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Around the Campfire – Resilience and Intelligence was hosted by the University of Lapland on May 27 – June 1, 2019 in Rovaniemi, Finland.


Conference Theme

The theme of resilience and intelligence were especially emphasized in Cumulus Rovaniemi. What are the means, tools and methods in design that can assist processes of growth and advancement in geographical or societal margins? How can design support and facilitate resilience? What forms do resilience and intelligence take on in design, art and media? How have resilience and intelligence been present in the various contexts of art, design and media practice? What difference does the advancing intelligent technology make and how does it contribute to resilience?

Learn more about Around the Campfire – Resilience and Intelligence by downloading the Conference Proceedings.

Around the Campfire – Resilience and Intelligence Conference Program Highlights

The Cumulus Rovaniemi 2019 Conference emphasized the themes of resilience and intelligence across the following seven tracks.

Conference Tracks
  • Resilience and Intelligence in Design, Art and Media
  • Arctic and Sustainable Art and Design
  • Cross-disciplinary Paths for Art, Design and Media
  • The Future of Design Teaching
  • Creative Industries and Entrepreneurship
  • Cultural and Participatory Perspectives
  • Innovative Techniques, Methods and Theory
Conference Proceedings

The Cumulus Rovaniemi 2019 Conference Proceedings are available for download.

Cumulus Working Groups

The conference included sessions by the Cumulus working groups below. Please visit the Cumulus Rovaniemi conference website and the working group pages for more information:

Art and Design Teacher Education and Pedagogy CWG (AADTE)
Design and Migration
Design New Eating Habits
Contemporary Art
Cumulus 4 Sustainability
Digital Culture
Service Design
Fashion and Textiles
Leadership and Strategy
Women & Design
ReVeDa, Research Vectors in Design and Art
Business, Industry & Innovation

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Hilary Collins

Lecturer, Student Experience Manager
Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University Business and Law Schools, UK

Presentation title: Creative research
Hilary Collins BA (Hons) MA, MRes, MBA, PhD has a PhD in Strategic Design Management from the University of Strathclyde, UK. Her professional career specialised in international business start-up in the field of design.

Liisa Holmberg

Film commissioner
International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI), Norway

Presentation title: Indigenous peoples design and storytelling. Purpose of Arctic Indigenous Film Fund
Liisa Holmberg is a Sámi film maker originally from Finnish side of the Saamiland. She has worked in the film business as a producer, production manager and film consultant from the year 1994.

Professor Matt Jones

Swansea University, Swansea, UK

Presentation title: The Robots are Coming – Be Afraid!
Matt Jones has been working on mobile interaction design for 20+ years. He has written two books on the subject (Mobile Interactions Design, with Gary Marsden; and There’s not An App for That, with Simon Robinson and Gary Marsden).

Conference Team


Minna Pakanen
Aarhus University

Satu Miettinen
Conference Chair
Dean of Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland
Professor of Service Design

Jonna Häkkilä
Academic Chair
Vice-Dean of Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland
Professor of Industrial Design

Cumulus Student Ambassadors

Every Cumulus Conference host selects student ambassadors to be their representatives and special envoys. Around the Campfire – Resilience and Intelligence counted with the participation of:

Danni Deng and Zhou Siqi
School of Design, Jiangnan University, China

Cumulus Plus Grantees

Each Cumulus Conference welcomes a select group of distinguished scholars and practitioners from different parts of the world who are recipients of this grant program. Around the Campfire – Resilience and Intelligence welcomed:

Sofía Beatriz Álamo
Professor & Researcher
Maimonides University, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Edward Appiah
Coordinator: Research and Postgraduate Studies; Department of Communication Design
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Biljana Jovic
Faculty of Forestry, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
University of Belgrade, Serbia

Conference Activities

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