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8th biannual Nordic Design Research Society (Nordes) conference: Who Cares?


From June 03
to June 04


, Espoo


Aalto University


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We’ll submit something to the Call for Papers that is due January 15, 2019. And you?

From the announcement:

Who cares?
This question is a provocation for design research. What do, or should, we care about in design and design research today? Underpinning the question are issues of culture and agency – who cares, for whom, and how? Taking care, or being cared for, evokes the choice of roles, and processes of interaction, co-creation and even decision-making. Caring, as a verb, emphasizes care as intention, action and labor in relation to others. Care can be understood as concern for that beyond oneself, for others and, thus, human, societal and even material and ecological relations are at stake. The question of care is also a call for questioning relationships, participation and responsibility, democratic and sustainable ways of co-existing. From this expansive societal standpoint, we could even ask who cares about design? And what should we do about it? The 8th biennial Nordes conference poses the question, “Who cares?”, exploring related questions, issues and propositions concerning responsibilities, relationships, ways of doing and directing design today.

In the 2019 Nordes conference, we draw inspiration from notions of care as a lens through which to reflect upon and critique as well as potentially to refocus and redirect design and design research. Care might be understood in relation to philosophical lines of inquiry in other disciplines exploring theories, politics and ethics of care. Care might be understood concretely in relation to the ideals and infrastructures of welfare and healthcare systems, or service interactions. Care might be understood personally as a mindset seeking out what is meaningful for people, and for life, and with design as reflective and skilled action concerned with improving things and preferred situations.

In relation to the conference theme of care,
possible themes for submissions may include but are not limited to:

The who in care?
Relations and empathy with humans and others

Care (in)action?
Encounters, systems and institutions of care, welfare, healthcare

How to care?
Care and care-ful materials, methods and processes
in design and design research

Care, where?
Design and peripheries, identities, minorities and commonalities

Ethics and ethos of care?
Purposes, philosophies and responsibilities in/of design

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