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Pihkala, S., & Karasti, H. (2018). Politics of mattering in the practices of participatory design. Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference on Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial - PDC ’18. Presented at the the 15th Participatory Design Conference. https://doi.org/10.1145/3210604.3210616

Politics of mattering in the practices of participatory design

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Author: Pihkala, Suvi1; Karasti, Helena2
Organizations: 1Gender Studies, University of Oulu, Finland
2INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.3 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019121648307
Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-12-16
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Abstract

In this paper,1 we join those in the field of Participatory Design (PD) that have become inspired by the “ontological turn” as captured in the proliferating discussions around relationality, becoming, and nonhuman agency. The paper offers an account from a PD case where a social media platform was designed with and by professionals for their collaboration around the topic of workplace bullying and harassment. Through this account, this paper reimagines PD in a “posthuman landscape” and explores how this ontological turn forces—and/or enables—a rethinking of ethics and politics in PD. In a timely conference which asks for scrutinizing the ways that the political heritage of democracy, participation, and equality can be enacted in the diverse terrains of PD, our short paper proposes the “politics of mattering” as a way of accounting for the design process as an always-relational becoming and its practices as already-political.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-5574-2
Article number: 13
DOI: 10.1145/3210604.3210616
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1145/3210604.3210616
Host publication: Proceeding PDC '18 Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial - Volume 2
Host publication editor: Huybrechts, Liesbeth
Teli, Maurizio
Light, Ann
Lee, Yanki
Di Salvo, Carl
Grönvall, Erik
Kanstrup, Anne Marie
Bødker, Keld
Conference: Participatory Design Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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Funding: Karasti acknowledges The Academy of Finland for grant #285903.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 285903
Detailed Information: 285903 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2018 Association forComputing Machinery. ACM. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceeding PDC '18 Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial - Volume 2, https://doi.org/10.1145/3210604.3210616.