The Association for Research in Digital Interactive Narrative (ARDIN) is committed to supporting diversity and inclusivity within the annual International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS), and more broadly in the field of interactive digital narrative studies and beyond. In consequence, ICIDS 2018 has adopted the following safer space policy in the ongoing effort to improve the diversity and inclusivity of the conference.
ICIDS 2018 aims to be a gender inclusive space. As such, we encourage all attendees not to presume folk's chosen pronouns, or that they use pronouns. We encourage all attendees - even those who do not worry about being misgendered - to add their preferred pronouns to their name-badge.
ICIDS 2018 is also adopting DiGRA Australia's successful policy on social media usage. Panel chairs will identify each individual speaker's preference regarding how they want the audience to share information about their talk, if at all (this includes the use of photos, directly tagging presenters in tweets, etc.). These preferences will be shared with the audience at the start of each panel session. Any violations of a presenter's wishes must immediately be deleted when brought to the offenders attention. Attendees are also required not to use potentially harmful hashtags and terms on official event hashtags.
The ICIDS 2018 venue, Trinity College, is committed to the principle of universal access and will actively work towards providing reasonable access to all of its services, information, and facilities. Information on physical accessibility can be found here: https://www.tcd.ie/disability/physical-access/
A safer space policy aims to foster an environment of respect which makes ALL participants, particularly those who are typically marginalized or excluded, feel welcome. Differing opinions and perspectives are crucial to effective discussion, but all attendees ultimately take responsibility for their own speech and behaviour - in person, and on social media - throughout the entire conference and associated social gatherings.
Attendees are encouraged to:
Examples of unacceptable behaviour in person and online includes, but is not limited to:
We recognise that the above list is not all-encompassing, and it is thus crucial that all ICIDS participants should be considerate, mindful and respectful of other participant's safety, and refer any concerns to the conference committee.
Participants asked to stop any harassing or harmful behaviour are expected to comply immediately or they will be required to leave the space.
In the case of repeated offending behaviour, ICIDS 2018 organizers will take any action deemed appropriate to resolve the situation and make the space welcoming. Examples of such action include: verbal warnings, written warnings, temporary or permanent barring from ARDIN events and online spaces.
If you feel that someone is making you or the space feel uncomfortable, if you see that someone else is being made to feel unsafe, or if you have any other concerns, please contact the organizers. You may do this in person (staff will be identified at the opening sessions) or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our representatives will be happy to assist you with action, the provision of security or appropriate next steps.
This safer space policy is not intended to limit open discussion of the merits of particular work or issues presented at ARDIN events. It applies only to behaviour at ARDIN events and activities. ARDIN and the ICIDS 2018 organizers assume no liability or responsibility for the actions of any member or other activity participant. ARDIN and the ICIDS 2018 organizers are not responsible for protecting the safety of members or participants at ICIDS 2018. Any individual who feels his/her safety is at risk due to harassment or for any other reason is encouraged to take appropriate steps to ensure personal safety.
Note that much of this text, and the overall spirit and intent of the policy, is adapted from the DiGRA 2018 inclusivity policy: http://digra2018.com/inclusivity/ Inspiration was also taken from the ACM policy against harassment: https://www.acm.org/special-interest-groups/volunteer-resources/officers-manual/policy-against-discrimination-and-harassment.