MERZ MEND*RS: 1st MENDing Research Society symposium (29th June-2nd July, Lake District – UK)


  • April 27: submissions due
  • May 8: participants notified
  • May 21: final programme announced
  • June 29 – July 2: MEND*RS 1st Mending Research Symposium
MERZ MEND*RS is a Mending Research Symposium at the Merzbarn in the Lake District, the first ever large-scale gathering dedicated to mending in the UK. MERZ MEND*RS is the first in a series of events, publications and activist projects around mending. Its objective is to map the state of the art, devise a critical agenda for mending research and to disseminate and promote mending practices and enterprises on a local, national and ultimately global level.

This informal, hands-on event will bring together mending practitioners, theorists, entrepreneurs and activists in the inspirational and germane setting of Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbarn. MEND*RS is an activist project to promote practices and discourses of mending within and beyond the academic establishment. Its aim is to maximise the social impact of mending research and to reinvigorate mending cultures in everyday life. MEND*RS’ aim is to build a mending network to unite practitioners of a marginal, disparate, often domestic activity with designers, craftspeople, small businesses, social enterprises, environmental and social wellbeing groups, local residents and researchers operating across diverse disciplines.

The Inaugural MEND*RS Workshop will be a combination of discussion and activities.  In order to engage with both scholars and practitioners of mending, we are issuing a call for participation.  We invite applications from anyone keen to participate in discussion, hands-on activities and the promotion of the MEND*RS network.

Submissions may take the form of a traditional academic paper, an interactive presentation, a position paper, a short film, a poster, or other innovative forms of presentation such as art or audio installation. Oral/film presentations will be allotted a maximum of 20 minutes.  Submissions may come from any academic discipline or professional background – our only stipulation is that the content should directly engage with the aims of MEND*RS and the aspirations of the MEND*RS manifesto.  Some suggested topics/themes can be found on the MEND*RS website under ‘Call for Participation’.

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DMI 2012 International Research Conference (Aug 2012, Boston USA)

Location: Boston, USA
Dates: 8-9 August 2012
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: 18 April 2012

The Design Management Institute is pleased to announce that it is soliciting submissions for an academic conference to be held August 8-9, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Our goal is to create an inclusive conversation among academics from a variety of disciplines including business (organizational behavior, strategy, marketing, and operations) and design management (design strategy, product design, brand identity, communications, interactive design, user experience, architecture, and environmental design) to examine the ways in which design thinking can inform innovation currently and in the future. We aim to lay the groundwork to build a scholarly community and advance the state of the art in design management research, theory, and practice, and produce a significant contribution to the field through the paper presentations, conference proceedings and producing a special issue of the Design Management Journal.

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MMEP 2012: 2nd Intl Conf on Modelling and Management of Engineering Processes (Nov 2012, Cambridge UK)

Dates: 29 – 30 November 2012
Location: Cambridge, UK
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED: 15 June 2012

You and your colleagues are cordially invited to participate in the 2nd International Conference on Modelling and Management of Engineering Processes at the University of Cambridge, UK. On behalf of the Special Interest Group MMEP of the Design Society this event is being organized by the Engineering Design Centre at Cambridge University.

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4th Intl Conf on Research into Design (ICoRD’13): Global Product Development (Jan 2013, Madras India)

Dates: 7-9 January 2013
Location: IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Deadline for submission of abstracts: UPDATED2 6 June 2012

ICoRD’13 is the fourth in a series of conferences intended to be held every two years in India to bring together the international community from diverse areas of design practice, teaching and research, to: showcase cutting edge research about design to the stakeholders; aid the ogoing process of developing and extending the collective vision through emerging research challenges and questions; and provide a platform for interaction, collaboration and development of the community in order for it to take up the challenges to realize the vision. The conference is intended for all stakeholders of design, and in particular for its practitioners, researchers, teachers and students. The theme for ICoRD’13 is Global Product Development.

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14th Summer School on Engineering Design Research (Jun/Jul 2012, Netherlands/Luxembourg)

Dates: 3-9 June and 15-21 July 2012
Location: Netherlands and Luxembourg
Deadline for application: 5 April 2012

The 14th summer school on engineering design research for PhD candidates will take place 3-9 June 2012 and 15-21 July 2012 in the Netherlands and Luxembourg respectively. 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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Balkan Locus-Focus: Long 20th Century Communication Design Histories – 2nd Call & NEW DEADLINE:

This two-day symposium held at Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
(Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Visual Communication Design
Department) in collaboration with Parsons, USA (School of Art and
Design History and Theory), intends to offer first insights on the yet
silent and poorly recorded histories of communication design in the
Balkan peninsula, focusing on the period from the late 19th century to
the present.

This second call is to remind that along with the general SYMPOSIUM
THEMES, our WORKSHOP THEMES have been announced in our web site as follows:

Theme 1: Local Identity, Global Crisis
Moderator: Fedja Vukić (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Theme 2: Visuality and Identity
Moderator: Bratislav Pantelic (Sabancı University, Turkey)

Theme 3: Visualizing Histories / Overcoming Boundaries: New Methods in
Design History Research
Moderator: Jilly Traganou, co-moderator (Parsons, USA)

Theme 4: Perceptive Occupation and Control: Designing the Perception
of the Audience
Moderator: Başak Şenova (Turkey)

Please note that our deadlines have also been updated:

EXTENDED DEADLINE for all abstracts: 5 April 2012
New date for Announcement of accepted participants: 25 April 2012

For more information, please visit our web site:

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2012 Joint Conf of the American Soc for Cybernetics and the Bateson Idea Group (July 2012, California USA)

Dates: 9-13 July 2012
Location: Asilomar, California
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10 April 2012

An Ecology of Ideas – We invite you to come and explore an ecology of ideas with us!

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HAID 2012: 7th Intl Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design (Aug 2012, Sweden)

Location: Lund, Sweden
Dates: 23-24 August 2012
Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2012

The combination of haptic and audio for interaction design is a challenging research area, and we invite researchers and practitioners interested in these non-visual modalities to come to HAID to exchange designs and research findings. This year’s HAID has a particular  (but not exclusive) focus on the mobile setting –  while on the move the haptic and audio combination has great (but sadly under-exploited) potential.  More non-visual interaction designs will make applications and devices easier to user for everyone.
We invite contributions on the appropriate use of haptics and audio in interaction design:  how do we design effectively for mobile interaction? How can we design effective haptic, audio and multimodal interfaces? In what new application areas can we apply these techniques? Are there design methods that are useful? Or evaluation techniques that are particularly appropriate?  We also welcome artistic exhibits and commercial design cases for our exhibition.

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Leading Innovation Through Design: DMI 2012 International Research Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS: DMI 2012 International Research Conference

August 8-9, 2012, Boston, USA 

Conference Website:

Extended Abstract Submission deadline: April 18, 2012

The Design Management Institute is pleased to announce that it is soliciting submissions for an academic conference to be held August 8-9, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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