Sunday, June 1, 2008

Networks of Design

Networks of Design

3-6 September, 2008
University College Falmouth
Cornwall UK

Networks of Design "responds to recent academic interest in the fields of design history, technology and the social sciences in the ‘networks’ of interactions that inform knowledge formation and design. Studying networks foregrounds infrastructure, negotiations, processes, strategies of interconnection, and the heterogeneous relationships between people and things."

Thematic Strands

Networks of Texts: including images, documents & databases
Networks of Ideas: including theories, disciplines & concepts (among them ANT)
Networks of Technology: including mechanical & virtual technologies
Networks of Things: including material & technological artefacts
Networks of People: including collectives & individuals

If I could choose one conference to attend this year, this would be it, and if their website were better designed I'd be able to link directly to the completely amazing line-up of people and papers.

(I also hope to one day finally see an academic conference website that at least publishes abstracts, if not full papers, as well as author contact information. Apparently the irony of excluding these is lost on them.)

In any case, keynote speakers include Bruno Latour and my friends Matt Ward and Alex Wilkie will be presenting "Made in Criticalland: Designing Matters of Concern." Right on.

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10 Comments:

Anonymous aquinlan said...

The conference looks really great but unfortunately not one I'll be able to attend. Abstracts or full papers online would be useful - another excellent idea is online video of the presentations. The Resilience 2008 conference in Stockholm this past April made about a third of the presentations available using web tv and the quality is fantastic.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the good press for Networks of Design, it is going to be a really exciting event. In response to the comments about emails for speakers - yes, we plan to put those on, and direct links to the schedule: http://www.networksofdesign.co.uk/con_schedule.html and http://www.networksofdesign.co.uk/panels.html
We'd love to put all the abstracts on, and are working towards this (question of time to edit and format for consistency when we are all working flat out with end of year assessments here in the UK!)
But these and the emails will be on the web site, and delegates will get a publication in their conference packs. We are already planning to film many of the presentations (and discussion Forums, details of which are yet to go onto the site).
Look forward to seeing everyone there, but book soon because places are limited and they are filling up quick.

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