Intl Conf: Design Culture: object, discipline and practice (September 2014, Denmark)

Dates: 18-19 September 2014
Location: University of Southern Denmark, Kolding
Contact: Pernille Dahl Kragh, pdk@sdu.dk
Deadline for submission of proposals: 16:00, 17 March 2014

This conference provides an inaugural international forum for scholars and practitioners to examine design culture, as object, scholarly discipline and practice, in all its diversity and depth. It is expected that the conference will play a key role in defining the field and moving it forward.

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Special Issue of Design and Culture: short papers on Design Education and Social Innovation (April 2014)

Contacts: Scott Townsend (scott_townsend@ncsu.edu) and Brian Donnelly (brian.donnelly@sheridanc.on.ca)
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 April 2014

Design and Culture invites proposals for short ‘position papers’ on emerging issues in design education and social innovation for an upcoming feature section (Vol. 7 no. 2, July, 2015). We seek a total of six to eight papers of no more than 1500 words that develop a clear and concise thesis, outline a particular educational strategy, and make an argument for how this position responds to a particular cultural need and context. We would like to foster voices that can discuss and expose the underlying values in specific educational perspectives. We invite exploratory and contrasting positions.

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Special Issue of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture: Cute Studies (April 2014)

Website: http://cutestudies.tumblr.com
Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2014

Cuteness has a global reach: it is an affective response; an aesthetic category; a performative act of self-expression; and an immensely popular form of consumption. This themed issue of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture is intended to launch the new, interdisciplinary, transnational academic field of Cute Studies.

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Special Issue, New Media & Society: Democratization of Hacking & Making (May 2014)

Deadline for submission of proposals: 1 May 2014
Contacts: aschrock@usc.edu and jhunsinger@wlu.ca

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.

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xCoAx 2014: 2nd International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X (June 2014, Porto Portugal)

Dates: 26-27 June 2014
Location: Porto, Portugal
Website: http://xcoax.org/
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 19 January 2013
The development of computational tools and media has been radically transforming the landscape for the practice of the arts, of design and of numerous cultural manifestations. Recognizing this, xCoAx is designed as a multi-disciplinary enquiry on arts, computers, computation, communication and the elusive x factor that connects them all.xCoAx is a forum for the exchange of ideas and the discovery of new and valuable synergies. It is an event exploring the frontiers of digital arts with the participation of a diverse confluence of computer scientists, media practitioners and theoreticians, with a focus on the relations between what can and cannot be computed, what can and cannot be communicated, what is beautiful and how humans and computational systems intersect in the development of new directions in aesthetics.

Architecture and Culture v2 n1 (Mar 2014)

Theme: architecture and culture through the lens of disciplinary practice
Website: http://www.bloomsbury.com/journal/architectureandculture
Deadline for submissions: 14 June 2013

Editors: Igea Troiani and Suzanne Ewing

Vol. 2/Issue 01 is an open call for submissions that address Architecture and Culture through the broad lens of disciplinary practices. We welcome full-length submissions that explore historical, geographical, anthropological, sociological, filmic, acoustic, design or literary interpretations of what this might mean. Architecture and Culture publishes explorations that are rigorously speculative, purposively imaginative, visually and verbally stimulating. We welcome orthodox and unorthodox methods of representation and critical writing. Whether a comic strip, film, fiction story, drawing, design hypothesis or scholarly paper, in this CFP we seek submissions with a critical argument about disciplinary practices, architecture and culture.

Architecture and Culture is the international, peer-reviewed journal of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA). It investigates the relationship between architecture and the culture that shapes and is shaped by it. Whether culture is understood extensively, as shared experience of everyday life, Architecture and Culture asks how architecture participates in and engages with it – and how both culture and architecture might be reciprocally transformed.

The submission deadline is 14th June 2013, 5pm UK time. We seek full submissions, not abstracts, by this date. All papers should be submitted electronically via Editorial Manager at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/archcult/

Accepted articles will be published in March 2014.

For author instructions, please go to ‘Notes for Contributors’ at http://www.bloomsbury.com/journal/architectureandculture.

Special Issue of New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia: Cultures in Virtual Worlds (Nov 2011)

Guest-edited by Jeremy Hunsinger and Adrienne Massanari
Website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1361-4568linktype=44
Deadline for submissions: 11 Nov 2011

Virtual worlds (VW) embody cultures, their artefacts, and their praxes; these new and old spaces of imagination and transformation allow humans to interact in spatial dimensions. Within these spaces, culture manifests with the creation, representation, and circulation of meaningful experiences.  But virtual worlds are not novel in that regard, nor should we make the mistake to assume that they are novel in themselves.  Virtual experiences have been around in some respect for hundreds of years, and virtual worlds based in information technology have existed for at least 40 years.  The current generation of virtual worlds, with roots over four decades old in studies of virtual reality, computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), sociology, cultural studies, and related topics, provide for rich and occasionally immersive environments where people become enculturated within the world sometimes as richly as the rest of their everyday lives.

We seek research that encounters and investigates cultures in virtual worlds in its plurality and in its richness. To that end, we invite papers covering the breadth of the topic of cultures in and of virtual worlds.

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Technology, the Arts, and Industrial Culture (Jul 2012, Barcelona)

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: July 10 - 14, 2012
Deadline for submission: Jan 31, 2012
Website: http://www.icohtec.org/annual-meeting-cfp.html

The International Committee for the History of Technology’s 39th Symposium in Barcelona, Spain, 10 – 14 July 2012

The aim of the symposium is to examine technology in a multidisciplinary  framework. The key questions are how technological development has interacted with design, architecture, the arts as well as popular culture and whether we can regard industrial culture as a melting pot of various influences. Reflecting on the theme of the previous conference we hope also to explore the role of consumers in this dialogue.

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Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association’s (PCA/ACA) (Apr 2012, Boston)

Dates: 11-14 April 2012
Location: Spring Conference Boston
Website: http://www.pcaaca.org
Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 December 2011

Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design is seeking paper proposals for oral presentation at the annual conference.

Please join us in Boston April 11-14, 2012 for the National Conference. We will be staying at the fantastic Copley Place Marriott
in downtown Boston. The PCA/ACA is highly regarded in the academy with well over 5,000 academic oral presentations given internationally, two top-tier journals (The Journal of American Culture and Journal of Popular Culture), and over 3,000 members. This year’s Boston conference should be exciting with papers on an enormous array of subjects. The deadline for proposing papers will be December 15, 2011.
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