Friday October 20th, 2023 

City host: Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow School of Art, School of Design in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art / The University of Edinburgh, School of Design

This conference hub explores the present and future possibilities of doctoral research and education in design through creative practice research, located in making and materials, critical theory and history, and by identifying ways in which new knowledge emerges in studio-based inquiry. We use the term ‘extreme making’ to suggest the breadth of practices in design, from established craft skills and techniques to smart technologies and materials, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and systems design. As new technologies of making generate new forms of practice, we recognise a related expansion of methods associated with design research and intrinsic to doctoral research. This ‘methodological pluralism’ (Borgdoff, 2019) presents the field with exciting possibilities. At the same time, critical themes in doctoral design research and education have intensified over the past twenty-five years to encompass climate injustice, identity politics, sustainable, cyclical, slow-growth economics, and human and more-than-human relationships. We also recognise that new articulations of worldviews, such as New Materialism, combined with practice research, impact the normative forms of doctoral submission, examination, and claims to contribution to knowledge. If, as Rosie Braidotti has surmised, we are facing a whole ‘new paradigm’ in critical theory, we want to discover how doctoral research and education might best use theoretical knowledge attached to design histories, particularly in critical and speculative design. Conversely, in what ways are doctoral candidates in design framing futuring and world-making as research? These themes are vital to the practice and quality of doctoral research in design yet pose a particular set of challenges and opportunities for supervisors and candidates. Therefore, we invite delegates to join us in exploring the lively and diverse possibilities of doctoral research and education in design and welcome submissions from doctoral students, early career researchers, supervisors, and senior researchers.

Submission to the conference has closed.

We invited 3000-4000 word papers.

We will hold a small, curated, week-long exhibition of works related to the European Academy of Design Hub Host event in the Glasgow School of Art Reid Building and welcome submissions from participants who wish to be considered for this. Therefore, we are initially accepting the submission of images, moving images (such as showreels), videos, and website links, as low-resolution files (less than 10MB). Please include a 150-word abstract explaining the research basis of your work and the format chosen to present this.

Please look for further instructions on submitting high-resolution files via file sharing on Glasgow’s conference hub website.

Themes of enquiry/questions: 

  • Theoretical knowledge of design and its histories as embedded in doctoral research and education 
  • New craft methods emerging in design research and education, for example, through digital and post-digital crafts 
  • ‘Extreme making’ in design research as a response to present-day challenges? For example, of limited resources, slow-growth economics, and sustainable goals 
  • The challenges and opportunities of ontological design in doctoral education 
  • Design research and education as creative practice in and beyond the studio: partnerships and participation 
  • ‘Extreme making’ as ethics: care, ecology, multi-species interactions 
  • Methods of doctoral design research and education through materials; expertise, material knowledge

Conference Venues

Monday 16th

The Discipline of Design – transdisciplinary practices (Bilbao, Spain)

Faculty of Architecture at the University of the Basque Country in partnership with the University of Deusto, (Spain).

Tuesday 17th

Living in the Pluriverse (São Paulo, Brazil)

School of Archítecture and Urbanism, University of Sao Paulo, (Brazil)

Wednesday 18th

Beyond Human-Centred Design Research (Sonipat, India)

World University of Design in partnership with RIMT University, School of Art & Design.

Thursday 19th

Exploring the Social Impact of Design Research (Espoo, Finland)

Aalto University, Department of Design (Finland) in partnership with the department of design at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy), the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology (USA), and the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University (USA).

Friday 20th

Extreme Making (Glasgow, Scotland)

The Glasgow School of Art, in partnership with the School of Design at Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh University.