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Call for Submissions: Pivot 2021 virtual conference Dismantling/reassembling — Tools for alternative futures

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Call for Submissions: Pivot 2021 virtual conference
Dismantling/reassembling — Tools for alternative futures 

July 22-23, 2021 
Deadline for abstracts: April 5, 2021

The Pluriversal Design Special Interest Group of the Design Research Society (DRS) and the Public Visualization Lab of OCAD University invite you to submit an abstract and participate in the Pivot 2021 virtual conference.
The Pivot 2021 theme focuses on the tools that we might design and use to dismantle the structures of the current civilizational model (aka patriarchal capitalist Modernity) and to reassemble the debris into new models, converting debris into the nurturing humus for worlds in the making. 

By tools, we refer to not only artifacts but also to services, symbols, rules, institutions, policies, pedagogies, systems, environments, and so on (Illich 1975). Briefly, tools constitute aspects of social life that we deliberately create to (re)shape the tangible reality. 

As the world faces multiple colossal, interconnecting crises—COVID-19, social unrest around our fragile sphere of Earth, climate crisis, plastic pollution, deforestation, ravaging wildfires, the frightening spread of authoritarianism, and so on—there is an increasing awareness that the Western civilizational model and ways of life have reached a crossroads. What is currently asked from humanity is more than damage reduction, but a profound societal transformation: reconceiving cultural and economic models and changing our ways of being, thinking, learning, making, relating, and so on. 

Pivot 2021 aims to identify tools and practices of dismantling and reassembling that could favor ways of reshaping human presence on Earth, as well as concrete cases of alternative future-making from all around the world. 

PIVOT 2021 will be a virtual conference that takes place on Zoom (July 22-23, 2021). Each day will feature two keynotes and several panels exploring different themes. 

We invite you to submit a long abstract (700-1000 words) by April 5, 2021. 
Send us two PDFs (one with your name and affiliation and one fully anonymized)
Please submit your abstracts by email to:

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