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[Commlist] CFP CHI2021 Workshop: Coping with Messiness in Ethnography: Authority, Bias and Immersion in ethnographic Fieldwork in the non-Western World

Mon Jan 18 16:20:08 GMT 2021

*Coping with Messiness in Ethnography: Authority, Bias and Immersion in ethnographic Fieldwork in the non-Western World*
Workshop at CHI 2021, May 7th-8th, 2021, Online Virtual Conference <> <>


  * Submission deadline: *February 11th, 2021*
  * Notification of acceptance: February 18th, 2021
  * Camera Ready Papers Deadline: March 4th, 2021
  * Workshop days: May 7th and May 8th, 2021


This workshop is dedicated to unpacking these messy challenges and complexities that arise when carrying out ethnographic fieldwork in non-western settings or carrying out fieldwork from a non-western perspective. The two-day workshop including a pre-workshop and post-workshop get-together, aims to provide a forum for researchers as well as practitioners and activists to discuss and reflect challenges in conducting ethnographic fieldwork and applying related methodologies. It is appreciated if contributions share first-hand insights, reflections and experiences focused on authority, bias and immersion in ethnographic fieldwork. Further, contributions with a stronger focus on socio-technical interventions and implementations in the non-western world are welcome as well.

We invite* scholars* and *practitioners* in the fields of *human computer interaction, information systems, (critical) media studies, STS, cultural anthropology, communication*, etc.

Ultimately, this dialogue should lead to guidelines and approaches to ethnographic fieldwork that could prove more beneficial in politically charged, infrastructural challenged and underfunded regions.

We invite anyone interested in participating to submit a two to five-page position paper. Accepted participants will be asked to provide a one-page summary of the position paper as well as a short bio (250-300 words max.), to be shared amongst all other participants. Papers should critically reflect upon the authors’ experiences from the field or research area related to challenges they face while conducting ethnographic field work, with a focus on the areas of authority, bias and immersion. Authors’ prior experience does not have to be specifically concerned with these challenges, but the position papers will be expected to demonstrate how their experience is relevant to the workshop’s topics and can be applied within the workshop’s context.

Submissions should be sent to (info /at/ <mailto:(info /at/> in .pdf format. Position papers will be reviewed based on relevance and potential for contribution to the workshop. Details regarding presentations of work will be provided with acceptance notifications. At least one co-author of each accepted paper must register to the CHI 2021 conference to attend the workshop.

Further information on the registration rates can be found here: <>


  * Position paper are up to 5 pages in length using the new ACM master
    article template, available in MS Word


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  * Position papers should be submitted in PDF format (non-anonymized)
    to (info /at/ <mailto:(info /at/>.
  * Submission deadline: *February 11th, 2021*
  * Papers will be selected based on their quality, compliance with the
    workshop themes, and the extent (and diversity) of their backgrounds
  * The workshop is planned as a two-day event with group work sessions
  * Pre- and Follow-up activities are planned prior and after the
    workshop each about half a day in length.
  * Upon acceptance, at least one author of each accepted position paper
    must attend the workshop and register for the conference.
  * See the main conference site for more information on registration.
  * The detailed timeframes for each day might be discussed with all to
    better consider time zones.

Marios Mouratidis, University of Siegen
Sarah Rüller, University of Siegen
Konstantin Aal, University of Siegen
Nina Boulus-Rødje, Roskilde University
Shaimaa Lazem, City of Scientific Research and Technological Applications, Egypt
Anicia Peters, University of Namibia
Simon Holdermann, University of Cologne
Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Newcastle University
Ann Light, University of Sussex
Dave Randall, University of Siegen
Volker Wulf, University of Siegen

Web: <>
E-Mail: (info /at/ <mailto:(info /at/>

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