Design Culture for Aging Well: Designing for ‘Situated Elderliness’ (July 2013, Slovenia)

Dates: 1-3 July 2013
Location: Maribor, Slovenia
Deadline for submissions: 5 March 2013

Special Session (Special Track) on Design Culture for Ageing Well: Designing for ‘Situated Elderliness’ (paper presentations, keynotes from European senior organisations and a half-day design workshop), 1-3 July, Maribor, Slovenia at SouthCHI2013 (

The special session Design Culture for Ageing Well: Designing for ‘Situated Elderliness’ aims to open up interdisciplinary discussions between social scientists, seniors’ association members, healthcare practitioners, researchers and practitioners from human-computer interaction, ambient assisted living and related fields, and other interested persons. The special session aims to bring together people from diverse backgrounds.

Roles of “diversity”, “heterogeneity” and “abilities” will be core themes, based on an ability-based understanding of aging and situated elderliness. The organizers invite position papers that focus on topics related to “ageing well”, “ambient assisted living” or similar.

Topics of Interest

Community based practices in relation to ageing (senior associations, clubs)
Situated elderliness (practices of “feeling old”, “being old”)
Bottom up research on ageing
Defining heterogeneity in “ageing well”
Creative space of life-span changes
Case studies and examples of real-world seniors’ related technology design solutions
Design process and continuous involvement of senior participants
Life experiences as sources of innovations
Broader understanding of ethics, including design ethics, giving-back mechanisms, language and sustainability
Broader understanding of accessibility and exclusion (e.g: semantic access)

Important Dates

Full and Short Papers: ****05. March 2013****
Deadline for camera-ready paper is 30. April 2013
Special track will be held between 1-3 July 2013

Submissions and Format

We encourage two types of papers. People who are working with seniors on daily basis or senior individuals are encouraged to make contributions in form of a reflection paper, where they can describe their daily work and drive conclusions for Human Computer Interaction, design and related areas. The second type of papers can be from any relevant area to the given call topics above. Both everyday, research and practice insights are welcome.

Special session papers should be formatted according the LNCS format ( The [blinded] paper should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file through the ConfTool submission system ( . We encourage papers between 4 and 8 pages with given format. In addition, even pages should be submitted in the camera-ready version (4, 6, 8).

Peer Review and Publication

All position papers will be peer reviewed by an international review committee.  All accepted papers will be published in LNCS Book as a part of SouthCHI’13, indexed by Thompson Reuters Citation Index. Please see details for indexing and formats under: Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extensively expanded version of their papers to be considered for publication in special issues of international journals, indexed with Science Citation Index.

Full day international special session is a part of the SouthCHi’13 Conference and will take place in Maribor, Slovenia between 1-3 July 2013.

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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