Feminist Care in the Anthropocene: Packing and Unpacking Tensions in Posthumanist HCI

Key, Cayla, Gatehouse, Cally and Taylor, Nick (2022) Feminist Care in the Anthropocene: Packing and Unpacking Tensions in Posthumanist HCI. In: DIS 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Digital Wellbeing. Designing Interactive Systems Conference - Proceedings . ACM, New York, US, pp. 677-692. ISBN 9781450393584

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As posthumanist or post-anthropocentric research in HCI and design proliferates and further commits to working with more-than-humans, design research practitioners are left with many open questions and uncertainties with how to productively engage with more-than-humans in their thinking and working. This paper present results from a workshop with 17 researchers working at the intersection of care ethics and posthumanism to highlight tensions in posthumanist engagement aimed at unpacking some of the challenges, obstacles, and questions encountered by researchers interested in more-than-human centered design. In foregrounding tensions with representation, legitimization, unseen labor, and material narratives we contribute to a design research agenda which seeks to explicate and challenge dominant anthropocentric forces from design. We conclude by discussing epistemological care and urge practitioners to take up new ways of imagining through truly messy methods which contribute to a feminist unsettling of HCI's methodological commitments, practices, and praxis.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813508. We also acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land itself and the frst people of Seattle, the Duwamish past and present upon whose traditional land this work was written. DIS2022: Designing Interactive Systems; online in an asynchronous format from 13-17 Jun 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethics, posthumanism, workshops, feminisms, feminist, design, methods, Anthropocene, morethan-human, Indigenous, Knowledge
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2022 13:48
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2022 14:00
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49972

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