Category: Symposium

International Conference “Situated in Translation: Global Media and Cultural Practices”

Situated in Translation at HFBK Hamburg

We will be speaking at the HFBK Hamburg (Germany), framing our work with Decolonising Design within the main topics of the research group “Translating and Framing.” See more info below:

May 18-20, 2017

Processes of media transformation are of central concern in the arts, in popular culture, and in the media industry as well as media studies. The Hamburg-based research group Translating and Framing. Practices of Medial Transformations uses an innovative praxeological approach, by conceptualizing perception and appropriation as forms of “translating” and “framing.” The aim is to build on existing theories toward an expanded media studies, combining research on the arts, media and cultural studies, as well as the social sciences. The interdisciplinary group, established in 2015, consists of seven research projects led by scholars of Universität Hamburg and the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg (HFBK).

The second international conference brings together scholars and practitioners working in philosophy, media, and performance and cultural studies whose interventions focus on dynamic processes of cultural transformation in a global context. Taking as our starting point the notion that culture is produced in an ongoing, reciprocal process of framing and translation, we have specifically invited contributions that broaden existing concepts of framing and translating, for instance, by focusing on such diverse phenomena as inter-medial and cross-cultural translations and hybridizations. The spectrum covers a broad range of media including the body and its movement, voice, literature, film, web series, and graphic novels. Pushing beyond traditional notions of media production and reception, we are asking instead in what ways are media not only always already framed and translated expressions of specific, mostly Western cultures, but what other, non-Western and frequently unseen and unheard ways of framing and translating are there?

Concept and Organisation: Astrid Böger, Michaela Ott, Thomas Weber.

Intersectional Perspectives on Design, Politics and Power: Symposium Programme

Symposium Poster

Date: 14-15 November 2016 | Location: House C, Fifth Floor, Niagara Building, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Intersectional Perspectives on Design, Politics and Power – A Two-Day Symposium

When:  14-15 November 2016
Where: School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden

Today the topic of design and politics is not unfamiliar to designers or those in politics. Yet despite designers’ engagement in community-based activities, design discourse has not been able yet to produce a useful lexicon of concepts that could offer possibilities of acting politically through design. The reason behind this could be seen in various complexities and difficulties involved in such possible discourses.

One way to approach such difficulties is through an intra-disciplinary engagement not with the fields of design and politics but with the effects that design and politics produce through a series of internal, mutual co-relations. These effects are manifested and produced not merely through legislative and institutional practices, but through designed artefacts, spaces, sites and technologies. Ranging from gentrified public squares to high security checkpoints, from precarious production lines to everyday gendered goods, such material co-enactments of design and politics regulate and manipulate people’s bodies, abilities, movements, inhabitations and life conditions in various ways, based on their race, ethnicity, social and legal status, gender and sexuality. From this perspective, the concept of intersectionality can be a useful frame and method to interrogate how design and politics co-shape each other through power relations across race, gender and class, as well as other identity attributions. Intersectionality teaches us that politics cannot be only understood through rigid power categories but through a matrix of forces and relations that produce different effects in different sites and moments, with different bodies and positions. Scholars in postcolonial feminism have discussed the concept of intersectionality widely and have used it as a method to interrogate various sites and spaces of power.

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