University of Oulu

Pranjal Jain, Samia Ibtasam, Sumita Sharma, Nilavra Bhattacharya, Anupriya Tuli, Dilrukshi Gamage, Dhruv Jain, Rucha Tulaskar, Priyank Chandra, Lubna Razaq, Rahat Jahangir Rony, Deepak Ranjan Padhi, Mohit Jain, Suleman Shahid, Nova Ahmed, Devanuj Kanta Balkrishan, and Pushpendra Singh. 2021. From the Margins to the Centre: Defining New Mission and Vision for HCI Research in South Asia. Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 112, 1–6. DOI:

From the margins to the centre : defining new mission and vision for HCI research in South Asia

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Author: Jain, Pranjal1; Ibtasam, Samia2; Sharma, Sumita3;
Organizations: 1theUXWhale, India
2University of Washington, Seattle, USA
3University of Oulu, Finland
4University of Texas at Austin, USA
5IIIT-Delhi, India
6University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
7Continuum Managed Services, India
8University of Toronto, Canada
9Information Technology University, Lahore, Pakistan
10North South University, Bangladesh
11Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
12Microsoft Research, India
13Lahore University of Management Science, Lahore, Pakistan
14JK Lakshmipat University, India
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-11-11


The past two decades have seen an increase in the amount of research in the CHI community from South Asia with a focus on designing for the unique and diverse socio-cultural, political, infrastructural, and geographical background of the region. However, the studies presented to the CHI community primarily focus on working with and unpacking the regional contextual constraints (of the users and the infrastructures), thus taking a developmental stance. In this online workshop, we aim to broaden the perspective of the CHI research and community towards the contributions from the region including and beyond development, by bringing together researchers, designers, and practitioners working or are interested in working within these regions on diverse topics such as universal education, global healthcare, accessibility, sustainability, and more. Through the workshop discussion, group design activity, and brainstorming, we aim to provide a space for symbiotic knowledge sharing, and defining shared visions and missions for HCI activities in South Asia for including and moving beyond the development agenda.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-8095-9
Pages: 1 - 6
DOI: 10.1145/3411763.3441327
Host publication: 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI EA 2021
Conference: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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