Publication Track Studies in Material Thinking

Making - an International Conference on Materiality and Knowledge, is pleased to announce a partnership with Studies in Material Thinking (SMT) for a special volume, SMT 10, linked to the Conference.

This SMT 10 volume is particularly interested in the active and creative aspect of the word Making, which is the central focus and key conceptual frame of the conference. Knowledge generated and acquired in designing, making, crafting and refining processes is referred to as knowledge production. New knowledge of this kind is quite difficult to communicate and evaluate outside of the actual making process and the experience of making. The tacit knowledge inherent in visual and performing arts processes, as well as many design processes, has been the subject of much debate over the last decade. Material thinking processes are difficult to define; yet these aspects of knowledge production are critical ingredients in art and design disciplines.

SMT 10 welcomes submissions from practitioners and thinkers working in all areas of art, design, architecture and performance where attention to making and materiality plays a key role in the creative production. Creative, cultural, educational or social perspectives are all relevant.

SMT 10 is open to innovative format options. We would like to encourage contributions that explore experimental, innovative ways of communicating the value and significance of craft or research led practices in art and design. In particular we would welcome documentation of live demonstrations, film/video capture of processes and image cycles used in a positive, active, discursive manner. We would like to produce a post-conference on-line volume that values and supports artists and researchers who are exploring a strongly visual form of argumentation.

Submission Process:

  • Call for abstract deadline: 15th March, 2012
  • Conference dates: 24th – 27th September, 2012
  • Invitation to submit for SMT 10: September/October 2012
  • The Section Editors of SMT 10 will invite authors to submit full drafts of articles for this special volume, please refer to the full call for papers, found at:
  • Full paper deadline: 30th November 2013 Peer review and preparation of final drafts: December 2012 – March 2013
  • Expected publication of Special Issue: April/May 2013.

Section Editors/Post Conference Publication Chairs:

  • Nancy de Freitas, Editor-in-Chief Studies in Material Thinking E:
  • Eva Lutnæs, Member of the Scientific committee Making Conference

Editor-in-Chief Studies in Material Thinking:

  • Nancy de Freitas