The Workshop of Culture: An Anthropologist in a Design School

Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series

Michael Leube Research Seminar
Seminars

In this seminar from the School of Art and Design, Michael Leube will talk about working at the interface of anthropology and design and discuss challenges that one may encounter when designing for social innovation and circular economy.

  • From: Wednesday 14 February 2018, 12.30 pm
  • To: Wednesday 14 February 2018, 2 pm
  • Location: Newton 32A, Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ,

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Abstract

Why would our students experience feelings of anomie and cognitive dissonance when there are so many societal challenges for designers to deal with? Humans have always designed and improved their lives and it indeed seems likely that the act of giving new form to existing materials is an evolutionarily advantageous trait and thus innate to the genus Homo (Wilson 2007:182-193). Designers carry a vast responsibility as they are responsible for the built environment. But, if we have always designed, how can there be such a crisis of purpose now? In this seminar, Michael Leube will talk about working at the interface of anthropology and design and discuss challenges that one may encounter when designing for social innovation and circular economy.

Biography 

Michael Leube was born in Innsbruck, Austria but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley (Anthropology and Comparative Religion) . After returning to Europe, he received his M.A. from the University of Vienna (Anthropology and Human Biology) and his Ph.D. from the University of Zagreb (Anthropology) .Leube worked as a journalist for the Wiener Zeitung. He was responsible for all topics concerning environmentalism. He worked on scientific assessments for development work in Guatemala (1999), India and Nepal (2000) and Kenya (2001) Currently, Leube is based at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, where he researches and teaches on the interface between Anthropology and Design. He is convinced that good design must be well adapted for Homo sapiens and that all projects have to be thus confronted with the anthropological sciences. As head of scientific work at DERESA (Design Research Salzburg) his research focuses on the Circular Economy and Design for Social Innovation.

Further Information

The seminar will be hosted by Dr Dorothy Hardy, Research Fellow, and will consist of a talk followed by questions and discussion. This event is free to attend and registration is not required.

For any queries, please contact Dr Iryna Kuksa

Location details

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street
Nottingham, NG1 4FQ

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