Contact Quality in Participation: A “Sensethic” Perspective

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We investigate the concept of participation from the perspective of quality of the contact in the communicative interactions between participants. We argue for the need for an academic-personal competence that qualifies the human contact central in all Participatory Design (PD) activities as a way to contribute to “an era of participation.” We describe a contact perspective in PD developed through a collaboration with body-oriented psychotherapeutic research that have specialized experiences in investigating open-minded contact and authentic meetings as body-related experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference : Short Papers, Interactive Exhibitions, Workshops - Volume 2
EditorsRachel Charlotte Smith
Number of pages4
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication dateAug 2016
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4136-3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
Event14th Participatory Design Conference: Participatory Design in an era of participation - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 15 Aug 201619 Aug 2016


Conference14th Participatory Design Conference
LocationAarhus University
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Bibliographical note

Simonsen, J., and O. Storm Jensen (2016): “Contact Quality in Participation: A “Sensethic” Perspective,” in C. Bossen, R.C. Smith, A.M. Kanstrup, L. Huybrechts, J. Vines, and K. Bødker (Eds.) Proceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference, August 15-19, 2016, Aarhus, Denmark: Participatory Design in an era of participation, Vol. II, ACM, pp. 45-48.

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