This workshop will consider the theories, methods, foundational texts, and central research questions in the study of non-use. We expect the research thread brought to the fore in this workshop will speak to foundational questions of use and the user in HCI. The workshop will center on discussion and agenda-setting around four guiding foci:

  • discussing theoretical grounding,
  • identifying methodological approaches,
  • creating a living bibliography, and
  • crafting a research agenda.

The outcomes of these discussions will be used as the basis for proposing a special issue of a journal on non-use as an important concept and phenomenon.

We request that participants submit 2-4 page position papers in the HCI Archive format that describe how non-use relates to their research, with an eye toward a longer piece that could be included in a special issue. Papers should include at least one suggestion for the living bibliography and speak to at least one guiding question of the author’s choosing. Papers will be accepted based on originality, quality, and how well they represent a range of disciplinary perspectives. Submissions from outside the HCI community (e.g., science and technology studies, the humanities, sociology, and others) are strongly encouraged. Workshop attendees will also engage in a week of reflexive technology non-use in advance of the workshop to help inform discussion sessions.

Please submit your 2-4 page position paper in the HCI Archive format. For your convenience, please use one of the following templates:

Please submit papers via email to: nonuse2014 – at – gmail – dot – com.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline January 17th, 2014
Notification of Acceptance February 10th, 2014
Workshop April 26th, 2014