Invisible Designing: Emotional and Affective Labour in Relational Participatory Practices

Joyce Yee*, Yoko Akama, Areli Avendano Franco, Ko-Le Chen, Hirotake Imanishi, Yuko Kikuchi, Sarah Kushinsky, Nikki Ralston, Sarah Teasley, Khemmiga Teerapong

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This paper presents emotional and affective labour as invisible designing required to nurture social relationships in participatory practices. Participatory Design (PD) is often framed through visible acts of designing, such as envisioning, co-creating and prototyping. Yet little is shared of the emotional and affective labour and its association with design that enables the condition of safe and comfortable participation. Initiating, nurturing and sustaining social relationships requires ongoing long-term commitment and care that extends beyond acknowledged practices of designing. Examples of emotional labour required for participatory practice are illustrated here through reflecting on our experience in infrastructuring an online transcultural peer mentoring programme for socially-engaged women creatives working in four Asia-Pacific countries. By making these invisible acts explicit, we hope to prompt collective consciousness of the labour involved in structuring social relationships and to support PD practitioners to acknowledge and account for this work in their practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParticipatory Design Conference 2024, Vol. 2
Subtitle of host publicationExploratory Papers and Workshops
Place of PublicationNew YorK, US
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 Mar 2024
EventParticipatory Design Conference 2024: Reaching Out: Connecting Beyond Participation - University of Technology Sarawak, Sibu, Malaysia
Duration: 11 Aug 202416 Aug 2024


ConferenceParticipatory Design Conference 2024
Abbreviated titlePDC2024
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