Panel: The beauty of the paradigms encounter

C.C.M. Hummels, B. Ullmer

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This plenary dialogue addresses a seemingly (perhaps unintentionally) infrequently discussed topic: how to reconcile the disparate conceptual paradigms and core values that make up TEI? The TEI community, with the TEI conference series as a primary communication platform, was originally founded to bring together different viewpoints so that we can share different perspectives and foster emergence of common understandings. This being said, actively sharing, contrasting and connecting perspectives is easier said than done, especially once a new field starts to mature. Where does today’s TEI stand in the clash, enrichment and cross-fertilization of paradigms? Are some approaches implicitly dominating the field? Are we truly aware of the large variety of perspectives and approaches? Looking at work presented at TEI since its inception, its hybrid nature stands out. But over the years, especially looking at how work gets conceptualized, we question if there are enough discussions on diversity and attempts to reflect, criticize, and engage actively across different paradigms. In this panel discussion, we will address commonalities as well as fundamental differences that exist between disciplines and paradigms, exploring how all of these frames may affect, tint and flavor TEI-related work. We strongly believe that a multiplicity of perspectives is highly desirable. Toward this, the panel will consist of four "(rising) star" TEI members drawing from different traditions, such a psychology, design, engineering and art. Next to this live panel, we will have a shadow panel of "luminaries" from the TEI community, who will be interviewed before the session and their opinions and insights will be included in the panel discussion. Together, with support from the audience, we will construct concept maps of TEI during the panel session. This panel itself is an experiment with ways to bring forward your own as well as to adopt other perspectives, in order to shed light on the richness and values of TEI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI'13), 10-13 February 2013, Barcelona, Spain
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2013) - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 Feb 201313 Feb 2013
Conference number: 7


Conference7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2013)
Abbreviated titleTEI 2013
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