Special Issue of the Intl J of Human-Computer Studies: Perspectives on participatory HCI research: Beginnings, middles and endings (July 2013)

Special Issue Theme: Perspectives on participatory HCI research: Beginnings, middles and endings
Website: http://di.ncl.ac.uk/participation/special-issue/
Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2013

Participation is a research area of sustained interest to the HCI community. Traditionally, the term has been used to suggest a democratized approach to the design of technology that calls for end-user involvement in the design process. This may vary from researchers inviting specific users or stakeholders to participate in design workshops, through to long term engagements with communities to define research questions and study deployments of new technologies. As HCI is an interdisciplinary field, however, there are multiple understandings of what participation in research might mean, from subjects and disciplines such as social science, participatory and performance arts, international development, and action research. Beyond these influences, there is also increased pressure from funding bodies and public institutions to involve a wider spectrum of the public in academic research. The convergence of these factors has drawn attention to the potential benefits and challenges, both theoretical and practical of involving users and the public in HCI research.

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6th Information Design Intl Conf (Sep 2013, Recife Brazil)

Dates: 10-13 September 2013
Location: Recife, Brazil
Website: http://www.sbdi.org.br/cidi2013/
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: 15 April 2013

It is with great pleasure that we announce the call for papers for the 6th Information Design International Conference [CIDI], which is a joint event with the 5th Brazilian Conference of Information Design and the 6th Information Design Student Conference [CONGIC].

The former two are biannual scientific events promoted by the Brazilian Society of Information Design [SBDI], with the aim of bringing together professionals, researchers and students to discuss information design issues. The Information Design Student Conference [CONGIC], on the other hand, is a scientific event directed towards students and recently graduated professionals, who have developed research in this field.

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Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (Oct 2013, Portland Oregon USA)

Dates: 3-5 October 2013
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Website: http://www.aacsnet.net
Deadline for submissions (1st call): 15 May 2013

This is a call for sessions and papers for the October 3-5 meetings of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology in beautiful Portland, Oregon! Our theme, “Change the Process; Change the Outcome; Change the World! Real World Sociology for the 21st Century,” highlights our commitment to encouraging the use of sociological practice to effect beneficial social change.

The conference invites all sorts of presentations, from the traditional to the experimental. Don’t be afraid to be creative! We heartily welcome innovative approaches to conference presentation. Projects with qualitative methods are encouraged!

Please visit our website at:   http://www.aacsnet.net      for all conference-related information, including the submission form.

This year’s conference program organizer is AACS Vice President, Sandra Jones. Please direct all program inquiries and submissions to her at:   jonessa@rowan.edu.

Good Things and Bad Things (June 2013, Nottingham UK)

*Save the Date* for

 ‘Good Things and Bad Things’

Symposium in Nottingham on 10th/ 11th June 2013.

The programme will bring together a range of approaches to the ‘rights and wrongs’ of designs, designers and designing, hearing perspectives from Design (Jana Scholze, Victoria and Albert Museum), Sociology (Tim Dant, University of Lancaster), Social Anthropology (Mike Anusas, U of Strathclyde), Art (Gene-George Earlé), Design History (Ralph Mills, MMU), among others.

The good/ bad things in question include guns, things in questionable taste, immaterial things, sportified things, criminal things… among others.

We intend to start discussion about these as crossing points between ideas of virtue, propriety, moral conduct and the agency of material and immaterial objects.  This will connect both with debates from object orientated philosophy, and about designs as manifestations of social and cultural practices.

‘Good Things’ is Hosted by Nottingham Contemporary, to coincide with the exhibition ‘The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things’ curated by Mark Leckey and is a collaboration between the Design Research Society OPENSiG (objects, practices, experiences, networks), Nottingham Trent University, the Design against Crime Research Centre at Central St. Martins and Nottingham Contemporary.

Register here:


Registration fees are as follows:

Standard:                       £75

DRS Members:               £60

Student/ unwaged          £35

This covers lunches and refreshments on both days.

For updates, join our ‘Good Things and Bad Things’ facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/474678392584933/

Queries – contact Tom Fisher: tom.fisher@ntu.ac.uk

Cumulus Dublin Conference 2013: More for less – design in an age of austerity (Nov 2013, Dublin Ireland)

Dates: 7-9 November 2013
Location: National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
Website: www.cumulusdublin.com
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 May 2013

Today’s global recession forces design practice, research and education to address a number of questions:

  • Consumption – How can design find a balance between excess and austerity
  • Growth – How can design stimulate sustainable economic growth?
  • Research – Is design research and development a luxury we can still afford?
  • Education – How can we change pedagogical content and delivery methods to become more efficient while maintaining standards?
  • Environments – How can we use design to create places and spaces for renewal and growth?
  • Wellbeing – How can design improve our wellbeing and welfare in the face of public sector cuts and financial hardship?
  • Communities – How can design bring local communities together to work on projects that improve how we live, work and play?

We propose that in the deepest recession since the great depression of the 1930s we need to turn the modernist mantra ‘less is more’ on its head as the reduced budgets of governments, business and people demand ‘more for less’, and develop a ‘New Deal’ for design.

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J Learning Design special issue: Technology: A Mobilising Force for a Radical Design Pedagogy (June 2013)

Website: https://www.jld.edu.au/announcement/view/3
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 8 July 2013

The Journal of Learning Design is an open-access multidisciplinary forum concerned with innovative technology and pedagogy in higher education.

Provocation and Call for Papers:
In relation to architectural pedagogy, Beatriz Colimina writes that it “…has become stale. Schools spin old wheels as if something is happening but so little is going on. Students wait for a sense of activist engagement with a rapidly evolving world but graduate before it happens…There is no real innovation” (AR The Architectural Review, 28th September, 2012). While Beatriz is talking specifically about architectural education, could the same be said of design education across the design disciplines? Assuming this is the case, this special edition calls for submissions that regard technology and the increasing demand to integrate technology in design teaching in higher education as a catalyst for radically questioning and challenging existing design curricula, pedagogy and learning and teaching environments. In this regard it invites a broadening of how we conceptualise and regard technology to one that encompasses the wider professional, social, environmental and pedagogical context in which it is situated, and the possibility for fundamental and innovative changes in the way teachers teach design and students learn design.

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Emerging Contexts for Systemic Design (Oct 2013, Oslo Norway)

Dates: 9-11 October 2013
Location: Oslo School of Architecture & Design
Website: http://www.systemic-design.net
Deadline for submissions: 1 May 2013

Relating Systems Thinking and Design is a free and open symposium over two days with a preceeding full day with diverse workshops and a subsequent special issue in FORMakademisk. We encourage you to submit your abstracts and to concider joining the workshops. We are interrested in both work in progress and more developed contributions.
9th October: Workshops
1oth – 11th October: Symposium

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Thinking Greece, Thinking Futures: Urmadic University HotHouse 3 (June 2013, Greece)

Dates: 27-30 June 2013
Location: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Architecture
Website: http://www.theodessey.org/
Deadline for submission of expressions of interest: 15 April 2013

Following the 1st Hothouse in Brisbane (July 2011) and the 2nd Hothouse in Paris (July 2012), Hothouse 3 aims to liberate thinking and initiate projects that inquire upon, and even begin to reverse, the conditions and principles through which Greece exists in a state of crisis. The intent of ‘Hothouse’ 3 is to bring together a dynamic collection of people from Greece and around the world in order to confront these issues in a structured way; this conversation will be grounded in the identification and elaboration of local agendas, aiming to think and initiate specific projects from which beginnings and directions can grow.

This is an Urmadic University project. Each year the Hothouse moves progressively according to its context: Hothouse 3 is different in the fact that instead of talking about problems to be faced, it is actually situated in a problem.

Expressions of interest to participate in the event are invited from:

1.      Disenfranchised Greek intellectuals/designers of all ages disenchanted by the current local status quo, interested in new thinking and critical practices (limited to 20 places)
2.      Members of the Urmadic University Network (limited to 20 places)

Place numbers are open to revision (based on the volume of expressions received/selection). The event will be conducted in English.

Further information on the previous Hothouses and the Urmadic University can be found at http://www.theodessey.org/

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New journal on design creativity

The International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation has been launched.
You can see the inaugural issue of the journal online on the following URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/tdci

Free access is available: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21650349.2013.754657

The journal is currently receiving paper submissions for review.

Please submit your original papers and encourage your colleagues to submit their papers to the journal.

3rd Intl Conf on Modelling and Management of Engineering Processes (Nov 2013, Magdeburg Germany)

Dates: UPDATED 20-21 November 2013
Location: UPDATED Wasserburg of Gommern, Magdeburg, Germany
Website: http://www.mmep2013.org
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: 22 September 2013

The organisers would encourage researchers and colleagues from industry to submit papers within the following areas:

  • Process modelling
  • Multi-project and process management
  • Process optimisation
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Lean Product Development
You find more information on the conference website http://www.mmep2013.org. The function for paper submission and registration will be set up shortly.
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