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Track-1 CAFA Conference
Subtheme-1 - Narratives of Love
Location: Central Academy of Fine Arts,Beijing
The analysis, investigation and interpretation of the concept of love from different perspectives are encouraged, such as scientific design, ecological design, cultural design, economic design and social design.

The topics include but are not limited to the following: ecological technology, artificial intelligence, scientific ethics; ecological crisis, sustainable design, biodiversity; material culture, spiritual culture, human civilization; social design, public welfare, industrial design; public health, art therapy, civic education.
Subtheme-2 Foresight Plan
Location: Central Academy of Fine Arts,Beijing
Mankind is undergoing unprecedented changes, prompting the question of how mankind could plan and design a better future. It is therefore vital to inject visions and execute plans for today's actions.

All submissions must reflect a "vision" for future design, including but not limited to research reports, research syntheses, design/planning proposals, visualized mind maps, etc..
Submission may include but is not limited to the following sectors: materials, architecture, food, textiles, electronics, transportation, cities, environment, agriculture, business and finance, energy, etc.
Subtheme-3 - Design Flow
Location: Central Academy of Fine Arts,Beijing
"Flow" can be used as a noun to describe things, such as floating population, logistics, stream of consciousness, data flow, etc. It can also be used as a verb to describe the development of things, such as the flow of water, the flow of air……None of these concepts implies a state of constant development and change.

The "design flow" refers to the system design methodology, such as service design, system design, design process and so on. It also represents the flow of design thinking for interdisciplinary integration; It also means to build a platform for the mutual learning of humanities and arts between the East and the West through exchanges. All of above suggests that design is changing the way we live and think in a ubiquitous way.

Track-2 Parallel Conference
Subtheme-4 Ecology in Design
Location: Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing
As human activities inflict increasingly serious negative impact on the environment, more and more designers are beginning to pay attention to the relationship among design objects, design behaviors and the natural environment. How to reduce the negative impact on the environment in design, how to use renewable resources and how to design more environmentally friendly products have become important issues in contemporary design. Design is not only the beautiful and the practical, it should also take into account the impact on nature and ecology. It is the responsibility of contemporary design to consider sustainability in design.

Subtheme-5 Technology in Design
Location: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province
With the revolutionary breakthrough of general AI technology and the upgrading of industry, the innovation model of "AI + X" is becoming a new way of working. What changes will technology bring to future design? In the new round of technological growth, how will technology better facilitate cross-field collaboration? How will technology drive innovation and bring new user experiences? How will it further promote sustainable development? What new dynamics will emerge from the collaboration between design and technology? Will future design be more able to apply new technologies to bring breaking development? How will we deal with the ethical issues behind general AI? These are all important topics for the design discipline.

Subtheme-6 History in Design
Location: Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province
History in Design is a relatively new discipline of the humanities that aims to analyze and interpret design as a socio-historical phenomenon. The "history of design" is the subject of research in the discipline of design history. Design history and art history share a common ancestor, and are both branches of the broader disciplinary of history. It is also closely related to other disciplines, such as anthropology, archaeology, and sociology, as is history itself. However, the terms "design" and "history" have different meanings in different contexts, and therefore need to be studied and investigated in different contexts, cultural backgrounds, and cultural practices, as well as in different times.

Subtheme-7 Narratives in Design
Location:Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Hubei Province
Liu Xie of Liang in Southern Dynasty says in The Literary Mind and the Carving of dragons, “The narrative is both comprehensive and concise, while the language exudes elegance and propriety, characterized by a seamless and graceful quality.” Narrating originally referred to recounting the plot of events. In design, people, following a certain order, use space, graphics, colors, and words to visually record, describe, and represent events, unfolding the connotations and backgrounds of each event. In the narrative of design, different narrative methods also carry different cultural genes, thus forming a rich cultural spectrum. Each settlement is not only a synthesis of living space and functions, but also an integration of cultural space and spirit. It is an organic entity that continues to grow and blur boundaries. When design uses visual means and behaviors to portray the diversity and uniqueness of geographical, historical, and cultural elements, the construction of a narrative research system within design becomes a series of meaningful reflections.

Subtheme-8 System in Design
Location: Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province
Contemporary design is no longer an individual field of research and practice, but emphasizes systemic thinking through interdisciplinary approaches. It focuses on the overall consideration of design thinking in the current interdisciplinary vision and complex social context, on the experimental exploration of new technologies and paradigms in the field of design innovation opportunities, and on the development trends of design in the broad sense of AI and parametric design, spatial prototyping, urban renewal, product trends, etc.

Subtheme-9 Cultures in Design
Location: Jingdezhen Ceramic University, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province
How to promote the creative transformation and innovative development of traditional culture through design is an important topic of our time. Designers shall not only continue to draw inspirations from traditional culture to produce contemporary works, but shall also promote the innovation and development of culture through innovative design thinking and methods. In the international context, designers also need to consider the differences between different cultures, respect and understand the significances of different cultures, create design projects with cross-cultural characteristics and explore and express the concept of the integration of diverse cultures through design.

Subtheme-10 Well-being in Design
Location: Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian Province
Today, design is addressing issues related to human health and well-being by integrating humanities, arts, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, medicine, sociology, anthropology, and emerging technologies. Design is also increasingly concerned with social equity and sustainability, bringing more opportunities and longer-term benefits to people's lives. Well-being in Design explores how design contributes to human well-being and the role of design in enhancing the quality of life and social welfare. It delves into new approaches and ideas on how design can meet human needs, promote social inclusion, pursue environmental sustainability, and enhance psychological well-being.

*Academic Papers:
Full paper submission (deadline September 18th 2023)
Authors are invited to submit a full contribution, formatted according to a template through the submission system.
All papers from academics should be restricted in length to a maximum of six (6) pages (references excluded), all papers from doctoral and masters’ students should be restricted in length to a maximum of four (4) pages and follow the APA publication style for in-text citations and reference lists. Files should be submitted in both word and pdf versions. Other formats are not accepted. Please use the templates for full paper submissions – to be provided.
Papers will be reviewed based on:
- Alignment and fit to conference themes
- Originality, significance, and coherence
- Rigor of method
- Clarity, tone, and communication.
The contributions will be collected in digital proceedings. To be included in the conference proceedings submissions must meet the following criteria
1. Each publication requires a unique author to be registered for the conference.
2. Publication requires at least one of the authors to present (with a strong preference on-site).
By submitting papers for publication in the conference proceedings, authors give their consent for publication of their work and assign the copyright of the submitted papers to the conference host and to Cumulus Association. The authors’ traditional rights will not be infringed by assigning copyright in this manner, as the authors retain the right to re-use the content of the papers.
Papers that are not presented at the conference will be excluded from the official proceedings. Therefore, it is required that at least one of the authors attends the conference to present the paper.

Tracks for creative works
Track-1 From institutions
Teaching Achievements Exhibition of Cumulus Members

The Exhibition aims to present the teaching achievements of Cumulus Member Institutions, to build a display platform for the exchanges and professional construction of global art and design institutions.


I. Contents of the call   
[1] Introduction of the Cumulus member institution and its major programs  

Text description, including institution-related introduction, important data, etc. (less than 500 words)   
[2] Excellent courses of the Cumulus member institution (1-2 courses)  
-Text description of the excellent courses (500 words/course)
-Courseware pictures of the excellent courses (5-10 pictures/course)
-Text description of excellent student work and corresponding pictures or videos (no more than 3 pieces/course)
[3] Excellent graduation design of Cumulus member institution (2-4 pieces) 

-Title of the work, author's name, description of the work and corresponding pictures or videos.

II. Requirements of the Call 
[1] Of the above contents, [2] and [3] are optional for the institutions;
[2] The content of the call should be submitted in an editable doc document, which should be richly illustrated, with the images and videos packaged separately;
[3] The images and videos submitted should be packaged as ZIP files, with picture resolution of at least 300 dpi;
[4] Please indicate the name of the institution in the submission file;
[5] Please refer to the attached picture for the specific contents and requirements of the call for works.
[6] Institutions from China are requested to provide bilingual versions(Chinese and English)of the textual elaboration.

Track-2 From designers/artists/other creative practitioners

Under the theme of "Narrative of Love", the works of art include posters, videos, sound art, performances and other media.

Note: Posters or video materials and copyright contracts must be submitted in electronic format (JPG/PNG/GIF/MP4/PDF, image resolution higher than 300dpi and not compressed).

Track for workshops
CAFA Conference and Parallel Conference
Workshop sessions should focus on an issue related to practice. The purpose of these sessions is to share experiences and provide opportunities for discussion. As this is an academic conference, we are interested in submissions that present examples of practice that have been informed by research, but this is not an essential requirement for submission and should not be the focus of the workshop presentation at the conference.
Every session must include a description of active audience interaction and engagement, as well as some combination of presentation, discussion, participant reflection and application, simulation, or other form of interactivity. Each submission should also clearly articulate the goals of the presentation to include what and how the material will be presented, as well as the potential takeaways for an attendee from participating in the session.
Guidelines for submission of draft workshops
Workshop proposals should be structured under the following headings:
- Workshop Title
- Workshop Organizer(s)
- Workshop Summary
- Workshop Style outlining the workshop in detail including timing and interaction
- Expected Outcomes
- Details of any related research
- Takeaways for teaching practice
- Maximum number of participants
The proposal should be in PDF format(Please do not exceed 20M)
Workshop will last for a maximum of 90 minutes.