AIS/Design Call for Conference 2019 Italy: design, politics and democracy in the 20th century

June 20-21, 2019 Turin, Italy
Abstract submission till January 31, 2019

The conference welcomes historical approaches, contemporary and interdisciplinary topics.

http://www.aisdesign.org/aisd/en/news/italia-design-politica-democrazia-nel-xx-secolo
The 20th century is the contemporary history timeframe within scholars are invited to investigate the complexity of historical relations between design and politics. Inserting us as design historians over the research field that relates design and democracy and using the connection proposed by Gui Bonsiepe between *critical humanism* and *operational humanism*, we think it could be possible to propose a reconstruction of the theoretical and operative spaces of design that intertwined, during the 20th century in Italy, with that of one of politics, social debate and democracy.

The purpose is to bring out, through a design applied oriented hermeneutic, the different subjective conditions of the referred Italian community in relation with the transformation of political and social conditions, starting from the presuppose that the design territory is placed into a dialectic and dialogic dimension, that which involves – as already stated by John Ruskin –, designer, production and society.

This interpretative action, made of individual and collective stories, into which design and politics met up and collided, should allow to reconsider the design role, also in its ideological aspects, as a result of a political thought, indeed oriented to the design organization of the common good.

*Politically conscious* abstracts are requested, about design actions and history, that could define critical and operative fields of action concerning design. Not only as operative or critical thoughts transcriptions, but also as researches aimed to delineate the possibility of an Italian design history hermeneutics of the 20th century addressed to the comprehension of its relations with politics, democracy values and their organization.

The call proposes two macro areas of intervention:

1) Critical Humanism: “democracy and design” or design vs democracy / disciplinary session: between history and critics /

2) Operational Humanism: “political design” or design vs politics / problematic session: between history and contemporaneity /

3) The fusion of the horizons: closing day with invitational round table

The conference welcomes historical approaches, contemporary and interdisciplinary topics. About these topics we invite those who are interested to participate with an abstract proposal (title; name of the author/s, affiliation and email; abstract length max 2500 characters) to be sent to the AIS/Design Steering Committee (*info@aisdesign.org
)* by January 31st 2019. The Steering Committee will select the most coherent and significant proposals referring to the presented topic with abstract acceptance by February 28th 2019.

*Location*: Castello del Valentino, Turin *Important dates*: December 2018 call publication – January 31st 2019 abstracts deadline – February 28th 2019 abstracts acceptance
*Congress: *20-21 of June 2019
*Convenors*: Luciana Gunetti (Politecnico di Milano), Dario Scodeller (Università Degli Studi di Ferrara)

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