Call for Applications: TRADERS Autumn School 2015

Posted by Selina on Tuesday June 23rd 2015 at 15:33

TRADERS Autumn School 2015 – on the role of Participatory Art and Design in the reconfiguration of work (in Genk)

10th – 14th of November 2015. Genk, Belgium.

We would like to invite you to participate in the Autumn School of the TRADERS project (European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme,, which will take place from Tuesday the 10th to Saturday the 14th of November in Genk (BE). It will be organized by the research groups of LUCA School of Arts (Campus C-mine), KU Leuven/Planning and Development and the Architecture and Culture Theory research units in collaboration with the TRADERS partners (Design Academy Eindhoven/Readership City and Countryside, Chalmers/Department of Architecture, RCA/School of Architecture and University of Gothenburg/HDK).

For application, send expression of interest before the 10th of August 2015 to Evi Donné ( with CV (including list of relevant work and/or publications) + a letter (max. 500 words) describing the motivation to participate in the Autumn School and how the Autumn School fits your past, current or future research interests (files should not exceed 5MB). We will inform you about your acceptance by the 1st of September 2015.

For further information about the TRADERS Autumn School, see the invitation in attachment: TRADERS_AUTUMNSCHOOL2015


Social Spaces @ the PLATE conference (Nottingham Trent University, UK)

Posted by Selina on Thursday June 18th 2015 at 13:09

Today, Social Spaces is at the first international conference to examine Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE), organised by the Nottingham Trent University (UK). This conference aims at reviewing current research on how and why increased product lifetimes have become an important element in resource efficiency, waste reduction and low carbon strategies for sustainability. In the context of sustainability, the conference embraces a multi-disciplinary perspective including design, geography, anthropology, business management, economics, marketing and consumer behaviour, sociology and politics. For more information, see:

At the PLATE conference, we (Katrien Dreessen, Liesbeth Huybrechts & Selina Schepers) are presenting our paper titled ‘Objects are actors too: the ‘hack-a-thing’ workshop series as a case for revising new user-object relationships’.


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