The new dedicated program of the ISEA2014 conference, My Location, My Sense of Belonging, recognizes the importance of public space and the interrelationship of art, technology, design and the city. This program aims to discuss the role and influence of creative disciplines and technology on public interactions and the possibilities for enhancing urban spaces. Creative works in public space can help to create identity and a sense of belonging. Originating from a pearling and trading industry, the UAE has always been exposed and open to foreign cultures. In recent years, the country has been witness to rapid urbanization and has attracted a global multi-cultural society, factors that all impact the city on a daily basis. In this evolving reality, the role of culture in public space and of multicultural society on the notion of public space is an important aspect of sustainable city development.
 
This program will host a series of short paper presentations, poster presentation, workshops (2-3hrs) and public programming along with external events such as a public round table discussion on Public Space and Public Art.
 
SUBMISSION TO THIS SPECIAL PROGRAM CAN BE MADE IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
 
1. SHORT PAPER SUBMISSION (2500-4000 WORDS)
These sessions are best suited for a short summary of scholarly work and reports on current or completed research. Authors present summaries or overviews of their work, describing the essential features (related to purpose, procedures, outcomes, or product). Presenters are welcome, and highly encouraged, to include any visual support to assist delivery of their oral presentation. Individual abstracts will be accepted. Papers should be 2500-4000 words long (excluding the abstract, front matter and references) and should adhere to the conference paper submission guidelines (which can be found at www.isea2014.org). Submissions must be in English language. Submissions are due on May 30, 2014 and must include:
• Presenter’s names and affiliations (contact details, organization, university)
• Abstract (maximum of 300 words) and a bibliography
 
2. POSTER PRESENTATION
The Poster Presentation Session will showcase a variety of in-progress research and completed or planned creative projects. Authors will stand next to their posters during the poster presentation sessions and facilitate interactions with conference attendees. Poster submissions guidelines will be provided after acceptance of a poster presentation abstract of 300 words. Deadline for abstract submission: May 30,
2014.
 
3. WORKSHOP PROPOSALS (2-3 HRS)
Proposals for 2-3 hour workshops exploring the concepts of and solutions for public spaces need to present a description of the research issues that the workshop will address, including their context and practical application. The workshop proposal must contain a description of the workshop structure, planned participant’s involvement and anticipated contributions to the special program topic. The 2-3 page long workshop proposal shall follow a workshop submission guideline (to be found at www.isea2014.org). Deadline for workshop submission: July 1st, 2014.
 
Deadlines:
Submission of abstracts for papers and posters: May 30
Submission of workshops: July 1
Announcement of Acceptance: July 31
October 1st final draft of paper submission and presentation file
Oct. 30-Nov 8 ISEA2014 Symposium
Final submission of camera ready/publishable paper Dec. 1.
Paper proceedings to be published in early 2015
http://www.isea2014.org/

Visit the ISEA2014 website for any additions to program submission or subthemes.
http://www.isea2014.org/en/Submissions/call_Public_Space.aspx
 
 FOR QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT ISEA2014 COMMITTEE: isea2014@zu.ac.ae