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Call for Papers

The DRS Education Special Interest Group (EdSIG) announces an open call for submissions for the Learn X Design 2023 Proceedings, under the general theme of Futures of Design Education

Date for full submissions is 30 May 2023.

It was not possible to organise a traditional conference for 2023, hence we have decided to run Learn X Design 2023 as a Call for Papers, focusing on the writing and review process only. Final, accepted submissions will be published as part of the Proceedings of Learn X Design series and archived in the DRS Digital Library.

We see this as an excellent opportunity to reflect on and sum up the developments and experiences in the design research community, and extend this into discussions on the futures of design education. Focusing on producing submission for the proceedings aims to encourage anyone involved in design education, especially early career researchers and new authors, to share their work, develop their academic writing, and academic peer reviewing capabilities. 

As with all DRS archive publications, all papers will be double blind peer reviewed, with third reviews where necessary. Authors will be expected to engage in reviewing as part of the Call for Papers.

For final, accepted papers, there will be a £45 fee to cover the costs of publishing and archiving the proceedings in the DRS Digital Library, as well as supporting emerging and early career authors in design education research.

The editorial board will comprise the EdSIG Convening Group 

Derek Jones, The Open University, (UK)
Liv Merete Nielsen, OsloMet, (Norway)
Nicole Lotz, The Open University, (UK)
Lesley-Ann Noel, North Carolina State University, (USA)
Naz A G Z Börekçi, Middle East Technical University, (Turkey)
James Corazzo, Sheffield Hallam University, (UK)

We also invite others who wish to become more involved in the editing and reviewing process (or EdSIG) to get in touch (derek.jones@open.ac.uk). 

For any other queries, please contact Derek Jones, EdSIG Convenor (derek.jones@open.ac.uk

How to participate: 

Contributions that respond to the overall theme Futures of Design Education are welcome and we also invite you to consider both the sub-themes and types of contribution as follows:

Sub-themes: 

  • Plural modes of knowledge and knowing 
  • Making visible underrepresented peoples, places, and practices of design education 
  • Philosophies of design education and/or purpose(s) of design education
  • Things, objects, materials, spaces and everything in between
  • Approaches, processes, methods and tools in design education
  • Pluriversal futures 
  • Justice and equity 

Types of papers

We welcome a variety of written papers in response to the Call, including:

Full papers (3000 – 6000 words) presenting original research, positioning papers, theoretical reflections, methodological considerations, etc.)

Case Studies (4000 words) that describe how a particular person, group, project, event, or situation has been studied and analysed, including the impact on futures of design education. 

Statements of pedagogy or practice (2000 – 3000 words) outlining a scenario, experience, description, story, a day in the life of…, a design educator.

Conversations (length dependant on case) offering particular insights through written discussions between educators or researchers around some topic, event, debate, etc. 

Letters (1000 – 2000 words) presenting some focused position written to other researchers, future or former selves, the field, etc. as a way of exploring issues in a different way.

Visual Submissions (maximum 2000 words) making use of primarily visual content and structures, including: visual cases; storytelling and narratives; new / developing conceptual frameworks, maps, models.

Timeline: 

  • 19 January2023: Call for Submission to LxD 2023 Proceedings
    • January – May: Writing period (4 months)
  • 30 May 2023: Deadline for full submissions
    • June – July: Review period (2 months)
  • 31 July 2023: Notification to authors
    • August – September: Author editing and formatting period
  • 30 September 2023: Deadline for final submissions
    • October: Final review period
  • 31 October: Final author notification
  • November: Publication of proceedings on DRS Archive

Submission

Contributors are encouraged to use the proceedings template:

All submissions will be managed using an online conference manager. Details of this and a link for submission will be available from the Learn X Design 2023 website in due course.