Atmospheres (July 2015, Manchester UK)

1-2 July 2015
Location: University of Manchester, UK
Website: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/morgancentre/events/atmospheres/call/
Deadline for submissions: 12 January 2015

Atmospheres play a significant role in, and add an important quality to, our intimate, domestic and public lives, yet are often overlooked in social research, not least because of the methodological challenges involved in capturing them.

In this major conference celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Morgan Centre, we will be using the theme of atmospheres as our starting point for interdisciplinary dialogue.

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Textual Fashion: Representing fashion and clothing in word and image (July 2015, Brighton UK)

Dates: 8-10 July 2015
Location: University of Brighton, UK
Website:http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/research-conferences/textual-fashion-conference
Deadline for submissions: 19 January 2015

Since 1990, a critical body of work by scholars in Britain, Europe and America, including Jane Gaines, Caroline Evans and Clair Hughes, has underscored the key role that verbal and visual representations of fashion and clothing have in understanding issues such as period style, taste and human identities. Building on their achievement, this event will foreground international cutting-edge research in what Roland Barthes terms ‘l’écriture,’ that is the ways that fashion and dress are mediated and translated into word and image in literature, journalism, memoirs and correspondence, photography, illustration, film, television, advertising, music video, and online through websites and blogs.

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Annual Design History Society Conf: How we live, and How we might live: Design and the Spirit of Critical Utopianism (Sep 2015, San Francisco USA)

Dates: 11-13 September 2015
Location: California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA
Website: http://www.cca.edu/dhs2015
Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2015

California College of the Arts, which is at once the westernmost outpost of the Arts and Crafts Movement and the gateway to Silicon Valley, is pleased to host the 2015 conference of the Design History Society. Inspired by the spirit of critical utopianism that connects the 19th century reformers to the 21st century techno-visionaries, this multidisciplinary conference will explore the diverse ways in which designers have sought to balance critical realism with utopian idealism.

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1st PARSE Biennial Research Conference (Nov 2015, Gothenburg Sweden)

Dates: 5-6 November 2015
Location: Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Contact: parse@konst.gu.se
Deadline for submission of proposals: 1 March 2015

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS – Panels, Papers, Performances, Screenings, and Workshops. The first biennial PARSE conference at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden takes as its point of departure the question of TIME.

Time arguably has always been at the center of the research initiatives of the natural sciences, of philosophy and of the many different practices of history and social criticism. However, time also occupies a central place for the curiosity and attention of artist researchers across all the arts. The intensification of the question of time has, in recent years, prompted some to speak of a “temporal turn” across the disciplines. This conference seeks to bring together a range of researchers, drawn mainly from the artistic fields but also inviting researchers from across all domains (sciences and humanities) to consider questions with respect to the practices, processes and perturbations of time.

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Living Machines IV: 4th Intl Conf on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (July 2015, Barcelona Spain)

Dates: 27-31 July 2015
Location: La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain, in association with Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Website: http://csnetwork.eu/livingmachines
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 31 March 2015

Accepted papers will be published in Springer Lecturer Notes in Artificial Intelligence.

The development of future real-world technologies will depend strongly on our understanding and harnessing of the principles underlying living systems and the flow of communication signals between living and artificial systems.

Biomimetics is the development of novel technologies through the distillation of principles from the study of biological systems. The investigation of biomimetic systems can serve two complementary goals. First, a suitably designed and configured biomimetic artefact can be used to test theories about the natural system of interest. Second, biomimetic technologies can provide useful, elegant and efficient solutions to unsolved challenges in science and engineering. Biohybrid systems are formed by combining at least one biological component—an existing living system—and at least one artificial, newly-engineered component. By passing information in one or both directions, such a system forms a new hybrid bio-artificial entity.

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Introducing a new international journal: Design Science

Website: http://www.designsciencejournal.org/

The aim of Design Science is to serve as the archival venue of science-based design knowledge across multiple disciplines. There is increasing recognition that design is a discipline in its own right with a holistic and multifaceted nature. Design knowledge is widely dispersed across fields with different terminologies, traditions and research practices. Rigorous design research is published primarily in discipline-oriented journals, most often inaccessible to wider audiences interested in design but without the requisite disciplinary depth. Design Science aims to facilitate communication across diverse fields and serve as a bridge across several communities, publishing original research but with a strong emphasis on accessibility by scholars from a diversity of disciplines. Design Science further aims to motivate scholars from these diverse fields to recognize the importance of their expertise to the design of artifacts and systems and thus pursue work with direct applicability to design.

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COLOR/FORMS: The 24th Annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Design (April 2015, New York)

Dates: 23-24 April 2015
Location: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, USA
Contact: Ethan Robey, robeye@newschool.edu
Deadline for proposals: 26 January 2015

Coloration is intrinsic to the social meanings of objects. Colors shape our interaction with things and other people in fundamental ways; they can appeal to our most visceral senses of pleasure or desire. Colors affect behaviors, and we use colors metaphorically to describe attitudes, feelings and moods. In the world of consumer goods, the need to produce certain colors has driven innovations in mechanical processes, and markets can rise and fall based on color trends.

This symposium is seeking papers on the forms color takes and the roles color plays in the meanings of design and the decorative arts since the Renaissance. We are especially interested in research that touches on moments of change: for example, on transitions from monochrome to full-color production, or when particular colors became available, fashionable or unfashionable.
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Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond (July 2015, Philadelphia USA)

Dates: 6-31 July 2015
Location: Drexel University, Philadelphia USA
Website: http://drexel.edu/westphal/undergraduate/ARTH/historyofmoderndesign/
Deadline for application: 2 March 2015

This exciting four–week NEH summer teaching institute will prepare twenty-five college faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to meet the increasing demand for as well as interest in courses on modern design history. In-depth seminars will focus upon three interdependent thematic units:

  • taste and popular culture
  • political and global interpretations of design after world war II
  • women as consumers and producers of design

The director’s and visiting scholars’ complementary approaches to “The Canon and Beyond” will build upon and reinforce participants’ familiarity with standard material, while simultaneously introducing new material and critical perspectives. Field trips to regional museums and collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Hagley Museum in Delaware will provide participants direct experience with objects, and suggest ways to use local collections in their own teaching. Group presentations by our participants will take place during the final week of the Institute.

Content is in development, for more information please contact nehmoderndesign@drexel.edu.

ACM Creativity & Cognition (June 2015, Glasgow Scotland)

Dates: 22-25 June 2015
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Website: http://www.creativityandcognition.com/cc15
Deadline for submission of papers: 6 January 2015
Deadline for submission of posters, etc: 6 March 2015

ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015 invites papers, posters, demonstrations workshops and Artworks investigating how interactive computing systems and sociotechnical processes affect creativity. We cherish creativity as a wonderful aspect of human experience, transformative and potentially transcendental. Creativity is the partner of inspiration, of moments when we seem to go beyond ourselves to reach new heights. Creativity is the font of innovation. Creativity and Cognition papers address the impact of computing on individual creative experiences, as well as social and collaborative contexts. In all cases, we seek for the presentation of work to include forms of validation featuring data about people, in order to show how computing environments impact human creativity. The data can take many forms, including qualitative, quantitative, and sensory. Creativity and Cognition 2015 will present papers addressing: (1) creativity support environments, (2) studies of technology, people, and creativity, and (3) creative works that utilize computing to engage, stimulate, and provoke human experience. We see research on the impact of computing on creativity not as a fledgling field, in which methodologies are unknown and uncertain, but rather as having reached a relatively mature state, in which various diverse methodologies have been developed and applied. Methodologies and theories, while perpetually under development, are already quite viable.

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COLOR/FORMS, Parsons & Cooper Hewitt Grad Symposium (April 2015; New York, NY)

CALL FOR PAPERS:
Color/Forms

The Twenty-Fourth Annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.
April 23 and 24, 2015.

Deadline for proposals: January 26, 2015

This symposium is seeking papers on the forms color takes and the roles color plays in the meanings of design and the decorative arts since the Renaissance. We are especially interested in research that touches on moments of change: for example, on transitions from monochrome to full-color production, or when particular colors became available, fashionable or unfashionable.

Coloration is intrinsic to the social meanings of objects. Colors shape our interaction with things and other people in fundamental ways; they can appeal to our most visceral senses of pleasure or desire. Colors affect behaviors, and we use colors metaphorically to describe attitudes, feelings and moods. In the world of consumer goods, the need to produce certain colors has driven innovations in mechanical processes, and markets can rise and fall based on color trends.

Areas of investigation might involve:

  • Graphic design and broadcast media–e.g. color printing in lithographs, newspapers and magazines; day-glo color inks and psychedelic design; Technicolor and other cinematic color systems; the advent of color television; etc.
  • Fashion and costume studies–e.g. color, or lack thereof, in menswear; aniline dyes and other technologies of coloration; color forecasting; etc.
  • Industrial design–e.g. colored plastics; anodized aluminum; the color of high technology (silver, black, white, beige) or domestic appliances; color theory and consumer choice; color-customizable products; colors in toys; etc.
  • Decorative arts–e.g. hand-painted and printed colors ceramics; tapestry, color-changing fabrics and other textiles; polychromy in sculpture; etc.
  • Architecture and interior design–e.g. colored exterior lighting; psychologies of colored interiors; wallpapers; “white cities” and exhibition architecture; etc.
  • …or any number of related fields of production and consumption.

Proposals are welcome from graduate students at any level in fields such as History of the Decorative Arts, History of Design, Curatorial Studies, Design Studies, Art History, History of Architecture, Design and Technology, Media Studies, Consumer Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and other fields.

The symposium’s Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Keynote speaker will be Jeffrey L. Meikle, Stiles Professor in American Studies and Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, speaking on “Postcard Modernism: Landscapes, Cityscapes, and American Visual Culture, 1931-1950.” Dr. Meikle is one of the leading voices in design history and cultural history. His renown scholarship extends to industrial design and technology, popular print media, and alternative cultures from 1950 to the present. His books include Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design in America, 1925-1939 (1982); American Plastic: A Cultural History (1995); and Design in the USA (2005).

The Keynote will be on Thursday evening, April 23, 2015 and the symposium sessions will be in the morning and afternoon on Friday, April 24.

To submit a proposal, send a two-page abstract, one-page bibliography and a c.v. to:

Ethan Robey
Associate Director, MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies
robeye@newschool.edu

Deadline for proposals: January 26, 2015

The symposium is sponsored by the MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies offered jointly by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Parsons The New School for Design

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