BALKAN LOCUS-FOCUS: 1st symposium on Balkan communication design histories | 29-30 June 2012 | Izmir Turkey


29-30 June 2012 | Izmir, Turkey


This call for participation asks for studies of communication design in the broader region of the Balkans/Southeastern Europe.

Consisting of heterogeneous cultural groups and diverse socio-economic structures, the region has had a turbulent history in the last century, marked by violent manifestations of ethnic conflict but also by regimes that fostered political integration. Its multiple design histories sometimes intersected, but often diverged to distinct national trajectories that looked for points of reference beyond the region’s geographical borders.

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5th Intl Conf on Design Computing & Cognition – Workshops & Posters (June 2012, Texas)

Dates: Workshops 5-6 June 2012
Dates: Posters 7-9 June 2012
Location: Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
Deadline for proposals: 3 February 2012

Posters decribing research – both in progress and completed – are being solicited for the conference. This is an opportunity to present your work in an alternate mode than through formal research papers. In addition to the poster sessions there will be sessions for the presentation of short verbal descriptions of the poster material. At this stage only abstracts of the poster material need to be submitted.

Proposals are invited for half-day workshops on advanced topics related to design computing or design cognition. The workshops that succeed are those that provide considerable opportunity for discussion and are not run as mini-conferences.

Proposals for workshops should contain the following information in no more than 1000 words:
Workshop Title
Name of Chair(s) plus email contact
Committee of 3 to 5 people (preferably with international representation)
Goals of the workshop
Workshop format
Method of admission (e.g., no requirement, abstract, resume)

Submission and other details can be found at: .

Studio Studies: Ethnographies of Creative Production – Open panel at the EASST/4S Meeting (Oct 2012, Copenhagen)

Dates: 17-20 October 2012
Location: Copenhagen
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 11 March 2012

Organizers: Alex Wilkie and Ignacio Farias

Given the importance placed on ‘creativity’, ‘creative economy’ and ‘creative industry’ in both national and international policy contexts, it is surprising that understanding of creativity-in-action remains largely underdeveloped. What is more surprising is that creativity is commonly associated with (unobservable) cognitive activity that can only be stimulated by the environment, which has led many scholars to see social networks and/or urban environments as the main sources for creativity. What gets lost here are the concrete practices through which the ‘new’ comes into being in different disciplines and in different economic sectors. In foregrounding the view of creativity as a local process distributed amongst heterogeneous actors this panel seeks to explore and compare accounts of sites of creative practice. Our insight is that the studio is a defining feature of creative production. Thus, building on workplace and laboratory studies this panel aims to draw together emerging ethnographic work on creative practice and in doing so define and investigate a lacuna in the STS imagination. To address the studio, as a key site of creative production, we welcome presentations based on in-depth case studies that focus on key ‘creative industries’, including the arts, crafts and cultural and creative industries. Accordingly, this panel invites comparison of different creative models and practices, thereby acknowledging the diversity of in-situ creative practice as well as providing a survey of different creative disciplines.
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10th Conf of the European Academy of Design (April 2013, Gothenburg Sweden)

Dates: April 17-19 2013
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Deadline for submission of intention to submit: May 15, 2012

The theme of the conference is designer’s practice knowledge. How can the specific knowledge of designers be brought forward, articulated, made visible and be understood and used in contexts like innovation, business developmente and social change?

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Design and Nature 2012 (A Coruña, Spain)

Dates: 11-13 June 2012
Location: A Coruña, Spain
Deadline for abstracts submissions: ASAP

The Design and Nature conference is to be reconvened in 2012 following the success of previous meetings, the first of which was held in Udine, Italy in 2002; followed by Rhodes, Greece (2004); the New Forest, UK (2006); the Algarve (2008); and the last one in Pisa (2010).

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Journal for Artistic Research Vol 2 – Jar 2 (March 2012)

Journal for Artistic Research – JAR 2
Deadline for submissions: mid-March 2012

JAR is a free online journal that focuses on artistic practice as research, re-negotiates art’s relationship to academia and couples the multi-media and social capabilities of the web with peer-reviewing and scholarly rigour.

We invite original submissions from artists with or without academic affiliation who wish to contribute to the ongoing debate about research in the arts, and reflect on artistic practice, processes and research in exchange with a group of engaged peers.
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AIGA Design Educators Conference – Geographics: Design, Education, and the Transnational Terrain (Dec 2012, Honolulu)

Dates: 13-15 Dec 2012
Location: The East-West Center and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i, USA
Deadline for proposals: 15 Feb 2012

Many design educators in different parts of the world today are working in what may be called a transnational context. The boundaries that define the field of higher education have become increasingly fluid, and professors, students, programs, and curricula are moving back and forth between distant regions of the world as never before. The design projects, research, and institutions that result retain a unique cultural complexity because they promote meanings and values that often transcend the cultures and boundaries of the nations within which they originate.

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Eco-Architecture 2012 (Sep 2012, Greece)

Dates: 5-7 Sep 2012
Location: Kos, Greece
Deadline for abstracts: ASAP

This fourth International Conference on Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature (Eco-Architecture 2012) follows the three successful previous meetings which were held in the New Forest, UK (2006); in the Algarve, Portugal (2008) and in A Coruña, Spain (2010).

The development of Eco-Architecture is driven by the depletion of natural resources and the need to preserve the balance of nature.

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NordDesign 2012 (Aug 2012, Aalborg Denmark)

Location: Aalborg, Denmark
Dates: August 22-24, 2012
Deadline for abstracts submissions: 1 Feb 2012

The conference is organized in cooperation with the Design Society and complies to the Design Society quality standards with respect to review process, publication etc. The conference venue will be the newly renovated powerplant “Nordkraft”.  Nordkraft is an exceptional initiative combining various cultural offerings. Keynotes will be given by LEGO, Bang & Olufsen, and Siemens Wind Power.

The conference topic is design in a wide context:

  • Integrated Product Development,
  • Engineering Design,
  • Industrial Design and Conceptualisation.

VisualCol 2012: Intl Workshop on Visualization and Collaboration (May 2012, Denver)

Dates: 21-25 May 2012
Location: The Westin Westminster Hotel, Denver, Colorado, USA
Workshop website:
Submission Deadline: February 05, 2012

This workshop is being run in Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP, as part of The 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2012).

This workshop on Visualization and Collaboration – to be held as part of the 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2012) – will focus on visualization and its role in collaboration. The objective is to highlight key issues and solutions for interactive visualization in a collaborative environment. We invite original contributions from researchers and practitioners in academia, government, and industry in this emerging visualization specialty.

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