Intl Conf on Designing Food and Designing for Food (Jun 2012, London UK)

Location: London, UK
Dates: June 28-29, 2012.
Deadline for abstracts submission: 31 Oct 2011

On behalf of London Metropolitan University I’m pleased to introduce the International Conference on Designing Food and Designing For Food which aims to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research on fundamental aspects of Food Design across the following areas:
Food Product Design, Design With Food, Food Packaging, Interior Design For Food, Food Events Design, Food Science, Food and Five Senses, Emotional Food Design, Food System Design, Experiential Knowledge, Food Service/Management, Food Design History, and other (in regard to multidisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity of Food Design we invite also contributions in areas that are not mentioned above).

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New book: The Entrepreneurial Principles of the Cultural and Creative Industries (Aug 2011)

New book: The Entrepreneurial Principles of the Cultural and Creative Industries
Deadline for abstract: 1 August 2011

Submissions are invited for a forthcoming special book to be published in early 2012, entitled The Entrepreneurial Principles of the Cultural and Creative industries, compiled by Prof. Dr. Giep Hagoort (Utrecht University/Utrecht School of the Arts), assoc. Prof. Dr A. Thomassen (Auckland University of Technology) and Drs. R. Kooyman (Ars Nova).  The book will be published by Publishing House Eburon – in cooperation with University of Chicago Press – in March 2012 as part of the IACCE: International Academic Council for Cultural Entrepreneurship (which was founded in 2010 during the first International Research Seminar at Utrecht School of the Arts and Utrecht university in the Netherlands). This special book invites contributions from across Europe as well as the wider global research community. It will comprise academic articles that address theory, research and practical issues related to the current entrepreneurial principles of cultural and creative industries ranging from socio-economical research, to the cultural dimensions of creativity and innovation, and the entrepreneurial dimension of Cultural and Creative Industries.

Please send a 250-word abstract with a preliminary bibliography (APA Ref.) by August 1st 2011 to Giep Hagoort  (University Utrecht/School of the Arts, ). Our plan is for all 4000-word commissioned papers to be due by November 15, 2011.

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6th Intl Conf on Design Principles & Practices (Jan 2012, Los Angeles)

Location: University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Dates: 20-22 January 2012
Deadline for next round of abstract: 7 July 2011

We are pleased to host the Design Conference this year at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Los Angeles is a world center of entertainment, arts, design and media. Its cultural and economic diversity, and landmarks of expansion and development over the last century make Los Angeles an ideal place to discuss the dimensions of design theory and practice.

The Design Conference is a place to explore the meaning and purpose of ‘design’, as well as speaking in grounded ways about the task of design and the use of designed artifacts and processes. The conference is a cross-disciplinary forum that brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. In professional and disciplinary terms, the conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a dialogue that encompasses an expansive array of disciplinary perspectives and practices. The highly inclusive format provides conference delegates with significant opportunities to connect with people from shared fields and disciplines and with those from vastly different specializations. The resulting conversations provide ample occasions for mutual learning, weaving between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, and market pragmatics and social idealism.

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Diagrams 2012 – The Theory & Application of Diagrams (Jul 2012, Canterbury UK)

Location: University of Kent, UK
Dates: 2-6 Jul 2012
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 Dec 2011

Diagrams is an international interdisciplinary conference series, covering all aspects of research on the theory and application of diagrams. In 2012 will be held at the University of Kent overlooking the history city of Canterbury in the UK.

Diagrams is the only conference series that provides a united forum for all areas that are concerned with the study of diagrams, including architecture, artificial intelligence, cartography, cognitive science, computer science, education, graphic design, history of science, human-computer interaction, linguistics, logic, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and software modelling. The conference attracts a large number of researchers from virtually all these related fields, positioning Diagrams as a major international event in the area.
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Special Issue of New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia: Cultures in virtual worlds (Nov 2011)

A special issue of the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia: Cultures in virtual worlds
Guest-edited by Jeremy Hunsinger and Adrienne Massanari

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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DESIRE’11 Doctoral Consortium (Oct 2011, Eindhoven)

Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Date: 18 Oct 2011
Submission deadline: 1 August 2011

The DESIRE 2011 Doctoral Consortium will precede the 2nd Creativity and Innovation in Design Conference and it will take place in Eindhoven, the Netherland on the 18th of October 2011. The Doctoral Consortium will provide a supportive atmosphere where PhD students can present their research-in-progress for an open discussion, under the guidance of an interdisciplinary panel of experienced researchers. The colloquium offers students the valuable opportunity to receive feedback and perspectives from recognized experts in the field, and to engage with fellow researchers. The strongest candidates will be far enough into their PhD to have a concrete proposal, and have initially outlined the salient issues and proposed research methodology. Preference will be given to applicants who have ample time before thesis submission to incorporate feedback received at the colloquium.
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Design & Nature 2012 (June 2012, Spain)

Dates: 11-13 June, 2012
Location: A Coruña, Spain
Deadline for submission of abstracts: ASAP
Organised by: Wessex Institute of Technology, UK, University of A Coruña, Spain
Sponsored by: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment and The International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics

Throughout history, many leading thinkers have been inspired by the parallels between nature and human design, in mathematics, engineering and other areas. Today, the huge increase in biological knowledge, developments in design engineering systems, together with the growth in computer power and developments in simulation modelling, have all made possible more comprehensive studies of nature.

Scientists and engineers now have at their disposal a vast array of relationships for materials, mechanisms and control. The resulting laws have been painstakingly assembled by observation and analysis and span the cosmic scale of space down to the molecular level of genetics. In particular, they have made us aware of the rich diversity of the natural world around us.

It is these developments which have prompted the reconvening of this international conference on Design and Nature. It is intended that the meeting will bring together researchers from around the world working on a variety of studies involving nature and their significance for modern scientific thought and design.
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12th Participatory Design Conf: Embracing New Territories of Participation (Aug 2012, Denmark)

Location: Roskilde, Denmark
Dates: 12-16 August 2012
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 Jan 2012

With firm roots in the original Participatory Design focus on involving people in the introduction of technology into their work, the theme of the next PDC conference invites us to explore traditional fields of participatory design as well as emerging areas, field, arenas and forms of participation.
Skilled workers are still participating in design processes aiming at developing tools for quality of working life, but designing for everyday life poses new challenges for the way participation is practiced and understood. Today we are designing engaging experiences not only through participation but also for participation.
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ACM Interactions Magazine (no deadline)

The Editors-in-Chief of ACM Interactions magazine invite authors to submit articles and other features for publication.

Interactions magazine is the mirror on the human-computer interaction and interaction design communities and beyond. It is the multiplicities of conversations, collaborations, relationships and new discoveries focused on how and why we interact with the designed world of technologies. Interactions magazine carries a special voice that lies between practice and research with an emphasis on making accessible and engaging HCI research in practitioner communities.

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Journal for Artistic Research, Issue 1 (June 2011)

Journal for Artistic Research
Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2011

‘As a newly emergent and rapidly evolving field, the status of artistic research is still hotly debated.

Until now there have only been limited publication channels making it difficult to stay informed about the development of the many topics pertinent to artistic research. With the arrival of JAR we now have an online journal that focuses on artistic practice as research, and marries the multi-media capabilities of the web to the peer-reviewing and scholarly rigour of the academic journal.’
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