The Fictional Conference

Interesting call for papers via Joe Lindley

We are inviting real submissions that describe fictional papers and workshops. Practically speaking, we would like you to submit a title of a fictional paper or workshop, along with a list of authors (authors may be real or fictional), and a set of up to 4 keywords.

We are primarily interested in fictional papers and workshops that reflect on the future of Design Fiction research. From a future perspective, what will the impact of the current increase of interest in fictional research be in the long term? How will it change the research landscape, if at all? Paper concepts could include (but are not limited to) ideas on:

  • Arguments on how to evaluate the quality of Design Fiction
  • Reports of Lost Futures and Counterfactual Histories
  • Analyses of the relative importance of data and narrative
  • Analyses of how fiction is used instrumentally in scientific papers
  • Accounts of interaction with fictional systems (fictional user research)

Examples of paper titles could be:

  • “Implications for Design Fiction: Reflecting on fiction-gate”
  • “Where the Fiction Is: is Bruce Sterling HCI’s new Heidegger?”
  • “Is empirical research necessary as long as the story is compelling? And how do we know how compelling a story is?”

The papers and research should be fictional, however we may contact successful authors for additional commentary after the notification period.

Please submit paper/workshop titles, with authors and keywords, in plain text, via email to before 23:59 (UTC) 8th April 2016. (See key deadlines to the right)

All submissions will go through a rigorous fictional review process.
As the proceedings are fictional they will not be archived, however we intend to publish the conference programme as part of the “Future Scenarios” track at NordiCHI 2016.

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