Workshops: Design & The Social (Apr-Jun 2011, Denmark)

Venue: The Danish Design School, Philip de Langes Allé 10, 1435 Copenhagen, Denmark
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 March 2011
Contact and submissions: designsocial2011@gmail.com

The seminar series consists of three seminars. Each seminar will consist of lectures by one or two invited speakers and a plenary discussion followed by a workshop. A compilation of relevant literature will be disseminated before each seminar – and it is expected that all participants have read before each seminar.

To apply for participation in the seminar series, each participant must submit a short abstract of no more than 300 words. The abstract should position your research in relation to the seminar and include a statement of interest, i.e. how and why the participant expects the seminar series to be relevant with regards to her thesis project or research agenda. The abstract will serve as an application.

For applicants who are accepted for participation: We ask of you to prepare and submit an extended abstract of 1-3 pages before the first seminar. In addition to the extended abstract, we ask you to submit a short description of your PhD project, as well as questions that you would like to ask and discuss within the seminars.

ECTS 3 for participation in the tree seminars
ECTS 5 for participation in the tree seminars and paper

Deadline for submission of abstract: 30 March 2011
Notification of acceptance: 1 April 2011

1. Seminar: 14th of April 2011 (9-18)
2. Seminar: 14th of June 2011 (9-18 + surprise)
3. Seminar: 16th of June 2011 (9-18 + dinner)

The 14th of June: A performance surprise.
The 16th of June: Wining and dining together after the seminar.

Paper deadline 15th of September 2011

Please mail any questions to: designsocial2011@gmail.com
Submit abstracts to: designsocial2011@gmail.com
The seminars are free for accepted participants. The morning sessions (9-12) of lectures and plenary discussion are open for everyone interested. Registration required.

Seminar description

The three Ph.D seminars present an exposition of current trends within design research that explores the boundaries and conjunctions between design research and different areas of the social sciences. A special attention is paid to the three following intersections between design and praxis-oriented approaches from the social sciences.

14th of April: INFRASTRUCTURING & strategies of democratization

HOW CAN DESIGNERS WORK WITH INFRASTRUCTURES OF SOCIAL INNOVATION IN PUBLIC SPACE? WHAT IS THE ROLE OF DESIGNERS WHO ENGAGE IN CREATING INFRASTRUCTURES OF PARTICIPATORY INNOVATION? HOW CAN PARTICIPATORY DESIGN TRADITIONS AND METHODS CONTRIBUTE TO A DEMOCRATIZATION OF INNOVATION?

Presenters: Erling Björgvinsson and Peter Danholt

14th of June:  PERFORMANCE & design interventions

WHAT DOES IT BRING TO STUDY EVERYDAY LIFE AS A PERFORMANCE? HOW DO WE STAGE DESIGN INTERVENTIONS IN AN EVERYDAY CONTEXT? HOW CAN THE ACT Of PERFORMING BE USED TO EXPLORE BODLLY INTERACTIONS AND EXPERIENCES?

Presenters: Susan Kozel and Brendon Clark

16th of June: SPECULATIVE DESIGN & science and technology studies

WHERE DO WE LOCATE A PRODUCTIVE CONVERGENCE BETWEEN SOCIOLOGY (STS) AND DESIGN? HOW CAN AN STS APPROACH CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW INSIGHTS IN SPECULATIVE DESIGN PROJECTS? TO WHAT EXTEND CAN SPECULATIVE DESIGN CHALLENGE OR AUGMENT EXISTING STS METHODOLOGIES IN CO-CONSTRUCTING PUBLICS AROUND ISSUES OF CONCERN?

Presenters: Alex Wilkie and TBA

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About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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