Calls for papers

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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 papers - Ireland's Design Journal (ITERATIONS - Issue 7), Deadline: 31 January 2018

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The theme: From insight to impact: Designing for growth

  • In business
  • In self
  • In society

From insight to impact in business

New reports link design to economic value, increased performance and innovation. This track looks for best in class examples, reflections on practice, and theoretical discussion illustrating noteworthy approaches in design applied in small, medium and large organisations. In particular we welcome contributions that inform cause and effect models, analysis, or wider commentary around design in business.

From insight to impact in self

In today's fast moving world there are new challenges when maintaining personal health and wellbeing. This track looks for reflections, examples and theoretical discussion in exploring the role of design in navigating life. In particular we welcome contributions that inform analysis or wider commentary around design for the individual.

From insight to impact in society

Today's society is fast evolving and changing. This track looks to explore the role for design in impacting identity, policy, systems and services for the good of society. In particular we welcome contributions that inform analysis or wider commentary around design for society.

We encourage contributions from academics, individuals and industries that demonstrate the role of design in delivering real impact. We are particularly interested in academic articles, non-academic discussion papers, research articles, action research, design process commentary and position papers will also be considered as per previous issues.

Submissions may include:

  1. Full research papers for peer review (6-8 pages: 6 page article requires 3000-3300 words, 8 page article requires 4000-4500)
  2. Position papers (up to 1500 words)
  3. Reflections on practice focused on design projects or process (Use full paper and commentary articles as a guide to wordcount)
  4. Single page A4 Portrait - Practice, creative work, infographics, visual essay, illustration, etc.
  5. Commentary, Opinion (up to 1500 words)
  6.  Interviews (up to 1500 words)

Key Dates

Call for articles: 17th November 2017

Deadline for receipt of articles: 31st January 2018 

Blind peer review deadline: 23rd February 2018 

Approval of articles from editorial board: Week 15th March 2018

Date of publication: June 2018

If you have any queries please contact the editorial team.


Next Wave.  dmi: Academic Design Management Conference, London, 1-2 August 2018.  Call for Papers. Deadline 7 February 2018

Around the world, a mass movement of design researchers and practitioners are using their capabilities to enable innovation in complex systems and organizations across public and private sectors alike. ’Next Wave’ will address the new design knowledge being created, the new forms of practice emerging, and how research and practice can stimulate and learn from each other.

 Who Should Attend?

Because of its combinatory nature, this conference is open to all. Every discipline and area of endeavour will benefit:

  • Researchers
  • Design and Design Management practitioners
  • Educators
  • Business leaders
  • Public Sector leaders
  • Students

Submissions are being accepted at the conference website now. All interested in submitting a paper abstract, attending, or learning more about this conference should register at the conference management website for regular updates and deadline notices.


Abstracts should be less than 500 words in length and include working title, summary of paper, description of methodology used (if appropriate), contribution to the field, and implications for theory and practice.

Author names should NOT be identified in the abstract or the body of the paper. Authors should be referred to in the text or notes in the third person only. Full papers must be previously unpublished

Abstract Submission Process

All abstracts, workshops and papers must be be submitted via our conference management website. Paper abstracts will be assessed and accepted authors/presenters will be notified on 28 February 2018. If accepted, authors will be invited to submit a full paper due on 4 April, 2018. To submit your abstract, please follow these steps:

Register on to the conference management website and create your account.

Once logged in select 'Your Submissions,' then 'DMI Abstract Submission,' and complete the submission form including the following items: 

Authors and affiliations

  • Abstract/Workshop title
  • Text of your abstract (maximum 500 words)
  • The track(s) you wish to be considered for
  • Provide keywords for your abstract
  • Add any comments for the review committee. 
  • Click Proceed.

Abstracts will be stored in our conference management platform where they will be considered for acceptance. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified on 28 February with details of submitting their paper via our conference management website by 4 April where they will be anonymously reviewed by at least two reviewers.

Full Papers

All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed.

Full papers should be between 4000–6000 words in length. We welcome any research approach or type of paper including conceptual, empirical and critical literature reviews. However, we expect high standards of scholarship within the papers in terms of establishing the theoretical context, explicating the methods of inquiry, and reporting results that may aid other researchers.

Conference Presentations

At least one author/presenter of accepted papers/workshops must attend the conference and present their work.


Proceedings from the conference will be submitted to scholarly databases for indexing and published digitally on the DMI website.  

Submission Timeline

7 February 2018 - Deadline for abstracts (500 words)

28 February 2018 - Notifications of accepted abstracts

4 April 2018 – Deadline for full papers

11 April 2018 - Deadline for R+B Proposals

2 May 2018 - Notifications of accepted full papers

6 June 2018 - Deadline for full paper with corrections

13 June 2018 - Deadline for author registration

1 August 2018 - Conference opens

2 August 2018 - Conference closes

Publishing Prospectus

DMI will publish and disseminate the full conference proceedings at the DMI website. The 2018 Design Management Journal will feature the top peer-reviewed papers.


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 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