The Journal of the Design Studies Forum is inviting scholars and practitioners to submit essays, interviews, round table discussions, and statements of practice.Design and Culture aims to reflect the state of scholarship in the field and to nurture new or overlooked lines of inquiry that contribute to and redefine our understanding of design. We invite design scholars and practitioners to think critically about social justice, inclusion, and privilege, and imagine the journal as a forum that can foster rich and provocative conversations across power-differentiated communities, geographic distance, and disciplinary divides.
We strongly encourage the submission of rigorously researched papers that show how design is deeply engaged with socio-political and cultural issues, and we encourage submissions about the scope of design, broadly defined, in regions marked by conditions of austerity, poverty, or under embargo, papers on maintenance and repair, and works on the invisible labor of design in domains of social reproduction. We also welcome scholarship from affiliated fields that—although perhaps not identifying directly with design discourse— investigate material culture and the status of the artificial through the lenses of indigenous studies, radical feminism, critical ethnic studies, labor studies, artificial intelligence, cognitive or environmental psychology, science and technology studies, among others. As design increasingly extends its immaterial, conceptual, and strategic forms, we envision Design and Culture as a platform where scholars and practitioners from a range of fields can question the ramparts of design practice, research, and discourse. Besides scholarly papers and reviews, we also encourage the submission of interviews, round table conversations and statements of practice or pedagogy.