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Wednesday April 11th – École Boulle

9-21 rue Pierre Bourdan 75012 Paris

Leadership and Strategy

11.00 – 15.00  – Boulle A101

The subject of the meeting in the working group is to discuss how the Sustainable Development Goals (The SDG ´s) can be used as a leaver for both the transformation of our design educations and the transformation of the common business model. How can the design schools use the SDG ´s to prove the value of design? How should we organize our curriculum and our design education in general – to serve the SDG-transformation of private enterprises, civil society and the public sector?
– Prof. Anil Gupta,National Innovation Foundation of India/GIAN/SIRSTi networks India
‘Frontiers of frugality: Design education for transcending the limits of opulence’
– Dean Mathilde Aggdebo Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Design

Eija SALMI – eija.salmi(at)aalto.fi


13.00 – 15.00  – Boulle A102

Can sustainability in design education be measured? Let’s find out! Kedge Design School in Toulon will present their efforts in doing this and we will try it out as well.


Presentation: Assistant Professor Susana Paixao-Barradas, France

Contact: Sara HYLTÉN-CAVALLIUS – sara.hylten-cavallius(at)lnu.se

Art and Design Teacher Education and Pedagogy part.1

13.00 – 15.00 – Boulle A104

Cumulus network there are a lot of expertise in art and design pedagogy. Many schools carry out also an art and design teacher education degree programme or special study modules of art and design pedagogy.
We are interested in aggregating this expertise within Cumulus and launched a working group under art and design teacher education and pedagogy in Cumulus Kolding Conference May 2017. This will be the second meeting of the group.

The meeting will include some presentations of case studies and introduction, discussion and team work of ideas for our future collaboration in different forms. The methods, platforms and goals will be decided by the participants.

Chair: Martti RAEVAARA – martti.raevaara(at)aalto.fi

For the Contemporary Art

13.30 – 15.00 – Boulle A203

Border Crossings: Pilgrimage to Paris
Contemporary artists and designers cross borders to collaborate on innovative and challenging questions

Artists and designers challenge the integrity of boundaries. The Contemporary Art Working Group will address the topics of identity, appropriation, collaboration, and hybridity as they pertain to relevant issues in contemporary art and design.

We invite participation with colleagues who would like to contribute to this conversation, which will include discussions on the following:
-Francis Alys
-Paul Ramirez Jonas
-Yinka Shonibare
-Tohono O’odham basket weaver Terrol Dew Johnson
-Sheila Hicks
-David Goldblatt
-Vincent Meessen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_eJBQrttbs

Contact: Ann ALBRITTON – aalbritt(at)c.ringling.edu

Thursday April 12th – Estienne

18 boulevard Auguste Blanqui 75013

IxDA working group

10.30-12.30 Estienne E 231
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Friday April 13th – Ensaama

63 rue Olivier-de-Serres 75015 Paris


10.30 – 15.30 – Ensaama 304

The present X-Files programme is a one-day programme with the following highlights:
-Introduction of participating X-Files members (this will depend on time and number of members present on the 13th)
-Introduction of hosting schools in Paris (short presentation about the 4 schools organizing Cumulus Paris 2018)
-Presentation about the French Education System
-Network moment X-Files (with cookies)
-Workshop on one international theme
-Intentional Internationalisation
-Presentation of X-Files – last 20 years and moving forward (during this section all Cumulus Board members and all other interested participants are invited)
-Elections of new X-Files Board

Please note that this year we will hold elections for the X-Files Board. There are 5 places. The positions are coordinator, co-coordinator, supporting member, supporting member, supporting member.
Please send your nominations to Justyna Molik (justyna.molik@aalto.fi)

Aparajita DUTTA – A.Dutta(at)kabk.nl

Quality WG

10.30 – 12.30 – Ensaama 307

The group concentrates on three issues:
A special working group for gathering best practices and building a CUMULUS tool box for better management and development.
A task force for finding out about any existing grading of different artistic activities.
Further discussion on whether there should be some kind of policy initiative for promoting some KPIs as especially descriptive.

More content info to come soon!

Fashion and textile

13.30 – 15.30 – Ensaama 306

The Fashion and Textiles Working Group (FTWG) focuses on education and research within the field of fashion and textiles. FTWG provides its members with an academic forum for knowledge transfer and development in fashion and textile design higher education and with relevant information about the educational, research and cultural policies of different countries regarding our respective field, with a goal of reaching excellence and innovations in fashion and textiles while promoting cooperation and partnership between member institutions through projects and publications. FTWG also stimulates a dialogue between Cumulus and DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG) when possible.

The group will present its latest publication: Soft Landing
Soft Landing is a collection of essays that pinpoints where fashion and textile education is today and where it may shift in the future. Initiated by Cumulus’s Fashion and Textile WG, the essays in this volume address critical questions for fashion and textiles. They shed light on different ideas, approaches, problems, and solutions from teaching and research, as well as contemplating the future trajectory and evolution of fashion and textile education. Will the landing be soft or with turbulence?

Nithikul NIMKULRAT – nithikul.nimkulrat(at)artun.ee


13.30 – 15.30 – Ensaama 406

REVEDA means Research Vectors in Design and the Arts and started as a Working group in 2014. The primary aim of ReVeDa is to offer an open space for discussion on research in Design and the Arts, while showcasing experiences developed within the Cumulus Community, out from any given taxonomy and methodological dogmatism.

Lorenzo IMBESI – lorenzo.imbesi(at)uniroma1.it
Loredana DI LUCCHIO – loredana.dilucchio(at)uniroma1.it

Art and Design Teacher Education and Pedagogy part.2

13.30 – 15.30 – Ensaama 303

Chair: Martti RAEVAARA – martti.raevaara(at)aalto.fi