Worlds by Design. Mapping the Field of Interdisciplinary Design Studies

From academic knowledge production to policy making, urban resilience planning or disaster management, there are few fields today that are not linked to design processes and practices. While ‹Western› design discourse has traditionally been associated with industrial production, modernist aesthetics, and rational problem solving, more recently the concept of design has also been drawn upon in anthropological, political, and decolonial debates that seek to address the manifold practices of designerly world-making both on a planetary scale and from a position of limited knowledge. 

In this lecture series, together with invited speakers and guests, we seek to explore such virulent understandings of design in terms of their possibilities and limitations: How can they be theoretically framed, genealogically and socio-materially situated, and critically engaged with from the perspective of interdisciplinary design studies? In the lecture series, we do not only want to provide space for traditional lectures, but cultivate a dialogical format and open up the conversation about the field of Interdisciplinary Design Studies beyond the academic production of knowledge. Considering this, we believe that your research would make a valuable contribution to the program.

The lecture series is scheduled to start on the 2nd of November 2023, and the sessions will take place weekly on Thursdays from 4:15 to 6:00 pm CET via Zoom.  This collaborative effort involves the Governing through Design group and the research cluster Matters of Activity, affiliated with the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Semester: WiSe 2023/24