sure to describe any plans to engage conference participants directly in using the artifact.
  • Brief description of artifact presenter's relevant experience and background.
  • Any special equipment or power requirements.

Submissions and requests for information to:

Michael Muller, PDC'94 Artifacts Co-Chair
U S WEST Advanced Technologies
4001 Discovery Drive / Suite 280
Boulder CO 80303 USA

tel: +1 303 541 6564
fax: +1 303 541 6003
email: email:


April 15: Paper, panel and workshop submissions received
June 7: Acceptance notifications to authors
July 15: Artifacts proposals received
August 1: Final versions of papers/panels/workshops rec'd for proceedings
August 15: Acceptance notifications to artifact presenters

Accepted submissions and proposals from all categories will appear in a proceedings distributed to conference participants. We look forward to seeing you in North Carolina in the Fall of 1994.


PDC '94 Conference Committee

Bill Anderson                           Conference Chair
Susan Suchman Simone & David Bellin     Local Co-chairs
Susan Irwin Anderson & Randall Trigg    Program Co-chairs
Andrew Clement                          Panels Chair
Finn Kensing                            Workshops Chair
Annette Adler & Michael Muller          Artifacts Co-chairs
Elizabeth Erickson                      Proceedings Chair
Erran Carmel                            Treasurer
Barbara Katzenberg & Peter Piela        Publicity Co-chairs

PDC '94 Program Committee

Annette Adler (Artifacts Co-Chair)      Susan Irwin Anderson (Program
Xerox Corporate Architecture               Co-Chair)
                                        Xerox Corporate Research &

Susanne Bodker                          Tone Bratteteig
Aarhus University, Denmark              University of Oslo, Norway

Andrew Clement (Panels Chair)           Yrjo Engestrom
University of Toronto                   University of California, San

Christiane Floyd                        Joan Greenbaum
University of Hamburg                   City University of New York

Judith Gregory                          Kaj Gronbaek
University of California, San Diego     Aarhus University, Denmark

Jonathan Grudin                         Mike Hales
University of California, Irvine        University of Brighton, United

Karen Holtzblatt                        Finn Kensing (Workshops Chair)
InContext Enterprises                   Roskilde University Center,

Sarah Kuhn                              Michael Muller (Artifacts
University of Massachusetts, Lowell        Co-Chair)
                                        US West Advanced Technologies

Charley Richardson                      Patricia Sachs
University of Massachusetts, Lowell     NYNEX Science and Technology

Randall Trigg (Program Co-Chair)        Eline Vedel
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center         The National Bank of Norway

Ina Wagner                              Terry Winograd
Technical University, Vienna            Stanford University/Interval

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