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Dear All,

apologies for cross-posting. We are pleased to announce a call for special
Issue that might be of interest for some of you. First deadline for
Submission of intentions to contribute (1500-2000words): *March 17, 2014*

Please feel free to circulate.

CFP: *Designing Things Together: Intersections of Co-Design and
Actor-Network Theory*

Special Issue of *CoDesign - International Journal of CoCreation in Design
and the Arts*

Guest editors: Cristiano Storni, Dagny Stuedahl, Thomas Binder and Per

Link to extended version (

In this call, we acknowledge the emergence of an interesting space at the
intersection of co-design and Actor-Network Theory (ANT), especially as
design research is confronted with increasingly complex issues such as
sustainability, social responsibility, inclusion and democracy; and new
approaches such as design activism, design participation, and social and
participatory innovation.  The influence of Science and Technology Studies
(STS) on design research has a long history and it is still enjoying a
great deal of attention (Hanset et al, 2004; Ingram et al, 2007; Woodhouse
and Patton, 2004). Through the establishment of pioneering work in various
disciplines such as architecture (Yaneva, 2008), participatory design (Ehn,
2008), human-computer interaction (DiSalvo, 2012), user-centred design
(Steen, 2012), critical design (Ward and WIlkie, 2010) some design scholars
have already started to explore this 'coming together' of theoretical
thinking and design practices where different traditions, approaches and
people meet. The interest is mutual and while some STS scholars have
started to appreciate design as a key concern (Latour, 2008a,b, 2013;
Yaneva, 2009; Storni, 2012), the more activist wing of STS are looking at
design to extend and re-think the impact of social research (Woodhouse et
al, 2002; Venturini, 2010). As technology is becoming ubiquitous and
pervasive, and design is increasingly recognized as a driving force for
social change, approaches that draw on both STS (conceptually equipped to
deal with socio-techno-scientific issues), and design (methodologically
equipped to intervene in such issues) are of increasing importance.

In this context, we are interested in exploring, mapping and more
systematically investigating approaches emerging from exchanges in which
ANT (as well as related STS approaches such as post-phenomenology, feminist
and post-colonial studies) and co-design become mutually relevant. Indeed,
participatory and collaborative design has a long tradition of focusing on
the politics of design, the methods, tools and techniques used for
democratic design, and the nature of participation (Kensing and Blomberg,
1998). These concerns seem to be shared by recent developments in ANT (e.g.
Latour, 2004, 2008a,b) to further affirm that this emerging area is worth
exploring and mapping.

In this call, we aim to create an opportunity for exchange and reflection
on the interesting intersections between ANT and co-design. We seek
theoretical discussions as well as empirical case studies carried out using
methodologies underpinning the ANT approach.  We seek reflections,
connections and mutual influences; we seek new questions, a forward-looking
attitude and constructive critical analysis.

Specific topics may include but are not limited to:

*ANT as a conceptual framework for participatory design and co-design*

   - ANT and material-semiotic/relational perspectives on design;
   - Design, *dasein*, (post-)phenomenology and ANT;
   - ANT to unpack the relationship and mutual shaping between design,
   technology and society;
   - ANT to rethink the design/use divide: design, meta-design, and
   - How to use ANT as a pedagogical tool with design students;

*ANT as a descriptive tool for co-design*

   - ANT as a descriptive tool supporting social investigation, design
   research and design processes;
   - ANT to re-think traditional notion of design and participation;
   - ANT to re-think (participatory and collaborative) design methods;
   - Design as translation/composition/instauration: implications for
   design and the design of designs;
   - ANT to rethink the ontological status of the design object/subject;

*ANT and design for democracy and participation in techno-science*

   - ANT and design as a social experiment, design to make things public,
   design (for) public participation, design as mode of (co)existence;
   - ANT and critical design, design for debate;
   - ANT, '*cautious Prometheus'* and the issue of re-presentation: the
   role of design in the Ding-politik;
   - Design, care and matters of concern;
   - Mapping controversies, mapping participations, mapping design
   processes: implications for co-design;


Submission of intentions to contribute: *March 17, 2014 *

Notification of relevance: *April 14, 2014*

Deadline for submission of full papers: *September 1, 2014 *

Post-review notification of decisions: *November 24,* *2014 *

Deadline for submission of revised papers: *February 27, 2015 *

Post-review notification of decisions revised papers: *April 27, 2015*

Final selected papers to production: *June 29, 2015*

Publication of special issue: *September 2015*


*Submission of intentions to contribute*

In the first instance, potential contributors are invited to send an
intention to contribute, in the form of a document of 1500 - 2000 words
that outlines the content of the paper. The document should be sent by
email to [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]> in MS-Word format
(.doc or .docx).

*Submissions of full papers (for pre-selected authors only)*

Following an initial evaluation of the potential of submitted proposals,
full manuscripts will be invited, these will be subjected to the normal
review procedure of the journal.

Potential authors should contact [log in to unmask] with any questions
about this special issue.

For further information about CoDesign go to:

Kind Regards

Cristiano, Dagny, Thomas and Per

Cristiano Storni, PhD

Lecturer, Researcher, Course Director of the MSc/Ma in Interactive Media
Computer Science Building CS2-032
Interaction Design Centre
Dept. of Computer Science & Information Systems
University of Limerick - Limerick
Office: +353 61 202632
Fax: +353 61 213484

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