PLATE Workshop: Cultures of Mending (June 2015, Nottingham UK)

Dates: 17-19 June 2015
Location: Nottingham UK
Contact: mendrs.symposium@gmail.com
Deadline for position statements: 17 December 2014

The focus of this collaborative workshop is the production of mending cultures by individual and collective human and non-human agencies; in other words, shared practices oriented around prolonging the usable lives of material things, recognising the durability of both the object and the value(s) and meaning(s) associated with it. In conjunction with practitioners, activists, and thinkers from diverse disciplinary background we seek to explore the practices and knowledges at the heart of mending culture(s); the meanings created and drawn upon; how such a culture is – or could be – produced; and the most significant barriers to its long-term sustainability.

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Inflection Vol 2: Projection (Dec 2014)

Website: http://inflectionjournal.com/cfp2015.html
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 December 2014

Inflection, the Melbourne School of Design’s student-run journal of architecture and the built environment, invites submissions to its second annual edition, Projection.

If an inflection point is a moment of transition, a projection is something more dynamic. Rather than a fixed point, a projection is intrinsically vectorial – it suggests bold movement and action, but always indexed to a point of origin. In architecture and the built environment, ‘projection’ has a multitude of meanings that extend through the realms of spatiality, theory and technology. In interrogating projection we might begin by identifying three distinct modes, each associated with a different direction: upward, outward and forward.

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Making Autonomy: Design, Material and Visual culture in Latin America (April 2015, Aberdeen Scotland)

Dates: 17-18 April 2015
Location: University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Website: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/slas-2015
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 28 November 2014

Organised by Dr. Livia Rezende (V&A/RCA History of Design Programme, Royal College of Art, London, UK) & Dr. Patricia Lara-Betancourt (Research Fellow, Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston University, UK)

Panel to be held at the 51st Society for Latin American Studies Conference.

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anti-po-des call for abstracts, issue 3, 2015 (Nov 2014)

Website: http://www.anti-po-des-designjournal.org.nz
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10 Nov 2014

structures : the conceptual, physical and ideological structures by which design efforts, actions, processes, objects and discourses impact on society; and vice versa.

anti-po-des invites abstracts for papers that explore or engage with the concept of structure at the intersection of design and society. Whether from the perspective of design in society, or from the social within design(ing), it is the structures that mediate and are mediated by this relationship that we invite researchers, practitioners, sociologists and others to focus on for issue 3.

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xCoAx 2015: 3rd International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X (June 2015, Glasgow)

Dates: 25-26 June 2015
Location: Glasgow, UK
Website: http://xcoax.org/
Deadline for submissions: 18 January 2015

Computational tools and media, from traditional computers and software to the latest wearable artifacts, sensors, haptic interfaces and more, have dramatically transformed the landscape of arts, design, and several other cultural forms.

xCoAx is an exploration of this environment in the form of a multi-disciplinary enquiry on aesthetics, computation, communication and the elusive x factor that connects them all.

xCoAx is meant as a hub for the exchange of ideas and the discovery of interdisciplinary and international synergies, with the participation of a diverse confluence of computer scientists, media practitioners and theoreticians working on the frontiers of digital arts and culture.

Our focus has always been on critical and stimulating intersections: between the computable and the uncomputable, the communicable and the incommunicable, the chaos of creativity and the rules of algorithms, the human and the machine, in a constant search for new directions in aesthetics.

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Special Issue of Architecture and Culture: Architecture and the Spaces of Information (Feb 2015)

Website: http://www.ahra-architecture.org/architectureandculture/issue/architecture_the_spaces_of_information/
Deadline for submissions: 17h00 GMT Monday 16th February 2015

Call for submissions: Architecture and Culture, vol. 4, no. 1: Architecture & the Spaces of Information
Ruth Blacksell and Stephen Walker, Editors.

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20th Intl Conf on Engineering Design: Design for Life (July 2015, Milan Italy)

Dates: 27-30 July 2015
Location: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Website: http://www.iced15.org
Deadline for submissions: 7 December 2014

We are pleased to invite you to prepare and submit papers to the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 15!

The ICED15 conference will be held in Milan, at the same time as EXPO 2015, making this a truly unique occasion for participants to attend both events. The EXPO 2015 theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” inspired the ICED 15 motto to be “Design for Life”, which points to the role and responsibility that designers have in improving human existence.

“Design for a healthy life”, “Design for a sustainable life” and “Design for a contented life” are three fields in which design can have a particularly strong impact and have therefore been selected as themes for the ICED 15 conference.

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Focus Section of Interaction Design and Architecture(s): Designing Self-Care for Everyday Life (Nov 2014)

Website: http://www.mifav.uniroma2.it/idea2010/login.php
Deadline for submissions: 21 November 2014

To be published at the Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A) (ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)

Self-managing a chronic condition is a challenging activity. It requires patients and caregivers to deal with symptoms and the possible resulting disability, to manage emotions, and mediate their relationship with health professionals. Self-care technologies have tried to help in these tasks in multiple ways, including watching the evolution of symptoms, performing health measurements, or connecting with others that have the same condition. Nevertheless, self-care technologies often fail to integrate themselves into people’s everyday life.

Designing self-care technology for everyday life requires an in-depth understanding of the self-care strategies people use, the contexts in which they live, and tools they have at their disposal. Acquiring this understanding requires new approaches to the design of self-care technologies.

The aim of this focus section is to invite researchers to explore the challenges, opportunities, lessons learned, and theoretical insights of self-care technologies to broaden the scope of IxD&A and HCI research in self-care. This body of work is likely to inform the new generation of more holistic self-care technologies that takes into account people’s everyday life and experiences.

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DeSForM2015: Aesthetics of Interaction | Dynamic, Multisensory, Wise (Oct 2015, Milan Italy)

Dates: 13-17 October 2015
Location: Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Website: http://www.desform2015.polimi.it
Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2015

The works traditionally presented at DeSForM investigate the evolving nature of design artifacts and how new forms or objects’ aesthetics convey meaning. We aim to discuss the potential, the limits, and the constraints of designing intriguing experiences with technology-affected artifacts (be they tangible, virtual or intangible). We will also explore the balance of aesthetics, ethics, meaning, and emotion in design.

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Special Issue of Intl Review of Social Research: Culture, Market and Society – Between marketization of culture and culturalization of market (Dec 2014)

Website: http://www.irsr.eu
Deadline for submission: 1 December 2014

This special issue will be published as Volume 5, Issue 1, February 2015.

Guest editors: Philippe Chantepie (Ecole Polytechnique-Telecom Paris-Tech / Orange), Anda Becu=00 (National Institute for Research and Cultural Training), Dan Eugen Raiu (Babe-Bolyai University)

In the last decades of the 20th century the academic research has become aware of and interested in the changes brought by the industrialization and democratization of culture. Whatever the concepts used to define these changes – “information society”, “new economy”, “creative economy”, “knowledge-based economy”, or “network society”, they reflect the interest in the relation between culture, society and economy. Mass society corresponds to a high scale of production, distribution and consumption of cultural artifacts and services. In this context, the art for the sake of art becomes questionable and this has transformed the cultural field and the artists as well. A new definition of culture, more extensive and inclusive, was needed to express different values and practices. Authors like Pierre Bourdieu or Richard Florida opened the debate, by bringing into the attention of academic world social and cultural practices ignored before and they launched a new approach in their research field.

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