CfP: Acting in the Emergency. Design and creative practices in the face of the Covid-19 challenge. – Inmaterial magazine

This issue welcomes papers on design and creative practices in the face of the Covid-19 challenge. This Call for Papers derives from the research program ACTING IN EMERGENCY. Rethinking design agency during (and after) COVID-19 (2021-2023).

The program has been conceived as a shared space between researchers from various disciplines (design, architecture, art, digital culture, computer engineering, social and human sciences,
philosophy). In this sense, intertwining is understood here as an ontological premise and an epistemological necessity. For this reason, articles and research projects that include different points of view from other disciplinary frontiers are welcome for this Call.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
– Socio-techno-natural entanglements caused or magnified by the pandemic, with its risks and yet opportunities, especially for design;
– Opportunities (and limits) of digital fabrication, maker design, emerging forms of collaborative design, and open-source as ways to address the health crisis;
– Risks and opportunities in the forms now prevalent in educational environments, both physical and virtual, shaken by the phenomenon of telecommunication;
– Issues relating to space: blurring of public/private boundaries, online/offline hybridization, emerging forms of control and security in urban space;
– Issues related to the body: social distancing, new proxemics, emerging forms of biopower;
– New modes of research, creation, and dissemination in art and design-driven or magnified by the health crisis;
– Visual communication: ways of narrating the pandemic;
– Issues related to data-based technologies: algorithmic governance, uses of artificial intelligence for the construction of pandemic narratives, and the (bio)political management of the current crisis.

The Submission deadline is September 13, 2021. This issue will be published in December 2021. Find out more about the call here.

Inmaterial is a scientific journal aimed at researchers, professionals, and teachers who deal with design in its different theoretical and practical aspects. The purpose of this journal coordinated by BAU, Centro Universitario de DiseƱo, is to overcome traditional disciplinary boundaries and make its reflections available for as broad a public as possible. Contact at info.inmaterialdesign@bau.cat

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