(Call for Paper) Reassembling Relationships: People, Systems, Things ( DGTF ) ( 2015.07.13 )

DGTF writes:

  1. Annual Conference | German Society for Design Theory and Research (DGTF) Venue | University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (Fachhochschule
    Potsdam, FHP) Date | 16th – 17th October 2015 In a growing state of
    omnipresent connectivity, it seems that anything can be potentially
    connected – anytime, anywhere. We are embedded in a myriad of mundane
    socio-technical alliances, as humans and non-humans ceaselessly
    correspond and perform. Therefore, the urgency arises to raise the
    question: What relationships do we enter in to with our fellow agents,
    what new positions do we find ourselves in?

In an age of the internet-of-things, the technical-material objects
that are embedded in our everyday lives are acting, enacting and
performing for, with, and through us. They are suddenly knowing,
learning, evaluating, predicting – and constantly at work. In this
sphere of hyperconnectivity, wireless sensor networks, RFID chips,
cloud services and machine-to-machine interfaces are already at play.
Technologies with lengthly names such as ‘sensor-driven decision
analytics’ and ‘instantaneous control and response complex autonomous
systems’ are being envisioned, developed and implemented. Governments,
academia and industry discuss the potential production of zettabytes,
yottabytes, and geopbytes of data, as sensors and chips find their
homes in our coffee machines, knitted sweaters, pets, buildings and

This new dimension of connecting the physical and the digital world
promises to solve some of the most daunting problems that we have.
From the personal to the public, these developments allegedly provide
possibilities to optimise and enhance most things at most levels.
However, from smart phones to smart drones, this interweaving of
technologies into the fabric of our lives provides us with a pressing
call to reformulate our relationship with objects themselves. It
raises questions such as do these objects just help us to organise
ourselves, or do they help us judge and feel? Are we still at the
centre of the social algorithm, or do we become the batteries of the
gadgets? In a society where we begin to speak about open-source
governance and feminist servers, will we find new solidarities –-
build new communities? Perhaps we must soon begin to raise discussions
about “technocommunism”, “moral algorithms” and “object-mediated
democracy” –- about human-nonhuman socially and politically
co-mediated worlds.

We invite practical, empirical and theoretical perspectives from all
design disciplines, as well as from Computer Sciences (HCI), Science
and Technology Studies, Humanities and related fields. From utopian to
dystopian visions and realities: We invite perspectives on the role of
design in all of this, on new forms of negotiation with and through
things, and on what new analytical frameworks this calls for as we
further embark in to these technically mediated futures.

Topics of interest include:

  • New positions: Hyperobjects, Boundary Objects, Hybrids, Cyborgs and more
  • New relationships: In/dependence, un/regulated, in/discipline, un/certainty etc.
  • New dialogues: Things-to-things, things-to-people, things-to-systems, systems-to-systems

Abstracts of max. 1500 words (for 15 minute presentations) and a
professional/scientific biography can be submitted until July 13th
2015 to mail@dgtf.de.

Please note the important dates:

    1. July: Submission of abstracts
    1. August: Notification of acceptance
    1. August: Conference Registration opens
  • 16./17. October: Conference and DGTF Annual General Meeting