Call for papers: Open Now!EXTENDED DEADLINE February 18th 2019
Design and Authority2-4 May 2019 Izmir, Turkey.
The coupling of design and authority in a Google search, the “internet search authority,” surprisingly results in entries which have more to do with the procedural and legislative aspects related to design: The “authority” issues rules for which the product of design or the designer has to comply with, or claims privilege in shaping the design product. Authority is usually attributed to an agent of enforcement regulating products and to an extent, that those produce design. Understood as a form of legitimized power, authority is realized only by the mutual recognition of those who hold power and those who do not…
Cross (-) abilities11-12 May 2017, Izmir.
In the context of representing the other Gayatri Spivak once said: “And I don’t think, really that we will solve the problem today talking to each other; but, on the other hand I think it has to be kept alive as a problem.” The statement can be applied to many contexts of identification. Be it cultural, disciplinary, or individual identities, boundaries that define them are constructed rather than given. Contrary to essentialist claims, they need to be constantly questioned, deconstructed and re-formed. This year’s symposium will question the boundaries of design and the possibilities to cross-over those boundaries. Hence the title, Cross (-) abilities in Design. It is possible to read the term cross-abilities in two different ways. First as “Crossabilities in Design”, looking at the boundaries, norms and taboos in design practice, discourse and education. The second as “Cross-abilities in Design” investigating the partnerships and the changing focus of design disciplines in a global context. In both cases the use of the term “design” is meant to evoke an identity category rather than an a-priori corpus. In exploring the problematic boundaries of design, encountering these two contested attributions are unavoidable. In this symposium we would like to invite papers that question both attributions and keep this duality as a problem.