Call for Papers for Virtual Workshop “Decolonizing Design Practices: Towards Pluriversality”

This CHI 2021 interactive online workshop will engage participants in activities with a focus to generate plural understandings and epistemological views through the use of participatory and inclusive methods in HCI. Further, it will create insights into the different ways choices are made based on diverse epistemologies, methodologies and continental demarcations. The workshop looks beyond traditional HCI narratives towards adoptable Participatory Design approaches and methods within a pluriversal and transdisciplinary mode. A central aim of the workshop is to gather a diversity of decolonizing practices; methods, concepts and approaches applied in diverse contexts, that demonstrate research and knowledge practices for plural epistemologies, marginalized voices, situated socio-political and historical contexts, through participatory processes.

We invite researchers interested in decolonising design practices to send a 2-4 page position paper to, using the new ACM master article template, available in MS WordLaTeX or Overleaf format. The position paper should describe the state-of-the-art examples of rich on-the-ground research cases that demonstrate decolonising approaches and practices to design and technology. We also welcome additional submission files, such as videos, photos, or audios. The aim is to attract diverse participants from different continents, that represent a global community of researchers in human-computer interaction and participatory design working in different contexts and domains. At least one author of each accepted workshop paper will be required to register for the workshop and at least one day of the conference.


  • Submission deadline: February 11, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: February 18, 2021
  • Camera Ready Papers Deadline: March 4, 2021
  • Workshop day: May 7, 2021



Rachel Charlotte Smith, Aarhus University, Denmark

Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia

Daria Loi, Mozilla Corporation, United States

Rogerio de Paula, IBM Research, Brazil

Asnath Paula Kambunga, Aarhus University, Denmark

Marly Muudeni Samuel, Glasgow School of Arts, Scotland 

Tariq Zaman, University College of Technology Sarawak, Malaysia 

You can find the full Call for Papers here.
You can find more information about the virtual workshop and the virtual conference CHI 2021 “Making Waves, Combining Strengths” here.


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