Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre announces Object | Subject – Speaking about and through design – a 3 day conference of the DESIGN Canberra Festival.


Calling designers, writers, bloggers, publishers, researchers, collectors and design lovers. Object | Subject will explore the way design speaks to us, and the way we speak about design.

It begins with a premise that writing is essential to the future of design – promoting understanding, providing reflections, interpreting the past and imagining the future -but extends to a broader consideration of design practice as cultural and artistic language. Object | Subject is a new platform to explore and respond to emerging changes, current issues and promised opportunities within the sector, to develop new audiences and bridge scholarly and popular writing in a digital age.

The forum will bring a fresh perspective to contemporary craft and design in Australia, new insights into collections and practice, shifting priorities and emerging opportunities and the changing worlds of craft and design.

Topics authors might wish to consider include but are not limited to the following:

– Popular and academic writing

– Design scholarship v. online communities

– Sustainability, ecology & technology of design

– Radical traditions

– Indigenous design

– Self-design

– Thing theory

– Intersections/co-constitutions of design and craft

– Design histories, fictions, visions

– Design and difference

– Enduring design and ephemerality

– Designing doom and gloom

The conference will take place during the DESIGN Canberra festival, which celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design and forges marketplace connections and audience development for design and makers. Extend your stay and enjoy tours, events, exhibitions, and activations from the festival program over the weekend.

Program & keynote speakers to be announced soon

Committee and sponsors  

Guest Editor: Professor Craig Bremner, jointly Professor of Design at Charles Sturt University and the University of Southern Denmark.

Scientific Committee: Rachael Coghlan, Artistic Director DESIGN Canberra and CEO, Craft ACT; Penny Craswell, Founder, The Design Writer, Creative Strategy Association, Australian Design Centre; Dr Geoff Hinchcliffe, Senior Lecturer, Design, School of Art & Design, Australian National University; Sarah Mason, Director ACT Writers Centre; Dr Carlos Montana Hoyos, Associate Professor, Industrial Design – Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra; Dr Lisa Scharoun, Associate Professor of Graphic Design – Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra.

Object | Subject is realized with the contribution of Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund


Object | Subject

9-11 November

Call for Papers

Key Dates 

19 June: Deadline for Abstracts

30 July: Notification of accepted Abstracts + Registration opens

31 August: Early bird registration closes

29 September: Deadline for Full Papers

9-11 November: Conference

For more information, submission guidelines and to submit your paper visit Craft ACT submissions page by clicking here

Special journal issue:

All papers submitted to OBJECT | SUBJECT will undergo a peer-review process. Selected papers from the symposium will be published in an online edition of fusion journal (established by Charles Sturt University & the University of Lincoln, UK in 2012). This publication will investigate the contribution that contemporary craft and design makes to society, and establish a dialogue between craft and design practice and cultural, social and environmental concerns.


Submissions & deadlines

Submit your paper

Registration & Fees

Registration fees will be announced by June 19th 2017. Prices will range from 180 AUD to 500 AUD including students and early bird rates

The registration fee includes:

  • Admission to OBJECT | SUBJECT conference sessions
  • Conference lunches and coffee breaks
  • Publication of accepted contributions on fusion (at least one of the authors should register and present at the conference)

The registration fee does not include:

  • Transportation expenses
  • Accommodation (a special accommodation rate for conference delegates is in negotiation)

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