Cumulus Working Groups meeting in Paris

April 11 – 13, 2018 Paris, France
during the Cumulus conference To get there: designing together

Meeting are open to all conference delegates!
Program subject to change, please stay tuned!

Wednesday April 11th – École Boulle
9-21 rue Pierre Bourdan 75012 Paris

Leadership and Strategy WG
April 11, 2018
11.00 – 15.00 – A101

The subject of the meeting In the working group is to discuss how the Sustainable Development Goals (The SDG ´s) can be used as a leaver for both the transformation of our design educations and the transformation of the common business model. How can the design schools use the SDG ´s to prove the value of design? How should we organize our curriculum and our design education in general – to serve the SDG-transformation of private enterprises, civil society and the public sector?
– Rector Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen, Design School Kolding, Denmark
– Prof. Anil Gupta,National Innovation Foundation of India/GIAN/SIRSTi networks India
– Dean Mathilde Aggdebo Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Design
– Susan Evans, Founder and Chief Strategist Melee, Hong Kong PolyU / John Bruce, Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management, Parsons New School
– Workshop by INDEX

For details, please see Leadership and Strategy Working Group Program Paris
Eija Salmi eija.salmi(at)

Sustainability WG
April 11, 2018
13.00 – 15.00 – A102

Can sustainability in design education be measured? Let’s find out! Kedge Design School in Toulon
will present their efforts in doing this and we will try it out as well. Welcome!
Presentation: Assistant Professor Susana Paixao-Barradas, France
Contact: Sara Hyltén-Cavallius sara.hylten-cavallius(at)
Chair: Robin Turner, Greenside Design Centre

Art and Design Teacher Education and Pedagogy WG part.1
April 11, 2018
13.00 – 15.00 – A104

Cumulus network there are a lot of expertise in art and design pedagogy. Many schools carry out also an art and design teacher education degree programme or special study modules of art and design pedagogy.
We are interested in aggregating this expertise within Cumulus and launched a working group under art and design teacher education and pedagogy in Cumulus Kolding Conference May 2017. This will be the second meeting of the group.

The meeting will include some presentations of case studies and introduction, discussion and team work of ideas for our future collaboration in different forms. The methods, platforms and goals will be decided by the participants.

– Welcome – why we are here/ why we invited you to participate
– Short introduction of participants (15 min) who we are, school and professional context
– Short presentations of case studies/ programmes/ schools (3 x 15 min.)
– Idea discussion of the CWG future plans (45 min.)
– CWG application based co-creation of ideas for the future activities and steps
– in small groups or together, e.g. using learning café method to make ideas and plans visible and shareable (working method to be decided in the group)
– Next steps and closing the CWG meeting
Chair: Martti Raevaara – martti.raevaara(at)

The blog of our Cumulus Working Group (CWG) Art and Design Teacher Education and Pedagogy is now open at

Contemporary Art WG
April 11, 2018
13.00 – 15.00 – A203

Border Crossings: Pilgrimage to Paris
Contemporary artists and designers cross borders to collaborate on innovative and challenging questions

Artists and designers challenge the integrity of boundaries. The Contemporary Art Working Group will address the topics of identity, appropriation, collaboration, and hybridity as they pertain to relevant issues in contemporary art and design.

We invite participation with colleagues who would like to contribute to this conversation, which will include discussions on the following:
Francis Alys
Paul Ramirez Jonas
Yinka Shonibare
Tohono O’odham basket weaver Terrol Dew Johnson
Sheila HIcks
David Goldblatt
Vincent Meessen
Contact: Ann Albritton aalbritt(at)

Thursday April 12th – Estienne
18 boulevard Auguste Blanqui 75013

IxDA and Digital culture WG joint workshop
April 12, 2018
10.30-12.30 Estienne E 231

>All information
Blog of the Digital culture group

Friday April 13th – Ensaama
63 rue Olivier-de-Serres 75015 Paris

X-files WG
April 13, 2018
10.30 – 15.30 – Ensaama 304

The present X-Files programme is a one-day programme with the following highlights:
– Welcome
– Introduction of participating X-Files members (this will depend on time and number of members present on the 13th)
– Introduction of hosting schools in Paris (short presentation about the 4 schools organizing Cumulus Paris 2018)
– Presentation about the French Education System
– Network moment X-Files (with cookies)
– Workshop on one international theme
o Intentional Internationalisation
– Presentation of X-Files – last 20 years and moving forward (during this section all Cumulus Board members and all other interested participants are invited)
– Elections of new X-Files Board

Please note that this year we will hold elections for the X-Files Board. There are 5 places. The positions are coordinator, co-coordinator, supporting member, supporting member, supporting member.
Please send your nominations to Justyna Molik (
Aparajita Dutta A.Dutta(at)

Quality Assurance: Dialogue between External and Internal WG
April 13, 2018
10.30 – 12.30 ENSAAMA 307

Contact person: Iina Ekholm, International Relations Manager, Aalto University,

Anthony Dean and Maren Schmohl, EQ-Arts
Higher Arts Education: the good, the not so good and external Quality Assurance
EQ-Arts is the sectorial international Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Arts Education. In this session two members of the EQ-Arts Executive Group will share an overview of what they have found to be the particular strengths (and areas for improvement) of the Arts sector in external Quality Assurance. They will draw on the range of QA processes they have each been involved with, highlighting some of the areas where the arts sector
is leading the field and discussing areas where they think it can ‘up it’s game’! Their presentation will also pick up on some of the related issues identified in the findings of the Cumulus KPI/QUAK report.

Vice Dean Saija Hollmén, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Artistic Significance and Practice Based Excellence
Vice-dean Saija Hollmén (Aalto ARTS) gives an update on the implementation of Aalto University’s system for qualitative evaluation of artistic output. She will also introduce ideas for a new Aalto ARTS system for articulating and evaluating Practice Based Excellence, and discuss its relevance for university’s interests and further development.

Fashion and textile WG
April 13, 2018
13.30 – 15.30 – Ensaama 306

The Fashion and Textiles Working Group (FTWG) focuses on education and research within the field of fashion and textiles. FTWG provides its members with an academic forum for knowledge transfer and development in fashion and textile design higher education and with relevant information about the educational, research and cultural policies of different countries regarding our respective field, with a goal of reaching excellence and innovations in fashion and textiles while promoting cooperation and partnership between member institutions through projects and publications. FTWG also stimulates a dialogue between Cumulus and DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG) when possible.

The group will present its latest publication: Soft Landing
Soft Landing is a collection of essays that pinpoints where fashion and textile education is today and where it may shift in the future. Initiated by Cumulus’s Fashion and Textile WG, the essays in this volume address critical questions for fashion and textiles. They shed light on different ideas, approaches, problems, and solutions from teaching and research, as well as contemplating the future trajectory and evolution of fashion and textile education. Will the landing be soft or with turbulence?

13.30–15.00 Book presentation of Soft Landing, Cumulus Think Tank publication No. 3

13.30–13.40 Introduction
Nithikul Nimkulrat, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia
Ulla Ræbild, Design School Kolding, Denmark

13.40–14.00 Reshaping Fashion Education for the 21st Century World
Paola Bertola, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

14.00–14.20 New Materiality: “Making Do” and Making Connections
Lydia Pearson, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

14.20–14.40 On Researching and Teaching Textile Design: Examples at The Swedish School of Textiles
Delia Dumitrescu and Hanna Landin, The Swedish School of Textiles, Sweden

14.40–15.00 Opportunities of Interactive Textile-Based Design for Education Tools for Children with Various Spectrums of Alertness Sensitivities
Nithikul Nimkulrat, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia

15.00–15.20 From Fashion Pusher to Garment Usher?
How Fashion Design students at Design School Kolding Currently Explore Their Future Role in Society
Ulla Ræbild, Design School Kolding, Denmark

15.20–15.30 Open discussion / Wrapping up

Nithikul Nimkulrat nithikul.nimkulrat(at)

April 13, 2018
13.30 – 15.30 – Ensaama 406

REVEDA means Research Vectors in Design and the Arts and started as a Working group in 2014. The primary aim of ReVeDa is to offer an open space for discussion on research in Design and the Arts, while showcasing experiences developed within the Cumulus Community, out from any given taxonomy and methodological dogmatism.
Lorenzo Imbesi lorenzo.imbesi(at)
Loredana Di Lucchio loredana.dilucchio(at)

Art and Design Teacher Education and Pedagogy WG part.2
April 13, 2018
13.30 – 15.30 – Ensaama 303
Chair: Martti Raevaara –


DESIGN CONVERSATION part: April 13, 2018
Ensaama 302 / Friday 13th 13.00 – 15.30

Co-Design Workshop: Creating shared language for curriculum

Facilitated by: Job Rutgers (OCADU), John Fass and Mo Ling Chui (LCC)

The conference track ‘Together, the need for a shared language? poses the question if due to the interdisciplinary nature of their work, designers speak a ‘common language’. A working group of design schools from Canada and the UK take this question as the set up for a workshop at Cumulus Paris in which participants will experience the importance of establishing shared language in the context of co-creating design curriculum.

Each year Cumulus hosts two major conferences for design educators across the world. Each conference presents a kaleidoscopic overview of the latest in design, design research, new methods of teaching and sharing. The gathered knowledge is distributed through the traditional academic publishing channels by means of publishing the selected papers.

Yet how can we draw more direct implications to ‘what design competencies’ we need to teach our students across our different environments? Would it be possible to extend the notion of shared language through the establishment of a design competencies lexicon? We hope to work with you to discuss, debate the key design competencies that are being elicited within this year’s program.

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