The fundamental position of the conference is based in circular causality, which was at the heart of the concerns of the Macy Conferences where cybernetics took its contemporary form. We see the old simplification that acting is located in understanding and operates through linear causality, as providing inadequate explanation for lived experience.
As a collaborative venture between participants, the conference is intended to generate proposals for ways of acting and to develop understandings in the context of the environment within which the conference takes place. The challenges faced by the participants in their learning activities (and, of course, experiences), as well as by the University which is hosting the conference will provide rich opportunities to reflect on socioeconomic, technological, political, historical, designerly and educational concerns in a unique, delightful and exciting way. How does understanding shape acting? How does acting shape understanding?
The conference will be a conversational conference. We will work together (collaborate) in small groups and through plenary sessions, to improve understanding and acting, explored together.
Paper Refereeing and Proceedings
Although this is a conference that values conversation between participants above all, we have made arrangements for those who need or want to submit papers. This conference is expected to generate a set of proceedings published after the conference by one of several high quality journals and publishers with which the ASC is well connected. The process of refereeing and publishing is a cumulative one that allows for continuous improvement of each paper, especially in reflecting discussions at the conference.
03-May-2013 Early bird registration deadline 1
28-May-2013 Open reviewing begins
31-May-2013 Extended Abstract due
14-Jun-2013 Returned with comments to authors
21-Jun-2013 Early bird registration deadline 2
28-Jun-2013 Revised Extended Abstracts due
28-Jul-2013 and 29-Jul-2013 Pre-conference
30-Jul-2013 to 01-Aug-2013 Main conference
02-Aug-2013 and 03-Aug-2013 Post-conference