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Supporting design research on taboo topics (online)
Monday, 27/June/2022:
2:30pm - 4:00pm

Session Chair: Isabel Prochner, Syracuse University
Location: Online Conversation Space

This conversation will only be accessible online.

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Supporting design research on taboo topics

Isabel Prochner

Syracuse University

Design research and practice deal with many new and underexplored topics that may not have previously been discussed. Yet, many of these topics are still somewhat taboo, meaning they can miss out on attention and critical exploration and may not be adequately addressed. This DRS2022 Conversation explored the range of barriers faced by design researchers interested in or currently working on taboo topics and how these barriers might be addressed. The report summarizes the discussions during the session, which focused primarily on respectful boundaries and dialogue between researchers and participants. It also highlights key questions and dilemmas facing researchers in this area, which remained unanswered during the Conversation. As an example, the report asks: how might design researchers safely conduct projects on especially sensitive topics, such as those with legal restrictions?

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