Call for proposals 2017

All Full! No more proposals accepted!

This year’s theme is, Where does sketching lead to action?

We invite those creative sketchers of all stripes to submit a proposal to the second Sketching In Practice Symposium to be held on June 23-24 2017 at Simon Fraser University’s Woodward’s building in downtown Vancouver.

SKETCHING IN PRACTICE (SKiP) is a two-day symposium that explores the construction of meanings through sketching. In 2016 we brought in scholars and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to explore the question, What happens when we draw? Last year we looked inward. This year we peer outward, asking Where does sketching lead to action? This year we are focusing on the HOW and WHY particular visual strategies are used to achieve a goal.

Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate how sketching in diverse practices such as education, dance, design, visual art, anthropology, imaginary architecture, geography, literature, graphic recording, documentary film making, amongst others use sketching to communicate information and/or knowing that is unobtainable through other means. We encourage proposals that involve communities, address political or social issues, cross boundaries, form disruptions, and communicate that which needs to be said. In this experiential, two-day gathering, practitioners will explore the question, how does sketching lead to action? We are looking for activity based/ interactive workshops where participants can expect to learn and share ways of working and thinking in a collaborative fashion.

Session topics may include:

  • How sketching leads to action to communicate or convey information otherwise unobtainable or not understandable.
  • How sketching can be a facilitator of social or disciplinary discussions, or some kind of agent of change.
  • How sketching in disciplines and practices has challenged or changed the ‘standard approach’ or ‘typical knowledge generation’ in a meaningful way.
  • How sketching has crossed genre boundaries and blurred distinctions in the way information, ideas and stories are communicated.
  • How sketching outside of socially sanctioned spaces can convey, inform and disrupt.

You may submit proposals for one the following types of sessions: workshop, dialogue/roundtable, presentation, public display, or street art. Other formats will be considered along with a clear description. Preference will be given to proposals that are interactive and/or demonstrate unique ways of engaging audiences with the presentation topic.

All sessions are 30 mins or 1 hr.

All attendees are encouraged to bring their sketchbooks.

Workshops should be action-oriented and allow for the audience to learn, practice or engage with material. These may include short presentations of research or ways of working, illustrations of theories, or show-and-tells for tools and practices. These workshops should include activities for attendees to participate in.

Dialogue or roundtable sessions should encourage participants to engaged in small working groups that allow for sharing of materials or techniques. These sessions should facilitate dialogue aimed at providing practical strategies to deal with these areas.

Presentation sessions should share the growing amount of research and scholarship around sketching, including emerging projects and visual literacies. If abstracts are expanded into full papers, they will be peer reviewed by the Sketching In Practice committee and considered for publication on website.

Poster and Exhibit display (half-day) are for hands-on interactive demos of new technology, techniques and experiential displays. Other delivery formats should be content driven. Presentation format should enhance the audience understanding or engagement with material presented.

Presentation and Multimedia Equipment
We will provide a video projection system as well as a audio system for use by presenters at the venue. We expect presenters to provide their own laptops and audio-visual adapters specific to their devices, so please inform us if you are unable to bring your own. We will also provide paper and sketching materials for all participants and presenters. Additional equipment required for presentations and demonstrations should be supplied by the presenters. Contact the symposium director at to discuss any special equipment or setup needs.

It is expected that at least one author of each accepted submission will attend the symposium to present their contribution. We also welcome those who would like to attend the symposium without presenting. Symposium registration will be available through the starting May 2017. All presenters must be registered to present.

Review criteria
The symposium program committee will review all submissions. Assessment criteria are available below to guide the development of your proposal. We may approach applicants to request changes to their proposals to better fit Symposium needs.

  • Clarity and coherence of submission
  • Relevance to the theme
  • Relevance to the intended audience
  • Clear indication of how the submission will engage symposium participants

Please note, proposals may be selected for early acceptance.

Proposal form

Principal Presenter

Co-Presenter (if applicable)

Session information

Supporting links
Please include links to personal website, on-line portfolio, social media site, or attach a .pdf document to provide us with a broader understanding of your practice.