“We are threads in the same tapestry, sovereign yet supported, and made stronger and brighter by each other.”

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Workshop organizers are transnational HCI researchers doing intersectional feminist work across cultural contexts on various ecological issues. As Ania Loomba and Ritty Lukose point out, “it is only in the vibrant interaction between such specificities and differences on the one hand, and shared desires and endeavors on the other, that feminist futures can be imagined” [1].

Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, PhD (she/her), is a feminist, interaction designer, and postdoctoral researcher at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway. She explores feminist and speculative design of digital technologies for health and wellbeing. Marie Louise has co-organized workshops at CHI and DIS on topics of women’s health, sexuality, futures, and more-than-human design and AI. Her recent practice engages with the materiality of the human body and its entanglement with socio-technical-environmental ecologies. www.mljuul.com
Gopinaath Kannabiran is an ecofeminist, design educator, HCI researcher, and sexual rights activist currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research interests include Design for Sexual Wellbeing and Ecofeminism inspired HCI for addressing ecological issues. He has previous experience organizing workshops at CHI and has served as a committee member for the Diversity and Inclusion Lunch at past CHI (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and TEI (2019) conferences. www.gopikann.wordpress.com
Simran Chopra is an ecofeminist, food equity activist, HCI researcher, interaction designer and PhD candidate in Computer and Information Sciences at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom. She is interested in ecofeminist futures and her research explores participatory speculative design as an approach to look at community-led bottom-up food systems in cities. Her prior work has focused on sustainability, critical design and discourse of technology use in everyday life through art, design and social action. https://northlab.uk/portfolio/simran-chopra/

Nadia Campo Woytuk is a PhD student in Interaction Design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work focuses on critical and intersectional feminist design of technologies for menstrual health and intimate care. She has led and contributed to projects involving new media art, textiles, software art, and postcolonial computing. She is currently interested in ecofeminist framings of the body and the social and environmental ecologies it entangles. www.nadiacw.com

Dilrukshi Gamage is a feminist, leading a national non for profit organization "Diversity Collective" that address gender gaps, diversity and inclusion in Tech and BPO sector in Sri Lanka. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. She has prior experience organizing CHI workshops, engaged with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in the context of HCI across borders, and also lead the SIGCHI Colombo chapter in Sri Lanka. http://dilrukshig.weebly.com/

Ebtisam Alabdulqader is an Assistant Professor in the Information Technology Department at King Saud University (KSU). She has a PhD in digital health interaction design from Newcastle University, UK, and she is the founder of the ArabHCI community. Her current research focuses on HCI aspects of social computing, interaction design, CSCW and community-driven research. Ebtisam is an active member of SIGCHI community along with diversity and inclusion meetings. She is also experienced in organising CHI workshops on topics of feminist HCI, CHI Inclusion, CHIveristy, Islamic HCI, and ArabHCI. https://ebtisamaq.com/

Heather McKinnon is a Lecturer in Interaction Design at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her research interests lie in the cross section of Sustainable IxD, More-than-Human design, and Design Futuring. She has a PhD in interaction design and urban informatics, which explored cultures of resource waste and frugality within everyday domestic life in urban and regional areas of Australia. Her design research has explored how cultural values of ecological consciousness and resource sufficiency - living well on less - are learned, experienced and passed on to others. https://research.qut.edu.au/designlab/team/heather-mckinnon/

Heike Winschiers-Theophilus is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). Her research concentrates on co-designing technologies with indigenous and marginalized communities as a means to provide alternative learning ecologies for communities and academics; foster socio-economic agency of marginalized; enrich established research paradigms with indigenous and marginal knowledges, and generate inclusive tech innovations. She is experienced in facilitating (on-line) workshops at international conferences, such as CHI, promoting pluriversality and transcultural co-design. https://www.poem-horizon.eu/people/heike-winschiers-theophilus/

Shaowen Bardzell is a Professor of Information Sciences and Technology in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. Her recent research foci include care ethics and feminist utopian perspectives on IT, research through design, women’s health, posthumanist approaches to sustainable design, computational agriculture and food justice, and cultural and creative industries in Asia. She has organized several workshops at CHI, DIS, CSCW, NordiCHI, Aarhus Conference, British HCI, PDC, EPIC, and ACE on feminism, gender, sexuality, and emancipatory politics. https://shaowenbardzell.com/

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1Reference:  Ania Loomba and Ritty A. Lukose. 2012. South Asian Feminisms: Contemporary Interventions. In South Asian Feminisms, Ania Loomba and Ritty A. Lukose (Eds.).Duke University Press. https://doi.org/10.1215/9780822394990