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Migration and Mobility in HCI

Rethinking Boundaries, Methods, and Impact


at the ACM CHI conference

Saturday, May 8th, 2021. 9AM-1pm EDT (Virtual)

About the Workshop

Research on migration (both internal and external, voluntary and forced) has been an emergent domain in HCI and related disciplines over the past decade. However, as the number of migrants has been increasing over the last two decades, coupled with various growing global affairs, new challenges encountered by diverse types of migrants (e.g. international students, migrant workers) keep arising, and research on mobility gets entangled with many broader social and political issues. Hence, migration can no longer be considered as a ‘special case’ for some immigrant and refugee communities, but an everyday reality to hundreds of millions of people worldwide and across diverse socio-economic groups. Therefore, the objectives of this workshop are to (a) build a community with HCI researchers and practitioners involved in different domains, within and beyond migration, to share ideas and exchange expertise, (b) broaden the scope of HCI migration research and identify gaps within this field, and (c) provide a safe space for critical reflection on methodological approaches, research infrastructure, and space boundaries in relation with migration to achieve a better real-world impact.

Program & Attendance

More info about virtual attendance will be added shortly.

To register for the conference and the workshop, please refer to https://chi2021.acm.org/information/4702.html. The cost of workshop registration is $30 + conference registration fee for at least one day. The conference registration fee depends on where you are based. Please refer to the link above for more details.

Mar 2 (update) - Dear potential delegates, please note the workshop organisers are in discussion with the overall workshops chairs (who are discussing with the Accessibility Chairs and the General Chairs) for ACM CHI 2021. Please note the current set of technologies listed should not be a barrier to your participation.Please apply to attend and we will discuss your accessibility needs with you. As chairs for this particular workshop we are committed to being inclusive so we will work with our delegates to ensure participation for all as CHI 2021 is for all. This might mean we drop our plans to use any particular technology if we cannot find a suitable way to make the experience for delegates inclusive.

Time Activity

9:00 - 9:15

Welcoming notes and opening keynote 1 by a co-organizer

9:15 - 9:35

Opening keynote 2 by a co-organizer

9:35 - 10:00

Activity 1: Mapping progress and future trends for HCI and migration research (breakout rooms)

10:00 - 10:10

Groups reporting on the topics discussed in the breakout rooms

10:10 - 10:20

Break

10:20 - 10:55

Participants' Presentations

10:55 - 11:20

Activity 2: Co-creating future plans for HCI and migration research (breakout rooms)

11:20 - 11:30

Groups reporting on the topics discussed in the breakout rooms

11:30 - 11:40

Break

11:40 - 12:15

Participants' Presentations

12:15 - 12:40

Activity 3: Next steps & formulating scope of a special issue (breakout rooms)

12:40 - 12:50

Groups reporting on the topics discussed in the breakout rooms

12:50-13:00

Closing remarks

Call for Participation

Research on migration (both internal and external, voluntary and forced) has been an emergent domain in HCI and related disciplines over the past decade. As the numbers of migrants are always on the rise, mobility can no longer be considered as a ‘special case’ for some immigrant and refugee communities, but an everyday reality to hundreds of millions of people worldwide and across diverse socio-economic groups (e.g. international students, migrant workers). The aims of this workshop are to (a) build a community with HCI researchers and practitioners involved in different domains, within and beyond migration, (b) broaden the scope of HCI migration research and identify field’s gaps, and (c) provide a safe space for critical reflection on methodological approaches, research infrastructure, and space boundaries in the migration context to achieve a better real-world impact.

The workshop will be interactive in nature in which participants will be asked to work in thematic clusters to create a collective vision for future migration and HCI research, identify how to overcome research challenges and develop action plans, and establish the infrastructures needed to progress research in this area.

We invite researchers as well as practitioners interested in participating to submit position papers under the following themes, but we also welcome and are excited about all submissions that fall under other themes:

  • [Re]defining the scope of migration in HCI research: discuss rarely studied migration groups in HCI and what boundaries are used to identify migration groups.
  • Methodological approaches: examine the various challenges they face in the field and propose concrete examples of research approaches that should be explored in future work.
  • Real-world impact: explore the best practices to achieve real-life impact in contexts of migration, either through research methodologies, partnership with local community bodies, or other novel approaches.

Submission Guidelines

Submitted position papers must not exceed four (4) pages in the ACM Master Article Templates format (can be found under ‘Quick Links’ at https://chi2021.acm.org/for-authors/chi-publication-formats) including references and should be sent in PDF format to migrationchi@gmail.com (please title the email “CHI2021 workshop submission”). Position papers will be selected based on the contribution to the workshop themes, quality of presentation, and the potential to stimulate discussions. Upon acceptance, at least one author must attend the workshop virtually, do a live presentation or prepare a recorded video of the presentation (3-4 minutes), and register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference. All accepted papers will be archived on the workshop’s websit: http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~dsabie/MigrationWorkshop/


Important Dates

  • Submission deadline #1: 5 March 2021 (for notifications before the conference's early registration deadline)
  • Submission deadline # 2 [updated]: 15 April 2021
  • Camera-Ready paper (& Presentation Video if desired) Deadline: 23 April 2021
  • Presentations at the Workshop: Saturday, 8 May 2021 (9:00 EDT - 13:00 EDT). Virtual.

Organizers