CfP: Cumulus Wuxi 2018 Diffused Transition & Design Opportunities

October 31 – November 3, 2018
Hosted by Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China
Abstract submission extended by May 25, 2018

Diffused transition generates uncertainty and gaps, which not only brings out confusion but also opens new spaces to explore new possibilities, where new design opportunities can be identified.

BACKGROUND

Today we are in wide and deep transition locally and globally that creates many discontinuations in different perspectives. The happening transition in society, economy, technology, culture, environment and politics keeps increasing challenges and complexity of them. Consequently, it dramatically changes the situations and our ideas that we thought normal and solid. In such a fluid society, there is a big question on “where we are and will go?” to entire human society, states, communities and individuals, which is a big design issue as well. Diffused transition generates uncertainty and gaps, which not only brings out confusion but also opens new spaces to explore new possibilities, where new design opportunities can be identified.

As an intercultural exchange platform for international community of design education, with the theme Diffused Transition and Design Opportunities, 2018 Cumulus conference in China aims to investigate where design is now and will go in this transiting age, and to identify new opportunities by presenting local responses for common challenges in globalization 3.0, sharing emerging design practices, design research and design education, and reflecting new attributes, roles and culture of design. We wish to call on you to share your insights on the six subthemes below.

SUBTHEMES

1. Emerging design research and practices

Driven by the diffused transition, what kinds of changes and topics are emerging in the design areas related to culture, technology, economic, and social? What is the potential and limitation of design? The design practice and research related but not limited to the topics below are welcomed.

● Cultural Transition and design opportunities
● Technical transition and design opportunities
● Social transition and design opportunities
● Economic transition and design opportunities

2. Evolution and continuation of design education

Forced by the diffused transition, changes in design education are necessary. What kind of design education is appropriate in the different context? What kinds of new explorations have been conducting? How to evaluate the effects of these education reformation? The papers related to design education are welcomed.

3. The change and certainty of design discipline

Confronted with these changes, what kinds of influence on design disciplinary are happening? What is the constant part of design discipline? How to facilitate the development of design discipline? The papers related to design discipline are welcomed.

4. Interdisciplinary integration and design position

Nowadays, interdisciplinary innovation is also a significant issue. How to efficiently cooperate with other disciplines is crucial in this diffused transition context. What is the position of design in interdisciplinary innovation? What is the value of design? The papers on this subtheme are welcomed.

5. Sustainable vision and design challenges

With the changes discussed above, the sustainable challenges are vital. What kind of sustainable vision do we have? How design can be an asset to make this vision become a reality? The papers on this issue are welcomed.

6. Global transition and local design response

Thomas L. Friedman pointed out that we are entering the globalization 3.0 with the connection points changed from countries, companies to person. What kinds of influences are emerging for local design in globalization 3.0? What kinds of design practices are adopted in different regions? How to better cope with the challenges and opportunities in this new context? The papers on local design in globalization 3.0 are welcomed.

CONTRIBUTIONS

In order to open our forum to voices of academia and others, we welcome full papers and poster proposal that touch upon the overall theme of the conference. We are particularly interested in projects that develop, explore, investigate and generate new knowledge within the themes listed above. Authors must state which theme they are addressing.´

Please note:
– All submission must be in English.
– Presentations will be in English only.
– Submissions should be anonymous, and should not contain the author’s Information. All submissions (abstracts, academic papers and professional proposals) will undergo double blind peer review by an international team of peers.
– We accept academic paper and professional proposal. Author of academic paper will be asked to do an oral presentation in the paper session, while author of professional proposal need to present their work during the poster and exhibition session.
– Please submit your contributions through the submission website link , do not submit it by email http://dtdo.a.jinyiyun.net).
– An abstract should be max 500 words (references excluded) + 5 key words
(Abstract template download: http://dtdo.a.jinyiyun.net ).
– Authors must use this template for submission of the final papers.
(Paper template download: http://dtdo.a.jinyiyun.net )

Requirements for academic paper
– An abstract in Word of max 500 words with theme + 5 key words (references excluded) must be submitted before the May 20th 2018.
– Academic full paper: min 3000 words – max 5000 words (Abstract included and references excluded).

Requirement for Professional proposal
– An abstract in Word of max 500 words with theme + 5 key words (references excluded) must be submitted before the May 20th 2018.
– Final professional proposal submissions should include: short paper+ Video or Poster.

Short paper: min 1000 – max 2000 words (Abstract included and references excluded).
Video: Max 7 minutes
Poster size: Pdf A0 (Please download poster template: http://dtdo.a.jinyiyun.net ).
Video and poster need to be uploaded to the submission system only after the authors get the notification of short paper accepted. No need to upload the video and poster before the author get the notification.

Submission implies consent for the material to be used for the conference and conference publications.
Academic and professional proposals presented at the conference will be only those whose authors are on-site (author or their substitutes) and registered the conference.
Submission must be original (neither presented nor published in any other publications/platforms) , and in line with the overall theme of the conference.

IMPORTANT DATES (2018)

25 May Deadline of abstract submission (extended)
15 June Notification of abstract acceptance
10 Aug. Deadline of paper submission (academic paper and professional paper)
10 Sept. Notification of paper acceptance (with reviewer’s feedback)
1st Oct. Final academic paper and short paper+ video/poster submission.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Distinguished professor Guo Weimin will be the chair of all the calls.
All submissions (abstracts, regular papers and poster proposals) will undergo double blind peer review by an international team of peers.

All accepted contributions would be published in the digital conference proceedings by an authorized publisher that can be distributed internationally with ISBN number.

Templates and details about the call for paper, please check on the conference website at: (http://cumuluswuxi2018.org/)

Contacts:
Email: papercumulus2018@jiangnan.edu.cn
Tel: +86-0510-859115

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