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Call for Papers - closed

Keynote speakers confirmed:
Dr. Grace Lees-Maffei, School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire
Prof. André Jansson, Media and Communication Studies at the Karlstad University
Prof. Anders V. Munch, Institute for Design and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark

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: 

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 to:

 – deadline March 28

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.  

Participation in the seminar is free of charge.

Important dates:
August 14 Deadline for working 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.

 Further information:  

Best wishes from the seminar coordinators, 

Toke Riis Ebbesen
Mads Nygaard Folkmann
Contact email:

Department of Design and Communication

  • Universitetsparken 1
  • Kolding - DK-6000
  • Phone: +45 6550 1340

Last Updated 26.04.2017