This symposium aims to research the ways design is organised and managed with different political processes and policies, both in past and present. Instead of focusing solely on the content of policies, politics and management, it attempts to create a wider debate within the framework of culture, creativity and economy, connected to the analysis of objects. The event looks at the impact that the specific policies and individuals, organisations or institutions behind them have on existing design culture. In addition to the act of designing, the possible subjects include policies shaping all stages in the life cycle of an object, for example promotion, consumption, collecting objects or recycling them, as well as positioning design in a wider political context.
The main questions are: how is design organised? By whom? Why? How are/were policies created and mediated? How did/do they function in real life? What is their legacy? A special focus is on the product of policies, design identity on various levels. How and by whom it has been shaped? How has design been used in shaping regional politics? How have politics shaped design? How to position the role of design within the wider systems of creative economies? How have politics influenced style?
We welcome papers and panels focusing on all time periods and geographic regions. A broad definition of design is adopted: in addition to industrial design, craft, applied arts and architecture are considered. Case studies and object-based approaches are accepted for an inquiry within the wider framework of design culture. We also welcome papers from practitioners or policy-makers contextualising their work within the wider local, national, transnational and global framework.
Please send a title, 250-word abstract and 50-word author biography (Microsoft Word file) to Triin Jerlei, firstname.lastname@example.org , by 20 May 2019.
All abstracts are subject to a double-blind peer review.
Confirmed keynotes: Guy Julier (Aalto University), Javier Gimeno-Martinez (VU Amsterdam)