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: 22 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.

Emerging Practices: Design Research and Education Conf (Oct 2014, Shanghai China)

Dates: 13 October 2014
Location: College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Contact: Davide FASSI (emergingpractices@tongji.edu.cn)
Deadline for submission of proposals: 16 June 2014

Part of the Shanghai Design Week (October 10-17, 2014)

In this new era, design must, and is currently being, redefined. Social and economic changes impel designers to “think bigger.” For the design discipline, the expanding roles and tools of design make it more possible than ever to connect and to integrate multi-disciplinary knowledge within the social and economic context, and to tackle real world problems. Moreover, during the course of blurring the boundaries between professions and developing new approaches, design explores the new frontier by dealing with matters that center around goodness, happiness, and wellbeing of the entire human community. Design is immersed in values that were not even recognized a couple of decades ago, and the legitimization of design will now be measured more on how it can enable us to survive on this planet. Such emerging design practices and thoughts raise the bar for design knowledge, in terms of its breadth, depth, and complexity. The areas where they start to grow, especially the intersections between design professions, approaches, and values, merit a closer examination.

Based on the above observation, Tongji University’s College of Design and Innovation (Shanghai, China) hosted the first Design Research and Education Conference titled “Emerging Practices” in 2012. This conference, since its very beginning, is devoted to exploring the new practices, values, and approaches arising from, or influential to, design and design education. It is an arena in which these three concepts are explored by facilitating heated discussions respectively or in an integrative manner. We sincerely invite scholars, researchers, practitioners, educators, and design students, interested in the possibilities the wide spectrum of design offers, to participate and contribute their ideas. This conference has been developed into a regular unit of Tongji Design Week, during which a series of design research-and practice-based events are held in October every year.

We are pleased to announce here that the third Emerging Practices: Design Research and Education Conference will be held on October 13th, 2014. This conference will be organized as an interactive form, providing discussions that will be able to facilitate participants to further develop their original ideas and proposals. Full papers will be completed after the conference and will be compiled into the conference proceedings with an ISBN number.

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Volume 2 of the International Handbook of Internet Research (June 2014)

Contact: internet.research.handbook@gmail.com
Deadline for abstracts for chapters: 1 June 2014
Deadline for full chapters: 1 September 2015

Editors: Jeremy Hunsinger, Lisbeth Klastrup, and Matthew Allen

After the remarkable success of the first International Handbook of Internet Research (2010), Springer has contracted with its editors to produce a second volume. This new volume will be arranged in three sections, that address one of three different aspects of internet research: foundations, futures, and critiques. Each of these meta-themes will have its own section of the new handbook.

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TOURETTE_Journal#0: WideOpen Call for Calls (22 June 2014)

Call for Calls

Call for Calls

 

Website: tourette-journal.tumblr.com

Deadline: 22 June 2014

Eligibility: Anybody is eligible. Authors may have a non-architectural background, but the call must fuel innovative debate within contemporary architectural discourse. Group submissions are allowed.

TOURETTE_journal looks at architecture as a loose and ever-changing discipline, dealing with everything spatial directly and by way of digital culture, shifting institutional ground, political and sociological issues, representational modes, drones and gorillas. Tourette recognizes the power of architectural discourse in the shaping of the discipline and the profession, and wishes to provide an open platform for the proliferating of ideas, debate and disagreement on issues related to the project of architecture in contemporary culture.

CALL: WIDEOPEN: Call for Calls offers winning applicants the opportunity to curate one issue of the journal and contribute to the all-too-contemporary quest for relevancy within architectural discourse. At a time of collective and disciplinary crisis, in which architecture is looking outside of itself in order to redefine its boundaries, WIDEOPEN looks for intriguing questions rather than easy answers, challenging doubts rather than soothing certainties. WIDEOPEN challenges issues of authoriality within the discipline by soliciting a collective effort and foregrounding participation. The first issue of the journal, gathering the collection of accepted calls, will read as a crowd sourced manifesto of contemporary architecture. The whole structure of the journal will revolve around this first issue, expanding it and implementing its scope.

THEMES: Submitted call for papers will deal with one of the following macrothemes/tagwords, expanding it, stretching it and counterubbing it in any way possible. The tagwords are intended to cover some significant moments in the process of design, but are intentionally ambiguous so as to encourage the most diverse interpretations of them:

.Prophecy

.Actors

.Representation

.Matter

.Machine

.Fate

CALENDAR:

May 2014: Call for Calls

22nd June: Submission deadline

29th June: notification of acceptance

August 2014: Tourette#0: WideOpen issue release

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: For submission details refer to website: http://tourette-journal.tumblr.com/

EAD11: 11th Conf of the European Academy of Design: The value of design research (April 2015, Paris France)

Dates: 17-19 April 2015
Location: Paris Descartes University – Paris College of Arts
Website: http://www.europeanacademyofdesign.org 

Design today is increasingly being recognized as creating value – whether for cultural and collective intelligence, for embedding new technology into new behaviours, for fostering or acting as a force for change in societies and for companies confronted with complex problems. This value is based on design research within a large variety of settings and scientific backgrounds. The gestalt of the conference is “the whole is more than just the sum of its parts”. Taking this principle to heart, the conference will bring together all stakeholders in design research and design process innovation. University labs, design schools, and R&D departments from industries have been invited.

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