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.

Schedule + Submissions

Time Activity
9:00 - 9:10 Welcoming notes by Dina Sabie
9:10 - 9:30 Opening keynote 1 by Faheem Hussain: The New World Order and Our Mobility: Is the Future Truly for Everyone?
9:30 - 9:50 Opening keynote 2 by Samar Sabie: Defying Differences by Design
9:50 - 10:05 Meet & Greet
10:05 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 10:45 Activity 1: Mapping progress and future trends for HCI and migration research (breakout rooms)
10:45 - 10:55 Groups reporting on the topics discussed in the breakout rooms
10:55 - 11:15

Participants' Presentations #1

My BROWN WALKING-MOVING BODY as [M]ethod in Computing
MJ Hunter Brueggemann
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Adverse complicities: On the difficulties of challenging the status quo in migration research
Max Krüger, Ana Maria Bustamante Duarte, Anne Weibert
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Promoting Meaningful Social Interaction Between Intercultural Strangers in Public Places: the case of migrants and locals in Istanbul
María Laura Ramírez Galleguillos
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Time, Temporality, and Technology in Remote Participatory Research: Implications for HCI Research in Forced Migration
Cansu Ekmekcioglu , Negin Dahya, Laurie Decarpentrie, Olivier Arvisais
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Losing, transporting and re-claiming identity: HCI Implications for prevention and counteraction of identity loss through (forced) migration
Andrea Hartmann
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11:15 - 11:25 Q&A for participants' presentations
11:25 - 11:35 Break
11:35 - 11:55

Participants' Presentations #2

Ethnography as a Method to Engage with Muslim Migrants Diagnosed with Substance Abuse Disorders
Firaz Peer
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Temporary Agricultural Labour in Canada: Possible New Directions for HCI
Olivia Doggett, Matt Ratto
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The Chinese Diaspora: Overlapping Life Transitions, Barriers, and HCI
Ben Z. Zhang, Oliver L. Haimson, Michaelanne Dye
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From Needs to Strengths: Devising Assets-Based Parent-Education ICTs for Latinx/a/o Immigrant Parents in the United States
Marisol Wong-Villacres
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11:55 - 12:05 Q&A for participants' presentations
12:05 - 12:35 Activity 2: Co-creating future plans for HCI and migration research (breakout rooms)
12:35 - 12:45 Groups reporting on the topics discussed in the breakout rooms
12:45 - 13:00 Closing remarks by Reem Talhouk


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. Only registered members will be allowed to attend the workshop. Once you register, you can find the event link inside your 'Delegate Connect' account which will be provided to you by early May.