HCI and Sensitive Life Experiences

Daniel Herron, Nazanin Andalibi, Oliver Hainson, Wendy Moncur, Elise van den Hoven

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HCI research has identified a number of life events and life transitions which see individuals in a vulnerable state, such as gender transition, domestic abuse, romantic relationship dissolution, bereavement, and even genocide. Although these life events differ across the human lifespan, considering them as a group of ‘sensitive life experiences’, and exploring the similarities and differences in how we approach those experiences as researchers could be invaluable in generating a better understanding of them. In this workshop, we aim to identify current opportunities for, and barriers to, the design of social computing systems that support people during sensitive life events and transitions. Participants will take part in activities centred around exploring the similarities and differences between their own and others’ research methods and results, drawing on their own experiences in discussions around carrying out research in these sensitive contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI '16
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450347631
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2016
EventNordiCHI 2016: Game-Changing Design - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 23 Oct 201627 Oct 2016


ConferenceNordiCHI 2016
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  • Ethics
  • Humanistic HCI
  • sensitive contexts

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