Innovation Across Disciplines: Art and Design Visiting Speaker Research Seminar Series

Design and History-Making after Democracy

Event icon
Seminars

As part of the School of Art & Design's Creative Innovation across Disciplines Research Seminar Series, Professor Cameron Tonkinwise, Professor of Design, University of New South Wales, Art and Design, Australia, presents: 'Design and History-Making after Democracy'.

  • From: Wednesday 7 June 2017, 12.30 pm
  • To: Wednesday 7 June 2017, 2 pm
  • Location: 2702, Chaucer building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT

Past event

Event details

As part of the School of Art & Design's Creative Innovation across Disciplines Research Seminar Series, Professor Cameron Tonkinwise, Professor of Design, University of New South Wales, Art and Design, Australia, presents: 'Design and History-Making after Democracy'.

Summary

Until recently it felt like things were more or less progressing; that the primary task was to fight for preferable futures in relation to this or that neglected local community. Then, almost by surprise, a majority of people in the global consumer class decided to step away from cosmopolitanism. All of sudden, it looks as though history has been reversed by very old forms of political power. What can and should designers be doing? Ezio Manzini is leading a call for designers to reassert on behalf of democracy, but design has always had an ambiguous relation to democracy. Designers do and perhaps must make decisions about futures with relatively little consultation. This talk will outline how designers can take responsibility for their never-quite-democratic forms of material politics in the era of xenophobic fear.

Biography

Cameron Tonkinwise comes to UNSW AD from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design where he was Director of Design Studies and Doctoral Studies. Before that he was the Associate Dean Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design and co-Chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School in NYC. Cameron has a background in continental philosophy and continues to research what design practice can learn from material cultural studies and sociologies of technology. His primary area of research and teaching is sustainable design. Cameron is widely published on the ways in which service design can advance social sustainability by decoupling use and ownership – what these days is referred to as the "sharing economy". He has also been a strong advocate for the importance of critical practice-based design research. Cameron's current focus, in collaboration with colleagues at CMU and an international network of scholar-practitioners, is transition design– design–enabled multilevel, multistage structural change toward more sustainable futures.

For any enquiries please contact the Research Office by email or by telephone on +44 (0)115 848 2301.

Location details

Room/Building:

2702, Chaucer building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LT

Past event

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418