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Temes de Disseny #40: The Role of the Designer in Society: Ethical, Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

Organization: Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering
Categories: Digital Humanities, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Engineering
Event Date: 2023-09-28 Abstract Due: 2023-09-28

Temes de Disseny is a scientific publication born from the research anxiety and vocation of Elisava Research. Annually since 1986 the school makes the journal available for the readers. The publication addresses from an analytical perspective a great variety of subjects related to design’s connection with fields such as culture, communication, technology or economy from an analytical perspective.

The 40th issue of Temes de Disseny for design practitioners, educators and theoreticians to reevaluate the role of the contemporary designer through three distinct layers: ethics, theory and practice. In “ethics” we wish to consider the designer’s role vis-a-vis complex questions and their application throughout the various venues of design. As design theory has immerged to form a new sub-discipline, we call for papers highlighting its contribution both to broader, classic theoretical dilemmas as well as et me practice-related. Finally, we wish to include practical case studies dealing with the designer’s role in society through ‘real life’ scenarios, presenting design processes involving all venues of design practice.

This new issue will be published with open access, peer-reviewed and indexed content. Temes de Disseny is a journal that locals and foreign designers can use to share their knowledge internationally. We call for papers (original journal articles, state-of-art reviews, design case studies or pictorials) to gather knowledge regarding the following generic topics:

  • Design Justice: design ethics in theory and practice – design and acculturation/appropriation – design and postcolonialism (case studies) – design and activism – the politics of design and revolution
  • Community engagement: participative and collaborative practices in design, stakeholders and their relationship with the designer – equity in collaborative, creative practices
  • The Human-Nature gradient: the designer’s relationship with the natural environment – roles and responsibilities of the designer within the natural environment – post-human approaches in design – equity in more than human approaches
  • AI and Digital mediation: design and digital (imagined) communities – using digital platforms in disaster scenarios – digital mediation between stakeholders in design projects – social service design: implications and reflections on an evolving field – the ethical dimensions of design and AI – the role of AI in working with communities – AI-driven (social) design



Guest Editors: Bori Fehe?r, PhD (MOME); Jonathan Ventura, PhD (Shenkar); Ariel Guersenzvaig, PhD (Elisava).

Editors in Chief: Danae Esparza, PhD; Massimo Menichinelli, PhD.

Managing Editor: Guim Espelt, PhD.

Editorial Board: Pau Alsina, Laura Benítez, Miquel Bruns, Bani Brusadin, Laura Clèries, Anna Maria del Corral, Tomas Diez, Delia Dumitrescu, Laura Clèries, Danae Esparza, Jéssica Fernández, Albert Fuster, Ricardo Guasch, Ariel Guersenzvaig, Pere Llorach-Massana, Ezio Manzini, Sonia Massari, Andrew Morrison, Viviana Narotzky, Javier Peña, Anna Petit-Boix, Valentina Rognoli, Ramon Sangüesa, Elisabet Silvestre, Oscar Tomico, Ron Wakkary, Danielle Wilde.

Do you want to submit an article?

Authors who aim to submit their manuscript should select a generic topic of this Temes de Disseny special issue and send an extended abstract proposal before 28 September 2023.

On 26 October 2023, authors of the accepted proposals will be informed, and must submit their manuscript before 21 December 2023. The journal will be published on Summer 2024.

If you have a proposal but it doesn’t fit the dates or formats proposed, please contact us at tdd@elisava.net with the details.


You can find the PDF for the Call for Authors and the submission Form following this link:





Guim Espelt Estopà