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Submission: Closed
Opening: 30-May-2017
Closing: 02-Jun-2017
Call for Papers both for the main conference and also for the PhD Track. You may consider to submit a full paper, a short paper or a short movie. For the PhD Track we ask for short papers. The submission system will open in late October.
 
Although ‘action through doing’ is embedded within the DNA of Design Thinking, the design community – or any other community – cannot single-handedly take on the complex social and environmental challenges that face today’s local and global communities. The urgency of these challenges calls for a collaborative approach that ranges from the design community to social services, suppliers, manufacturers, brands, organisations, political institutions, and not least users. The knowledge field of design can and should contribute with particular insight and thus complement other knowledge fields (Cross, 1982). Yet, designers struggle on many levels to gain influence on the decision-making processes. Therefore, in order to obtain the necessary societal impact, it is of paramount importance that we rethink design-doing. The question is: How do we REDO design education, design practice, and design research so that our knowledge comes to have an actual effect on how we live; from the micro level of the domestic to the macro level of politics? With the theme “REDO”, the 2017 conference wishes to discuss and share ways of REDOing for IMPACT by professionals and academic researchers, exploring the theme in the design disciplines and beyond. The aim is to playfully inspire, challenge and develop the role, relevance and scope of design, art and media in a global world with sustainability for people, planet and profit in mind.
 
Contributions
In order to open our forum to voices of academia and others, we welcome full papers and short papers as well as short films that touch upon the overall theme of the conference, and which explore exemplary and imaginative ways of REDOing. We are particularly interested in projects that develop, explore, investigate and generate new knowledge within the themes listed below.  All contributions must contain clear examples of design, design thinking, and design research as drivers for REDOing. Authors must state which theme they are addressing.
 
What do we wish to REDO?
This theme calls for exemplary projects that point to areas in which working with design can create an impact, or visions for ways in which the design community might be able to show ways of taking the lead in solving major problems.
 
How and with whom do we REDO?
This theme calls for project examples that cut across research, teaching, organisations, companies, or cultural borders. It calls for exemplary suggestions for how to bridge the gap between the design community and industry, social services, politics, cultural differences, etc. Areas in which working with outsiders of one’s own field or context might contribute to solving complex challenges.
 
How do we teach students to REDO?
This theme calls for exemplary projects or teaching modules that illustrate ways in which design education can push for students to approach challenges, facilitate solutions together with collaborate partners, address gaps between consumption and production in the area of design, or other challenges.
 
Submission process for the main conference:
All papers will undergo double blind peer review and will be published.
Deadline for submission: 1 February 2017
Submission should contain one of the below:
Full papers (max 5000 words) excluding references
Short papers (max 2000 words) excluding references
Movies incl. abstracts (max 7 minutes and max 500 words)
Notification to authors: 14 March 2017
Final submission deadline: 15 April 2017
 
As part of the conference we will run a separate one day PhD session.
The PhD session aims to discuss and articulate PhD research through or by design. The contributions for the PhD session should seek to address the overall theme of the conference and gives an opportunity to present work and discuss the diverse aspects of what it means to do PhD in Design according to the theme REDO.
Participants will be awarded 1 ECTS point.
 
Aim
The aim of the event is to vocalise, discuss and work through different ways of REDOing conducted in a PhD in design, and to explore how these are re-shaping the field of design. It will bring together PhD students as well as supervisors and senior researchers to explore the many aspects of knowledge production within and across academic institutions in a collaborative approach. This event will provide a forum for early career researchers. We are particularly interested in PhD projects that develop, explore, investigate and generate new knowledge within the themes listed below.
 
What do we wish to REDO?
This theme calls for exemplary projects that point to areas in which working with design can create an impact, or visions for ways in which the design community might be able to show ways of taking the lead in solving major problems.
How and with whom do we REDO?
This theme calls for project examples that cut across research, teaching, organisations, companies, or cultural borders. It calls for exemplary suggestions for how to bridge the gap between the design community and industry, social services, politics, cultural differences, etc. Areas in which working with outsiders of one’s own field or context might contribute to solving complex challenges.
How do we teach students to REDO?
This theme calls for exemplary projects or teaching modules that illustrate ways in which design education can push for students to approach challenges, facilitate solutions together with collaborate partners, address gaps between consumption and production in the area of design, or other challenges.
 
We ask all applicants to submit:
– One short paper up to 2,000 words excluding references
– One image of your work (attached to the paper)
– 4 key words
 
Submission process:
All papers will undergo double blind peer review.
Deadline for submission: 1 February 2017
Notification to authors: 3 April 2017
Final submission deadline: 1 May 2017

Website(s):
- cumuluskolding2017.org