14th 4T International

Design and Design History


Submission Deadline for Abstracts: 02 July 2021
Extended Submission Deadline for Abstracts: 25 July 2021


“Who Cares?”


The Covid-19 Pandemic has once more reminded us how fragile our existence on this planet is and how fragile the planet itself has become. It also made us critically rethink design activities we have been carrying out to shape our environment in order to make ourselves more resilient. Our species is now going through a painful awakening, realizing that in order to make human life last, we have to care for all the living and non-living on a planetary scale.

“Care” then, assumes an ever-greater significance on an ever-greater scale. But who “cares?” Who cares about design’s role to make us well, to make our planet better, healthier? Are we to define the field anew, a totally new professional, a new platform of inquiry? How are we to learn from the history of all design disciplines that dealt with “care”?

Who has the power to care for the other? How can design empower people to care for themselves, for each other and for the planet? How can we care through design?

We would like to invite papers discussing the concept of care and design including but not limited to the areas below:


Special focus: Caring for Covid 19 (design in times of pandemics)

We would like to put a special emphasis on the discussion on past and contemporary applications of design in times of epidemics, and possibly, pandemics. This part invites research papers concentrated on the three pillars of caring for our bodies against Covid-19: hygiene, social distancing and wearing masks. Research papers on how designers tackle these issues, literally and metaphorically are welcome:


Those who are interested in contributing papers to the fourteenth 4T Symposium are invited to submit a title and an extended abstract of 1000 words through EasyChair by July 2nd 2021. Registration to EasyChair is essential in order to submit abstracts.


The symposium language is English; therefore all abstracts, presentations and papers should be in English. For any further questions please contact Işılay Tiarnagh Sheridan.


Selected proposals will be announced on August 23rd, 2021. Online presentations will be held between November 17th and 19th 2021.


Organizing Committee

Bahar Emgin

Erdem Erten

Batuhan Taneri

Gizem Yazıcı

Emre Yıldız


Scientific Committee

Ahenk Yılmaz (Yasar University)

Altuğ Kasalı (Izmir Institute of Technology)

Alpay Er (Ozyegin University)

Ayça Tunç Cox (Izmir Institute of Technology)

Burkay Pasin (Izmir University of Economics)

Cristina Caramelo Gomes (Lusíada University)

Deniz Hasırcı (Izmir University of Economics)

Derya Özkan (Izmir University of Economics)

Didem Kılıçkıran (Kadir Has University)

Ela Çil (Izmir Institute of Technology)

Elçin Tezel (Bahcesehir University)

Elif Kocabıyık (Izmir University of Economics)

Emre Gönlügür (Izmir University of Economics)

Fatma Korkut (Middle East Technical University)

Federico Scaroni (The University of Tokyo)

Fehmi Doğan (Izmir Institute of Technology)

Gökhan Mura (Izmir University of Economics)

Gülay Hasdoğan (Middle East Technical University)

Gülsüm Baydar (Yasar University)

Harun Kaygan (University of Southern Denmark)

Helena Barbosa (University of Aveiro)

İpek Akpınar (Izmir Institute of Technology)

Kıvanç Kılınç (Kadir Has University)

Maria Mitsoula (The University of Edinburgh)

Meltem Gürel (Yasar University)

Nilüfer Talu (Izmir Institute of Technology)

Neslihan Dostoğlu (Uludag University)

Osman Demirbaş (Izmir University of Economics)

Pınar Kaygan (Middle East Technical University)

Pınar Özdemir (Istanbul Technical University)

Priscila Lena Farias (University of São Paulo)

Şebnem Yücel (MEF University)

Sinan Niyazioğlu (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University)

Susana Barreto (University of Porto)

Tevfik Balcıoğlu (Yasar University)

Yekta Bakırlıoğlu (Middle East Technical University)

Zeynep Tuna Ultav (Yasar University)

Zuhal Ulusoy (Istanbul Bilgi University)



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