Call for Abstracts: Informed Experiences, Designing Consent Symposium

Informed Experiences, Designing Consent is a symposium interrogating the intersections of consent and the design of interactive media and technologies. The symposium will be hosted at the Illinois Institute of Technology by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions and the HASTAC Scholars fellowship program on April 6, 2019. It is organized by Michael Anthony DeAnda, Elisabeth Hildt, Kelly Laas, and Leilasadat Mirghaderi, and is being sponsored through the generous support of the Coleman Foundation.

Informed Experiences, Designing Consent is a one-day event intended to bring together researchers, scholars, practitioners, and designers to consider the implications of theoretical, social, and material aspects of consent and design. Some examples of topics include consent to participate in social media, user agreement, consent in gaming, informed consent to data collection and use, and consent in digital humanities research. This workshop will consider ethical approaches to each of these respective fields of study and development. This event emphasizes theory and practice, structured on an iterative process of Learn, Make, Reflect. Participants will begin by listening to a panel on the topic of consent and design, then move to a group maker breakout session to design based off key concepts from the panel and return together to reflect on the process.

We invite researchers, scholars, practitioners, designers, makers, and ethicists to submit proposals for 10–15 minute presentations and to attend this event, particularly those interested in consent as it applies to:

  • Ethics and philosophy
  • Informed consent
  • Design of experiences
  • Game design and gaming culture
  • Design and study of user experience
  • Website development
  • Application design and mobile app design
  • User interface design
  • Data collection
  • Digital humanities
  • Social media research
  • User agreements
  • Audience studies
  • Design research
  • Research methods and practices
  • Research design
  • Storytelling and digital storytelling
  • Maker spaces and crafting

Proposal submissions should include a title, a 400–500 word abstract, and a bio of 100–150 words in length by January 23, 2019, to this form.

Any further questions may be directed to Michael DeAnda at