Call for papers

Design and mediation

15th NORDCODE Seminarmicrosoft-surface-370x229

University of Southern Denmark,

Kolding, Denmark

November 22th-24th 2016


We hereby invite for submissions to the 15th Nordcode seminar on design and its mediations. While the designed object may communicate meaning and can be understood as mediating in  multimodal ways in itself, design is also communicated, represented, set in discourse or mediated in various ways. Likewise most designs appear as mediations before their realisation as objects and some designs never go beyond their state as mediated ideas. Mediation seem to be crucial to design both ante and post factum in numerous respects.

Scholars and doctoral students are welcomed from design studies, design history & culture, media, communication and branding studies, interaction design and related fields to take part in the seminar with working papers. The papers may present finished research, work-in-progress or initial ideas, as we invite to further discussion and co-development of proposed ideas.

Contributions may relate to one of the following topics or to the general ideas of the theme:

  • Remediations of design in other materials, media and channels
  • Media and mediations as part of designing
  • Criticisms in relation to design objects in mediation, for instance questions of authenticity, mediatization, gender, technology, etc.
  • The design of media and channels – including new media, social media, etc., as well as traditional media forms
  • Design in the media – the role of media and the public for the perception and understanding of design
  • The multimodality of design
  • Digital design objects and media in physical forms and vice versa
  • The role of prototypes, provotypes and other similar artefacts as mediation

We also welcome other contributions on the more general Nordcode theme of communicative aspects of artefacts, aesthetic qualities of physical products and objects, and design processes related to the theme.

Abstracts for working papers (max 400 words + 5 keywords) should be emailed before March 28th to:

Working papers are expected to have a final length of 2500 words. Although we recommend APA references, the structure and format of paper submissions is free as we encourage discussion across disciplinary borders. In the informal spirit of Nordcode, we furthermore invite you to present in creative and innovative formats.

All submitted papers will be reviewed and accepted final papers published on the seminar webpage. There may be further possibilities for journal publication, but this is still under investigation.

Participation in the seminar is free of charge.

Important dates:
March 28: Submission of abstracts and intention to participate
April: feedback on abstracts
July 31:: Deadline for paper submission for review
September 31: Notification of acceptance of papers
October 30: Deadline for final working papers
November 22-24: Seminar

The seminar is organised by the Department of Design and Communication and SDU Design Research, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding.

Best wishes from the seminar coordinators,

Toke Riis Ebbesen &  Mads Nygaard Folkmann

Contact email:

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