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Progress Report - Peer Review

The 2017 DEFSA conference organising committee is excited to announce that we received an overwhelming response to our 1st call for papers. So much so that we will not be issuing a second call for papers.

The abstracts are under review, and this stage is expected to be complete by mid-May. After this, authors will be able to see reviewers comments, and update their abstracts accordingly.  Authors may continue to develop their Full Paper submission - please find the word template below.

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

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.

Questions that require our urgent attention include:

  • What is our understanding of the call for decolonised education?
  • How do our curricula and pedagogical approaches stand up to this call?
  • What values, assumptions and truths underlie our discipline?
  • To what extent do we incorporate the context and knowledge of the South, and more specifically of Africa into our discipline?
  • How do we bring practitioners of design into the conversation?
  • How are we contributing textbooks and learning resources to this project?
  • What do our students have to say on these issues

Don't miss our workshop!

Creative Outputs, Research Outputs and Practice-Led Masters and Doctorates in Fashion and Interior Design: a strategic round-table.

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."