UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 6th April: Rua Williams, This is an Intervention - Disability Justice and Human-Computer Interaction
Rua Williams, Purdue University
Location: On Zoom

Title

UCLIC Research Seminar 6th April: Rua Williams, This is an Intervention - Disability Justice and Human-Computer Interaction

Abstract

In this presentation, Dr. Rua Williams will give an overview of contemporary trends in Human-Computer Interaction and Algorithmic Decision-making Supports, focusing on the implications these trends have for Disabled people as technology users and as vulnerable members of society. They will then synthesize activist movements in disability justice, design justice, and sociotechnical critique to highlight how disabled people are currently contesting research norms in HCI. Finally, they will provide a guide to "counterventions" -- a research process by which HCI scholars can reconfigure their relationships with and their impact on disabled communities.

Relevant Publications
Cyborg Perspectives on Computing Research Reform https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3290607.3310421?casa_token=vdaBkdTqbmIAAAAA:JPe8SvM5Q2Hc2ZMJm_PEB9aMO7TWoHAbUzmo5-GfoUn1SVUJeWI4bDtg42DPNTXvSUVHobBZJipZ

Oh No, Not Another Trolley! On the Need for a Co-Liberative Consciousness in CS Pedagogy https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/9444345?casa_token=5dkXQNbBe9MAAAAA:T2HlO_aGAG2xcAZD6NKo23ZinHaMTSwrcMTnaXaq9gKKdGA-CfHgLzUrWV65N_XJIGPO-vSR

Biography

Rua M. Williams is an Assistant Professor in the User Experience Design program at Purdue University. They study interactions between technology design, computing research practices, and Disability Justice. Common approaches to technology and service design for marginalized people tend to naturalize existing inequities, exacerbating injustice even while they attempt to ameliorate it. Dr. Williams deploys Feminist and Anti-Racist approaches to Technoscience, Critical disability Studies, and Science & Technology Studies in the design and evaluation of technological systems to simultaneously illustrate injustice in technology as well as marginalized users' own practices of resistance through those same technologies.