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Progress Report - Peer Review

The 2017 DEFSA conference organising committee is pleased to announce that decisions and feedback have been published in this website. You will also receive a formal notification letter from the committee shortly. Thank you to all our authors for submitting abstracts to the 2017 DEFSA conference.

Accessing your decision and reviews

Please log in. ( On the main menu, go to "For authors” > My Papers". Click on the title of the paper to show the entire text. On the page you will see the Decision and Committee Feedback (accepted abstracts tend to have less feedback). Please contact if you are unable to access or update your abstract..

Next Stage - Full paper submission

At the next stage, all papers will be double-blind peer reviewed for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Due to the rigours of the peer review process, only final papers of the highest academic standards will be included in the conference proceedings. Authors will be formally informed of the inclusion/exclusion after the conference.

The deadline for the upload of the final paper is 24 July 2017, and the presentations are due on 20 September 2017.

Authors may continue to develop their Full Paper submission - please find the word template below.

  1. Word Document Template for Full Papers (Revised)
  2. 2017 Copyright Form

Conference Registration & Costs

We will be releasing details of conference registration and costs shortly. Take note that to qualify for the early bird registration fee your payments will need to be received by 31 July 2017. Due to DEFSA being a non-profit organisation we are not in the position to offer any financial assistance to authors.

We are looking forward to an engaging conference with a diverse range of design disciplines represented by an equally diverse group of academics from all over the globe.

Best wishes

The 2017 DEFSA conference organising committee


#Decolonise! will give design educators the opportunity to reflect on, and critically interrogate the notion of Decolonisation in relation to design education with the aim of trans­forming existing practices.

The Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) invites all role-players in design to submit academic papers that will contribute to this discourse. You do not need to be a DEFSA member (or work at an institution that is a DEFSA member) to submit a paper. The 14th National Design Education Conference of the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) is hosted by the Tshwane University of Technology’s Faculty of the Arts and Inscape Education Group. It takes from 27 – 29 September at Freedom Park, City of Tshwane.

Networking function - Night at the Museum

DEFSA invites you to an exciting early evening of networking hosted by the TUT Faculty of the Arts in the //hapo museum where the history of our region is brought to life through experience and performance.

Don't miss our workshop!

The workshop will be split into two sessions, the first session will deal with Creative Outputs as the equivalent of Research Outputs and the second session will unpack Practice-Led Research Masters and Doctorates in the Design domain.

Keynote Speaker - Professor George J. Sefa Dei 

Ghanaian-born George Sefa Dei is a renowned educator, researcher and writer who is considered by many as one of Canada’s foremost scholars on race and anti-racism studies.

This Conference promises to engage cutting edge scholarship on the topic, fleshing out the tensions, limitations and possibilities of decoloniality as it implicates design education  in Africa."