Humans, Computers and Interactions in Transnational Context


Recent studies in Human-Computer Interaction have turned to examining computing in non-Western contexts, frequently under the framework of designing for cultural differences or development (“ICT4D”). However, practitioners are increasingly recognizing that technologies and activities around them are not bounded by single geographies, cultures, or borders. In our interactions with mobile technologies, massively multiplayer game servers, Skype videoconference calls, or social networking sites, users are increasingly tied to people and machines in other countries, cultures and networks.

Such activities require us to consider technologies not just in national, but also in a transnational context. That is, humans, computers and interactions not limited to single countries or cultures, but forming communities across spaces, managing boundary-crossings, and forming hybrid practices.

This workshop will bring together researchers and designers across academia and industry to address the effects, implications, and design opportunities for individuals and communities who engage in transnational technological practices. We seek scholars and practitioners across HCI subfields and disciplines like anthropology, media studies, and technology studies to participate in this interdisciplinary conversation at CHI, where were will develop implications for research, design, development and implementation of technologies in transnational contexts.

Note New Submission Deadline:

February 1, 2011

A workshop at CHI 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Vancouver, BC, Canada