CFP: The Virtuous Circle – Design Culture and Experimentation (due Nov 10)

How do the new design practices produce culture? And, how can this culture offer common horizons to the multiplicity of practices that take place in design activities?

Cumulus Milan 2015 – The Virtouos Circle Conference. June 3-7, 2015, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Submission of full papers: November 10, 2014.

The conference aims to investigate how design comes out of the interaction between a practice (which seeks to change the state of things) and a culture (which makes sense of this change). The way this happens evolves with time: practices and cultures evolve and so do the ways they interact; the attention that is paid at different moments to one or other of these interacting polarities also evolves. In the current period of turbulent transformation of society and the economy, it is important to go back and reflect on the cultural dimension of design, its capacity to produce not only solutions but also meanings, and its relations with pragmatic aspects. […]

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Call for Submissions: Designing Commons – Commons for Design

This workshop at the Design Research Society’s 2014 conference aims to explore what professional designers and researchers, who operate in commons-like frameworks and aim to support collective action, could learn from the current Commons discourse and research.

The aim is to collaboratively develop a design research agenda to better understand the relationship between ““commoning practices”” and ““collaborative design practices””.

Date: June 15, 2014
Place: Umeå University, Sweden
Context: Design Research Conference 2014

Submissions are due April 15—read full call.

The workshop is organized by, among others, Erling Björgvinsson and Anna Seravalli, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, and Sanna Marttila, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University.

Papers: Design Practice Research Case Studies

This website has been created by the Design Practice Research Group at Loughborough Design School in response to the on-going debate about the nature and contribution of visually creative design practice to academic research. The aim of the DPR Case Studies is to provide examples of PhDs from around the world in which the researcher engaged in the practice of a visually creative design discipline to support data collection.


MORE – This open access resource provides an overview of PhDs that necessitated and/or facilitated the researcher to engage in practice to support data collection. In addition to aims, objectives and research questions, the overview includes insights into the rationale for the inclusion of practice; how this differed from commercial practice; and the experience of the researcher as a practitioner before commencing the PhD.

A key feature of the DPR Case Studies is the inclusion of images of the design process plus final outcomes. Design disciplines currently represented in the case studies are fashion, graphic, industrial, interior, silversmithing/jewellery, textile and transport.

Hat tip to Jonas Löwgren for spotting this!

CFP: Things to Remember – Materializing Memories in Art and Popular Culture (due Jan 20)

Memory matters. It matters because memory brings the past into the present, and opens it up to the future. But it also matters literally, because memory is mediated materially. Materiality is the stuff of memory. Meaningful objects that we love (or hate) function not only as aide-mémoire but as memory itself. The international conference Things to Remember: Materializing Memories aims to explore a sustained focus on the materiality in and of memory.

International Conference Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, June 5-6, 2014

Proposals due Jan 20, 2014.

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CFP: A Matter of Design – Making Society through Science and Technology

The 5th STS Italia Conference theme is design processes.

The 5 th STS Italia Conference will be held in Milan, Italy, June 12 through 14, 2014, by the Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies, in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano Doctoral School in Design.

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MORE – Design, on the one hand, is a process that gives rise both to artifacts and to their accompanying social networks, those that are brought about by the artifacts as well as those that make the artifacts possible. On the other hand, design processes cannot be explained as the result of independent, rational choices by isolated individuals, whether designers, producers or users. They are, rather, collective processes in which humans and nonhumans interact. When science and technology studies meet the latest design thinking, new scenarios and new perspectives arise for both these research communities. This occurs - as the many thematic sessions of the conference reveal - in studying communication tools, workplaces, robotics, innovation processes, smart fibers, medical products or even the human body. […]

CfP: Digital Archives and Open Archival Practices (due Feb 28)

This special issue of Convergence aims to bring together researchers, artists, professionals and practitioners from the field of digital archives and the archiving of practice with an emphasis upon Art, Design, Media, Film and Performing Arts disciplines. It specifically aims to explore the affordances of digital technologies upon archival practices.

Submissions due Feb 28, 2014. Special issue of Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.

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CfP: Democratization of Hacking & Making (due May 1)

Research on hacker culture has historically focused on a relatively narrow set of activities and practices related to open-source software, political protest, and criminality. Scholarship on making has generally been defined as hands-on work with a connection to craft. By contrast, “hacking” and “making” in the current day are increasingly inroads to a more diverse range of activities, industries, and groups. They may show a strong cultural allegiance or map new interpretations and trajectories.

Abstract submissions due May 1, 2014 (Special Issue of New Media & Society)

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CfP: Designing Things Together – Intersections of Co-Design and Actor-Network Theory

In this call, we aim to create an opportunity for exchange and reflection on the interesting intersections between ANT and co-design. We seek theoretical discussions as well as empirical case studies carried out using methodologies underpinning the ANT approach.  We seek reflections, connections and mutual influences; we seek new questions, a forward-looking attitude and constructive critical analysis.

Special Issue of CoDesign. Guest editors: Cristiano Storni, Dagny Stuedahl, Thomas Binder and Per Linde.

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Submission of intentions to contribute: March 17, 2014

Book: Media and the City – Cosmopolitanism and Difference

With the majority of the world’s population now living in cities, questions about the cultural and political trajectories of urban societies are increasingly urgent. This book explores the global city as the site where these questions become most prominent.

Author: Myria Georgiou, Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Published by: Polity

MORE – As a space of intense communication and difference, the global city forces us to think about the challenges of living in close proximity to each other. Do we really see, hear and understand our neighbours? This engaging book examines the contradictory realities of cosmopolitanization as these emerge in four interfaces: consumption, identity, community and action. Each interface is analysed through a set of juxtapositions to reveal the global city as a site of antagonisms, empathies and co-existing particularities.

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Academic papers: Communication and New Materialism

A recent issue of open-access journal “Communication +1” deals with the topic of New Materialism. They write:

"Given the recent emergence of new perspectives in critical theories, such as Object-Oriented Ontology, Speculative Realism, Alien Phenomenology, Flat Ontology, and associated research programs, this issue seeks to explore the implications of these perspectives for the study of communication and media. We use the term, New Materialism, broadly to include all the aforementioned as well as other related approaches in the hope to be as inclusive as possible and to encourage diverse voices and analytic angles that focus on the forms and processes of mediation across different fields. We are particularly interested in works that engage with the theoretical underpinnings of New Materialism to challenge the text-centered approaches in media and communication studies."

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