"Humanizing the Digital" Symposium Session Proposal Form
The North Texas Digital Fabrication Group seeks submissions for presentations and workshops for its third annual North Texas Digital Fabrication Symposium, hosted by the Texas Woman’s University Department of Visual Arts, April 20 – 21, 2018.

Deadline for Submission Proposals: December 15th.

Theme: “Humanizing the Digital”
Exploring the potential for Digital Fabrication to connect us with what it means to be human.

The 3rd annual North Texas Digital Fabrication Symposium (NTDFS) highlights the creative potential for digital fabrication tools and techniques to reconnect us to our humanity. Contrary to society’s worst fear of the dystopian impact of technology, innovative and creative uses of digital fabrication open up possibilities for reconsidering the way humans learn, make and connect through the creative arts. The NTDFS is intended to be a forum for considering the hybrid, interdisciplinary and creative futures that lead us back to the complex imperfection of our humanity.

The NTDFS seeks interdisciplinary proposals that connect and expand an art and design perspective into other areas of research and practice. As an extension of our mission to highlight the relationship between technology and humanity, we emphasize a spectrum of digital makers representing diverse perspectives including gender, race and ethnic identity. Particularly in a time when the tech world is under serious scrutiny for a lack of commitment to diversity and access, we hope to represent perspectives that the general public less frequently associates with these new technologies.

All proposals should address the connection of any specific topic to the field of digital fabrication. Preference will be given to proposals that embrace an open-source participatory approach to knowledge sharing. With this symposium we strive to create an atmosphere of discussion and dialogue, in keeping with the spirit of the “Maker Movement”.

Below are some aspects of the theme (Humanizing the Digital) that we invite you to explore in your proposals, although not required to stay within these sub-themes:

--Failure and Adaptation: Creating aesthetics of imperfection within multiple areas of research including design, sound, material, theory, pedagogy, performance, engineering, fashion, science, computer science, information sciences, craft, and fine art.

--A craft approach to technology -- humanizing digital processes that welcome experimentation and inclusivity.

--Using “maker” tools and approaches to encourage participation in all forms of creativity and design, at levels from beginner to expert.

--Design as empowerment through creative subversion, and cross-pollination across disciplines.

--Digital pedagogy - harnessing technology’s potential to restructure learning, making and collaboration and challenges within this.

We are seeking proposals in the following 3 formats:

--Presentations - [REVISION] will be grouped into panels based on affinities in subject matter (10-15 minutes).
--Panel - a moderator and 2-4 presenters (75 minutes)
--Workshops (either hands-on or discussion format) - 1 to 3 instructors/moderators, (2 1/2 hours)

Please note that symposium organizers are currently pursuing a range of funding sources but cannot guarantee the resources to cover expenses/stipends for presenters. If accepted, presenters may be responsible for covering their expenses associated with participating in the Symposium.

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Institutional Affiliation (if applicable):
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Your main area(s) of interest or research: *
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Website(s) directly related to your session topic (in most cases these should feature your own research)
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Which type of session are you proposing? *
Names of proposed collaborators (if applicable):
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Write an abstract of the session you are proposing. (100 words or less) *
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Write a more complete description of your proposed session that makes clear how this topic will connect to digital fabrication and the theme of "Humanizing the Digital". (350 words or less) *
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List 3 learning objectives for this session: *
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We ask that you limit your proposed involvement in sessions to two. If you know of another proposal you intend to be part of, please briefly explain (including names of possible collaborators).
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If your proposed session is a workshop, please describe any equipment, supplies, and other accommodations you would hope to have access to. Here is a list of equipment that potentially could be made available, although whether they will or not depends on the logistics of each particular proposal: 2 laser cutters, 5 FDM 3D printers, 2 clay 3D printers, 1 DLP printer, 1 digital embroidery machine, 1 digital loom, 2 CNC mills, 1 Structure sensor digital scanner, 1 Makerbot Digitizer turntable scanner, various physical computing microprocessors and accessories. For the sake of brevity, specific brands, models, etc. are not included here, but would be provided as needed. Other items may be available but not on this list. If you are requesting supplies, please include a budget (if funds become available we will allocate them to projects on a case-by-case basis).
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