Note: This event has been cancelled.
The field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is witnessing a renewed interest and commitment towards issues of social justice and empowering marginalized groups. Approaches such as Participatory Design, Action Research, and Feminist HCI, to name a few, have well established agenda for engaging with social justice related issues in different use contexts. However, there is limited research on empowering incarcerated people with respect to the design and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and digital interfaces. Building upon existing works, in this talk Kannabiran will critically explore the design of interactive digital technologies for empowering incarcerated individuals as a marginalized group. This will be an interactive lecture that involves active audience participation in two group activities. First, we will analyze existing socio-technical arrangements to better understand the power dynamics involved and identify social justice issues concerning incarcerated individuals. Following the analysis, we will perform a generative activity to explore design alternatives addressing some of the issues identified towards the goal of empowering the incarcerated.
Gopinaath Kannabiran is currently working as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. Trained as a feminist socio-technical researcher in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), his research work focuses on the design and use of digital interfaces and technologically mediated interactions for empowering marginalized groups. Identity issues, power dynamics, and knowledge production practices are core concerns for investigation across Interaction Design (IxD) domains of practice. His doctoral dissertation work explores conceptual interconnections between environmental issues (e.g. sustainability, resource conservation, etc.) and social justice issues (e.g. gender inequity, sexual health and reproductive rights, etc.) through an ecological feminism inspired approach to design and evaluate technological interventions.