DOREEN: A Game of Provocations Creating New Ambitions for Equity in Computing through Intertextual Design

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We introduce DOREEN, a norm-critical story-telling game of provocations that displays women's invisible experiences in computing to challenge barriers to inclusion. Following the principles of intertextual design, we collected empirical narratives from the past experiences of everyday women in computing and embedded these within the mechanics of role-playing storytelling games. With DOREEN we propose a playful way of exploring how gender roles, assumptions about computing, and social dynamics shape the experience of students – to reflect on the past with the aim of changing the future. DOREEN makes intertextual referencing to The Unbeatable SQUIRREL Girl aka Doreen Green, a computer science college student and a Marvel superhero who finds unorthodox ways (using wit and humor) to overcome barriers. DOREEN is a game to enjoy while engaging in critical reflection on belonging and well-being within computing. DOREEN is centered around an octahedron die and an adventure sheet inspired by tabletop role-playing gaming, emphasizing story-telling as a strategy for challenging norms and creating alternative narratives. The die design invites the players to reflect on how the probability of encountering limiting narratives and structural barriers can be higher or lower for different social groups. Finally, DOREEN is designed as the embodiment of all the people whose experiences, agency, and perspectives should be included in the journey of broadening participation in computing.
TitelProceedings of the 12th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Elektronisk) 978-1-4503-9699-8
StatusUdgivet - 2022
Begivenhed12th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Participative Computing for Sustainable Futures, NordiCHI 2022 - Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 8 okt. 202212 okt. 2022


Konference12th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Participative Computing for Sustainable Futures, NordiCHI 2022
SponsorDepartment of Computer Science, Aarhus University, DIREC, IT-vest, Stibo Fond

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