Prefigurative Politics and Passionate Witnessing

Williams, Rua M.; Boyd, Lou Anne E.
ASSETS 2019 - 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

SIGACCESS and SIGCHI are being shaped by new members as they integrate feminist theory, critical race theory, postcolonial studies, and critical disability studies into the field. What happens when we begin to hold each other accountable to the impact our work has on marginalized users and communities? How do we develop a community of collaborative personal growth and institutional transformation? In this experience report, the authors retell the tangled events that brought them together. Through the passionate witnessing of critical analysis and critique, what might have been a contentious adversarial relationship became a potent partnership devoted to pushing the field toward a transformative future. From our story, we present reflections for the “Prefigurative Politics” of socially conscious computing.