Temes de Disseny #37: Invisible Conflicts - Call for authors

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Alice. Installation designed and produced for the LlumBCN Festival (2019).*

Temes de Disseny is a scientific publication born from the research anxiety and vocation of Elisava. 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 37th issue of Temes de Disseny. Invisible Conflicts: The New Terrain of Bodies, Infraestructures and Information sets out to humbly explore the topic of conflict and disobedience in a networked planet. Traditionally, design offers tools and procedures to tackle down problems, analyzing how new objects and processes can provide solutions. In this issue, instead, we gather research about instability, frictions, resistance, counter-practices, cultural clashes, and even material conflict.

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: 

  • New creative strategies in practical dissent 
  • Invisible battlegrounds   
  • Information, labour, energy  
  • Design at a planetary-scale  
  • The agency of non-human actors 
  • Material-affective dimensions of design 

Guest Editors: Laura Benítez, Bani Brusadin. 

Editors in Chief: Laura Clèries, Oscar Tomico. 

Managing Editor: Guim Espelt. 

Editorial Board: Pau Alsina, Miquel Bruns, Tomas Diez, Delia Dumitrescu, Danae Esparza, Jéssica Fernández, Albert Fuster, Ariel Guersenzvaig, Pere Llorach-Massana, Ezio Manzini, Sonia Massari, Viviana Narotzky, Javier Peña, Anna Petit-Boix, Valentina Rognoli, Ramon Sangüesa, Ron Wakkary. 

Do you want to submit an article? 

Please find below a downloadable PDF document with all the information about the issue.  

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 (500-600 words) through this online form before 17 November 2020. 24 November 2020 (extended deadline).

On the 1st of December authors of the accepted proposals will be informed, and must submit their manuscript before 14 January 2021. The journal will be published on Summer 2021. 

If you have a proposal but it doesn't fit the dates or formats proposed, please contact us at with the details. 

Elisava guarantees a wide diffusion of the content and the possibility of reaching academic agreements between the researcher and the center. If researchers want to receive more information or have any doubt about the publication, please contact us to the email


*Photo credits: Alice. 2019. Installation designed and produced for the LlumBCN Festival by a team of students of Elisava MEATS and the Degree in Design: Elise Chukri, Miquel Estany, Marta Esteban, Anna Gayete, Tatiana Glock, Laia Gonzalez, Laura Gusart, Mariana Magalhaes, Aida Pastor, Amalia Puga, Elisabeth Pujol, Albert Sanz, Valentí Soler, Marta Velasco. Mentored by: Maria de la Càmara, Toni Montes, Roger Paez, Gabriel Paré. Assembly: Kike Alvarez (LAVIUDA). Sponsors: Lledó (illumination) and Ariño-Duglass (glasses).

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