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.