Design and Culture - Call for Editorial Board Members

Design and Culture, the official journal of the Design Studies Forum, is seeking scholars with an established record in the scholarship of design to join its international editorial board. The editorial board, headed by the journalÕs three editors-in-chief, is responsible for the operation of the journal. The journal is currently published three times a year by Taylor and Francis ( As a new editorial team, our vision for

Design and Culture is both to reflect the state of scholarship in the field and to nurture new or overlooked lines of inquiry that would redefine our understanding of design. We invite design scholars and practitioners to think critically about social justice, exclusion, and privilege, and imagine the journal as a forum that can foster rich and provocative conversations across power-differentiated communities, geographic distance, and disciplinary divides. We strongly encourage the submission of rigorously researched papers that show how design is deeply engaged with socio-political and cultural issues, and we encourage submissions about the scope of design, broadly defined, in regions marked by conditions of austerity, poverty, or under embargo, papers on maintenance and repair, and works on the invisible labor of design in domains of social reproduction.

We also welcome scholarship from affiliated fields that, although perhaps not identifying directly with design discourse,investigate material culture and practices and the science/status of the artificial through the lenses of indigenous studies, radical feminism, critical ethnic studies, labor studies, artificial intelligence, cognitive or environmental  psychology, science and technology studies, among others.

As design increasingly extends its immaterial, conceptual, and strategic forms, we envision Design and Culture as a platform where scholars and practitioners from a range of fields can question the ramparts of design  practice, research, and discourse. Besides scholarly papers and reviews, we also encourage the submission of interviews, round table conversations and statements of/on practice.

Associate Editors

Associate editors will participate in bi-annual or ad hoc internet meetings about the journalÕs operation and strategic vision. They will actively promote the journal in their networks, will encourage the submission of high quality papers aligned to the journal's vision, and will solicit special issues on emerging subjects of interest in the field. Associate Editors will guide the various stages of the -review process in accordance to the journal's suggested timeline (they will be assigned an average 3-5 papers per year). They will be responsible for selecting and contacting peer reviewers, communicating with authors and reviewers, leading the revision and re-submission process, and producing recommendations to the editors-in-chief. Associate editors are also expected to act as peer-reviewers per the request of other associate editors or the editors-in-chief. Associate editors members should expect to dedicate a few days per month to the journal, and the initial appointment will be for three years. There is no remuneration for the position.

Reviews Editors

Reviews editors will work as a team of four under the guidance of the reviews editor-in-chief, a position currently held by Maggie Taft. Reviews will include books, exhibitions, and media, and each editor would likely be responsible for working on approximately six reviews per year. This would involve two annual e-meetings with the other review editors (i.e. email correspondence chains) to identify books, exhibitions, and media. Editors will interface with  potential authors, distribute reviewer guidelines, set schedules for submission, and edit reviews through the revision process. Once complete, reviews are submitted to the journalÕs editorial team at large. Review editors will participate in additional bi-annual or ad hoc internet meetings about the journalÕs operation and strategic vision. They will actively  promote the journal in their networks. Review editors should expect to dedicate a few days  per month to the journal, and the initial appointment will be for three years. There is no remuneration for the position.

Social Media Editor

The social media editor will be responsible for the strategy and day-to-day operations of the  journalÕs social media presence across multiple platforms. We are seeking an academic (of any rank including graduate students) with both knowledge of design scholarship and experience in running social media platforms. The social media editor will participate in bi-annual or ad hoc internet meetings about the journalÕs operation and strategic vision and will  be in contact with the editors-in-chief as needed. There is no remuneration for the position.

How to apply

In your letter of interest please describe your scholarly expertise and your experience with editorial work. To apply please email your letter of interest and CV to Jilly Traganou at by 31 October 2018, stating the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Barbara Adams, Wesleyan University
Mahmoud Keshavarz, Uppsala University
Jilly Traganou, Parsons School of Design:

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