SHIFT 2020 Virtual Summit Call for Proceedings + Living Archives

We are creating a new kind of proceedings for the SHIFT Virtual Summit and we need your help!

A Living Archive

Rather than a static collection of abstracts and papers written by a handful of people, we want to capture and gather together content shared and discussed during the summit (including the pre-recorded panel discussions, the live roundtables and panel conversations, and especially from the Slack community) and make it accessible and editable by our attendees and community. We have created a collection that is a Living Archive and includes resources, tips and tricks, ideas, links, quotes, discussions and debates, and more, culled from the Slack as well as the chat transcripts from all the live sessions. This space will also be available for the many initiatives SHIFT panelists wanted to begin and share with the community, as well as a mechanism for people to sign up to serve as a peer reviewer, to request a mentor/mentee, to connect with partners to form a writing group, to share and swap syllabi, or to do something we haven’t yet dreamed up. We are counting on all of you to not only help us populate and organize the Living Archives, but also to help us envision what they could and should be.

A New Kind of Proceedings


In addition, we are announcing the official call for submissions for materials FROM and ABOUT the SHIFT Virtual Summit. The events of 2020 have required design educators to SHIFT many things: priorities, expectations, formats, locations, modalities, and perspectives. The suddenness of these shifts has revealed many previously unseen or overlooked aspects of design education: weaknesses, biases, inequities, issues of accessibility—as well as opportunities for innovation and evolution. Our present moment has left us with lingering questions about what it means to be a design educator and what our role might look like in the future. This call for submissions strives to bring together as many different voices and perspectives as possible, especially those that have been historically underrepresented in conversations around design education. In this watershed moment it is imperative that we pause, listen, reflect, and learn from each other.

We are seeking various types of submissions, including research-based papers, visual expressions, practical and hands-on submissions, and other kinds of writing. Submissions should somehow relate to the topics and ideas discussed during SHIFT, and should relate to TEACHING, RESEARCH and/or COMMUNITY. Submissions will be peer-reviewed and edited together in a publication that will also eventually be part of the SHIFT Living Archives.

Word Counts

Submissions can be loosely divided into three types/categories:

1: Long-form submissions: these should be research-based papers and should be between 3000 and 5000 words long (not counting references/citations)

2: Short-form submissions: these can be case studies, shorter research-based papers, opinion pieces, or other types of writing, and should be between 1000 and 2500 words long (not counting references/citations)

3: Visual Essays or other Visual Expressions: these should be a mix of text and image and can be documentary OR argument-based/rhetorical in nature, and should include NOT MORE than 10 separate pages OR 20 separate images (not counting references/citations; images should be properly cited or fully created by the author)


– Please submit text as a single Word document, with headers and sub-headers clearly indicated. 

– Include the title of your document/piece at the top of the document.

– Do NOT include your name or affiliation in the document (these will be submitted separately; also make sure not to include ANY obvious identifying information within the body of the document; this is important for the double-blind peer review process.

– Please include a set of 5–7 keywords that relate to the content of your paper

– Do not use numbers in front of headers, and try to keep the hierarchy of the paper as simple as possible (try not to use several nested levels of headers and sub-headers).  

– Proceedings will be published in a 8.5 by 11 inch format, in a portrait (vertical) orientation; for Visual Essays or other Visual Expressions, please keep that in mind for your design


Please follow the APA citation style; more information can be found here.

Submissions are due Jan. 31, 2021, via this Google Form.

Questions? Interested in serving as a peer reviewer? Email Liese Zahabi at

By aigaeducators
Published August 17, 2020
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