The workshop addresses the cultural sensitivities when designing interactive systems. The challenges in culturally sensitive design can arise e.g. from historical, ideological, or ethical factors, and needs to be taken into account when conducting HCI research e.g. with cultural heritage, under-represented user groups, topics of cultural rituals, or in cross-cultural interfaces.

The aim of the workshop is to gather together researchers, designers and practitioners that are working with cultural sensitive topics. The workshop aims to be a forum to present different viewpoints, challenges and lessons learnt, and offer a stage where these questions can be discussed with peers and new colleagues with similar interests. We encourage multi-disciplinary participation, and wish provide an opportunity to network. The workshop works towards recognizing the culturally sensitive contexts, topics and issues, and distributing the knowledge of best practices and experiences to prevent conflicts when designing for culturally sensitive topics.

The workshop will support online participation. More information about the details will be announced later. This would be aligned with the message what the chairs communicated in the notification. It seems evident, that we have to at least support the online mode:

“NordiCHI 2020 will happen! As uncertainty about the evolution and impact of COVID-19 remains and the organizers do not want to rush into a fully online conference, they are delaying the decision on format as much as possible. A decision will be announced by mid-August. As of now, we can assure you that the conference will be either hybrid or fully online, why we ask you to prepare a workshop format to fit these circumstances.”

Important Dates:

September 1st, 2020 (Extended)
September 10th, 2020
Workshop Paper Submission Deadline

September 15th, 2020
Notification of Acceptance

October 25/26th, 2020
Workshop Day


The workshop invites researchers and practitioners with a background in, but not limited to, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), design, memory organizations, cultural studies, and indigenous cultural heritage. The workshop invites submissions of case studies, applications, methodological notes, as well as position papers, related to HCI and design for topics such as

  • indigenous communities
  • under-represented cultural groups and emerging sub-cultures
  • culturally sensitive heritage, sacred sites, and religion
  • using historical artifacts, contexts, and materials for design
  • death, remembrance, and rituals
  • political and ideological tension
  • cross-cultural contexts, and differences in symbolism, semantics, and UI design
  • ethics, participatory, and cross-generation approaches to cultural sensitivity
  • cybercultures and online etiquette
  • ethics with cultural sensitivities


We invite interested candidates to submit a short paper in ACM Submission Format (up to 4 pages in single-column format, excluding references).

Online submission:
EasyChair – CulturalS-2020





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This workshop is funded by “Digital Access to Sámi Heritage Archives” (Interreg Nord – European Regional Development Fund).