Call for papers: Cumulus Paris 2018 together to get there

Hosted by Césaap (Boulle, Duperré, Estienne, Ensaama)
Conference dates: April 11 – 13, 2018 Paris, France
Abstract submission by November 5, 2017

Cumulus and Cesaap welcome professional proposals and academic papers for the Cumulus conference ‘together to get there’. The goal of the conference is to make otherness a positive force, to make design and the meeting of talents a compelling tool to act on what is real. The aim is also to welcome people who work both as academics and as professionals, not excluding research and theory to give answers.

www.cumulusparis2018.org
www.cumulusassociation.org

Contact : cfp-cumulusparis2018@ac-paris.fr

Background together to get there

Because we believe that tomorrow the various approaches to design should follow a common path, we aim to stimulate collaborative practices to let innovation and unpredictability break free. We aim to get an outlook of the future, to get ideas we would have never had alone. To get somewhere new, all of us. To get there, achieving together.

In partnership for the past two years within the framework of CÉSAAP, the four Parisian Schools of Art and Design, Boulle, Duperré, Estienne, and Ensaama have decided to share their expertise, to mutualised experiences and to host Cumulus 2018 conference.

Cumulus Paris 2018 is part of a cross-cutting and interdisciplinary approach. It highlights both collective and collaborative practices. Its goal is to make otherness a positive force, to make design and the meeting of talents a compelling tool to act on what is real. By keeping the main concerns of our institutions, such as pedagogy, learning, transmission, the professional world and society, as the guiding theme, we wish to call on you to question this concept of ‘together/to get there’ through five main areas developed below.

The aim is also to welcome people who work both as academics and as professionals, not excluding research and theory to give answers.

TOGETHER, THE NEED FOR A SHARED LANGUAGE?
Does the interdisciplinarity inherent to design imply speaking a common language? Acculturating to the language of the other, inventing a common language and culture in order to understand each other and progress together, could it therefore be the condition of successful interdisciplinary collaboration? But what is the language of designers? How do other professions in design and other disciplines understand design and designers, how the end-users? Have designers invented their own language? If so, what is its nature? How can we evolve in the Tower of Babel that is the manufactory of the world?

TOGETHER, (RE)ACQUAINTANCE WITH ACTORS?
Productions stemming from design are rarely the work of a single person. While the credits of a film present an exhaustive list of all contributors, this is not the case with fashion or even architectural projects, which nevertheless only emerge with the assistance of several professions. Whether visible or concealed, these credits reveal the methods of organising creative work. Whether vertical or horizontal rationales, very hierarchical or elective (collectives, associations, etc.), all are effective and impact design.

TOGETHER… OR HAPPY ALONE?
The collective imaginary of creation is rooted in the figure of the author, the artist, of a distinct personality. The world of creation has always produced a tension between individuality and collectivity. Several design studios showcase the name of the creator behind whom numerous assistants are concealed. In addition, from the top of his ‘ivory tower’, the creator knows very well how to find his place among his peers. How does this tension operate, between the fact of working alone and working in a group? How much solitude or interaction with others is necessary to give birth to a remarkable production?

TOGETHER, THE LIFTING OF CONFLICTS?
Being together, doing together, is not just about conviviality and good humour, it is also about comparing oneself to others, to their ideas, their actions, their interests and it is about taking the risk of not always being on the same wavelength or about calling oneself into question. Collectivity is not always chosen, but if it is approached in an active and participative manner it can become a place of unexpected exchange of ideas, of skills and of creativity and it can make shared solutions emerge. How is design a good lever for action to escape what divides, opposes, excludes or oversteps these rationales of division, opposition and exclusion?

TOGETHER, HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION?
Working in groups, whether intra- or interdisciplinary, is above all recognised for its capacity to unlock the creative potential of everyone, to promote the unpredictable, to diversify approaches and to extend the limits of what is possible. How is interdisciplinarity in the field of design a lever for innovation? Why is design almost always allotted to objectives of innovation? Is there a designated discipline to try to reach this objective? Where is innovation situated, if it exists? Is it a formal, everyday, technical or social innovation?


Contributions

In order to open our conference to voices of professionals, we welcome papers and professional proposals (details below) that touch upon the overall theme of the conference, and which explore exemplary and imaginative ways of working together.
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 and/or design research as drivers for the theme.

Please note:
• Every submission must be in ENGLISH (an optional French abstract version can be added).
• Presentations will be in ENGLISH only.
• Contributions should be anonymous and should not contain the name(s) of the author(s).
• Authors must specify which theme they are addressing and emphasize with 5 keywords (max).
• For every submission : an abstract (500 words, max + theme + 5 key words – references excluded) is required and must be sent through : cfp-cumulus2018@ac-paris
• Papers and professional proposals presented at the conference will be only those whose authors are on-site (author or their substitutes).
• No need for the paper or the proposal to be unique (not presented elsewhere and not published in any other publication) if it is in line with the overall theme of the conference.
• Submission implies consent for the material to be used for the conference and conference publications.

Documents that do not comply with those rules will be excluded from the evaluation process.

Scientific Committee

Claire Brunet, Head of Design department – lecturer at École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, will be the chair of both calls.

All submissions (abstracts, academic papers and professional proposals) will undergo double blind peer review by an international team of peers.

All accepted papers will be published with ISBN number by the Cumulus Association in the conference proceedings.

Abstracts will be published in the Cumulus Paris 2018 conference program.

Key dates

• Opening of the calls: 11th October 2017
• Abstracts submission deadline: 5th November 2017
• 1st notification: 27th November 2017
• Full papers / full proposals submission deadline: 7th January 2018
• Final Notification to authors: 31st January 2018
• Cumulus Paris 2018 conference: 11th – 13th April 2018

Call for professional proposals

Accepted contributions

• Paper: min 3000 words – max 5000 words (references excluded – pictures can be integrated, etc.)
• Film: max 7 minutes
• Poster: max PDF A0

Submission process

Please save the files with the initials of the title of your contribution.
Example: ‘My Paper Submission’ MPS.doc, MPS.docx

For every submissions:
An abstract (or a presentation of poster/video) in Word of max 500 words with theme + 5 key words (references excluded) must be submitted before the 6th of November by email with the object “Submission for call for professional proposals” to cfp-cumulusparis2018@ac-paris.fr

Information about authors should be in the email and not the attached document.

Abstract should contain:
TITLE OF THE PROPOSAL
Theme
5 key words
No name or contact included as it will undergo double blind peer review.

Send your abstract Word file (doc. or docx) by email with the object “Submission for call for professional proposals” to: cfp-cumulusparis2018@ac-paris.fr before the 6th November

Authors will receive an acknowledgement of receipt after sending their abstract.

Authors selected by the scientific committee will receive a notification from November 27th 2017.

Authors selected must upload their final proposal by email with the object “Final submission for call for professional proposals” to: cfp-cumulusparis2018@ac-paris.fr before January 8th 2018.

If contribution consists of or comprises a film, picture or poster, that film/picture/poster must be sent separately via WeTransfer to: cfp-cumulusparis2018@ac-paris.fr

Authors selected will receive their final notification from the 31st of January.

Call for academic papers

Accepted contributions

• Full paper: min 3000 words – max 5000 words (references excluded)

Submission process

Please save the files with the initials of the title of your contribution.
Example: ‘My Paper Submission’ MPS.doc, MPS.docx

An abstract in Word of max 500 words with theme + 5 key words (references excluded) must be submitted before the 6th of November by email with the object “Submission for call for academic papers” to cfp-cumulusparis2018@ac-paris.fr

Information about authors should be in the email and not in the attached document.

Abstract should contain:
TITLE OF THE PAPER
Theme
5 key words
No name or contact included as it will undergo double blind peer review.

Send your abstract Word file (doc. or docx) by email with the object “Submission for call for academic papers” to cfp-cumulusparis2018@ac-paris.fr before the 6th November

Authors will receive an acknowledgement of receipt after sending their abstract.

Authors selected by the scientific committee will receive a notification from November 27th 2017.

Authors selected must upload their full paper by email with the object “Final submission for call for academic papers” to cfp-cumulusparis2018@ac-paris.fr before January 8th 2018.

Authors selected will receive their final notification from the 31st of January.

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