7th Intl Conf of the Design Education Forum of South Africa: Ethics and accountability in design – do they matter? (Sep 2015, Midrand South Africa)

Dates: 2-3 September 2015
Location: Midrand Graduate Institute & Vaal University of Technology, Midrand, South Africa
Website: http://www.defsa.org.za/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 April 2015

Design communities in 2015 are called on to respond to the Millennial imperative “to do the right thing, to know the truth of a situation, to have a job that means more than a pay cheque and to live a life that matters” (Chester, cited in Mind the Gap, Codrington and Grant-Marshall 2004:63). We, as stakeholders and leaders in the design community take responsibility to lead with integrity and commit ourselves to the co-creation of a shared design ethos.

Aiming our intentions, efforts and influence toward ‘that which ought to be’, DEFSA 2015 seeks to honour and grow an emerging principle-driven, civic minded and human-centred design culture that takes issues of the sustainability, credibility, corporate social responsibility, professional accountability and personal integrity to heart. The typical worldview rhetoric of what should be done is redirected towards individuated responses and actions that foster meaningful change.

Special Issue of Digital Creativity: Post-Anthropocentric Creativity (Jan 2016)

Website: https://www.academia.edu/10836691/Post-Anthropocentric_Creativity
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 May 2015

Guest editors: Stanislav Roudavski and Jon McCormack

This special issue aims to audit existing conceptions of creativity in the light of non-anthropocentric interpretations of agency, autonomy, subjectivity, social practices and technologies. Specifically, it seeks to explore how 1) the agents, recipients and processes of creativity and 2) the purpose, value, ethics and politics of creativity relate to phenomena of computation. The editors encourage innovative narrative or visual strategies that can express relevant scenarios better that more typical forms of academic writing. Dialogues, conversations, plays, scripts, instruction sets, games or visual essays (for example) might be suitable alongside logical arguments or formulae. Initial proposals should be submitted as abstracts of 800–1200 words.

Abstracts due: May 15, 2015, to be sent as PDFs to Stanislav Roudavski at stanislav.roudavski@cantab.net as well as to the editors of Digital Creativity at dcsubmit@gmail.com

Full Call for Submissions can be seen here: https://www.academia.edu/10836691/Post-Anthropocentric_Creativity

Special Issue of Architectural Theory Review: Corruption (Aug 2015)

Website: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/atr-cfp-corruption
Deadline for submissions: 30 March 2015

Special Issue: Corruption
Editor: Adam Jasper
To be published August 2015

The New York City 1916 Zoning Resolution was designed in order to ensure light reached the streets of Manhattan. It dictated massing at certain heights in a way that shaped the signature New York skyscraper up until the Second World War. In 1961, the successful example of the 1958 Seagram Plaza lead city authorities to rewrite the laws to encourage developers to create public places in exchange for extra height, and the form of the skyscraper changed again. Inside the building, the appearance and materials of office furniture also transformed in response to accelerations in tax depreciation. The privately owned public spaces that Seagram Plaza engendered include Zuccotti Park, that—thanks to ambiguities regarding police responsibilities—became the site of the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests. According to the New York Times, in 2012 the Seagram Building had the lowest energy star rating of any structure in New York (at three out of a hundred), making it now illegal to build. Rules, whether adhered to or circumvented, shape cities.

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DeSForM2015: Aesthetics of Interaction | Dynamic, Multisensory, Wise (Oct 2015, Milan Italy)

Dates: 13-17 October 2015
Location: Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Website: http://www.desform2015.polimi.it
Deadline for submissions: EXTENDED 31 January 2015

The works traditionally presented at DeSForM investigate the evolving nature of design artifacts and how new forms or objects’ aesthetics convey meaning. We aim to discuss the potential, the limits, and the constraints of designing intriguing experiences with technology-affected artifacts (be they tangible, virtual or intangible). We will also explore the balance of aesthetics, ethics, meaning, and emotion in design.

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Designing Business Matters (May 2014, Wuxi China)

Dates: 23-26 May 2014
Location: Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China
Website: http://www.designing-business.com
Deadline for submission of proposals: 15 April 2014

Responsible Economics, Brighter Futures, Corporate Responsibility, Ethical Finance, Mindful Work, Strategic Design, and Sustainable Economies

Participation is possible. If you are interested in attending the conference, please provide a provocation statement of about 750 words via the website. 

Designing business matters more than ever-or does it?
What are the business matters of design? How do we identify them?
What makes design matter to business? How do we go about business and design?
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Designing Disaster Mobilities (May 2014, Pennsylvania USA)

Dates: 18-21 May 2014
Location: Penn State University, USA
Website: http://iscram2014.ist.psu.edu/node/23 
Deadline for submissions: 15 November 2013

ISCRAM 2014: ELSI in Crises: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues of IT Supported Emergency Response

We invite practitioner reports, academic papers, and demonstrations of technologies that address ethical, legal and social opportunities and challenges of IT supported crisis management in all phases.

This track explores critical ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) and innovative responses in practice, policy, and IT design with a view to emergent technology for mobilizing crisis response and management.

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DRS OPENSiG Symposium (June 2013, Nottingham UK)

Dates: 10-11 June 2013
Location: Nottingham Contemporary, UK
Contact: tom.fisher@ntu.ac.uk
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 21 January 2013

Good Things and Bad Things: tricky objects, tricky people, tricky processes

This two day symposium on 10th and 11th of June will be an opportunity for discussion that bears on the ‘rights and wrongs’ of designs, designers and designing. Taking an inclusive approach to the definition of ‘design’ – formal and informal; commercial and DIY; normative and subversive – the symposium will connect abstract discussions of the ethics of objects and designing, with concrete examples of things in action. We hope to engage practitioners and academics across fields including sustainable design, material culture, fine art, sociology/ philosophy of technology, design history, cultural studies.

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