CUMULUS 2013: 2nd Intl Conf for Design Education Researchers (May 2013, Oslo)

Dates: 14-17 May 2013
Location: Oslo, Norway
Deadline for Intention to submit a Paper: 24 July 2012

Organised by Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Technology, Art Design; DRS (Design Research Society); CUMULUS (the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media).

This international conference is a springboard for sharing ideas and concepts about contemporary design education research. Contributors are invited to submit research that deals with different facets of contemporary approaches to design education research. All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. This conference is open to research in any aspect and discipline of design education.


Designed artefacts and solutions influence our lives and values, both from a personal and societal perspective. Designers, decision makers, investors and consumers hold different positions in the design process, but they all make choices that will influence our future visual and material culture. To promote sustainability and meet global challenges for the future, professional designers are dependent on critical consumers and a design literate general public. For this purpose design education is important for all. We propose that design education in general education represents both a foundation for professional design education and a vital requirement for developing the general public competence for informed decision making.

We invite submissions along the following themes:

:: Philosophy of design education

:: Design curriculum

:: Design knowledge

:: Design education for non-designers

:: Research informed designed education

:: Design education informing research

:: Multidisciplinary design education

:: Challenges in design education methods

:: Assessment

:: eLearning

:: Internationalisation of design education

We are also seeking expression of interest to conduct workshops and symposia.

We welcome early career researchers, PhD candidates and Master students with work in progress.

e-mail address: <>

web address:


Intention to submit a Paper

Proposals for papers in English should contain the following:

:: Proposed paper title

:: Summary of proposed paper including a description of methodology used

(200 words max)

:: Up to 4 bibliographical references (on top of the 200 word limit)

:: First and second choice conference theme for the proposed paper

Intentions to submit will be submitted online at Paper proposals will not be reviewed, but brief feedback will be given.


Full papers should be between 4000-6000 words. This is a general design education research conference and it is expected that a wide variety of work-in-progress or finalized research will be reported.

However, irrespective of the range and stage of your research, the organizers expect the highest standards of scholarship in terms of establishing context, explicating the methods of inquiry, and reporting results that may aid other researchers and/or practitioners.

To preserve anonymity, author names should NOT be identified in the body of the paper. Authors should be referred to in the text or notes in the third person only. Papers must be previously unpublished.

Papers can be submitted online at

Proceedings from the conference will be published online. Please see the conference website for detailed guidance about submitting a full paper.

We are pleased to announce a partnership with the Scientific Journals:

:: FORMakademisk

:: Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education

:: TechneA

:: Design and Technology Education

The journals will publish special issues with articles selected from papers and keynote lectures presented at the conference.

Proposal for Workshop and Symposia, submission guidelines

:: Working title

:: Responsible person and for Workshop/Symposia also list contributors’ names and affiliation

:: Aim and content (400 words)


1 June 2012 …………..Intention to submit opens

24 July 2012 ………….Deadline for Intention to submit a Paper

2 October 2012 ………..Deadline for Workshop and Symposia proposals

30 October 2012 ……….Deadline for full Papers

18 December 2012 ………Paper accepted

5 February 2013 ……….Deadline for full Paper with corrections

26 February 2013 ………Deadline for early bird registration

19 March 2013 …………Deadline for author registration

14 May 2013 …………..Conference opens

Please, find the full call for paper on this link —<>

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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