In HCI there is nascent body of research investigating technology in relation to women’s health. Within this, we are seeing several categories of research emerging: from reproductive health and the experiences of motherhood; self-tracking and learning to know the female body; to how women might use technology to explore their sexuality.
The female body as a site for research is claimed as taboo, and designing for the female body and therefore women’s health is troublesome. Research through design has been offered as one possible avenue through which contradictions and ‘immodest’ proposals might be examined, similarly humour has been noted as an approach to design which can be applied to overcome the taboo of the female body, and the use of ‘hacking’ and social media engagement as a means of critiquing and re-envisioning women’s health technologies.
With this two-day workshop we seek to bring together an emerging community of researchers to tackle issues relating to digital technologies and women’s health, the female body, as well as ‘hack’ existing troublesome examples. We seek researchers from all backgrounds to join us in this attempt to revolutionise research in this area, and innovate on available options for women worldwide.
Workshop themes include: Women-Centred Design; Feminist Technologies, Hacking and Making; Feminist Speculative Design. For more information, please see our full workshop proposal.