Design Research Society Conference Special Track

I’m really excited and pleased to be leading a team of wonderful chairs (Iohanna Nicenboim, Laura Forlano, Elisa Giaccardi, Arne Berger and Christina Zaga) on a special track at next year’s Design Research Society Conference in Boston inviting submissions on the topic of More-Than-Human Design.

The vision for the track is to bring together work that relates to the broad spectrum of More-Than-Human design, but that specifically includes practical applications of the theory, and real impact, and tangible outcomes. We’re open to a wide range of submissions and if you’re at all unsure then please reach out to discuss, but we are particularly interested in practice-based submissions that describe:

  • Products, services, or artefacts inspired by or created using a more-than-human approach or insights from working with that approach materially. Research through design or speculative design projects that use more-than-human principles generatively, leading to generalisable findings or intermediate knowledge.
  • Teaching approaches and materials that can demonstrably equip students with practical more-than-human skills they can apply to real-world challenges.
  • Accounts of applied transdisciplinary research exploring socio-technical entanglements, ecosystemic plural perspectives, and human/non-human assemblages.
  • Any other contribution that demonstrates a more-than-human approach and that has an applied, practical, or material element.

You can see the full call over here, along with all the other special tracks, and links to the submission system.

Written by

Dr Joseph Lindley

Joe leads Design Research Works and is a Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University. He is passionate about the value of Design Research, in particular in applying that value to the challenges associated with emerging technologies, rapid societal change, and living sustainably. Probably best described as a 'generalist' his research practice usually involves material engagements with possible futures.