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!
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.
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.
See CFPs for all 24 tracks: http://www.stsitalia.org/conferences/STSITALIA_2014/AMD_CfA_ENG.pdf
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. […]
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.
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)
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.
Submission of intentions to contribute: March 17, 2014
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.
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."
View full issue: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/cpo/vol2/iss1/
Normative democratic theory does not lie securely above societal argumentation but is instead a crucial part of it. We need to know not just how the public should reason, but how it actually does reason, or could reason in better foreseeable circumstances. After all, given the general societal and cosmopolitan challenges that we face, the health and the necessary extension of democracy fundamentally depends on the reasoning capacities of the public. The concept of the public sphere is intrinsic to understanding this process, but it has long been limited by its division into the twin approaches of normative argumentation in democratic theory and empirical-theoretical application in the social sciences. This book aims to go beyond this entrenched divide to show how democratic theory can become empirically applicable and the social sciences normatively relevant.
Author: Patrick O’Mahony, Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Sociology and Philosophy at University College Cork, Ireland.
Published by: Peter Lang
This book seeks to understand the problematic encounter we have with experiences of suffering, the ‘aversive affects’ that trouble but also enliven, or intensify, media forms and communication processes. McCosker argues that as participants in global media and communication environments, our inherent vulnerability to the intensities and aversive affects of pain, while highly unpredictable, stands as both a requisite and catalyst for individual and collective thought and action in many key spheres of social life.
Author: Anthony McCosker lecturer in Media and Communications, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
Published by: Palgrave Macmillan
More: There is something unsettling, but also powerful, in the encounter with individual and collective experiences of human suffering. Intensive Media explores the discomfort and fascination initiated by instances of pain and suffering, their ‘aversive affects’, as they trouble but also vitalise contemporary media environments. In the contexts of crisis, conflict and suffering explored throughout this book, aversive affect operates micropolitically to make explicit or hide the material conditions that surround instances of pain in all its specificity. In so many scenarios, personal, social and political stakes are set around the thresholds of intensity that give rise to encounters with the ‘sense’ of pain and the unpredictable valences of its aversive affects. McCosker’s case studies develop outwards from the middle of what has been referred to as ‘the problem of pain’, a problem that traverses media, communication, art, sociality and politics in their confrontation with affect, biology and neurophysiology.