More than Human Centred Design

Submitting Workshop Proposals

Workshop Proposals

We welcome proposals for hosting a workshop at DIS 2020 that align with the conference theme of 'More than Human-Centred Design’. Workshops offer unique opportunities for diverse groups of scholars, practitioners, and researchers to spend focused time on generative topics. A workshop format is ideal for working together on open, unresolved or controversial issues and developing a diverse range of outputs. Well designed and facilitated workshops attract broad interdisciplinary interest, inspire interaction between participants and foster community-building. We encourage proposals to host a workshop that encourage participants to engage in alternatives to established approaches in design and computing; this can include but is not limited to posthuman approaches, strategies for decentering the human, artistic, craft, hacking, feminist, postcolonial, longer-term approaches to design and critical engagements with politics and cultures of design, innovation and consumption.

Important Dates

action timeline
Proposals to host a workshop due:
Submissions Extended to
February 7th, 2020
(The submission system closes at 17:00 PST)
Notifications of acceptance to authors: March 27, 2020
All camera ready papers due: April 9, 2020
Workshops Program: July 6-7, 2020

Workshop Planning

DIS 2020 workshops will be held on (6-7 July, 2020) preceding the main program of the conference; workshops may be for half-day, whole day, or two days. Plan for 6 working hours per day, with morning, afternoon and lunch breaks. Reserving unhurried time for socializing is critical. Workshops should aim to attract between 10-25 participants.

We encourage provocative, interdisciplinary, boundary crossing and experimental proposals that relate to the topics of DIS:

  • Design Methods and Processes: Methods, tools, and techniques for forms of design that go beyond human centred; researching, (un)designing, and critiquing interactive systems; speculative design, design artefacts and fictions, research through design; the use of critical theory, feminist methods, counter-factual histories and cultural analysis to understand, critique and reflect on human-centred and other types of design products, contexts and practices.
  • Perspectives: Temporality, people, things, places, communities, events, phenomena, aesthetics, engagement, empowerment, disruption, transition, diversity, participation, materiality, plurality, etc.
  • Themes: Sustainability, health, resilience, animal/plant/food interaction, circularity, children-computer interaction, games and play, making/manufacturing, etc.
  • New technological capabilities (and their role beyond human-centred design): Sensors and actuators, mobile devices, multi touch and touchless interaction, social media, personal, community, public displays, interactive objects and/or learning systems, open source hardware, IoT, artificial intelligence and agency, etc.

The Conference Context

Taking advantage of location and theme: Workshops that involve local engagement around the DIS 2020 theme of 'More than Human-Centred Design’ are encouraged. While the conference does have on-site space, innovative workshops that are place-specific in the Eindhoven area are invited; such proposals need to explain access plans.

Submission Details

Proposals to host a workshop have two separate components submitted as separate files: 1) a 4 page abstract, and 2) a detailed workshop description:

You must submit your workshop proposals to the Precision Conference submission system (PCS) by January 31, 2020.


An abstract describing your proposed workshop should be up to 4 pages in length including references in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format, submitted via the PCS submission system. This will serve as the longer-term record of accepted workshop proposals. The submission should contain:

  • Title and proposed duration
  • Organizers’ names and institutional addresses (proposals are not anonymized for review)
  • Workshop theme and goals, background and motivation

Download the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts templates here;

Detailed Workshop Description

A workshop description should also be submitted (as a separate file), containing details of your proposed workshop to help the workshop chairs understand the specifics. Please include:

  • Intended audience and recruitment strategy
  • Schedule and description of activities planned
  • Intended outcomes of the workshop, their benefits and significance
  • Required facilities
  • Specifications of your workshop materials, including size, weight, light and sound emission
  • A plan for how the results of the workshop will be disseminated beyond DIS 2020
  • Short biographies of the organizers
  • A draft 250-word call for participation for your workshop which will be posted on the DIS 2020 conference website. This should contain information on how and what potential participants should submit to you.

All submissions will be reviewed by the workshop chairs. Successful proposals to host a workshop should describe how the workshop format will be leveraged to generate clear outcomes and to make constructive and valuable use of the participants’ collective expertise. Social, active and engaging workshop concepts with clear collaborative outcomes will be preferred, as will workshops that have strong potential to generate cross-disciplinary interest.

For first time workshop organizers, successful submissions from previous DIS conferences are a helpful indication of appropriate content and style:

Workshop Chairs

Lenneke Kuijer, Eindhoven University of Technology
Doenja Oogjes, Simon Fraser University