2021 Call for participation

ACM Creativity & Cognition 2021 invites papers, pictorials, artworks, workshops and tutorials, 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.

Note: The current COVID-19 pandemic might raise questions for authors interested in submitting their work to C&C 2021. The event is expected to take place face-to-face, and/or through virtual participation if needed. The conference chairs are in ongoing discussions with ACM and SigCHI to explore contingency plans in the event that C&C 2021 is cancelled or held with restrictions. If no such restrictions occur, we require as usual, that at least one author of an accepted submission will register and attend the conference to present.

Important Deadlines

All deadlines are specified as Anywhere on Earth time (11:59 PM UTC)

Dates for Papers, Pictorials, Artworks

  • For paper only: Abstract & Title Submission Due: February 1st, 2021
  • Full Submissions Due: February 8th, 2021
  • Notifications: April 9th, 2021
  • Camera-Ready Deadline: April 26th, 2021

Dates for Posters, Technology Demonstrations, Graduate Symposium

  • Submissions Due: April 12th, 2021
  • Notifications: May 3rd, 2021
  • Camera-Ready Deadline: May 17th, 2021

Dates for Workshops and Tutorials

  • Submission Due: March 1st, 2021
  • Notifications: March 15th, 2021
  • Camera-Ready Deadline: March 29th, 2021
  • Workshops and Tutorials Day: June 21st, 2021

Dates for Workshop Submissions

  • To be confirmed by each of the accepted workshops.

Submission types

Papers should focus on some aspect of creativity in individual, collaborative, and/or social contexts. We encourage submissions that address the effects of design and/or technology on the human creative experience. In all cases, we seek submissions that attempt to validate key contributions and feature data about how technology affects human creativity. Papers can be full: 8-12 pages, or short: 4-6 pages, with additional pages allowed for citations.

Pictorials (submissions up to 12 pages) 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.

Artworks submissions should describe an artwork, installation, composition, or performance to be presented at Art Exhibition on June 23rd.

Workshops (submissions up to 4 pages) should bring together researchers, across disciplines, to debate, disseminate, and advance the theory and practice of topics relevant to the conference. Workshops should further the formation of community. Specifying actionable outcomes would be beneficial.

Workshop Submissions: Sibmission requirements and types are to be confirmed by each of the accepted workshops.

Tutorials (submissions up to 4 pages) should bring together researchers, across disciplines, to debate, disseminate, and advance the theory and practice of topics relevant to the conference. Workshops should further the formation of community. Specifying actionable outcomes would be beneficial.

Posters (submissions up to 6 pages) should highlight early-stage research results that show promise for maturing into a future paper submission.

Demonstrations (submissions up to 4 pages) 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 (submissions 4-6 pages) 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 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 color 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 <Author Name> [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 in-person to present the work.

More information

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