HCI and sensitive life experiences

Herron, Daniel and Andalibi, Nazanin and Haimson, Oliver and Moncur, Wendy and Hoven, Elise van den; (2016) HCI and sensitive life experiences. In: Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - NordiCHI '16. ACM, SWE, pp. 1-3. ISBN 9781450347631 (https://doi.org/10.1145/2971485.2987673)

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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.