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HCID seminar - Reconsidering Gender in HCI




Speakers: Dr Jennifer Rode, Knowledge Lab, UCL

Series: HCID Research Seminars

Title: "Reconsidering Gender in HCI"

Friday 16 November 2018, 13:00 in AG08: Dr Jennifer Rode (Knowledge Lab, UCL)


Prior work in HCI describes division of labor purely in terms of technical expertise. In my work, I offer a counter-narrative to this explanation for engagement with computers. Using feminist theory as an analytic lens, I examine how gender identity work is a determining factor of whether and how people engage with digital technologies. I present a model of gender & technical identity co-construction.  I use this as a starting model for a discussion of how to reframe a discussion of diversity in computing.

About the Speaker:

My research lies in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computing. My work examines the values of users and designers, and how those values influence the user-centered design process. I look reflexively at the design process to see how our implicit biases and practices shape the artifacts we design, especially as we reconcile the values of designers and users. I use a multi-disciplinary theoretical approach that draws from anthropology, gender studies, science and technology studies, design research, social informatics, and ubiquitous computing. My research uses qualitative, largely ethnographic studies to understand technology use and values associated with technology in order to create grounded theory. Additionally, as a member of interdisciplinary design teams, I use these grounded theories as the starting point for ubiquitous computing design interventions that explore values and social justice. This in turn allows me to refine my theoretical contributions, as well as the values with which I imbue of the technologies themselves.

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.00pmFriday 16th November 2018

AG08 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom