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CFP - 3rd NERD - New Experimental Research in Design (Basel, 1 – 2 Nov 19)

Call for Papers

BIRD - Board of International Research in Design

3rd NERD – New Experimental Research in Design (Basel, 1 – 2 Nov 19)

Institute Integrative Design, Academy of Art and Design Basel Switzerland
November 1 – 2, 2019

Deadline: Apr 22, 2019

The particular epistemic and innovative potentials of Design Research are increasingly recognized within the wider academic sphere and are in constantly growing demand by businesses, institutions and politics alike. Yet, design researchalso is a eld and practice that, due to its in-between nature, lacks the clearboundaries and formal dogmatisms of more traditional research disciplines, as well as their implicit notions of secured knowledge and linear progress.

Recognizing this inherent openness as one of its key qualities, the New
Experimental Research in Design (in short: NERD) conference aims at providing agenuinely diverse and open platform for discussing, re ecting on and exposing to awider public the manifold ways in which design’s unique perspective andpro ciencies can intelligently be applied as a research competence. It does so byinviting presentations of empirical research projects by researchers from around the world and from all areas of design research with a focus on methodologically and thematically original approaches.

The emphasis on the empirical or the experimental – in the double sense of the researcher’s actual involvement and transformative interaction with his or her object of research and the brave and playful exploration of untrodden paths – is based on the conviction that the discussion about the merits and possibilities of design research
is one that has to be led by example: What constitutes a fruitful method or approach only becomes apparent by it actually being conceptualized, worked out and eventually put into practice. For the same reason, NERD is decidedly not narrowed to a certain topic or school of thought, since the qualitatively new often exceeds such preconcei- ved categories.

Developed and realized by BIRD, the Board of International Research in Design for the eponymous design research book series published by Birkhäuser, as an annual event with changing venues, this conference format has already proven its productivity twice.

3rd NERD, held at the Academy of Art and Design and hosted by the Institute Integrative Design in Basel Switzerland on November 1 & 2, 2019, will feature a careful selection of 30-minute presentations of research projects, each followed by another half an hour of time for questions and intense discussion with the audience.

For this, we invite speakers at an advanced graduate, doctoral or early postdoctoral level to present their ongoing research or completed theses. Contributions
should employ an original and well-conceived design-based and empirical/ experimental approach and may deal with all kinds of interesting, engaging and socially, culturally and intellectually relevant questions. Contributions by NERDsfrom other elds who share a similar commitment to new experimental approachesin design research are also welcome.

How to apply:

If you would like to apply, we kindly ask for submission of an extended abstract (1000–1500 words) of your research project or the part of it that you wish to present at the conference to be sent to until April 22, 2019. All submissions will be blind reviewed and submitters will receive anoti cation about the admission of their contributions to the conference until June15, 2019.

The conference will be held in English.