Tracing Conceptions of the Body in HCI: From User to More-Than-Human

Sarah Homewood, Marika Hedemyr, Maja Fagerberg Ranten, Susan Kozel

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This paper traces different conceptions of the body in HCI and identifies a narrative from user to body, body to bodies, and bodies to more-than-human bodies. Firstly, this paper aims to present a broader, updated, survey of work around the body in HCI. The overview shows how bodies are conceptualized as performative, sensing, datafied, intersectional and more-than-human. This paper then diverges from similar surveys of research addressing the body in HCI in that it is more disruptive and offers a critique of these approaches and pointers for where HCI might go next. We end our paper with recommendations drawn from across the different approaches to the body in HCI. In particular, that researchers working with the body have much to gain from the 4th wave HCI approach when designing with and for the body, where our relationships with technologies are understood as entangled and the body is always more-than-human.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventCHI 2021: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 7 May 202117 May 2021


ConferenceCHI 2021

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