Call for papers: CHI2014 workshop on “Alternate Endings: Using Fiction to Explore Design Futures”

Inspired by recent high profile discussions of the productive relationship between fiction and design, this challenging, interactive and playful workshop will explore design fiction as a means for engaging HCI researchers and practitioners in critical reflection on the potentially complex long-term consequences of their work. Attendees will work collaboratively to write “alternate endings” for well-known HCI scenarios and papers. The workshop aims to bring together interested academics from HCI, computer science, design and humanities research communities. The intention is to engage not only those already interested in critical approaches to design, but to engage mainstream HCI researchers in more critical considerations of their work.

We will accept submissions in two forms. Option 1 is a standard 2-4 page ACM extended abstract format position paper, where authors discuss how design fiction relates to their own practice. Option 2 uses a similar format but for contributions that, themselves, are short works of design fiction. Authors are particularly encouraged to explore the long-term consequences of their own research projects.

Please indicate how many authors will attend the workshop, as places are limited and we may need to place a cap on the number of attendees per accepted paper. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and for at least one day of the main conference.

  • Format: 2-4 pages, in ACM extended abstract format
  • Submit: by email to
  • Deadline: January 17th 2014
  • Notification: February 10th 2014
  • Workshop: April 26th or 27th 2014

Organising committee:

  • Conor Linehan, Ben Kirman; University of Lincoln, UK
  • Mark Blythe; Northumbria University, UK
  • Stuart Reeves; University of Nottingham, UK
  • Audrey Desjardins, Josh Tanenbaum, Ron Wakkary; Simon Fraser University, Canada

Programme Committee:

  • Shaun Lawson; University of Lincoln
  • Luke Robert Mason; Birmingham City University / Director of Virtual Futures
  • Dan O’Hara; Birmingham City University / Co-editor of Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with JG Ballard 1967-2008
  • Madeline Ashbey; practicing science fiction writer, Toronto, Canada
  • Murray Goulden, University of Nottingham
  • Lisa P. Nathan, University of British Columbia

More Information is available on the workshop website
And in the Extended Abstract and Workshop Proposal Document

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