Writing PD: accounting for socially-engaged research

Light, Ann (2018) Writing PD: accounting for socially-engaged research. Participatory Design Conference 2018, Hasselt & Genk, Belgium, 20-24 August 2018. Published in: PDC '18 Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial - Volume 2. Association for Computing Machinery ISBN 9781450355742

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Abstract

As participants in participatory process, PD academics report on the practices and outcomes of their work and thereby shape what is known of individual projects and the wider field of participatory design. At present, there is a dominant form for this reporting, led by academic publishing models. Yet, the politics of describing others has received little discussion. Our field brings diverging sensibilities to co-design, conducting experiments and asking what participation means in different contexts. How do we match this ingenuity in designing with ingenuity of reporting? Should designers, researchers and other participants all be writing up participatory work, using more novel and tailored approaches? Should we write more open and playful collaborative texts? Within some academic discourse, considerable value is placed on reflexivity, positionality, inclusivity and auto-ethnography as part of reflecting. Yet, PD spends no time in discussing its written outputs. Drawing on the results of a PDC’16 workshop, I encourage us to challenge this silence and discuss “Writing PD”.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
T Technology
Depositing User: Ann Light
Date Deposited: 02 May 2018 08:20
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2019 16:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75572

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