What does it mean to undertake transdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving and critical design? How should we reconcile inter-disciplinary to anti-disciplinary practices in reflexively tackling crucial challenges and societal impact? What is the role of participation in human-centred design and what are the political consequences of engaging in participatory design with vulnerable communities? What do feminism, decolonial theory and indigenous protocols offer in rethinking ethical design practices, action-oriented research, critical AI and data justice? These are among many questions and challenges I find myself asking together with my students and collaborators in my teaching and research. The talk will reveal some of these contingencies and suggest pathways to navigating them critically.

If you’re wondering how to take the next step in solving societal challenges within your research, then the upcoming DesignLab guest lecture might bring new perspectives to mind. Professor Nitin Sawhney at Aalto University Helsinki has been invited by DesignLab researcher Dr. Cristina Zaga to share his experience, and have a dialogue.

DesignLab Guest Lecture at The University of Twente
May 7th, 2021 12:00-13:00 CET

You can now watch a recording of the talk. Hope it offers some though-provoking insights. It was an enjoyable discussion with the audience.

Talk Details: https://www.utwente.nl/en/designlab/events/2021/5/1041256/designlab-guest-lecture-rethinking-transdisciplinarity