Call for Papers: Special Issue for the Journal of Interior Design (JID)‎

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue for the Journal of Interior Design (JID)

Under the auspices of the Interior Design Educators Council

Uncovering Structures: Making Visible Hidden Biases

Olivier Vallerand, Ph.D., Université de Montréal, Guest Editor

Registration of Interest Due (March 1, 2022)
Full Submissions Due (January 1, 2023)
Final Submissions to Publisher (October 2023)
Publication (March 2024)

The design of interiors, both residential and commercial, has long been tied to social and cultural capital and power. By extension, privilege linked to race, gender, or class has thus strongly impacted the development of interior design, from the beginning of its professionalization. Despite attempts to expand the reach of the discipline to less privileged groups, many obstacles still prevent both our professional body and the clients we reach to be as diversified as should be. Scholars have started to demonstrate how interior designers have silenced questions of race, gender, and sexual orientation to assert their professional status in relation to allied disciplines such as architecture. Contributors to this special issue will address how, both historically and today, interior design and allied disciplines have been structured in ways that silence the contributions of people of color, LGBTQ people, or women, despite them being essential to the development of the disciplines. Beyond adding names to the canon, contributions should explore how design methodologies, publication venues, educational settings, or histories of the discipline are framed in ways that foreground the contributions of some groups and limit close examination of how one’s race, gender, or sexual orientation impact their experience of the built environment. Contributors might suggest opportunities for structurally changing the discipline to foster a more inclusive environment for both designers and users of interior spaces. Furthermore, contributions should present innovative approaches to understanding how relations with allied disciplines have contributed to the framing of these structures.

This special issue invites visual essays, research papers, and case studies that explore the potential for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity as it relates to interiors. Possible submissions might engage with the following:

Submissions should expand and question our conventional understandings of the topic and its complex relationships to interior space. 

All work must demonstrate exceptional rigor in the search for new knowledge and ideas. Papers must be original work of the author or authors and are not being considered for publication in other journals. Submissions may be checked for originality using plagiarism-detection software.


September 2021: Call for papers

March 1, 2022: Registration of Interest – Authors are asked to register their intent to submit a paper by sending a 150-word abstract to Olivier Vallerand at [log in to unmask]. Please put your surname and “JID Special Issue” in the subject line. Registration of interest is not refereed, nor is it a requirement to submit. However, the acknowledgement of registration facilitates development of a proposal to full research paper by providing confirmation of fit with the special issue. Recognition of fit does not guarantee publication.

January 1, 2023: Full submissions are due. See author guidelines found on JID’s website at Wiley Blackwell.

March 2024: Publication of JID Special issue

For questions regarding the call for papers, submission deadlines, or anything related to the content of the Special Issue, contact Olivier Vallerand at [log in to unmask]. Please put your surname and “JID Special Issue” in the subject line.


Authors should follow the guidelines found on JID’s website at Wiley Blackwell. Please note the unique guidelines for Articles versus Visual Essays (links are midway down the page). Perspectives and Letters are by invitation only.

Technical questions regarding the submission of documents through the ScholarOne website should be addressed to Kathleen Sullivan, Editorial Assistant ([log in to unmask]).

The Journal of Interior Design is a scholarly, refereed publication dedicated to a pluralistic exploration of the interior environment. Scholarly inquiry representing the entire spectrum of interior design theory, research, education, and practice is invited. Submissions are encouraged from educators, designers, artists, anthropologists, architects, historians, psychologists, sociologists, or others interested in interior design.


Olivier Vallerand, Ph.D., École de design, Université de Montréal


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