Welcome to DesignCalls

Welcome to DesignCalls, a blog for posting announcements of calls for papers for design-oriented journals and conferences.  I’m still not sure how this blog’s functionality will evolve over time.  Hopefully, its layout and design will improve in response to how it’s used.

Unfrozen – 1st SDN Design Research Winter Summit (Jan 2016, Switzerland)

Dates: 28-31 January 2016
Location: Swiss Alps, details TBA
Website: http://www.swissdesignnetwork.ch/
Deadline for submission of abstracts & workshop proposals: 20 April 2015

Unfrozen – First SDN Design Research Winter Summit January 28-31 2016

After three years in hibernation, the Swiss Design Network invites you to Unfrozen, the 9th SDN Symposium and the 1st SDN Design Research Winter Summit – January, 28-31 2016. Whether you are uncovering gems from the glaciers of design history, exploring the melting snowcaps of design’s changing climate, or riding the fresh powder of emerging trends, we welcome submissions exploring this metaphor. You are free to submit your work for the platform of your choice : as a classical lecture, a workshop, a fireside talk, or to suggest an alternative form.

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Spaces & Flows: 6th Intl Conf on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies (Oct 2015, Chicago USA)

Dates: 15-16 October 2015
Location: University Center Chicago, Chicago, USA
Website: http://spacesandflows.com/the-conference/call-for-papers
Deadline for submission of proposals: 16 April 2015 (there will be further rounds)

Theme: Decline Belt Cities and Places: Prospects, Problems, Possibilities

This conference aims to critically engage the contemporary and ongoing spatial, social, ideological, and political transformations in a transnational, global, and neoliberal world. In a process-oriented world of flows and movement, we posit, the global north and global south now simultaneously converge and diverge in a dialectic that shapes and transforms cities, suburbs, and rural areas. This conference addresses the mapping of, the nature of, and the forces that propel these processural changes.

See the website for further details.

Haptic Narratives | Textural exploration in film (London, UK)

Dates: 14th, 21st and 28th May 2015 (over 3 weeks on Thursday evenings)
Location: University of Greenwich, UK
Website: http://timadi.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/haptic_narratives_call.pdf
Deadline for submission of abstracts/descriptions: 17 April 2015

‘In haptic seeing, all our self rushes up to the surface to interact with another surface…’ L. U. Marks, Haptic Visuality: Touching with the Eyes

Call for Participation
films / short papers / view & talk sessions
This series of events will focus on exploring and engaging with haptic sensations through tactile cues on film and the environments associated with moving images. What the eye sees in a frame can encourage the viewer to feel sensations on the skin through filmic texture, contour, angle, lighting, saturation, sound, vibrations etc. In some cases, an image can urge the viewer to touch a surface through their mind’s eye or allow an embodied reaction to characters or actions seen on screen.

We are interested in submissions around the areas of:

  • sensations that can be felt on/via skin, other body parts and mind as part of filmic experiences.
  • other representations of the tactual, where vision becomes touch / touch becomes vision.
  • how senses are manipulated in various genres and styles of film through material engagement.
  • the body in motion; eating, sex, sweating, violence etc.
  • materiality and texture of sound / sound-image relationships
  • a multisensory approach to synesthesia and kinesthesia
  • material fetishism
  • real, unreal and the surreal

In the first instance, we would like to receive 300 word abstracts or descriptions, attaching any visual material necessary by Friday 17th April 2015. Please don’t attach files over 10 MB; instead include links to online material, or use file transfer websites.

Submissions should be sent to: calls@timadi.org with ‘Haptic Narratives’ in the subject line.

Accepted submissions will be divided into separate themes that will be explored over the three events.

This event series is sponsored by the ‘Time, Materiality and the Digital’ (TiMaDi) research group at the University of Greenwich, and organised by Matilda Mroz, Isil Onol, Stacey Pitsillides, and Rosamund Davies.

Material Environments: Sensing Time and Matter in Digital and Visual Culture (London, UK)

Dates: 24-25 July 2015
Location: University of Greenwich, UK
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 18 April 2015

This conference seeks to explore the points of intersection at which the material and the digital, matter and the virtual, and embodiment and posthumanism push against each other in visual media. Through encounters with cinema, artist’s film and video, installations, and online archives, the aim of the conference is to conceive of new relationships between temporality, materiality and affectivity, tracing the ways in which matter becomes meaningful, or comes to resist meaning, in the digital age. We hope to illuminate the new ways in which digital experiences allow us to think and sense matter and materiality, while reassessing the role of non-digital media in this equation. The conference will trace the implications of the posthuman turn in the humanities, understood as encompassing a variety of non-anthropocentric approaches, on our understanding of matter and affect in visual culture.

The Conference particularly welcomes papers that explore the following:

•       the relationship between image and environment, the materiality of filmed nature, and the ‘ecological turn’ in theory and philosophy
•       non-anthropocentric and posthuman approaches to visual media, particularly as they affect our understanding of materiality, mortality, and ethics
•       the relationship between posthumanism, materiality and embodiment
•       the ways in which the digital has reconfigured our understanding of temporality, spatiality, memory and archiving
•       the impact of the digital on engagements with non-linear storytelling and locative narratives.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Joanna Zylinska, Goldsmiths, University of London
http://www.joannazylinska.net/
Professor David Martin-Jones, University of Glasgow
http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/cca/staff/davidmartin-jones/
Dr Felicity Colman, Manchester School of Art
http://www.art.mmu.ac.uk/profile/fcolman

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words by 18th April 2015 to calls@timadi.org with ‘Material Environments’ in the subject line.

This Conference is sponsored by the ‘Time, Materiality and the Digital’ (TiMaDi) research group at the University of Greenwich, and organised by Matilda Mroz, Isil Onol, Stacey Pitsillides, and Rosamund Davies.

Spatial Storyworlds Panel at the 4th Intl Visual Methods Conf (Sep 2015, Brighton UK)

Dates: 16-18 September 2015
Location: University of Brighton, UK
Website: http://goo.gl/riKlO5
Deadline for submission of summaries: 15 April 2015

While immersed in watching the screen or reading a book, you are, in many senses, always ‘outside’ the story. By contrast, you can walk right into a narrative environment, becoming physically, emotionally and intellectually immersed in narrative space. It seems bodily immersion in spatialised stories heightens the sensory dimensions of narrative and simultaneously reduces other aspects of narrative experience. The majority of narrative environments e.g. exhibitions, cultural and heritage sites, brand and retail environments or crafted public realm, are not strictly determined, linear spatial experiences. They offer a different kind of immersion. Visitors/audiences/inhabitants/users tend to go where they like and construct their own narrative threads. Fixed linear sequence from a single viewpoint is one dimension that is often loosened. However, it is argued that this kind of sequence is not the primary or sole key to narrativity. Narrative spaces have authors, narrators, dramatic conflicts, content, ways of telling, events, characters, voice, shifts over time from one state to another, in other words, a plethora of narrative dimensions.

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10th Intl Conf on Design Principles and Practices (Feb 2016, Rio de Janeiro Brazil)

Dates: 25-27 February 2016
Location: Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Website: http://designprinciplesandpractices.com/the-conference-2016/?mid=906687947&ml=29564323
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 25 April 2015 (there will be future rounds)

We welcome submissions from a variety of disciplines and perspectives and encourage faculty and research students to jointly submit proposals, discussing design principles and practices through one of the following themes:

Theme 1: Design Education
Theme 2: Design in Society
Theme 3: Designed Objects
Theme 4: Visual Design
Theme 5: Design Management and Professional Practice
Theme 6: Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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17th Intl Summer School on Engineering Design Research for PhD Candidates (Jul/Aug 2015, Germany/Luxembourg)

Dates: 28 June – 3 July 2015 / 2-8 August 2015
Locations: Gut Schöneworth, Freiburg/Elbe, Germany / Franciscan Mother House, Luxembourg
Website: http://www.ssedr.org
Deadline for application: 10 April 2015

The aims of the Summer School on Engineering Design Research are to make PhD students who are working on topics related to Design Science better qualified and equipped for their research by (i) helping them select a theoretical foundation and develop a research approach, and (ii) encouraging discussion and collaboration.

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Intl J of Design Special Issue: Social Design and Innovation (Sep 2015)

Website: http://www.ijdesign.org/ojs/index.php/IJDesign/announcement
Deadline for submission of full papers: 10 September 2015

This special issue welcomes articles that focus on theoretical investigations into social design (e.g., history, different paradigms and models), on the methodological challenges of social design (e.g., various models, frameworks and trans-disciplinary insights and cross-fertilization), and on trans-disciplinary examples and implementations of social design innovations. In order to enhance our understanding and development of social design across different societies, either comparative studies or case studies on newly founded social design societies are encouraged.

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7th Intl Conf of the Design Education Forum of South Africa: Ethics and accountability in design – do they matter? (Sep 2015, Midrand South Africa)

Dates: 2-3 September 2015
Location: Midrand Graduate Institute & Vaal University of Technology, Midrand, South Africa
Website: http://www.defsa.org.za/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 April 2015

Design communities in 2015 are called on to respond to the Millennial imperative “to do the right thing, to know the truth of a situation, to have a job that means more than a pay cheque and to live a life that matters” (Chester, cited in Mind the Gap, Codrington and Grant-Marshall 2004:63). We, as stakeholders and leaders in the design community take responsibility to lead with integrity and commit ourselves to the co-creation of a shared design ethos.

Aiming our intentions, efforts and influence toward ‘that which ought to be’, DEFSA 2015 seeks to honour and grow an emerging principle-driven, civic minded and human-centred design culture that takes issues of the sustainability, credibility, corporate social responsibility, professional accountability and personal integrity to heart. The typical worldview rhetoric of what should be done is redirected towards individuated responses and actions that foster meaningful change.

1st Intl Conf on ANTICIPATION (Nov 2015, Trento Italy)

Dates: 5-7 November 2015
Location: Trento, Italy
Website: http://www.projectanticipation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56&Itemid=582
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 April 2015

Invited Speakers: Arjun Appaduray, Jens Beckert, Julian Bleecker, Riel Miller, Martin Seligman, and Olin Wright.
Program Committee: Roberto Poli (chair), Flaviano Celaschi, Keri Facer, Garry Jacobs, John Kineman, and Giuseppe Sciortino.

Please consider submitting a proposal for the track Design Cultures and Anticipation: When Design Shapes Possible Futures (http://www.projectanticipation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=550)
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