J Artistic Research special issue on Criticism (June 2014)

Website: http://www.jar-online.net
Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2014
Guest Editor: Mary Sherman

One of the most common terms bandied about in academic circles of late is ‘Artistic Research.’ It has become a regular feature in seminars, departments are being built around it, and exhibition texts are smattered with it. Yet, as the Journal for Artistic Research – a peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Artistic Research – reminds us, the term remains elusive. What JAR offers is not so much a definition of artistic research as examples of it. Recognising that text is only one of a number of possibilities to present research to a wider audience and taking advantage of online multimedia formats, the journal offers artists a space to unfold their research where they can use words and/or alternative modes of expressions, such as video, sound, and slide shows. The journal then provides a forum for peer-to-peer discussion.

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DESIGNA 2014: Intl Conf on Design Research (Nov 2014, Portugal)

Dates: 20-21 November 2014
Location: University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
Website: http://www.designa.ubi.pt/en/2014
Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2014

DESIRE is the chosen theme to DESIGNA’s 4th edition, returning to the University of Beira Interior November 20th and 21st, 2014.

 The call for papers starts today and will be open until May 31st. We welcome the submission of original communication proposals with a seminal propensity that are able to explore the connection between Design and Desire within one of the six thematic frames that structure the conference: Communication, Multimedia, Product, Fashion, Theory and Education.

In this first moment, we invite researchers and designers to submit an abstract with their intended communication proposal. After a double blind review process and the authors’ acceptance notification, we will ask for the submission of the full paper, regarding the publication of the proceedings. The submission procedures can be found in the conference’s website – www.designa.ubi.pt/en/2014 -, a platform available both in portuguese and in english, where you can check all the necessary information about the event and its calendar.

DESIGNA has been contributing, since 2011, to consolidate the research on Design both academically and socially, nationally and internationally. Therefore, we ask everyone who’s interested to spread the word about the conference’s call for papers and to join us at Covilhã next November.

Design for a Billion (Nov 2014, India)

Dates: 8-9 November 2014
Location: Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, India
Contact: design@iitgn.ac.in
Deadline for proposals: 1 August 2014

The Design and Innovation Center (DIC) will be hosting an international interdisciplinary conference titled Design For a Billion.
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Winter 2015 Issue of Museologies Les cahiers d’etudes superieures (May 2014)

Deadline for proposals: 14 May 2014
Contact: museologies2014@gmail.ca

This special issue will focus on the development of research exhibition as a creative process in contemporary art museums.
Guest Editor: Carmela Cucuzzella, Assistant Professor, Design and Computation Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University
Projected Publication Date: Winter 2015

We are accepting submissions in English or French.

This special issue of Museologies will explore ways that contemporary art museums are facing the challenges of exhibiting research as a result of a creative process. The challenges are many, since one of the many intents is to establish  a dialogue and inform viewers of the underlying reflection. Given this, what are the challenges for the exhibitor  (artists, researchers, curators)?

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The Art of Research V: Experience . Materiality. Articulation (Nov 2014, Helsinki Finland)

Dates: 26-27 November 2014
Location: Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
Website: http://designresearch.aalto.fi/events/aor2014/
Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2014

Over the past two decades, a continuous dialogue and fruitful convergence between art and design related practices and research has been explored in the academic institutions. Involved in the contemporary discourse of practice-led research, the Art of Research Conference 2014 brings out the interactive and dynamic relationship between experience, materiality and articulation. How are different fields and media shaping these in novel ways through various methods, tools, and skills? How do research and practices operate from these relationships? Through these questions the main aim of the event is to engage in a shared exploration of bold and visionary thinking across different entangling practices.

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Special Issue of Studies in Material Thinking: Documenting the realities of research through design practice (Aug 2014)

Website: http://www.materialthinking.org/calls
Deadline for full papers: 31 August 2014

A special issues volume in Studies in Material Thinking on the theme of Visual/Textual: documenting the realities of research through design practice.

Studies in Material Thinking (SMT) in collaboration with the organisers of the Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design conference (http://www.praxisandpoetics.org/researchthroughdesign/) is calling for submissions to a special volume of research articles to be published in February 2015. This special issue aims to open up the debate to a wider audience and enable deeper engagement with the issues and challenges associated with the communication of research through design.

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16th Intl PhD Summer School on Engineering Design Research (June/July 2014, Italy/Germany)

Dates: 15-21 June 2014, and 20-26 July 2014
Location: Verres, near Turin, Italy, and Heyda, near Ilmenau, Germany
Website: http://www.ssedr.org
Deadline for application: 31 March 2014

Full details available at http://www.tu-ilmenau.de/fileadmin/media/konstruktionstechnik/Summer_School/SSEDR2014_Invitation_final.pdf.

For impressions of the past summer schools, and details of the 2014 offering, visit the website: http://www.ssedr.org.

Bridging the Divide: Developing & Applying Design Methodologies for Cross-Cultural Collaboration (March 2014, London, UK)

Symposium & Workshop Call for Participants

Date: Saturday 15th March 2014
Time: 9.30 – 18.00
Location: Lecture Theatre, Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross, London
Website: http://ual.force.com/apex/EventFormPage?id=a0RD0000009biQhMAI&book=true

We would like to invite participants for a one-day research symposium and workshop on cross-cultural collaboration. Facilitated by an AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Award, it is centred around the exhibition The Craft of Ubuntu: An Exploration of Collaboration through Making, which is being shown in Cape Town and London as part of the World Design Capital 2014 official programme. 

The speakers include guests from WDC2014 Cape Town: Professor Mugendi M’Rithaa (Cape Peninsula University of Technology), Andile Dyalvane (South African ceramicist), Dr Katherine Ladd (University of Brighton), Simon Maidment (Kingston University), Dr Kirsten Scott (RCA), Sarah Rhodes (CSM) and John Ballyn (Independent Design Consultant). 

Whilst the morning presentations will be on cross-disciplinary practice in an African context, the focus on the day is on wider cross-cultural collaboration in design and craft research. The discourse will centre on:

  • The success, and importantly, failure of such partnerships;
  • The politics of working together;
  • Negotiating collaboration across disciplinary and cultural borders:
  • What might future collaborations look like?

Attendance is by RSVP only – If you would like to attend, please send an email to Sarah Rhodes: s.rhodes1@arts.ac.uk 


ICADRE14: Intl Conf on Advanced Design Research & Education (July 2014, Singapore)

Dates: 16-18 July 2014
Location: National University of Singapore
Website: http://www.icadre14.org/
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 15 April 2014

The objectives of ICADRE14 are to advance research in design, to share practices of design education, and to discuss how the output of design research can be adopted into design education. ICADRE14 is endorsed by the Design Society.  Papers are to be no more than 1500 words in length.  Please refer to the website for details.

ARPA Journal / Applied Research Practices in Architecture: Call for Abstracts

The ARPA Journal is an online, public forum for debates on applied research practices in architecture based at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). We scrutinize techniques of inquiry to examine their ethical stance and spark ideas for their potential transformation. If the term applied research conventionally describes a practice adulterated by practical concern or funding bias, the journal asks how research can embrace its entangled nature, and experiment with the very problem of autonomy in application.

The inaugural issue, Test Subjects, focuses on the contested nature of application in research. Abstracts accepted on a rotating basis until March 1, 2014. Selected contributions will be due April 1, 2014. Please visit http://arpa.gsapp.org/ie/index.php/journal/.


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