Salon 29: Why should we decolonise design?

Wednesday 23 October, 1300-1430h

Public Panel Discussion Event

 

A Grid / Otakaari 5, A208d Jeti
Aalto University
02150 Espoo

Campus map

We might be well beyond the Modernist narrative of design history. We might think that we have left the dominance of (white, Western, male) ‘heroes’ in the narrative behind. But this still lingers, tainting the way by which design is presented in magazines and on TV. Meanwhile, a vigorous movement has recently grown that provides fresh impetus, not only to critiquing that outdated version but demands that we think deeply about the variety of cultural, political, social and environmental practices that design is part of. Decolonising design challenges first world dominance and orthodoxies. So, how might it change the global landscape of design? Does decolonising design open onto other questions of representation and agency? Is it liberating or does it create new sub-orthodoxies? What would decolonising design look like in Finland? We shall discuss these and many other questions.

Chair:  Guy Julier

Panel:
Danah Abdullah, Brunel University, London and founder of the Decolonising Design Group
Andrea Botero, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Design, Aalto University
Harun Kaygan, Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, Middle Eastern Technical Univesity, Ankara
Pinar Kaygan, Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, Middle Eastern Technical Univesity, Ankara

 

 

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