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

Débora de Castro Leal, Angelika Strohmayer, Max Krüger

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '21: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781450380966
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2021
EventACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2021) - Online, Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 8 May 202113 May 2021
https://chi2021.acm.org/
https://chi2021.acm.org

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM

Conference

ConferenceACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2021)
Abbreviated titleCHI 2021
CountryJapan
CityYokohama
Period8/05/2113/05/21
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