Calls for Papers

Call for Papers – Special Issue: Design Personas – Vol. 4, No. 2

Guest Editor – Associate Professor Lene Nielsen, IT University of Copenhagen

The concept of “design personas” has been developed to help designers and developers understand end-users of technology and to help keep the focus on end-users throughout the design process. The method has existed about 20 years, but is still developing and also criticized. We are calling for submissions that will approach persona use, development, impact on the design process, and impact on the technology. Contributions that discuss the design persona method in other domains such as product development, health, and communication are also welcome.

Suggested themes and issues include but are not limited to:

• Design personas in various design areas e.g. personas for children, the elderly, health
• International design personas
• Design personas and design fiction
• Design personas and agile development
• Design personas created from quantitative data
• Design personas in the design process
• The use of design personas
• Novel ways of using design personas e.g. role-play
• Novel ways of creating design personas


Abstracts: 250-300 word abstract or proposal by email to by 29 January 2018. Requests for full papers will be received by the author within 3 weeks of abstracts closing.
Full paper submission: 5,000-8,000 word papers and creative projects for peer review by 2 April 2018. (Please note that official acceptance of the work is contingent upon peer review)
Creative submissions where peer review is not desired: full submission due by 30 April 2018. Please advise the Guest Editor in your initial proposal if you would a creative arts review.
The issue will be released in October 2018.


Currently in production

Open Issue: Volume 3, Issue 2 (2017)

In this issue of Persona Studies, we are soliciting a wide variety of creative and critical works on persona. Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to) treatments of persona and:

  • Consumerism
  • Marketing
  • Online & digital Identities
  • Life Writing
  • Celebrity
  • Print Media
  • War &Terrorism
  • Death & Mourning
  • Bodies
  • Surveillance
  • Children & Family
  • Arts & Crafts


Special issue: Scientific Persona - Volume 4, Issue 1 (2018)

The concept of “scientific persona” has been developed to understand the ways in which science is embodied and performed in a convincing way, and how this performance becomes part of what science is. It induces questions about the relation between the personal and the social, between the scientist, or scholar, as a person and the content of science. We are calling for submissions that will approach contemporary expressions and the history of scientific persona while focusing on the impact of the wider social and cultural context of gender, race and class.

Themes and issues include but are not limited to:

  • Intersectionality and scientific persona
  • Bodily expressions of scientific persona
  • Internalization of science and scientific personas
  • Scientific persona in colonial settings
  • Artistic expressions of scientific personas
  • Americanization of science and scientific persona
  • Celebrity and scientific personas
  • Comparative studies of scientific persona
  • The relationship between scientific institutions and personas
  • Pre-modern historical studies on scientific personas 

Guest editors:

Prof. Mineke Bosch, Groningen University, the Netherlands
Prof. Kirsti Niskanen, Stockholm University, Sweden
Prof. Kaat Wils, KU Leuven, Belgium