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EKSIG 2011 Conference

Date posted: 02/06/2010

EKSIG 2011 will address the theme of “SkinDeep - experiential knowledge and multi sensory communication”.

To be held on 23 - 24 June 2011 at University for the Creative Arts, UK

The International Conference 2011 of the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge aims to provide a forum for debate about the multi faceted, multi sensory and multi modal possibilities of communicating knowledge in the creative disciplines.

EKSIG is part of a programme of Special Interest Groups set up by the Design Research Society (DRS) to facilitate international exchange and advance in relevant areas of design. EKSIG is concerned with the understanding and management of knowledge in research and professional practice in design in order to clarify fundamental principles and practices, both with regard to research degree regulations and requirements, and research methodology.


They invite submissions for the theme SkinDeep - Experiential Knowledge and Multi Sensory Communication. With this theme, they aim to provide a forum for debate about the multi faceted, multi sensory and multi modal possibilities of communicating knowledge in the creative and practice-led disciplines.

The need to address the issue of communication has arisen from the different approaches and requirements regarding the dissemination of knowledge and experience in research and creative practice. For example, creative practice tends to convey its content and meaning through its outcomes, which can

relate to different, often intersecting or converging sensory stimuli such as visual, aural, tactile or olfactory. Equally, procedural or process knowledge in the creative disciplines more commonly known as skill relies on demonstration and first hand experience for its communication as much, or more so, than on written text.

In contrast, the presentation of research traditionally has been fixed to its verbal and textual articulation with a whole tradition of dissemination, mainly in written formats, such as peer reviewed conferences and journals. This predominance of textual presentation has long been questioned in the creative disciplines, and recent workshops on the role and balance between text and other forms of the communication of research, and on the multi modal presentation of research have indicated a strong interest and need to exchange knowledge and experiences on the issue of multi sensory communication of research.

With this conference, they wish to explore the different ways in which tacit knowledge can be given more appropriate consideration within the framework of research. This may include for example investigations into the nature, aims, validity, evaluation, and/or necessity of different modes of communication and exchange.


For EKSIG 2011, they invite papers, which offer challenging new views on the subject. Papers will be selected subject to a double blind review process by an international review team. In the first instance they ask for the submission of abstracts. Authors of selected abstracts will be asked to submit full papers.

They invite the submission of abstracts of 800 words including title and references by 30 September 2010. Authors of selected abstracts will subsequently be invited to submit full papers (4000 - 5000) in January 2011. Please submit your abstract through the conference submission system, which you will be able to access from the conference website.

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