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RSD10 Paper Tracks: Provoking thought and dialogue


In 2021, the paper tracks are one way we are “Playing with Tensions”

RSD paper tracks are a popular symposium format. They represent groupings of papers that the host partner organises in ways that create complementary ideas or counter-points. The paper tracks are curated to highlight interpretations of the theme and represent opportunities for dialogue amongst delegates.

RSD offers a platform for discussing ongoing work with peers and systemic design colleagues through the paper tracks. Authors submit working papers following a formal call for papers and members of the scientific committee and a group of volunteers who offer knowledge of the specific subject matter review the papers, which are accepted based on specific criteria. Then, authors present their papers and invite input to develop their work further.

This year the team at TU Delft invited paper submissions for two tracks: short papers of continuing work and long papers for finished work. This idea came about to create consistency because, at RSD, papers are presented in “tracks”. The team has curated long and short papers into 17 tracks that are sure to provoke ideas and dialogue:

1. Work in progress
2. State of the art
3. Education as a research platform
4. Design of food or water systems: a case study
5. Design methodological research to develop tools for dealing with systemic conflicts
6. Theoretical explorations of synergies between disciplines
7. Debunking implicit bias
8. Sensing momentum in system dynamics
9. Recognising trouble for changemaking
10. Transforming design to engage with complexity
11. Transforming dominant paradigms through action research
12. Providing new lenses for systemic design
13. Conceptual analyses of systemic design as a field
14. Crises as context for studying systemic design
15. Analyses of language, metaphors, and narratives
16. On critical contexts and circularity
17. Philosophical accounts of tensions and sensing wholeness

You can also see each track’s papers via the RSD10 schedule, or you can click on the tag at the top of each paper. If you are a logged-in SDA member, you can bookmark papers and save them to your bookmark page for easy access. A few short screen captures are below in case you aren’t sure how to do this.

SDA Publications Ladder

The papers are part of the SDA publication ladder, used consistently for all RSD symposia. It has also led to special issues of SHE Ji Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, FORMakademisk Research Journal of Design and Design Education, and several interdisciplinary journals and publications.

The ladder works like this:

  1. Submission and peer review of abstracts
  2. Presentations and dialogues at the RSD symposium
  3. Post-production and final submission of working papers
  4. Publication of the symposium proceedings with SDA as the publisher
  5. Publication of selected, fully-developed, and peer-reviewed scientific papers in an external publishing channel

So the authors who make paper presentations at RSD10 are eager for your feedback to move on to publishing in an external journal. There is a moderated session at the end of the presentations for each track, and some authors opt to have a short break-out after the session to discuss their work in more detail.

SDA Journal Call for Manuscripts

In addition to the external publishing activities of SDA board members and volunteers, SDA formally announced a commitment to launching a society publication. The publications working group met over the first half of the year to define options and assess feasibility and publisher and hosting options. As we developed the new SDA site, we carefully considered the capabilities for self-publishing and managing reviews. The outcome is launching a peer-reviewed biannual SDA journal, beginning at the end of 2021, and a call for the first formal call for manuscripts at RSD10.

TIP: RSD10 Paper Tracks

You can use the interactive schedule to find more information on each session. When you are reviewing the post, you can use the tags at the top of the main content to see all the other posts with the same tag.

Logged in SDA members can keep a page of bookmarked resources. It’s an excellent way to set up your RSD10 program and save your favourites from hundreds of RSD resources in one place.

Posted Oct-2021

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