Call for Papers – Conference about Contemporary Positions in Interior Design Theory

For the International Conference »INTERIOR – INFERIOR – IN THEORY?« about Contemporary Positions in Interior Design Theory a Call for Papers is open till 15 January 2018. The conference takes place from 17–18 May 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

International conference organised by BAU International Berlin – University of Applied Sciences, Prof. Dr. Carola Ebert, Chair of Interior Design, History and Theory of Architecture and Design, in cooperation with Architektenkammer Berlin, Bund Deutscher Innenarchitekten, European Council of Interior Architects and Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft.

The conference »Interior – inferior – in theory? | Contemporary positions in interior design theory« brings together interior design researchers and educators from different countries to discuss contemporary theoretical positions within/about the discipline.

What constitutes interior design/interior architecture? How may interior design’s relationship to architecture and design be defined and reflected theoretically? How is this discipline, which for decades has been classified as „emerging“ or „relatively young“, taught, researched and understood professionally in different countries? How has this changed over time?

Taking theory building to be one of the most important acts of defining a discipline, the conference wants to draw connections between interior design theory and its historiography, historical research in interior design/interior architecture, and disciplinary conceptions as they are embodied in interior design programs and professional institutions in different countries.

Given interior design’s status as an „emerging“ discipline, often taught only at universities of applied sciences or, in some countries, not even established as a university subject, the title „Interior – inferior – in theory?“ refers to the notion that interior design lacks a historically grown body of research and, especially, a theory of its own, and instead largely relies on architecture and design theory.

Instead of continuing to rely on related discipline’s definitions, which result in a definition ex negativo, the conference aims to support the current trend of establishing a body of theory for the discipline that is its own.

The Call for Papers
The call for papers invites researchers, educators and professional institutions of interior design/architecture to contribute to the conference’s topics. For the symposium on the first day, we are interested in a broad and multifaceted range of papers from case studies investigating e.g. historical examples, which illuminate the discipline’s current theoretical status, to contemporary theoretical positions.

The Call for Topics
The call for topics invites interior educators, researchers and members of professional organisations to suggest topics that they would like to present and discuss with other participants. The conference’s second day will be dedicated to the discussion of current themes and topics, which are related to the conference’s concern with interior design theory and discipline building, and to foster new activities and cooperation.

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Paper submission deadline: 15 January 2018

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