As an integral and substantial component of Tirana Design Week 2019, the International Scientific Conference aims at exploring contemporary research activities and design tactics that deal with the topic of non-normativity in design from different perspectives and within different fields of interest, directly or indirectly related to design, architecture, urban studies, sociology, environmental research, engineering, education and pedagogy. The Conference’s purpose is to bring together academic scientists, researchers, research scholars, and professionals, to exchange and share their experiences and research results related to design speculations in times of Uncertainty and Non-Normativity. The main theme includes interrelated issues, each of them calling for a variety of interdisciplinary approaches. The event will be divided into substantive sessions, providing the opportunity to focus on specific areas from their perspective and national experiences.
Within this broader framework, four contexts (Research and Methods, History and Theory, Innovative Processes, and Philosophy and Objects) and a series of keywords (…) have been identified to trace the path for the debates and discussion. Each participant is free to choose the main contexts and to select one – or even two when needed – subtopic that can structure the research framework of his contribution. Papers from the fields of design, sociology, architecture, urbanism practices, business, leisure and cultural studies, geography, anthropology are welcome, as much as other sciences not mentioned above.
With this premise, the conference will be a great opportunity for academics – and professionals - from a range of disciplines and countries to share their research outcomes; to receive informal in-depth feedback through discussions and to establish long-lasting contacts with professionals in other countries and institutions.