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Next Stage - Full paper review

  • Please submit yor reviews as soon as possible.
  • All peer reviews must be in by Monday 14 September at 8am.
  • The deadline for presentations remains 20 September.

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    #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 – 28 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 - 29 September!

    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.