Call for Papers: The 13th biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC) in Windhoek, Namibia. (6. – 10. October 2014)

Posted by Katrien on Thursday January 16th 2014 at 14:04

The conference theme of the 13th Participatory Design Conference  2014 is “Reflecting connectedness”. We are currently experiencing a  technologically pushed trend in ‘being always connected’.  This is  manifested in a number of designed artifacts, such as smart-phones,  social networks, computer supported cooperative work and distributed  working tools. By ‘reflecting connectedness’ in PD, we acknowledge  influential relations across continents, societies, people,  disciplines and time, beyond the direct involvement of stakeholders.   While PD has evolved as a discipline on its own, we should  continuously reflect on interrelations of theories and practices  within and across the field and thereby enriching PD within a wider context. We must further engage in critical debates of what it means  to design within and for a multilayered network, such as the on-line  world versus off-line interactions, the blurring distinction of  designers and users, researchers and artists, design and research ‘in  the wild’, designing for social justice, inclusiveness, and  sustainability. We invite authors to deliberate on these relations  within and beyond the field of PD, which affect its conceptualization  and practices all over.

The 2014 PDC seeks to attract submissions from different disciplines,  academics, practitioners and artists in form of tutorials, workshops,  doctorial consortiums, participatory art encounters, papers, and  industry cases.


Call for papers – Designing for ‘Situated Elderliness’

Posted by Katrien on Thursday January 31st 2013 at 15:12

The special session Design Culture for Ageing Well: Designing for ‘Situated Elderliness’ aims to open upinterdisciplinary discussions between social scientists, seniors’ association members, healthcare practitioners, researchers and practitioners from human-computer interaction, ambient assisted living and related fields, and other interested persons. The special session aims to bring together people from diverse backgrounds.

Roles of “diversity”, “heterogeneity” and “abilities” will be core themes, based on an ability-based understanding of aging and situated elderliness. The organizers invite position papers that focus on topics related to “ageing well”, “ambient assisted living” or similar.

Dates: 1-3 July 2013
Location: Maribor, Slovenia at SouthCHI2013 (
Deadline for submissions: 5 March 2013


Call for papers about Media Aesthetics: ZfM

Posted by Rosanne on Friday May 11th 2012 at 11:38

“The aesthetic power of feeling”, wrote the late Félix Guattari, seems to be “on the verge of occupying a privileged position within the collective assemblages of enunciation of our era.” In discerning a “new aesthetic paradigm” he was not anticipating something along the lines of the primacy of the institutionalised arts within the social field, but rather a kind of “proto-aesthetic paradigm”, traversing all universes of value and existential territories, from the arenas of science and the ethico-political, to the modalities and practices of subjectivation. This general aestheticisation which Guattari had in mind at the end of the 1980s may be regarded as one of the first descriptions of a fundamental upheaval in the history of technology and sensation, a change taking place during the second half of the twentieth century, but especially since the 1990s, and one which potentially shifts the meaning of aesthetics as such: under the new media-technological conditions we observe a proto-aesthetic dressing of the present.

This special issue of ZfM sets out to clarify the historical-systematic contours as well as the political implications of the new aesthetic paradigm. This necessitates focusing on the key technical-medial scenes of the current sensorial caesura, outlining the associated conceptual challenges and issues of politics of terminology, in order thereby to contribute to the redescription of media-aesthetics under technological conditions, in particular those of the new era of social and mobile media in the network age.

Text submissions (around 25,000 characters, notes and spaces included), by the end of August 2012, to:

This special issue of ZfM will be published in April 2013. The language of publication is German. Papers are accepted in German, English and French; papers will be translated after peer-review and acceptance.

Call for papers: Digital Creativity – Special Issue on Design Fictions

Posted by Rosanne on Tuesday February 7th 2012 at 10:47

This special issue of the journal invites papers, projects and reviews exploring and developing the notion of Design Fictions. One of the early proponents of Design Fictions, the author Bruce Sterling, said that design: “seeks out ways to jump over its own conceptual walls – scenarios, user observation, brainstorming, rapid prototyping, critical design, speculative design” (Sterling, 2009). Despite the current burgeoning of this field and its various histories and antecedents, the coming together of design and fiction, as ‘design fictions’, remains relatively underexplored.

Design Fictions might also be sensed as a ‘speculative turn’ in design practice, founding a new engagement in ‘prototyping’ conjectural projections of designed futures. In the context of ever-present near futures, projected as scenarios that threaten radical ruptures of the real, digital creativity expands into a post-digital cybernetics. Design Fictions speculative design methodologies take their cue from science fiction, Sterling however would also have it the other way around, saying that: “design and literature don’t talk together much, but design has more to offer literature at the moment than literature can offer design” (Sterling, 2009).

This issue seeks to put design and literature into conversation. The journal wishes to ask how Design Fictions and related methodological work have mutated or glitched across art, design and architecture, for example in response to ‘design fictions’ (Nokia/Bleecker); in ‘critical design’ (Dunne & Raby); in speculative and visionary architecture (Spiller); in science fiction as prototyping (Intel/Johnson); and in ethnographic work on design and prototyping (Kelty).

Deadline for extended abstracts: 5 March 2012

Publication about this call in Wired:

Call for papers: Crafting the Future

Posted by Katrien on Tuesday February 7th 2012 at 10:39

The 10th European Academy of Design Conference – Crafting the Future – has as conference theme: designer´s practice knowledge. Or how can the specific knowledge of designers be brought forward, articulated, made visible and be understood and used in contexts like innovation, business development and social change?

The conference will take place in Gothenburg (Sweden), from 17-19 April 2013.

The organizing committee is pleased to invite proposals for papers to the following tracks:

1. Designing Future Mobility
2. Design Development of Future Homes for Future Cities
3. Design and Innovation
4. MAKING TOGETHER – Open, Connected, Collaborative
5. The craft of design in design of service
6. Fashion Design for Sustainability
7. Design history as a tool for better design
8. Power to the People: Practices of Empowerment through Craft
9. Design & Craft (Crafting the Education of Design)

For more information and timing, consult the conference website

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