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#Decolonise! Call for papers

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Decolonisation - not just turning back the clock

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2017 DEFSA Conference - Call for papers

#Decolonise!

Design educators reflect on the call for the decolonisation of education.

The 2017 National DEFSA conference is hosted by Tshwane University of Technology & Inscape Education Group and will take place from 27 - 29 September 2017 at Freedom Park, City of Tshwane.

The year 2016 will be noted in the annals of history as a watershed year in South African Higher Education. The calls by South African students for decolonised education have been emphatically professed, loud and clear. As design educators, we need to interrogate our role in decolonising design education.

Through a strategic partnership with Freedom Park, and its Department of Heritage and Knowledge, DEFSA will host its 14th national conference to engage with the theme of Decolonising Design Education. The Design Education Forum of Southern Africa invites all role-players in design to submit academic papers that will contribute to this discourse. You do not need to be a DEFSA member or at an institution who is a member to submit a paper.

  • Abstract deadline: 4 April 2017
  • Final Paper deadline: 24 July 2017

2015 DEFSA Conference

Theme: Ethics and accountability in Design: Do they matter?

The 7th International DEFSA Conference was held in September 2015 and was hosted jointly by Midrand Graduate Institute &  Vaal University of Technology

2013 DEFSA Conference

Theme: Design Cultures: Encultured Design

The 12th National DEFSA Conference took place in September 2013 and was hosted by Vaal University of Technology. 

“Design cultures” refers both to the communities of design, but also to the way in which design shapes community – “to design communities”. The designer shapes and is shaped by the communities in which the designer operates. A culture can be defined as any community where members share values, practices, processes and products.

2011 DEFSA Conference

Theme: 20/20 Design Vision

The 11th National DEFSA Conference (and the 6th International DEFSA conference) was appropriately titled 20/20 Design Vision. A total of 23 papers were presented over a two-day period, addressing a range of topics that were pertinent to the conference theme. Of these papers 22 papers were accepted for publication in the conference proceedings.

2009 DEFSA Conference

Theme: "Opening gates, between and beyond design disciplines"

The 12th National DEFSA conference was hosted by the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) and co-hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

2007 DEFSA Conference

Theme: "FLUX: Design Education in a Changing World, endorsed by Icograda"

DEFSA's 5th International Conference in 2007 was held in Cape Town, South Africa between the 3rd and 5th of October 2007. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology hosted this year's conference. 

The purpose of the conference was to bring together theorists, researchers, and practitioners in the fields of design and design education to share ideas and experiences for the benefit of design education in the international context of the knowledge economy. Given the position of South Africa, the host country, in the developing world, a particular sub-theme was Design for/and Development.

2006 DEFSA Conference

Theme: "Redesigning Design Education"

The 8th National DEFSA Conference considered academic papers with regard to restructuring and rethinking the design education landscape, and revisiting the educational responsibility of design education

The Conference took place in September 2006, and was hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth

2005 DEFSA Conference

Theme: "Design Education in a creative economy"

The 7th National DEFSA Conference took place in September 2005 at the South African Reserve Bank Conference Centre, Pretoria.

2004 DEFSA Conference

Theme: "Design, Research and Development"

The 6th National Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) 2004 conference was hosted by the Design Institute of South Africa, a division of the SABS. The 2004 conference was held in Pretoria during June with an exciting and diverse programme that spanned two days.

The 2004 DEFSA Conference broke away from the traditional approach of design educators talking to one another. The focus was on strategic stakeholders talking to educators about their requirements and views on design leadership and clients of design.

2001 DEFSA Conference

Mapping new Territories in Design Education

The 5th National and 4th International DEFSA conference was hosted in 2001 by a group of Gauteng Education Institutions: Technikon Pretoria, Technikon Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria and Vaal Triangle Technikon as part of the first National South African Design Week. The Fourth International Conference investigated the boundaries and interface between disciplines within the conference theme:

2000 DEFSA Conference

Theme: "Reshaping South Africa by Design"

The 4th National DEFSA Conference took place in February 2000. For the first time, a large number of individuals from different sectors came together to forge links and develop strategies for promoting design and design education, to the ultimate benefit of South African society.

DEFSA conferences

DEFSA promotes relevant research with the focus on design + education through its biennial conferences, to promote professionalism, accountability and ethics in the education of young designers

Design Educators of South Africa...

With your support & active membership, the Design Educators Forum of Southern Africa can positively influence the young designer's formative training and promote all facets of design across Africa