Special Issue of Constructivist Foundations: Composing Conferences: Exploring Alternatives to the Traditional Conference Format (Nov 2014)

Website: http://www.univie.ac.at/constructivism/journal/special/composing/
Deadline for expressions of interest: 17 November 2014

The goal for this special issue of is to explore constructivist alternatives to the conventional paper presentation format of academic conferences. How can a conference be organised so that it can be an active place of questioning and exchange where new research questions can be composed and addressed? How can exploratory conversations be central rather than peripheral to the programme? In what ways do constructivist approaches to fields such as education or science also suggest possible rethinkings of academic practices more generally?

Please find the more information here: http://www.univie.ac.at/constructivism/journal/special/composing/

Expressions of interest due: Monday 17 November 2014
Submission deadline for full paper submissions: Friday 6 March 2015

Please send texts or enquiries to composing@constructivistfoundations.info.

PAD #12 CALL deadline postponed on September 29, 2014

www.padjournal.net

PAD (Pages on Arts and Design) is an international, open access, and peer-reviewed e-journal published twice a year. PAD publishes original and qualified intellectual production in all area of design and arts research. It provides an international and interactive forum for the exchange of ideas, debate and criticism. PAD findings from researchers and professionals across different countries and cultures of the Mediterranean areas and encourages research on the impact of cultural factors on design theory and practice.
The publication of each issue will coincide with the publication of the call for papers for the following monographic issue on Call page.
The journal is identified by an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN 1972-7887) and each its article carries an Article Number (AN). All the articles are freely available online upon publication. They are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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IASDR INTERPLAY 2015 (Nov 2015, Brisbane Australia)

Dates: 2-5 November 2015
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Website: http://www.iasdr2015.com
Deadline for submissions: 6 April 2015

IASDR 2015 invites papers, posters, workshops, exhibitions and doctoral colloquium submissions from any area of design research that explores the interplay between design research, science, technology and the arts. All submissions will be double blind reviewed. Submissions must be in English and submitted through the online submission system. All submissions should comply with IASDR 2015 guidelines. IASDR 2015 will explore the interaction of design research with science, technology and the arts. This continual INTERPLAY provides opportunities to explore interaction between cross-disciplinary knowledge and various design research approaches. IASDR 2015 aims to establish trans-disciplinary research platforms across diverse domains to foster new research and education opportunities and stimulate innovation. Call for Papers: We invite papers which offer original research and application across all domains of design: architecture, planning, industrial design, engineering design, software, interaction design, fashion or media design. The papers should demonstrate collaborative research and application with science or technology or the arts. Papers should be 3000 – 5000 words excluding abstracts and references and comply with IASDR 2015 guidelines.
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INSIGHT 2015 Design Research Symposium (Jan 2015, Bangalore India)

Dates: 23-24 January 2015
Location: National Institute of Design, R&D Campus, Bangalore, India
Website: http://nid.edu/insight2015
Deadline for submission of abstracts: UPDATED 30 September 2014

INSIGHT 2015, a Design Research Symposium sets the stage for dialogues, conversations and discourses amongst design academic and professional practitioners and evangelists on the form and space of design research. The symposium will constitute sharing of knowledge and perceptions on design research culture, methodology, framework, practice, collaboration and its dissemination. INSIGHT 2015 calls for Abstracts from Design academic and professional practitioners from Institutions and Industry.

See the website for further details.

Drawing Research Network Postgraduate Event (Oct 2014, Coventry UK)

Date: 23 October 2014
Location: Coventry University, UK
Contact: Deborah Harty d.j.harty@lboro.ac.uk
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 August 2014

The Directors of DRN & TRACEY in collaboration with Coventry University are pleased to announce a Drawing Research Network Postgraduate Event. The event will take place at Coventry University on Thursday 23rd October 2014.

The event aims to provide a space for discussion, dissemination and the exchange of knowledge of research methodologies developed by those either undertaking or recently completed PhD research, where drawing forms a part of the practitioner-research. The organisers would like to invite those engaged in drawing research in this context to submit a proposal for a 20 minute presentation that introduces and analyses the key points of their developed methodology.

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Call for papers: Message – Edition 2

Mes­sage
Typography, Lettering and Text as Image (edition 2)
Where are the boundaries of communication and meaning?
Website: http://messageresearch.net

Call for academic submissions
Scholarly submissions are invited for consideration in the full colour, large format, and international journal, Message.

Deadline for submission of abstracts (300-500 words): 8 September 2014
Notification of abstract acceptances: 15 September 2014
Full paper/report (4000-6000 words): 5 January 2015

Email to: v.squire@plymouth.ac.uk

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Design Anthropology in Participatory Design: From Ethnography to Anthropological Critique (Oct 2014, Namibia)

Date: 6 October 2014
Location: PDC2014, Windhoek, Namibia
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/pdcdesignanthro/home
Deadline for submission of position papers: UPDATED 28 July 2014

Workshop at PDC2014.

In this workshop we explore the opportunities of ethnography and design anthropology in Participatory Design (PD) as an approach to design in an increasingly global and digital world. Traditionally, ethnography has been used in PD to research real-life contexts and challenges, and as ways to involve people in defining user-needs and design opportunities. As the boundaries between physical, digital and hybrid spaces and experiences become increasingly blurred, so do conventional distinctions between research and design. The workshop invites participants in the field to explore opportunities of using design anthropology as a holistic and critical approach to societal challenges, and a way for anthropologists and designers to engage in design that extends beyond the empirical.

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Intl Seminar on Planning for Sustainable Urban Form

Dates: 12-14 November 2014
Location: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Contact: Abdellah.abarkan@bth.se
Deadline for submission of abstracts & registration: 15 September 2014

On November 2013, The Swedish School of Planning organized an International Seminar on the theme of “Planning for Sustainable Urban Form”. The seminar gathered about 30 participants, from different countries, representing a broad disciplinary field, ranging from planning to architecture. The meeting was successful in providing a forum to debate on sustainability with focus on planning and urban form, and an opportunity for PhD-students to meet with senior researchers and internationally recognized scholars. In an attempt to support the continuity of this meeting, the Swedish School of Planning is organizing the Second International Seminar on November 12th to 14th, 2014.

We invite scholars to submit abstracts on the following broad subjects:
1. Planning processes in changing governance networks
2. Urban form, agency and sustainable development

The deadline for submitting abstracts and registering is September 15th, 2014. Abstracts should be sent to Abdellah.abarkan@bth.se. Accepted abstracts will be notified by September 30th.

For details, see BTH Call for abstracts final 2014.

Design Ecologies: Challenging anthropocentrism in the design of sustainable futures (June 2015, Stockholm)

Dates: 7-10 June 2015
Location: Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. Stockholm, Sweden
Website: http://nordes.org/nordes2015
Deadline for submissions: 7 January 2015

Design hinges a natural-artificial continuum through humans’ natural capacity to produce what we call ‘the artificial’. At a time when human activity is threatening biodiversity and causing severe climate change, it becomes obvious that natural and artificial systems can no longer be conceived in isolation but only in relation to each other – or indeed as one.

The coupling of natural and artificial systems poses challenges due to its complexity and partly reveals the anthropocentrism that has traditionally characterised design. Several questions arise in this context. How can design practices embrace pluralism by recognising, in the manifestation of design itself, biological as well as cultural diversity? In other words, how do we in design, and beyond, move from the kind of ego-system we seem to be so trapped in towards the kind of eco-system everyone and everything can gain from? How are designers, educators and researchers of design currently engaging with these challenges, and how might or should they engage with them in the near future? Designers in Scandinavia have shaped and influenced many local human societies to an important extent through a legacy of democratic and user-centred values. How can these be extended to acknowledge and celebrate humans’ cohabitation on a global scale to also include the myriad of all other existing species and systems at alternative scales in time and space? How can the various design practices be genuinely sensitive to ecological complexity? And how can they be understood, designed and studied in relation to each other – or indeed as a whole?

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Doctoral Workshops 2014: Becoming a Researcher (June 2014, UK)

Dates: 25-26 June 2014
Location: Alan Berry Building, Coventry University UK
Website: http://dartplus.org/events/future-courses
Deadline: ASAP

Reasoning, writing and presentation skills workshop

This two day workshop builds upon basic university training (for example generic study skills modules) through participatory sessions that encourage better understanding of the nature of research and how it may be communicated to others. The outcomes that you may expect include: how to refine research questions; how to form a logical argument; criteria for writing and presentation; and an understanding of the infrastructure that supports academic research. It is conducted within a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

On completion of this workshop, there may be an opportunity to also attend the later ‘training conference’ for research students, to be held 10 September 2014, when many of the lessons learned may be put into practice in a simulated conference environment.

See the website for more information.

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