Call for submissions: KABK Design / Research Club #1

The KABK Design/Research Club is the new forum for researchers from the KABK and Leiden University involved in research in and through design-related disciplines.

The first meeting of the KABK Design/Research Club will take place on Friday 1 June 2018 and will be introduced and led by design historian, writer, and educator Alice Twemlow, lector Design at the KABK and Associate Professor at Leiden University’s Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA).

Tutors, heads, (research) staff, workshop supervisors and PhD candidates from the KABK and Leiden University involved in research in and through design-related disciplines.

DATE: Friday 1 June, 2018
TIME: 13:00 – 17:00 (followed by drinks)
VENUE: Royal Academy of Art (KABK) The Hague

Do you have a research practice in the field of design or a design-related discipline?

Would you like to present your project to fellow researchers, find potential collaborators, and participate in interdisciplinary exchange and discussion?

DEADLINE: Expressions of interest due by May 18, 2018.

Participants are invited to submit their presentation abstract by May 25, 2018.

Participants will share their research in progress, and engage in discussion about shared points of interest such as methods, approaches and references as well as practical matters such as funding, organisation, publishing and dissemination. The aim is to identify and nurture emergent and developing research projects, share findings
and best practices, and create a network of potential collaborators or mentors.

Research can be scholarly investigations into design as subject matter, or practice-led research that uses design as the method and means for investigation.

Design is understood here in the broadest sense, including but not limited to graphic design, typography, interactive media design, industrial design, fashion and textile design, photography and video, furniture design, interior design, architecture, spatial design, urban planning, service design, social design, experience design,information esign, critical design, and speculative design.

Researchers might explore the materials, methods, tools, teaching, criticism, histories, futures, industrial realities, paradigms, or political, social and environmental implications of design. For example, research projects might address: publishing, climate change, time, public space, health, repair, re-use, circular economy, trash, waste, disposal, AI, precarity, non-humans, gender, decoloniality, protest, activism, bio-design, image culture, data surveillance, security, borders, ethics, cartography, body and identity, archaeology, forensic architecture, migrancy, hacking, coding, modelling, mapping, to name a few.


Expression of interest

Let us know by 18 May if you’d like to take part by sending an email to Lotte Betting, coordinator of the Lectorate Design, at

Presentation abstract submission deadline

Please indicate the topic of your research (one sentence) and what type of project (early stages, in progress, completed – see below) you would like to present. The deadline for submission of your presentation abstract (max. 200 words + 1 image) is 25 May 2018.

Please note, there is no audience at Design / Research Club. All members are participants!

​Participants have three options for presentation:​

You can make a 2-minute outline of what you would like to research to get feedback from peers;

Please prepare a 5–7-minute presentation in which you explain what kind of research paradigm you identify with, what your practice is, where and what you teach, what your research goals and methods are, problematics for discussion et cetera;

You can make a 5–7-minute presentation that reflects back on successes and challenges of the project, proposes ways of integrating its findings into teaching, and how best to publish and disseminate.

Participants will receive a small fee to cover their travel expenses.

About the Lectorate Design

The Lectorate Design, headed by Alice Twemlow, started in September 2017. The lectorate aims to surface, nurture and promote a robust design-focused research culture within the KABK and via the channels that connect KABK and Leiden University.

More information about Research at the KABK