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CFP: (Re-)Forming Sculpture Conference. Deadline: 16 March 2018

Call for Papers for the Association for Art History's 2-day Summer Symposium organised by the Doctoral and Early Career Research Network, University of Leeds and The Hepworth Wakefield, June 26 - 27, 2018

Keynote Speakers:

Martina Droth, Deputy Director of Research, Exhibitions, and Publications | Curator of Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art

Dr Rebecca Wade, Assistant Curator (Sculpture), Leeds Museums and Galleries, based at the Henry Moore Institute

Paper proposal deadline: 16 March 2018

This Association for Art History Summer Symposium is a two-day annual conference which will highlight current doctoral and early career research in the field of sculpture, within its widest art historical remits. Held between the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, and The Hepworth Wakefield, this conference hopes to unite the academic and curatorial disciplines of sculptural studies. As a socio-cultural space Leeds is celebrated for the study, production and display of sculpture. Artists such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth shared a gratitude to Leeds as a place of noteworthy influence on their work, and succeeded in leaving behind a significant legacy. A sustained interest in sculptural studies has continued, demonstrated by the formation of the Henry Moore Institute as the Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture within Leeds City Art Gallery in 1982, alongside associated initiatives including the Henry Moore Sculpture Studio, Dean Clough (1989), and the MA in Sculpture Studies at University of Leeds in 1990. In more recent times, 2011 witnessed the opening of the The Hepworth Wakefield, and in 2013 a partnership of the Sculpture Triangle was established between the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Looking to the future, how can we best reconcile sculptural, scholarly, and curatorial practices, within Britain and further afield? This conference aims to continue to re-form previous narratives that have focused on monumental, figurative and free-standing sculpture, created in traditional ‘higher’ materials of plaster, marble, or bronze. Increased and expanded research around sculpture is embracing a re-thinking of materiality, aesthetics, the role played by gender and identity, and its nature as a critical form of representation. Since a shift towards more conceptual art practices in the 1960s onwards, and the associated opening up of medium categories and critique of the high modernist art object, scholarship has reassessed previous assumptions of what constitutes sculpture, influenced by Rosalind Krauss’ seminal work ‘Sculpture in the Expanded Field’ (1979). Moreover, scholars have concentrated on the rethinking of the sculptural object, its siting and context, with Alex Potts’ phenomenological study of sculpture from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, The Sculptural Imagination: Figurative, Modernist, Minimalist (2000), and more recently in Penelope Curtis’ exhibition Sculpture in Painting (2009) at the Henry Moore Institute. Additionally, scholarship has taken into account the intersections between sculpture and the decorative arts, as demonstrated by the exhibition organized by Martina Droth between the Henry Moore Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum entitled Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts (2008-09). Considering the sculptural aspects inherent within painting, architecture, decorative arts, photography, and film, how might we think differently about sculpture as an art historical category in its own right? For example, how do wider notions of sculpture and its relationship with other art forms intersect with discourses relating to histories of collecting, display and place-making? How best can sculpture be re-formed (re-thought?) within academic and curatorial disciplines?

In light of these questions, this conference hopes to re-consider the boundaries and hierarchies of sculpture within art history and visual culture, broadening how it is understood in terms of its medium, form, materiality, and cultural significance. We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers which explore these themes or which address any other aspect of re-forming sculpture, from antiquity to the modern day. The Summer Symposium is organised by the Association for Art History’s Doctoral and Early Career Research Network. The 2018 organisers are Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth (University of Leeds) and Clare Nadal (University of Huddersfield/ The Hepworth Wakefield).

Topics can include but are not limited to:

• The significance and legacies of sculptural heritage in Leeds and Yorkshire • Hierarchies of sculpture as an art historical category • Sculptural aspects of decorative arts, architecture, photography, painting, and film • Non-traditional mediums for sculpture, e.g. porcelain, 3-d printing, light or digital sculpture, ephemeral or recycled material, such as dissolving clay, etc • Histories of collecting or displaying sculpture • Formations of private or public sculpture collections • How sculpture is curated or framed in the modern museum or within an outdoor environment • Practice-led or practice-based approaches to sculpture

To propose a paper: Please send a Word document with your contact information, paper title, an abstract of 300 words, and a short biographical note. The submission of abstract is open to current doctoral researchers and early career researchers within 3 years of receiving their doctorate.

Proposals should be sent to by 16 March 2018


CALL FOR PAPERS - DEADLINE 31 MARCH 2018 Whats Going On? A Discourse on Fashion, Design & Sustainability, 31 October - 1 November 2018 

Centre for Sustainable Fashion is proud to announce it will be hosting the 6th edition of the Global Fashion Conference, taking place at University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion on the 31st October and 1st November 2018, with the aim of stimulating the international debate around fashion, design and sustainability through the lens of design thinking and practice, and coinciding with the celebration of CSFs 10th anniversary.

We humans have always fashioned protection and adornment for our bodies from the world around us. Beyond this, the activities and artefacts of fashion act as a barometer of our lives and lifestyles. Today the activity of shielding and embellishing the body is a personal process as well as a global industry with powerful ramifications for the ecological and social world in which we live.

In this conference, the first to exclusively examine this area, we invite you to explore the dynamics, challenges and propositions of fashion and sustainability through the lens of design thinking and practice. That is, we ask you to examine Whats Going On? in this emerging field of study. The conference theme should be understood in the broadest of terms, encouraging a diverse range of submissions addressing design and sustainability research in the context of fashion and its systems from a variety of philosophical angles and methodological approaches. Submissions should align with at least one of the conference themes of Power, Nature, Culture or Society.

With a multi-disciplinary approach the two-day conference will be the leading international discussion forum for academics, entrepreneurs, designers, professionals and business representatives on the topics of fashion.

The Organising Committee invites you to participate by sharing your research and/or innovative projects. All submissions must be original, unpublished work. They can include long and short papers, interactive sessions, special sessions, photography, film, performance and other modes of investigation and representation that can be accommodated within the space and time of the conference.

All proposals will be submitted to blind peer review and different forms of publication will be given to the ones accepted.


CFP: Cultures, architecture & cites as Tangible  Intangible Heritage(s) Conference 15 June 2018. The Abstract deadline is April 1st

Tangible  Intangible Heritage(s)  Design, social and cultural critiques on the past, present and the future University of East London (UK).


This conference calls upon art and architectural historians, sociologists, cultural theorists, architects, planners, urban designers, to critique the urban conditions of the past with a view to informing the present.


Sample of themes: contemporary architecture and modes of production | emerging forms in city planning | social and political history of urbanisation globally | representations of the city in art | historic architecture as social text


Forming part of PARDE (Publication & Research in Art, Architectures, Design and Environments) papers from this conference are considered for publication in books and journals by the following publishers: Routledge Taylor & Francis | UCL Press | Intellect Books | Libri Publishing | Vernon Press | Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Architecture_MPS journal.

An additional conference proceedings publication is produced by AMPS.

ISSN 2398-9467


CFP: NordiCHI 2018, Oslo, 29 September - 3 October. Deadline 15 April 2018

The biannual NordiCHI conference is the main Nordic forum for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research. NordiCHI addresses the field in a broad sense and is a meeting place for researchers from academia and industry, designers, practitioners, educators and others working within HCI and related disciplines. NordiCHI is organized in collaboration with ACM SIGCHI.

Submission deadlines:

15th of April 2018: research papers (of variable length, 4-10 pages)

2nd of May 2018: all other types of submissions: work in progress papers, posters, demos, design cases, future scenarios, practitioners & industry experiences, workshops, tutorials, and doctoral colloquium.

A new submission category this year is work in progress papers, presenting new research, see the NordiCHI 2018 web:

The theme of NordiCHI 2018 is revising the /lifecycle/. The theme life cycles broadly address changes within the field of HCI. We want to provoke reflections and understandings concerning the design process life cycles and how increasingly complex entanglements of use and design transcend the old divisions between design and use of interactive technologies. Furthermore, critical reflections on the sustainability of digital artifacts challenge a narrow view on technology life cycles, both from a philosophical and an empirical perspective. Thinking about life cycles foregrounds issues of temporality, permanence, and durability of HCI concepts, methods, tools, artifacts. We want to open up for discussions about how the field changes and what we, as a community, consider to matter most when we look to the future.

NordiCHI 2016 invites original papers that move the field of human-computer interaction forward, be it through the advance of theory, methodology, or practice. We invite submissions of high international standard, presenting original work that significantly contributes to research and practice of Human-Computer Interaction in its broadest sense. Papers should be anonymized and formatted according to ACM SIGCHI papers format. Submissions are made electronically through the conference paper submission and reviewing system PCS (Precision Conference System). Please note that the deadlines are firm and will not be extended. The papers are peer-reviewed in a double-blind review process. Some submission categories will be reviewed by a jury of peers.Authors must present accepted papers at the NordiCHI 2018 Conference, and register for the conference for at least one day.

Accepted manuscripts appear in the Proceedings of NordiCHI 2018, which will be published in the ACM Digital Library.


Call for Papers: Northern Light: Critical Approaches to Proximity and Distance in Northern Landscape Photography, Sheffield Hallam University, 2-3 July 2018.  Deadline: 16th April 2018

To coincide with the publication of our book, Northern Light: Landscape, Photography, and Evocations of the North (Chris Goldie & Darcy White (eds.) Transcript Verlag, Spring 2018) Sheffield Hallam University will hold a second conference around critical issues arising from the photographic representation of the northern landscape. The conference will be accompanied by an exhibition and we envisage both events as an opportunity for creative dialogue between theorists and practitioners. Selected papers from the conference will be considered for inclusion in a publication. A wide range of topics are welcomed for discussion at the conference, and we invite papers from any artist, critical writer, academic or theorist working within this field, whilst proposals can be made as contributions to one of the following potential strands:

  • Contemporary photography and the northern Landscape: representation and appropriation
  • Climate change and the politics of northern landscape photography
  • Northern landscape photography and contemporary consumerism
  • The northern landscape and neoliberalism
  • Northern landscapes as spaces of liminality
  • Documentary landscape photography
  • Discourses on the north in landscape photography
  • Historical approaches to the northern landscape
  • Landscape photography, landscape painting and the northern pictorial tradition
  • The scopic regime(s) of landscape photography
  • The northern landscape within global media

We emphasise that we are very open to other themes and approaches and particularly welcome any contributions from artists or theorists whose work is centred within a particular geographical location, such as northern Britain, northern Europe, the Nordic countries, Canada, Alaska, Siberia, and Russia. We also invite papers with a topographical theme, such as mountains, forest, wilderness, and ice.  Finally, whilst the primary focus is photography and photography as an expanded practice, we also encourage contributions from artists and critics working within other media – cinema, animation, video, painting, drawing, performance – as well as from other disciplines: literary studies, cultural studies, philosophy, history, cultural geography, anthropology, sociology, and tourism.

We invite submission of a proposal for a 20-minute paper, to be accompanied by a 500-word abstract. Deadline for submission is 16th April 2018. Send to Chris Goldie (


Call for papers: Addressing designed form - demarcating design, Design Microconference Design School Kolding, Denmark, 5-7 September 2018.  Deadline: April 28 2018

The conference aim is to draw the attention of design research towards the form of designed objects by exploring the boundaries of design.

The seminar seeks to focus on the essential in design, that which makes it distinct from other disciplines. There is considerable latitude in this call for papers for a wide variety of views, those that emphasise ethical concerns, procedure and inclusive approaches to creativity. Such wide ranging views span from Herbert Simon (1996) to the work of David Pye (1964).

The output should be essays that can inform those researching and practicing design. They should also be useful to those learning the discipline and who wish to have a conceptual framework for form-giving and its meanings.

Contributors will be asked to present their paper and to provide a detailed commentary on the work of one other participant. As such the micro-conference will be an opportunity for wide ranging and considered discussion.

Expressions of interest are welcome prior to the submission of a draft.

A selection of papers will be published in a peer-reviewed design journal.


Full paper draft (6000 words including abstract): April 28th 2018 Notification of acceptance: May 30th 2018 Final paper: August 15 2018 Registration closes: August 30th 2018

Registration costs 135 and is payable by August 30th 2018

Location: Design School, Kolding, Denmark. Dates: 5th to 7th September.

For bookings please contact Christina Stind Rosendahl at For further information please contact Richard Herriott, Assistant Professor, Industrial Design



Call for Submissions - ongoing deadline

The interior is a fluid space that responds to changes informed by culture, scale, technology, performance and materials to name a few. These represent a sample from a greater cross section of interdisciplinary forces that shape and reshape the interior.

Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture looks to authors and designers to contribute writings, design projects, experimental studies, and new approaches to interiors in order to reveal changes affecting the interior as seen through the multitude of influences it can absorb.

The journal seeks to publish work that frames the discipline in its past and present through history and theory both established and newly forming. At the same time, it seeks to generate discussion about the ability for interiors to be flexible, dynamic, temporary and static, based upon its role and performance in relationship to changes in the built environment in the form of design and experimental work. The journal sets out to challenge divisions between theory and practice and aims to provide an essential forum for all those with an interest in bridging these areas.

The journal, Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture published by Taylor & Francis, invites submissions for forthcoming volumes. Submissions can take the form of text, creative works with brief supporting text, exhibition reviews as well as manuscripts that challenge and inform the discipline. Further information about the journal can be found at the following link.


Philosophy of Photography - Ongoing deadline

The editors welcome inquiries and submissions from researchers and practitioners, from a broad range of disciplines, who seek to explore any aspect of photography from a theoretical standpoint. The journal publishes articles, interviews, photo-works, new English translations of significant work on photography in other languages, occasional symposia or special sections on key topics, reviews, conference reports and critical analyses of technical developments. Prospective guest editors with ideas for special sections devoted to particular themes are invited to approach the editors with their proposal.


She Ji - the Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation - Ongoing deadline

She Ji is a peer-reviewed, trans-disciplinary design journal published by Elsevier in collaboration with Tongji University and Tongji University Press. The first issue appeared in September 2015. 

She Ji focuses on economics and innovation, design process and design thinking. Our mission is to enable design innovation in industry, business, non-profit services, and government through economic and social value creation.

Innovation requires integrating ideas, economics, and technology to create new knowledge at the intersection of different fields. She Ji provides a unique forum for this inter- disciplinary inquiry.

She Ji addresses how societies, organizations, and individuals create, build, distribute, use, and enjoy goods and services, with an added focus on strategy and management. The journal also explores the way that organizations increasingly use design thinking to achieve organisational goals, and the journal examines how design thinking can inform wider social, managerial, and intellectual discourses. She Ji also publishes articles in research methods and methodology, philosophy, and philosophy of science to support the core journal area.

She Ji invites papers on topics within our remit. Articles of interest might cover such issues as:

– Design-driven innovation for social and economic change – Design practices in management, consulting, and public service – Alternative economies and industrial transformation – Design for smart and sustainable living – Latest design theories – Methods and methodologies for design research – Design for social innovation, organizational change, and education – Design, computation, and algorithms – Cultural aspects of design and innovation – Philosophy of design – Philosophy of science in design research