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Call for Papers: Future Craft, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, 14th March 2018.  Deadline: 1 December 2017

Conference Theme: Entrepreneurship or Enterprise? 

The University for the Creative Arts invites speakers to take part in the 'Future Craft' Conference. This is the first of a series of biennial conferences will offer an opportunity for discussion, engagement and debate across a broad continuum of jewellery and silversmithing, whilst looking forward to exploring what the future might hold

The conference seeks to provide a framework for discussion around Jewellery and Silversmithing: ‘Entrepreneurship or Enterprise?’  It will celebrate and explore continual innovation within these industries; along with learning, development, business, context and markets.

We invite proposals from scholars, artists and research students and welcome a range of modes and formats, from academic papers, artist talks, performative interventions etc. 

Details should include:

  • author/s name
  • title
  • email address/s and number/s, 
  • type of paper: ‘academic papers’, ‘artist talk’, ‘performative’ etc
  • abstract 150-200 words
  • statement that this work is your own and that it has not been published elsewhere (or if work has already been published give reference of this publication and how much new original content submitted)
  • any proposed costs, health and safety issues, equipment that may be required
  • image of self (headshot) image of work (if appropriate).

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Team.

The team will include jewellery and silversmithing researchers. Submissions are not to be anonymized for review; reviewers will be required to declare any conflict of interest over reviewed work.

Please contact Rebecca Skeels with any queries about submissions Successful applications will be notified by December 8th 2017. 

Proposal submissions might include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Conserving the industry for future generations
  • Learning, developing and innovating
  • Past, Present and Future 
  • Global Issues


21-24 May 2018 - DESIGN 2018 - The 15th INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONFERENCE Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, DUBROVNIK, Croatia.  Deadline: Full paper submission: December 11, 2017

The forthcoming DESIGN 2018 Conference will continue to be a great event founded on tradition and excellence. Although we live in a networked world communicating and exchanging ideas by emails, virtual meetings and social networks DESIGN 2018 conference will provide invaluable opportunity to meet colleagues face-to-face, to exchange new ideas and build a personal network in the direct contacts.

We invite high-quality submissions for DESIGN 2018 covering the substantial, original and previously unpublished research. Applied, theoretical and results-oriented papers from both academia and industry, based on thorough analysis or argumentation will be considered for the conference programme.

DESIGN 2018 CfP for download is available here:

Further information is available on DESIGN 2018 web site


Call for Papers, Posters and Workshops: EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DESIGN COMPUTING AND COGNITION DCC'18 2-4 July 2018 preceded by Workshops 30 June - 1 July 2018 Politecnico di Milano, Lecco Campus (near Milan), Italy Conference Website (  Deadline: Full papers due December 15, 2017

This conference series provides an international forum for the presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art and cutting edge research and developments in design computing and/or design cognition.

Attendees are invited to participate in the conference in the following ways:

- Submit a full length paper on completed research relating to design computing and/or design cognition.

- Submit a poster abstract describing ongoing research; there will be time for oral presentations of posters as well as displays.

- Submit a workshop proposal on a topic related to design computing and/or cognition. 

Full papers due December 15, 2017

Posters abstracts are due 26 January 2018

Workshop proposals are due 26 January 2018

Further information at Conference Website


Design as Semiosis, Special issue of Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics, Editors: Miltos Frangopoulos and Evripides Zantides. Deadline for abstracts: December 15, 2017

Ever since Roland Barthes, back in the mid-1950s, commented on the ideological myths infusing the design of the new Citroen DS or of the cover of Paris Match, the fates of design and semiotics have been inextricably entwined. From 'les trente glorieuses' of expanding mass production and mass consumption, however, to the current trend for customization, sustainable design, collaborative and participatory design, parametric design combined with 3D printing, we discern a reorientation from a use-centred, scientific design to a user-centered design driven by post-materialism and intuitive 'design thinking'. At the same time, semioticians moved from unraveling the mystifying effects of design upon a beguiled mass-consumer to championing a more expanded understanding of design as a fundamental dimension of the human activity of meaning-making, world-making and identity-making.

This shift of semiotic emphasis from ideological critique to an encompassing, anthropological concept of design may be seen as a reflection of a society that becomes all the more design-centred and 'design conscious', with the ceaseless invention of new media, artifacts, environments and man-machine interfaces constantly opening up novel fields for design activity; an activity, moreover, which has widely adopted semiotics in order to develop more meaningful and effective designs, as well as its self-reflexivity as semiotic work.

This special issue of Punctum aims to explore the shifts and turns marking the decades-long relationship between semiotics and design, and to foreground the role and significance of semiotics in the contemporary transdisciplinary engagement with and research in design.

Is it possible, finally, to sustain the critical project of semiotics, beyond both the wholesale reduction of the artifact to a fetish or an ideologeme, and the abstract notion of design as semiotic work underlying all human activity? We welcome contributions that address one or more of the above concerns, while drawing their research material from any particular area(s) of contemporary design: graphics, typography, architecture, interiors, furniture, fashion/textiles, packaging, industrial/product design, jewelry/ornament, car design, sound design, digital/web/ multimedia design, advertising, branding, political propaganda, social design etc. Prospective authors should submit an abstract of approximately 300 words by mail to Evripides Zantides ( and Miltos Frangopoulos (, including their affiliation and contact information. Acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee publication, given that all research articles will be put through the journal's peer review process.

Timeline Deadline for abstracts: December 15, 2017 Notification of acceptance of the abstract: December 31, 2017 Deadline for submission of full papers: April 30, 2018 Reviewers' report: June 15, 2018 Final revised papers due: July 15, 2018  Publication: Volume 4, Number 1 (July 2018)

PUNCTUM. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SEMIOTICS Punctum ( is a blind peer-reviewed, on-line journal dedicated to the semiotic study of contemporary cultural texts, practices and processes, published under the auspices of the Hellenic Semiotic Society.

Aspiring to provide a venue for the advancement of international semiotic scholarship, the journal is published twice a year (July & December) in English, although submissions in French and German will be accepted as well. Punctum's Editorial Board reflects both its international scope and the diversity of contemporary semiotic research and theory. Punctum invites submissions (original papers, review articles, book reviews) across this wide range of semiotic fields and methodologies on an on-going basis, and regularly puts out calls for special issues with guest editors.


Call for papers: Pictures of War: The Still Image in Conflict since 1945. Deadline: January 12, 2018

Conference: Pictures of War: The Still Image in Conflict since 1945 Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK 24th & 25th May 2018.

A conference on the intersections of conflict and pictures from the end of WWII until today.

Since the end of World War II, the nature and depiction of geopolitical conflicts have changed in technology, scale and character. The Cold War political landscape saw many struggles for liberation and national identity becoming proxy battlegrounds for the major powers. In the aftermath of anti-colonial conflicts, refugees and migrants who had relocated to the former metropolises joined those already fighting for civil equality in these countries. Wars continue to be waged in the name of democracy and terror, and in the interests of linguistic, theological and racial worldviews. Migration and displacement as a result of conflict are again at the top of the agenda.

As the technologies of war have shifted, so have the technologies of making pictures. This conference seeks to engage with these phenomena through critically engaged approaches to the processes of visualisation, their methodologies and epistemologies that will contribute to our understanding of the ways conflicts are pictured. The intention is to expand the field of enquiry beyond localised, thematic or media-specific approaches and to encourage new perspectives on the material and visual cultures of pictures.

We invite scholars, artists and activists interested in the study of images and pictures in their own right, with their own and admittedly interdependent discourses and visual and material capacities for producing knowledge and meaning (Mitchell, 2005). We are interested in presentations that consider the temporal and physical mobility of pictures and their visual, material, affective, political and economic value from multi and interdisciplinary positions. The subject of the conference will be examined through the following themes:

Call Themes:

A Heritage of Images

In looking at and in producing pictures, academics and practitioners are often aware of what Fritz Saxl called A Heritage of Images (1957) in self-conscious or subliminal ways. Pictorial accounts of contemporary conflicts arguably depend for their affectivity and recognisability upon their resonance with already existing historical depictive traditions.  Contributions to this strand would seek to interrogate the idea that visibility (Ranciere, 2004; Butler, 2009) is manifested in pictorial images, and to investigate how far what pictures depict and represent is dependent on the ability to recover the past in the present: ‘namely, that images with a meaning peculiar to their own time place, once created, have a magnetic power to attract other ideas into their sphere; that they can suddenly be forgotten and remembered again after centuries of oblivion.’ (Saxl, 1947).

Pictures on the Move, Visualising Solidarities The various expressions of solidarity have created pictures that reflected and inspired affinities and networks of possibilities beyond their intended aims and specific trajectories. Visual and material manifestations across ideological, ethnic and national borders, range from international solidarity in the struggles against totalitarianism in its various forms, colonialism, militarism and racism, as well as in demand for equal rights for women, LGBTQ individuals, refugees, and migrants. What kind of discourses do manifestations of solidarity trigger, and what kind of pictures do they produce? How do they vary across time and from one place to another? What are the different ways that they have shaped individual and collective identities and imaginations? Contributions can include but are not limited to: revolutionary, embodied, spatial and affective solidarities; Cold War official and unofficial networks, the solidarity of/with the displaced; notions of re-framing, undoing and decolonising in relation to visual interpretations of solidarity; failed attempts and their visual and material cultures.

Witnesses to Existence: The ethics of Aesthetics The ethical challenges to the visual representation of conflict are deeply problematic. The ongoing dilemma for photographers of suffering lies in the interplay between the desire to engender a social good – the ending of exploitation, discrimination or extermination – with the desire not to expose the victim to further unnecessary suffering, either in the performative act of being photographed, or the re-performative act of displaying that image to an audience. Concentrating on the practice of imagemakers, contributions will examine the visual strategies deployed by photographers in response to these challenges, including the role of advocacy photography in human rights work, the genre of aftermath photography, the forensic turn, and the role of alternative dissemination spaces like the gallery and museum.

Visual Activism and the Middle East

Conflicts are no longer the major global events they once were. Rather than exceptional events on isolated battlefields major-power conflict have been largely neutralised. Where conflicts do persist, they can become routine and unexceptional, an everyday disruption that people adapt to and endure.  How do visual activists record relationships between everyday life and larger forces of domination, disruption and change as a consequence of ongoing conflict as a form of resistance?  With an emphasis on the middle-east, this strand will discuss the evolving relationship between visual activism, political resistance and photographic practices. In doing so, it will consider proposals that seek to explore how such acts of visibility making, including but not limited to traditional photographic practices, can exist or meet at a number of social, spatial and artistic intersections and/or can be understood as having multiple functions.

Pictures, Conflicts, Modes of Transmission Pictures of conflict, especially those involving forms of documentation or reportage, have generally been dependent on technologies of transmission. These technologies have enabled pictures of conflict to be moved across geographical distances, to be technically reproduced, and to be circulated amongst spectators. They have included ‘wire’ systems for the rapid movement of images between distant points, different forms of printing and mass reproduction, and more recently, Internet-based social media platforms that have enabled professionals and citizens alike to upload and transmit pictures of contemporary conflict situations. This strand seeks to explore both historical and contemporary situations involving relationships between the visual representation of conflict and modes of transmission, asking how have such modes of transmission shaped the form and politics of pictures of military and political confrontations and struggles? 

The Unresolvable Past: Post-Conflict Trauma and Representation The persistence of traumatic memory is a recognisable part of post-conflict culture, often re-emerging long after the events that caused it have ceased. As Bennett (2005) suggests, it is art’s affective power that enables it to go beyond apparent claims to the objective documentation of conflict in that the form of the work itself helps to convey more elliptical forms of understanding. This strand invites papers that engage with the active and selective representation of themes related to post-conflict trauma within visual or material culture. To what extent, for example, can narration or depiction provide a means of dealing with the cataclysmic past, and can this process ever be complete, or even sufficient?

The conference will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University on 24th & 25th May 2018.

Submit Abstracts

Proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes should be sent in MS Word (max 250 words) followed by a short bio (not exceeding 100 words). Please include the title of your proposed paper and indicate the theme it most adheres to as these will be developed into conference panels.

All paper proposals must be submitted by email to: by 12 January 2018.

Conference Conveners: Prof. Jim Aulich, Mary Ikoniadou, Fionna Barber and Dr Simon Faulkner, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. Dr Paul Lowe, London College of Communication, UAL. Dr Gary Bratchford, University of Central Lancashire.

The conference is organised by the Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre and the Manchester Art Research Centre at MMU, in collaboration with the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC, and the Photography Research Group at UCLAN. Additional funding has been provided by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

The accepted papers may be considered for publication in a forthcoming edited volume.

The Pictures of War: The Still Image in Conflict since 1945 conference will offer several bursaries and subsidies, particularly towards travel and stay costs for PhD and ECR speakers whose abstracts have been accepted; more information will be provided in the conference announcement at the beginning of 2018.


Designing Interactive Systems DIS 2018 (June 2018, Hong Kong), 9-13 June 2018. Deadline for submissions: 8 January 2018

The theme of the 2018 conference is Design and Diversity. The conference looks for papers that explore this question: how to best support designing interactive systems for diversity, or should we aim at universals to support our work? Four subcommittees break this question into: Design Theory, Methods and Critical Perspectives; (User) Experience; Application Domains; and Technological Innovations.

The 2018 conference is organized in a design school, and it welcomes contributions from designers. Its submission formats are: Papers, Notes, Pictorials, Workshops, Provocations and Work-in-Progress (WIP), Demos, and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions use ACM templates and are submitted through Precision Conference System. Submissions are peer reviewed and published in ACM Digital Library.

Submission dates
8 January, 2018 (23:59 PST): Full Papers, Notes, Pictorials and Workshop proposals
12 March, 2018 (23:59 PDT): Provocations & WIP, Demos, Doctoral Consortium and Student Volunteers
5 March, 2018: author notifications

Conference dates
9-10 June: doctoral consortium and workshops
11-13 June: main conference

Queries and contacts: Ilpo Koskinen and Youn-kyung Lim Kenny Chow, Teresa Cerratto-Pargman and Will Odom



PARADE  - Publication and Research in Art, Architecture, Design and Environments is an interdisciplinary collaboration between universities and publishers internationally.  Call for abstracts: Deadline 30 January 2018

Artists, designers, filmmakers, journalists, media and communications specialists, architects, urban designers and more are welcome.

Themes: media, communications, film, digital technologies, and the built environment.

Moving Images – Static Spaces? The blurring of Architectures, Film, Animation, Digital Art, Coding and Design

Dates: 12-13 April 2018
Place: Istanbul Kemerburgaz University / Altinbaş Foundation
Publishers include: Routledge Taylor&Francis; UCL Press; Intellect Books; Libri Publishing; Vernon Press.
Universities include: University of East London; the University of Arizona; Abu Dhabi University and Istanbul Kemerburgaz University.

Delegates can attend in person or present virtually, avoiding the need for travel:

FILM / VIDEO: Pre-recorded films published on the event’s YOUTUBE channel
SKYPE: This option allows delegates to engage with the audience directly through Q&A.
IN PERSON: Delegates are also welcome to attend the event and present in-person.

In all cases, delegates can present full written papers for the associated publications. The primary publication related to this event is the Intellect Books series, The Mediated City.



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