Annual Conf of Assoc. of Art Historians Session: Art and Cybernetics/ Art and Technology (April 2013, Berkshire UK)

Dates: 11-13 April 2013
Location: University of Reading, Berkshire UK
Deadline for proposals: 12 November 2012

The session for the annual conference of the Association of Art Historians (April 11-13, 2013) redresses a lack of attention to cybernetics globally. It invites presenters in the visual arts and from non-art disciplines to reconsider or generate new knowledge about generations and geographies of art and cybernetics and art and technology, including practices that create, distribute, and theorize art forms, concepts, and histories. Papers may explore cybernetic phenomena in artistic environments; examine artistic play on logic and reason; consider how art or non-art agents treat cybernetics as a social and cultural paradigm, or question how cybernetics is presented in historiographies of recent art and what interfaces of cybernetics and art bode for intra- and inter-disciplinary research and practice.

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Craft Research Volume 4.2 (Dec 2013)

Deadline for submissions: 3 December 2012

After three successful issues, Craft Research is preparing to expand to two issues per year. From 2013 there will be two issues, one in January/February and one in September/October each year.

For guidance notes or further information, or to submit an article or review, please contact the editors or visit the journal’s website for details:,id=172/

Kristina Niedderer
Katherine Townsend
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Include Asia 2013 Intl Conf (July 2013, Hong Kong)

Dates: 2-3 July 2013
Location: Hong Kong
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 December 2012

Theme: ‘Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design’
Organised by Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong, China

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, London, is pleased to announce that Include 2013, the seventh international conference on inclusive design, will take place on 2-3 July 2013 at the Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong, China.

Include Asia 2013, organised in partnership with the Hong Kong Design Centre, marks a major international departure for the Include series after six successful conferences in London. Include Asia 2013 will form part of HKDC’s Knowledge of Design Week 2013 and draw in new design researchers and practitioners from south-east Asia to the Include network.

We are inviting paper proposals for Include Asia 2013 on the theme of Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design.

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Designing Experience: Call for Abstracts

Editor: Peter Benz (Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU)
“Designing Experience” (=working title) to be published in 2013, publisher not yet confirmed
Deadline for Abstracts: 30 Nov 2012


Despite its omnipresence in marketing ‘lingo’ and usability forums Experience Design in many ways lacks professional and academic frameworks, in which research and developments of the area can be conducted, discussed, published and reviewed. It is therefore the aim of this project to establish a R&D community of academics and professionals interested in the exploration of issues in Experience Design; to provide them an online platform to develop their individual projects while engaging, interacting and communicating with likewise interested researchers and professionals; to additionally organise opportunities for offline interaction to strengthen the network; and through these efforts to ultimately clarify theoretical and methodological issues and advance our understanding of the potentials and limitations of the area.

For this purpose submissions are invited on significant, original, and previously unpublished research, case studies and potentially other – more experimental – research formats. Among issues that could be raised are the following:

· Experience, its principal definition and its distinction from other forms of human knowledge;
· Aesthetics, poetics and ethics as related in and through experience;
· Experience as a narrative form;
· Experience Design as a methodological system;
· Media of experience, or ‘experiential messages’;
· Experience as designed time;
· Identity: an experiential construct;
· Social, spatial and other contexts affecting experience;
· The Experience Society;
· Virtuality and representation: what remains after the experience.

Please submit an abstract of your proposed research/project/case study of no more than 500 words plus a bibliography by 30 November 2012 for peer-reviewing. Only English language abstracts (and papers) will be considered. The authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to join a closed online research group to subsequently collaboratively work on the further development of respective projects. By May 2013 each project should result in a full paper of maximum 4,000 words for publication in the book ‘Designing Experience’ (working title; publisher to be confirmed). Other non-traditional formats of submissions are also welcome – e.g. photo-essays, graphical experimentations – as long as they lend themselves to publication in a book.

For more information please visit here.


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3rd Participatory Innovation Conf (June 2013, Lahti Finland)

Dates: 18-20 June 2013
Location: Lahti, Finland
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 3 December 2012

The 3rd Participatory Innovation Conference, PIN-C will be held in Lahti, Finland on 18-20 June 2013. Organised jointly by Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lahti School of Innovation (LUT LSI) and University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg Participatory Innovation Research Centre (SPIRE), this conference will bring together researchers, artists, designers and practitioners. The 3-day programme will include presentations by leading keynote speakers, research paper sessions, applied theatre, a hands-on innovation session with industry cases, and artistic interpretations of research.

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2013 Design 4 Health Conference (July 2013, Sheffield UK)

Location: Sheffield-Hallam University, Sheffield UK
Dates: 3-5 July 2013
Deadline for abstracts: 8 February 2013

This conference seeks to explore the relationship between design, and health and wellbeing. Good design can deliver widespread benefits to society but how can design practice and processes meet the challenges of health and wellbeing in the 21st Century? Through this conference we aim to develop environments and propose creative strategies for future living in which people of all ages and abilities ‘not merely survive’ but are enabled and empowered to live with dignity, independence and fulfilment.

The conference provides a platform for dialogue between designers, healthcare professionals, funding bodies, researchers and users. The conference features an exhibition of innovative health related artefacts and designs plus special sessions and workshops.

Those participating in the Call for Papers and Exhibition Proposals might include designers, practitioners and researchers in health and wellbeing, and representatives from the health and design industries and funding bodies.

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IDEA Journal 2013: Unbecoming (Oct 2012)

IDEA JOURNAL 2013: *Unbecoming*
Guest Editor: Ed Hollis
Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest: 21 October 2012

The forthcoming issue of the IDEA Journal calls for contributions in the form scholarly essays, visual essays and theorized creative practice on the topic of Unbecoming.

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3rd IEEE Intl Workshop on Social Implications of Pervasive Computing (March 2013, San Diego USA)

Location: San Diego, California, USA
Dates: 18-22 March 2013
Deadline for submissions: 30 October 2012

Held in conjunction with the Eleventh IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications – PerCom 2013 (http//

The technology associated with Pervasive Computing is progressively approaching levels of sufficient accuracy, dependability and suitable cost. As a result, we will soon see a shift from implementations in controlled research laboratories to implementations in real world everyday applications; the next stage in the development of pervasive computing. Pervasive technologies have the potential for literal pervasive use in almost all public, personal and commercial aspects of our lives. This ubiquity will enable and lead to, the emergence of new, unprecedented applications on a previously unseen scale. The benefits of this technology are numerous and wide ranging, but alongside this are the implications of the technology, brought about by the scale of pervasive computing and its use.

Research into the social aspects of pervasive computing has thus far generally focused on the positive applications of the technology, with insufficient discussion of its potential high impacting social consequences. The intention of this workshop is to focus on and explore the social implications of pervasive computing, and from this to develop theories, methods and guidelines to encourage the technology to achieve maximum benefit, with minimal consequence. If the implications of pervasive computing are to prevented/minimised, research must be discussed and conducted now, while the technology is still in development. This will lead to guidance for the wider pervasive computing community, and provide with sufficient time to consider the impact of the technology being developed.

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