Intl Conf on Kansei Engineering and Emotion Research (May 2012, Taiwan)

The International Conference on Kansei Engineering and Emotion Research 2012 (KEER2012) GreenKansei – a must fusion 22-25 May 2012

The Department of Industrial Design at the National Cheng Kung University is proud to organize the International Conference on Kansei Engineering and Emotion Research on 22-25 May 2012 (KEER2012). We invite your paper submissions and participation on the main theme of “GreenKansei – a must fusion.”

Please refer to the conference website for further information

Important Dates:
30/09/2011     Abstract submission deadline
15/10/2011     Abstract acceptance notification
15/12/2011     Full paper submission deadline
15/02/2012     Full paper acceptance notification
15/03/2012     Camera ready paper submission
22~25/05/2012  Conference dates

All questions should be addressed to email:

CAD2012 (June 2012, Niagara Falls Canada)

Dates: 11-14 June 2012
Location: Marriott Gateway on the Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada
Deadline for abstracts: UPDATED 20 December 2011

We have a larger and experienced paper review team, led by Wim Bronsvoort, and plan to grow the conference to exceed 100 presentations.  In collaboration with Editor-in-Chief Les Piegl, all quality papers will be archived in the journal Computer Aided Design & Applications (  Paper drafts for review are due near end of November, 2011.

We are also looking for new volunteer Committee Members to assist in promoting the conference, etc.  We also can include details such as a link to your laboratory, etc.  Please confirm this so that we can add your name to the Organization page.

It is recognized that travel and registration costs balanced with international venue rotation are important to delegates.  Based on feedback, we have introduced a 2 paper per author registration class.  There are numerous restaurants in Niagara Falls, so rather than book a specific Gala Dinner venue, we plan to suggest a few choices, with sign-up sheets on site.

Details at the website.

NeMLA Conf: The Thingly Realm in Modern Literature (Mar 2012, New York)

Dates: 15-18 March 2012
Location: New York, United States
Deadline for submissions: 30 Sep 2011

This panel will examine the life of “things” in twentieth-century literature, particularly their power to produce ecstasy or existential nausea. For the modern literary persona, “stuff” has been liberating yet unmasterable, available to representation yet burdensomely concrete: consider Virginia Woolf’s Septimus, for whom “real things are too exciting,” Sartre’s Roquentin, who wants natural objects to “exist less strongly,” or Nabokov as a young lepidopterist. The textual object inevitably raises questions about subjectivity (how do we use things to negotiate and perform identities?), about empathy and skepticism (how do we relate to that which is radically “other”?), and about the ethics of representation (must the text overwhelm or reduce the material world’s essential difference?). As theorizations of the “posthuman” become common, reevaluating the intellectual history of the object may help us understand how “the human” signifies and what is at stake in its doing so. This panel invites papers on the thing in its various literary forms – including the collection or fetish item, the prop or puppet, the remain or refuse, and the symbol in its material aspects. Discussions of any writer or genre are welcome. Send 250-500 word abstracts to Katie Van Wert at

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Typography Day 2012 (March 2012, Bombay)

Dates: 1st  – 3rd  March 2012
Location: IDC, IIT Bombay with support from InDeAs and Aksharaya
Deadline for abstract submission: 3rd October 2011

Theme: Focus on ‘Typography and Publication’

Typography Day will be organized for the fifth time in 2012 at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) with support from India Design Association(InDeAs) and Aksharaya.

The event will include an international conference which will be devoted to addressing issues faced by type designers, type users and type educators. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Typography in Publication Design’. The conference will feature presentations on the last two days preceded by day of workshops dedicated to typography and calligraphy. Exhibitions on Typography Posters and Book Publications will also be hosted at the venue.

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Intl Conf on Design and Modeling in Science, Education, and Technology (Nov 2011, Florida)

Dates: 29 Nov – 2 Dec 2011
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Website: (
Deadline for submission: 1 Sep 2011

Submissions of papers/abstracts are sought to The International Conference on Design and Modeling in Science, Education, and Technology: DeMset 2011, to be held jointly with The 17th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis: ISAS 2011 and The International Conference on Education, Informatics, and Cybernetics: icEIC 2011, on November 29th – December 2nd, 2011 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

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2nd Agrindustrial Design Symposium / 2nd Product and Service Design Symposium and Exhibition on Agricultural Industries: Mediterranean/Food/Design (April 2012, Turkey)

Dates: 26-18 April 2012
Location: Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: 1 November 2011

Designers, researchers and educators specifically studying the role of design in industries of food and drink are invited to constitute an international platform where value-added and sustainable products and services of Mediterranean food culture will be discussed.

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Design, Design Activism and the Democratic Production of Future Social Natures (Feb 2012, New York)

American Association of Geographers, New York City, Feb 24th-28th 2012
Session Proposal/Call for Papers: Design, Design Activism and the Democratic Production of Future Social Natures
Deadline for abstract submission: 14 September 2011

In this session we would like to consider the genuine tensions as well as possibilities that design activism and the idea of social design politics generates for a politics of space and possibly a new politics of the environment. Modernist design has always been centrally linked to the consumer economy and technocratic modes of thinking. Nevertheless, it could be observed that in contrast to the maudlin and exhausted feel of much radical left and green politics, the interface between design and diverse struggles for social, spatial and environmental justice and appears relatively buoyant, optimistic about the progressive potential for human agency and imbued with a sense of possibility about the opportunities for ‘remaking reality’. How can we politically evaluate the new design activism? Could a new social and democratic politics of design –beyond technocratic and reductive ‘design fix’ modes of thinking – provide some kind of material substance to a new progressive politics of the environment? Could historical and contemporary engagements with design bring real content to the endlessly iterated but materially unsubstantiated and institutionally vague request in political ecology for a ‘democratic politics of nature’ (Smith, 1984; Braun and Castree,1998, Swyngedowu, 1996/2004)? Could a focus on design and the ‘politics of making’ add material content to the suggestive but often decorative and rather exclusive feel to the politics advocated by a-modern and post human geographers (Barry, 2001; Whatmore 2003; Thrift 2004; Hinchliffe,2010)?

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