Seminar Call – The 2nd Design and Memory Seminar: On the Passage of Time

The never-stop design activity constantly brings new artefacts to the world. Meanwhile, “time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away”. When their first lives end, different artefacts face different destinies. They may acquire the eternity (recorded in the design history and showed in the museums as icons), suffer from the oblivion (forgotten by people as waste) and receive another life (hidden in people’s memories and rediscovered as heritage in the future). Put The Passage of Time in Design as the centre, such research areas as History, Memory, Heritage, Semiotics, Emotion, Human Senses etc. have knitted a complicated interdisciplinary knowledge network for us to explore.

The 2nd Design and Memory Seminar gathers international researchers from the relevant research areas to discuss questions, share knowledge and identify new research directions on this topic.

Time & Venue

10.00 – 17.00  Tuesday / 27th March, 2012

Lecture Room 885

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Arabia Campus)

Helsinki, Finland

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10.00-11.00  Opening Keynote — Prof. Pekka Korvenmaa: Linear, cyclical or random?

11.00-12.15   Morning Presentations by Doctoral Students

  • Petra Ahde-Deal: Women and Jewellery – Social Approach to Wearing and Possessing Jewellery
  • Elise Kovanen: The role of an artist in the Arabia factory
  • Marjukka Vuorisalo: Finnish textile art – history?

12.00-13.30  Lunch Break

13.30-14.45  Afternoon Presentations by Doctoral Students

  • Ossi Kallioinen: One or six senses – nomadic attitude in a field of research
  • Mikko Ijäs,: Memory, Art and Design
  • Haian Xue: The framework of design-evoked nostalgic experience

14.00-14.15 Coffee Break

14.45-16.00 MA Student-board (Design and Culture)

16.00-17.00  Closing Keynote — Prof. Martin Woolley (Coventry University): Where are we? – mapping the field of design and memory


Participation is free of charge. Please register by mail to the organisers by 22nd March.

Seminar Organisers

Marjukka Vuorisalo (

Haian Xue (

Svetlana Usenyuk (

The seminar is organised by Empirica Research Group, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture