CFP Special issue on Design, Oppression, and Liberation - DISEÑA

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Frederick van Amstel

Feb 1, 2022, 1:12:37 PM2/1/22
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Call for Papers - DesignOppression, and Liberation
Special issue of Diseña #21

Submission deadline: March 30, 2022
Expected publication date: August 2022

Theme description:
Design research and practice are responsible for articulating and materializing structural oppression (Fanon, 2007; Freire, 1996; hooks, 2014) into everyday objects and experiences. There is a growing strand of research that denounces the complicity of design in racism (Souza, 2020), heteronormativity (Santos, 2018), ableism (Liao & Huebner, 2021), colonialism (Angelon & van Amstel, 2021), anthropocentrism (Forlano, 2016), and other forms of oppression.

These works open up the possibility of occupying, reclaiming, repairing, and restoring what oppressors have done with design in the past. Pluriversal design (Noel, 2020), feminist designs (Bardzell, 2010), design justice (Costanza-Chock, 2018), multispecies design (Westerlaken, 2020), designing for liberation (Jack & Tuli, 2021), and designs of the South (Gutiérrez Borrero, 2015) are some approaches that shift design research from denouncing to announcing new realities. This shift is a dialectical result of social movements reaching design practice while, at the same time, design practice reaching social movements.

This Special issue welcomes research that contributes to sharpening the understanding of oppression in design and increasing the solidarity between the different struggles for liberation that cut across design. Contributions can include theoretical or methodological essays, ethnographic accounts, case studies, or visual papers that interrogate and challenge oppression in design.

Theme breakdown
●       Gendered, feminist, and intersectional designs
●       Racialized and anti-racist, Black, abolitionist, afro-centric designs
●       Ableist and anti-ableist, posthumanist, multispecies designs
●       LGBTQIA+ designs
●       Marxist designs that account for labor, precarity, and revolution
●       Indigenous, decolonial, postcolonial, countercolonial, declassificatory, unsettling, and pluriversal perspectives over design
●       Handiness oppression, craftwork, material culture, and alternative production circuits
●       Critical pedagogy in designdesigning for liberation, emancipatory designdesign for social justice
●       Designs of the oppresseddesigns of the South, South to South dialogues, subaltern designs, marginalized designs, user design, other designs
●       Counter-projects, alterdesigns, antidesign, undesigning, and infradesign

Do you want to check if your ideas fit within the call? Please write us.

Guest editors:
Frederick van Amstel | Federal University of Technology – Paraná |
Lesley-Ann Noel | North Carolina State University |
Rodrigo Gonzatto | Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná |

Check the full call here:

Please help this call reach the researchers/activists working in this field.


.{ Frederick van Amstel }.
Assistant Professor at Industrial Design Academic Department (DADIN).

Latest publications

Van Amstel, Frederick M.C. (2021). The role of games in developing transformative agency. Brazilian Journal of Socio-Historical-Cultural Research and Activity, 3(2).

Van Amstel, Frederick M. C. and Gonzatto, Rodrigo Freese. (2021). Existential time and historicity in interaction design. Human-Computer Interaction.

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