Pivot 2021 Virtual Conference July 22-23 2021
Dismantling Reassembling - tools for alternative futures

Conference Format

PIVOT 2021 will be a virtual conference on Zoom (July 22-23, 2021). Each day will feature two keynotes and several panels exploring different themes. The panels will be composed of presenters (who apply to Pivot 2021 and go through peer-review) and invited speakers from the Global South and racialized minorities. The invited speakers will help us create bridges between different worlds and perspectives.

How to Participate

You can participate as presenters as well as regular audience (attending and joining conversations, see ‘registration’).

Presenters: We invited interested designers, artists, scholars, and changemakers to submit a long abstract (700-1000 words). The abstracts are peer-reviewed by scholars from the design and social innovation research community. We accept contributions in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

Accepted presenters will produce a 3-10 minute pre-recorded video presentation for the Pivot conference itself. We encourage the creative exploration of this medium. The video should be seen as a contribution in itself. Post-conference, the videos will be made available on this website and the DRS YouTube channel.

Contributions. After the conference, authors can submit several forms of contribution to be published on our website and in the conference proceedings:

  1. a) Full academic papers (5000-6000 words).
  2. b) Short papers (up to 3000 words). We welcome various contributions, such as reflections, stories, conversions, essays, or manifestos.
  3. c) Visual contributions (such as cartography, story map, gigamap, poster or sequence of photos).
  4. d) Videos (not the same as the conference’s video-presentation). Participants can submit a series of short videos or a longer video exploring their topic in depth.

All contributions will be published in the conference proceedings, which will include an ISBN identification. Papers will be archived at the DRS Digital Library and receive a DOI reference to ensure they are accessible with scholarly web searches.

Organizing Committee

Dr. Renata M. Leitão (Cornell University / OCAD University)
Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel (North Carolina State University)
Prof. Immony Men (OCAD University)

Committee Members
Dr. Laura Murphy (Tulane University)
Prof. Michele Washington (Fashion Institute of Technology)
Dr. María de Mater O’Neill (Rubberband Design Studio)
Prof. Pawel Pokutycki (Royal Academy of Art)
Prof. Maria Rogal (University of Florida)
Prof. Sucharita Beniwal (National Institute of Design)
Dr. Manuela Taboada (Queensland University of Technology)
Nicholas B.Torretta (Umeå Institute of Design)

Conference Coordination
Jananda Lima (OCAD University)

Visual Identity
Jananda Lima and Renata Leitão

Social Media Assistant
Dorsa Mohammadi Kartalaei