General Information

C&C 2021 Call for Participation

ACM Creativity & Cognition 2021 invites papers, pictorials, artworks, as well as posters, demonstrations, and graduate student symposium submissions investigating how interactive computing systems and socio-technical processes affect creativity. Of particular interest are contributions that relate to this year’s conference theme: Creativity, Craft, and Design.

The theme highlights how human and computational aspects of creativity can beneficially impact our communities and cultures, and how human experience impacts and is impacted by processes of creatively forming and solving problems, designing spaces, and building new possibilities.

We invite submissions that address any and all human senses, including visual, sonic, tangible, olfactory, and somaesthetic modalities. We invite new approaches to and forms of data, such as first-person and visual methods, and text analysis, as well as qualitative and quantitative data methodologies typically employed in human-computer interaction research.

Important Deadlines

Dates for Papers, Pictorials

  • For papers only: abstract & title submission due: February 1st, 2021
  • Full submissions due: February 8th, 2021
  • Notifications: April 9th, 2021
  • Camera-ready completion deadline: April 26th, 2021

Dates for Artworks

  • Abstract & title submission due:  February1st, 2021
  • Full submissions due: February 8th, 2021
  • Notifications: April 9th, 2021
  • Camera-ready completion deadline: April 26th, 2021

Dates for Posters, Technology Demonstrations, Graduate Symposium

  • Submissions Due: April 14th, 2021
  • Notifications: April 25th, 2021
  • Camera-Ready Deadline: May 9th, 2021


All papers, pictorials, artworks, posters and demonstrations accepted for publication to the C&C 2021 virtual conference will also be invited to present/exhibit at the C&C 2022 conference in Venice. Authors will be given the opportunity to update their presentations and artworks in 2022 to reflect new work, advances and lessons learned after the 2021 conference. Returning authors and exhibitors will also be offered a discount to attend the C&C 2022 conference.

Submission types

All paper lengths apply to the template required for each submission type. For all submissions apart from pictorials, this is the ACM SIGCHI submission template format. For pictorials, this is the InDesign template.

Research papers should communicate the results of research into various forms of creativity from creativity-support environments, and computing technologies to their interplay with innovative form and experiences of art, craft and design.

Pictorials should communicate a compelling narrative in which visual components (e.g. sketches, illustrations, renderings, diagrams, photographs, annotated photographs, collages) are foregrounded as key elements of the contribution.

Artwork submissions should describe an artwork, installation, composition, or performance to be presented at the online conference on June 23rd, 2021.

Posters should highlight early-stage research results that show promise for maturing into a future paper submission.

Demonstrations should present novel socio-technical systems, digital or online tools, and/or interactive environments that aim to enable, enhance, or otherwise benefit creative experiences. Ideally, the demonstration should elicit hands-on experiences for the conference attendees.

Graduate Student Symposium is open to students in a doctoral research program or a masters-level program in arts and design. Submissions should communicate current research/design progress and a planned direction of work relevant to the conference, and how the student will benefit from the guidance provided by peers and senior colleagues.

Submission Site

All submission types will use the Precision Conference (PCS) website below:

Anonymization Policy

All papers, notes, posters, and demonstration PDFs and videos must be submitted anonymously for review. Author and affiliation sections and credits must be left blank. Authors of accepted submissions will address this in preparation of “camera-ready” copy.

We use the ACM CHI Anonymization Policy of blind reviewing. We use a relaxed model that does not attempt to conceal all traces of identity from the body of the paper. Authors are expected to remove author and institutional identities from the title and header areas of the paper, as noted in the submission instructions (Note: changing the text colour of the author information is not sufficient). Also, please make sure that identifying information does not appear in the document’s metadata (e.g., the ‘Authors’ field in your word processor’s ‘Save As’ dialog box).

Authors must leave citations to their previous work non-anonymized so that reviewers can ensure that all previous research has been taken into account by the authors. Authors should cite their own work in the third person, e.g., avoid “As described in our previous work [10], … ” and use instead “As described by [10], …”

Attendance Policy

At least one author of an accepted submission (in any track above) is required to pay the appropriate registration fee and to attend the conference virtually to present the work.

More information

If you have further questions about the overall program or submission to C&C 2021, contact the Program Chairs: