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Workshop at ECSCW 2023 in Trondheim: "Spatial tensions in CSCW: The political and ethical challenges of scale"

This workshop advances a CSCW-perspective on how scale and place relate and how we might better understand what role scale plays in the design of tools and collaborative processes. This full-day workshop is designed for up to 20 participants, to be selected based on short position papers that relate to one or more of the workshop themes:

  1. the political and ethical challenges of scale,
  2. modes of organizing, infrastructuring, and governing, 
  3. (inter)organizational aspects, 
  4. place and care.

The workshop builds upon the COST Action From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy that played a key role in bringing researchers together to address issues of care and scale, as well as recent workshops and interests groups at CSCW and HCI venues that have focused on issues of scale, cooperation, and place-making. Our aim with this workshop is to provide a space for the continued unfolding of the discussions sparked through these prior activities, this time with a particular focus on the political and ethical challenges of scale.  

Call for Participation

We invite scholars, practitioners, and anyone else interested in participating in the workshop to submit a two to four-page position paper (or equivalent material) that addresses the workshop themes. We encourage you to discuss your interest in the themes, welcoming reports of (preliminary) empirical results, theoretically oriented pieces, as well as methodological reflections. To promote broader participation, in particular from the industry and civic organizations, we offer the option of submitting alternative material of rough equivalence (e.g., a design portfolio, white paper, or similar). 

Submissions will be reviewed by the organisers and accepted based on the relevance and development of their chosen topic, as well as participants’ potential to contribute to the workshop. Accepted participants will need to register in line with the policies of the ECSCW 2023 conference. Notification will be provided ahead of the early-bird registration deadline.

Important Dates

Submit position paper by May 5, 2023 AoE
Workshop at ECSCW on Tuesday, June  6, 2023

Workshop Goals

• Bring together researchers within (and where possible beyond) the CSCW community with an interest in the problematics of scale, with the aim of sharing ongoing research and connecting participants with others who share their research interests.
• Reflect collectively on what a CSCW perspective can contribute to the study of different modes of organizing, infrastructuring, and governing.
• Articulate future research agendas and questions that foreground the ethical and political questions of scale.
• Facilitate in-depth conversations about research during the event, while also seeking to support and scaffold collaborative efforts that exceed the short duration of the workshop.
• Discuss how participants could (and already do) collaborate not just with other researchers but also with practitioners, civic servants, journalists, and other relevant stakeholders.
• Facilitate the formation of this sub-community in CSCW and HCI, and discuss possibilities for a lightweight collaborative infrastructure to sustain it (e.g., a listserv or a wiki page for resources).


Airi Lampinen studies interpersonal and economic encounters, peer-to-peer exchange, and algorithmic systems. Her recent book The Trouble With Sharing addresses the interpersonal challenges inherent in peer-to-peer exchange. Lampinen is an Associate Professor in Human–Computer Interaction at Stockholm University, Sweden, and a Docent in Social Psychology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Currently, Lampinen is the co-PI of the WASP-HS project Ethics as Enacted through Movement – Shaping and Being Shaped by Autonomous Systems. She is also part of the Digital Futures faculty and co-leads two projects within the centre: Layering Trust in Intimate Digital Health Technologies and the Digital Futures Drone Arena.

Ann Light is focused on the politics, ethics and agency of design, and especially co-design in communities, exploring social activism at neighbourhood level, investigating the design of sharing structures and questioning the boundaries of participation. She is Professor of Design and Creative Technology, University of Sussex, UK, and Professor at Malmö University, Sweden. Regarding the social and ecological as inextricably linked, Light has turned to consider the stress that current systems put on the planet, believing creative remaking of relations is needed for liveable futures. She is co-creator of the CreaTures Framework, prepared as part of the European Union project Creative Practices for Transformative Futures (CreaTures).

Chiara Rossitto is Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Stockholm University, Sweden, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Sustainable and Digital Transformation, at Aalborg University. She has extensively investigated the role of digital technologies in fostering care, civic engagement,and people’s participation in initiatives seeking more sustainable futures. Her research has investigated the use of digital technology to support and structure environmental stewardship and care for the environment, waste management practices, and political dialogues. Moreover, it has problematized scale as the only notion often associated with technological development and the long-term impact of technological interventions aiming at social change.

Roel Roscam Abbing is a doctoral candidate of Interaction Design at Malmö University’s School of Arts and Communication. Through a combination of software studies and participatory design approaches, his research focuses on the design of federated social media.

Anton Fedosov is a postdoctoral researcher at the People and Computing Lab at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. His research interests lie at the intersection of social aspects of ubiquitous computing, collaborative economy, and user experience design of interactive systems and services. He holds a PhD in Informatics (with a focus on design-oriented Human-Computer Interaction) from USI Lugano in Switzerland. He is a Swiss Management Committee Member in an interdisciplinary pan-European research network, COST Action 21118 Platform Work Inclusion Living Lab, investigating socio-technical aspects and alternative design models of the platform economy.

Luigina Ciolfi is Professor of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork, Ireland. She is a member of the People and Technology Research Group. She studies human experiences and practices around digital technologies through a practice-focused approach and adopting participatory and co-design methodologies. She is currently involved in a collaborative project exploring Responsibility in software and systems design and development funded by Lero - The Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software.  

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