Tentative Schedule and Activities

All times are EDT

07:00-07:15 | Welcome from workshop organisers

07:15-08:30 | Getting to know one another: Identity Portraits

08:30-08:45 | Short Break

08:45-10:00 | Discussing Portraits and learning in group

10:00-10:30 | Break

10:30-11:00 | Invited speaker: Katta Spiel

11:00-12:00 | Planning next steps


Our day-long workshop will be split into three sections: (1) getting to know one another; (2) discussing our themes in small groups; and (3) planning next steps for our reflections and community-building. We will also have an invited speaker who will be targeted based on submissions. Throughout the day, we will use co-creative activities to guide our discussions and to simultaneously allow us to document our polyvocal and multilayered thoughts. All workshop activities will be guided and documented on a shared online whiteboard with participants.

Getting to know one another

First, the workshop organisers will provide an overview of the day, including brief introductions to who they are. After this, we will split workshop attendees into small groups (3-4 people per group) so they can start to get to know one another. In these small groups, participants will be asked to create portraits of one another to illustrate their identities as a scholar and to find out how they relate to the label of being an 'activist'. We will provide starting points for this on our shared whiteboard, but participants will also be invited to use any materials they may have at home to create a physical art piece as well. This activity will allow those in the small groups to quickly build rapport and to get to know each other. The illustrations will allow everyone else in the workshop to also get an in-depth look at what a person wanted to share about themselves with others in the workshop, creating as a good starting points for building trust for the rest of the workshop.

Discussing and documenting themes

In the second part of the workshop, we will have a discussion in the big group. Taking the portraits and our texts as starting points, this will give us a chance to reflect on any insights from the portraits as well as on the current and desired relation between activism and academia in CSCW research.

Planning next steps

We hope that our workshop will be an impetus for developing future thinking, (un)learning, and collaborative work. As such, it is a starting point for developing a community of practice at the intersection of activism and academia. Our final stage of the workshop will be dedicated to developing work streams and continued collaborations. This will align with activities that will be pursued through communities that the organizers are a part of (e.g. Also, we will compile a self-published manifesto or zine, documenting our reflections on activism in and with academia, which can lead to an Interactions article (eg. on the blog or the 'Meaningful Design Processes' Forum).

Workshop participants will be integral to determining next steps, but these may relate to developing future workshops at SIGCHI venues to further define the topic and challenges, the development of an activism in HCI manifesto, or a series of questions and provocations for researchers working in this space. We also plan to work towards collaborative publications, including interactions articles or a Special Issue for TOCHI or JCSCW (or a similar journal) in the long run.