On Activism and Academia: Reflecting Together and Sharing Experiences Among Critical Friends

de Castro Leal, Débora, Strohmayer, Angelika and Krüger, Max (2020) On Activism and Academia: Reflecting Together and Sharing Experiences Among Critical Friends. In: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21). ACM, New York. ISBN 9781450380966 (In Press)

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Abstract

In recent years HCI and CSCW work has increasingly begun to address complex social problems and issues of social justice worldwide. Such activist-leaning work is not without problems. Through the experiences and reflections of an activist becoming academic and an academic becoming an activist, we outline these difficulties such as (1) the risk of perpetuating violence, oppression and exploitation when working with marginalised communities, (2) the reception of activist-academic work within our academic communities, and (3) problems of social justice that exist within our academic communities. Building on our own experiences, practices and existing literature from a variety of disciplines we advocate for the possibility of an activist-academic practice, outline possible ways forward and formulate questions we need to answer for HCI to contribute to a more just world.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: activism; reflexivity; social justice; academic practice
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2021 14:02
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2021 14:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45320

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