Geopolitical Issues in Human Computer Interaction

José Abdelnour-Nocera*, Torkil Clemmensen, Anirudha Joshi, Zhengjie Liu, Judy van Biljon , Xiangang Qin, Isabela Gasparini, Leonardo Parra-Agudelo

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This workshop will explore and discuss geopolitical issues in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) as a field of knowledge and practice. These issues are mainly seen at two levels: (1) on discourses surrounding motivations and value of HCI as a sociotechnical field, and (2) on discourses surrounding concepts of HCI diffusion, maturity and diversity as articulated by global and local knowledge networks. Since the beginning of HCI, discussions of democracy have been around. It may even be fair to say that the key notion of usability aims to support the citizens of a democratic society. Obviously, exactly how HCI should do this remains open for discussion. HCI has several roots deep in military needs from the world wars of the 20th century. It was also born out of the sociotechnical traditions with its emancipatory ambitions, aiming at creating conditions for supporting human agency that facilitates the realization of people’s needs and potential. There’s an inherent contradiction between these traditions. Thus, we’re interested in exploring the following question: how to reconcile such diverse discourses as military power and emancipatory ambitions in a geopolitical analysis of HCI research and associated discourses? Moreover, the diffusion of HCI as field of knowledge and practice is dominated by political and post-colonial discourses that pervade local and global knowledge networks shaping what is considered useful and relevant research and practice. In this workshop we understand these issues as geopolitical in nature and aim to trace the cultural and sociotechnical dynamics that construct the field of HCI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer-Interaction – INTERACT 2021: Proceedings of the 18th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Part V
EditorsCarmelo Ardito , Rosa Lanzilotti , Alessio Malizia , Helen Petrie , Antonio Piccinno , Giuseppe Desolda , Kori Inkpen
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)9783030856069
ISBN (Electronic)9783030856076
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe 18th IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction. INTERACT 2021 - Villa Romanazzi Carducci, Bari, Italy
Duration: 30 Aug 20213 Sept 2021
Conference number: 18


ConferenceThe 18th IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction. INTERACT 2021
LocationVilla Romanazzi Carducci
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • Geopolitical issues
  • Sociotechnical
  • HCI knowledge
  • HCI practice
  • Diffusion
  • Maturity
  • Diversity

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