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Leena Ventä-Olkkonen, Netta Iivari, Sumita Sharma, Nina Juustila-Çevirel, Tonja Molin-Juustila, Essi Kinnunen, Jenni Holappa, and Heidi Hartikainen. 2022. All the World is our Stage: Empowering Children to Tackle Bullying through Theatre of the Oppressed in Critical Design and Making. In Nordic Human-Computer Interaction Conference (NordiCHI ’22), October 08–12, 2022, Aarhus, Denmark. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 15 pages.

All the world is our stage : empowering children to tackle bullying through Theatre of the Oppressed in critical design and making

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Author: Ventä-Olkkonen, Leena1; Iivari, Netta1; Sharma, Sumita1;
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-12-15


Bullying is a serious problem concerning us all. The problem has already been tackled within HCI research, including different design and technology-based interventions, some of which strongly advocate human agency, social responsibility, action taking, and ownership for children. Along these lines, we address the problem of bullying in collaboration with children through critical design and Making. Critical and empowering approaches have aroused interest in child computer interaction (CCI) research, while we particularly explore Theatre of the Oppressed as a tool for evaluating design concepts with children and for empowering children to act as agents of change. Different theatre and drama-based methods have been utilized in CCI, while their potential for empowering children remains poorly explored. This study positions Theatre of the Oppressed within critical design and Making process, examines children’s experiences with it and scrutinizes in which sense it can be considered empowering, with implications for CCI research and design.

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ISBN: 978-1-4503-9699-8
Pages: 1 - 15
DOI: 10.1145/3546155.3546705
Host publication: Proceedings of the 12th Nordic conference on human-computer interaction (NordiCHI’22)
Conference: Nordic human-computer interaction conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This study was funded by Academy of Finland (Grant 324685, Make-a-Difference project). This research is connected to the GenZ-project, a strategic profiling project in human sciences at the University of Oulu, supported by the Academy of Finland (Grant 318930) and the University of Oulu.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 324685
Detailed Information: 324685 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
318930 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2022 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License.