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Call for book – Design and Eastern Arab Countries: Its Past, Present & Future

The book title:
Design and Eastern Arab Countries: Its Past, Present & Future
The aim of this book is to provide a clear overview of the region that
stimulates debate, gives direction to the development of design education, and
provides an agenda that would strategically inform practitioners.

Respondents to the Expression of Interest are invited to propose a topic for a
5,000-word essay in one of the three parts of the book.

Part 1. Looking back on the history of design: tradition, colonialism and
The topics invited would all critically reflect upon the relation between the
place of design and the pre-modern, modern and contemporary history of the

Part 2. An evaluation of ‘the now’: what is the present picture of design
practices and education in the region? This question is posed against the
backdrop of conflict, political instability, economic circumstances, and
socio-cultural problems and possibilities.

Part 3. Futuring the Region: How can design education, knowledge and practices
contribute to the repair and transformation of the region so that it is better
able to meet its challenges and constitute a viable and equitable future for
all the societies of the region.

Please send a one-page Expression of Interest (12pt double-spaced) with the
following information:
•       The chapter title and abstract
•       Your name and position
•       Work address
•       The email address:
•       And a short Bio (150) word

Please, send your contribution by Monday 30th/April/2018
To: qassim.saad at gmail.com

At this stage, we would like to receive EOI’s with chapters written either in
English or Arabic.

Dr Qassim Saad
PhD in Industrial Design
Coordinator of Product, Furniture, and Jewellery Design
School of Design and the Built Environment


Design related content at CAA 2017

Fantastic content, resources and design professionals!

Wednesday, February 21, 2017

“Ariadne’s Thread: Understanding Eurasia Through Textiles”

Time: 02/21/2018: 8:30AM–10:00AM

Location: Room 408B

Chair: Mariachiara Gasparini, Independent Scholar

“Svayaṃprabhā’s Skirt – Tracing a Royal Pattern from Kuča”

Astrid Kleid, Universität Leipzig

“Roundel Patterns of the Silk Road: Still Rolling?”

Elena Varshavskaya, Rhode Island School of Design

“The Curious Cultural Cocktail of the Transylvanian Carpet”

Jeffrey Taylor, Western State Colorado University

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It Wasn’t Written: International Symposium on designerly-ways of Historiography


In the past decades there has been a lot of discussion about the construction and impact of history. Historians claim to have overcome teleological narratives, moving away from grand narratives and challenging the white-male canon in order to decolonize and diversify.

Histories, however, have not only been constructed from words but also designed in various media in different dimensions.

What happens when the past is given a particular form?

How do designers interpret historical information and, by doing so, shape our knowledge of the past and its impact on the future? 

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