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Calls for papers – 2014

VaroomLab supports illustration research. Calls for papers are presented below. Please note that VaroomLab is not involved as a partner in these Calls and all enquires should be directed to the relevant organisation.

The Call for Papers listed below are:

  • Call for academic submissions: The Itinerant Illustrator Deadline for abstracts: Friday 4th July
  • Call for Papers Literary illustration between texts and paintings 15th September 2014
  • The 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers: Learn X Design

Call for Paper abstracts and Workshop/Symposium proposals

The 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers: Learn X Design

Chicago, IL USA | 28 June  – 1 July 2015

The DESIGN-ED Coalition, in partnership with Design Research Society and Cumulus, is excited to announce the Call for Paper abstracts and Workshop/Symposium proposals for the 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers: Learn X Design. http://learnxdesign2015.com/

Deadline for substitution of abstracts and workshop/Symposium proposals is on 22 October 2014 via this link https://www.conftool.pro/learnxdesign2015/

Click here to download submission information (PDF) http://learnxdesign2015.com/LearnxDesign2015_callforpapers.pdf

Learn x Design is a conference for the wide range of topics from theoretical research to practical application. On a career level, the study of design is to create a well-crafted, aesthetic fit of form to function, materials, and tools. Each designed item contains a narrative about the culture from which it evolved, about the person who produced it, and the values and practices of both. Research develops theories and principles about learning, tests and validates them for implementation in classroom, policy and practice.

This international conference is a springboard for sharing ideas and concepts about contemporary design education research and the teaching of design. Contributors are invited to submit research that deals with different facets of approaches to design education research, pedagogy and teaching. All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. This conference is open to research and teaching methodology in any aspect and discipline of design education.

DESIGN-ED are in partnership with these Journals:

• Design and Technology Education


• FORMakademisk

• Curriculum and Instruction

• Journal of Education through the Arts

• Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education

The journals will publish special issues with articles selected from papers and keynote lectures presented at the Conference that relate to their theme track as listed below:

• Design Thinking and Engineering

• Local and Global Connections to Design Education

• Design Inspired by Nature

• Systems Thinking

• DIME: Design, Innovation, Media, Economics

• Academic and Vocational Curriculum Development

• Ecological Urbanism

• Visual Literacies and Design Thinking

• Visualization in Design Education

• Design Thinking, Management and Design Education

• Design Education to Improve Life and the World

• Design as an Integrative Tool for Education

More information about the conference and registration will be available in the coming months at www.learnxdesign2015.com

As a part of the call for paper abstracts DESIGN-ED are giving away 2 sets of 4 volume proceedings from the 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers published by the ABM-media (ISBN 978-82-93298-00-7) http://www.hioa.no/eng/About-HiOA/Faculty-of-Technology-Art-and-Design/DRS-CUMULUS-Oslo-2013/DRS-CUMULUS-Oslo-2013-Proceedings-Ordering

If you would like to receive one of the sets please email to Erik Bohemia E.Bohemia@lboro.ac.uk with the following details:

– your name – email – institution – postal address – briefly outline how the 4 volume set of the 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers proceedings will help you with your research



Literary illustration between texts and paintings

Call for Papers

Conference 13th and 14th February 2015

Université de Haute-Alsace (Mulhouse) Tomi Ungerer Museum/International Center for Illustration (Strasbourg)

Special guest speakers:

Stéphane HEUET, author of the graphic novel adaptation of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past (first published by éditions Delcourt, translated into 15 languages)


Stephen CROWE, illustrator of Joyce (Finnegans Wake, ‘Wake in Progress’ project, and Dubliners, de Selby Press)

Many literary illustrators find their inspiration in paintings as much as in the texts themselves: Arthur Hopkins represents Hardy’s heroine Eustacia Vye in a pre-Raphaelite style, some of J. R. R. Tolkien’s landscapes in The Hobbit look like Japanese etchings, and in his adaptation of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, Stéphane Heuet bases Elstir’s paintings on the Impressionists. Thus literary illustration creates a relationship between texts, images and the many other images with which they interact. Rather than the traditional text/image dichotomy, the focus here is on text/illustration/painting, a triptych which can be analysed from many perspectives, among which hermeneutic, semiotic, narrative or aesthetic.

The artists’ social status will also be examined, including the reasons for becoming a literary illustrator rather than a painter, as well as those for pursuing both activities in parallel. The importance of art institutions (art schools, museums, collectors, publishers) in the relationship between painting and literary illustration also deserves a mention, as well as that of artists’ training, in order for instance to ascertain the role of painting in the genesis of illustrations. Is the hypothesis that the two activities are unequal always verified (for example, in the work of painters-illustrators like John Martin, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais or Henry Selous, painting seems to inspire illustration,  rather than the opposite)?

Possible areas for research and reflection include:

- How do pictorial references in illustrations modify our reception of texts? For example, what happens when Bosch, Goya or Redon meet Poe, Nerval and Dostoevsky through Alfred Kubin’s drawings?

- Does the pictorial style of an illustration echo that of the text, or is there a dissonance between them? We may look at aesthetic and chronological discrepancies, such as John Martin’s illustrations for Milton’s Paradise Lost in the romantic style of the 1830s

- How do illustrations and paintings relate to pictorial references in the text (Liliane Louvel’s theories in Iconotext and Le Tiers Pictural may be used as a framework here)?

- Can the impact of classical training on illustrators be measured (Henry Selous at the Royal Academy, George du Maurier in the Paris atelier of Charles Gleyre, or Günter Grass at the Düsseldorf and Berlin Academies)?

- What is the status of pictorial works inspired by literature, such as those taken from Shakespeare by Zoffany, Fuseli, Delacroix and others, Joseph Cornell’s surrealist collage Sorrows of Young Werther (1966) from Goethe, or the many illustrations of The Decameron, including Botticelli’s four famous paintings?

We are open to all theoretical and methodological approaches. English literature will be given priority, but as part of ILLE’s European perspective (www.ille.uha.fr), papers in other fields and areas of research will be considered. Papers may deal with all literary and artistic periods. French and English will be the working languages.

Participants will be required to give a summary of their papers in both languages. There will be a publication. According to the objectives set by Illustr4tio (http://illustrationetwork.wordpress.com), contributions from academics, as well as writers, artists, publishers and other book professionals are welcome.


Please send 500-word proposals with short bio-bibliographies by 15th September 2014 to

Maxime Leroy, Université de Haute-Alsace, maxime.leroy@uha.fr

Sophie Aymes, Université de Bourgogne, Sophie.Aymes@u-bourgogne.fr

Nathalie Collé-Bak, Université de Lorraine, nathalie.colle@univ-lorraine.fr

Brigitte Friant-Kessler, Université de Valenciennes, b.friant@free.fr



The Itinerant Illustrator

Journal of Illustration/ Illustration Research/India

Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India

18th and 19th December 2014

Illustration by Anna Bhushan                                   

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 4th July

The 5th International Illustration Research event joins forces with the peer reviewed Journal of Illustration and is hosted by Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. The symposium this year will focus on the praxis of illustration in an expanded field, including histories of local/regional illustrative practices and the traversing of diverse media platforms.

Through talks, workshops, performances and exhibited works, we will consider the illustrator in terms of the ‘habitual travelling’ that he or she undertakes. The itinerant nature of the illustrator is evident in the praxis of illustration itself- the oscillation of thought between word and image, page and screen, hand and eye, dream and reality.

Occupying many roles and moving dynamically between them, the itinerant illustrator is an interpreter, a translator, an illuminator, as well as a storyteller, enquirer, performer and a pictorial juggler of ideas. The nomadic nature of the illustrator is to wander between disciplines, search for new contexts and to make images not on one, but several different platforms within an eternal evolution of technologies.

The multi-sited nature of illustration, along with illustrators’ journeys between several positions and places, also involves images that travel. We would like to investigate the fluidity of visual codes and languages, the translations, adaptations and hybrid practices that respond to the movement of cultures within the global village. How are images made and read within shifting regional and trans national contexts? How can we use illustration itself as a methodology to shed light on the praxis of illustration in these multiple contexts?

300 word proposals for 20 minute academic papers and practice based presentations are invited including (but not limited to) the following topics:

·       Illustration within local and hybrid cultures

·       Illustrated Narratives on transnational platforms

·       Image and space – murals, installations and other site-specific images

·       The illustration as palimpsest: reinterpretations of received bodies of knowledge.

·       The itinerant storyteller – the book, the scroll, the kaavad.

·       Illustration’s relationship to technology

·       Memory and place in illustration practice

·       Illustration as performance and dialogue

·       Local/Regional approaches to illustration practice

·       Post colonialism and illustration

·       The illustrator as tourist within global image culture


Please email abstracts along with your name, affiliation and email address to

Sandeep Chandra Ashwath, sandeep@srishti.ac.in, DesdemonaMcCannon  d.mccannon@mmu.ac.uk

and Anna Bhushan abhushan@cardiffmet.ac.uk


Selected papers and presentations will be considered for publication in forthcoming issues of the peer reviewed Journal of Illustration, published by Intellect books.

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 4th July

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