Research Network for Design Anthropology

Book: Design Anthropological Futures

A major contribution to the field, this ground-breaking book explores design anthropology's focus on futures and future-making. Examining what design anthropology is and what it is becoming, the authors push the frontiers of the discipline and reveal both the challenges for and the potential of this rapidly growing transdisciplinary field.

Divided into four sections – Ethnographies of the Possible, Interventionist Speculation, Collaborative Formation of Issues, and Engaging Things – the book develops readers' understanding of the central theoretical and methodological aspects of future knowledge production in design anthropology. Bringing together renowned scholars such as George Marcus and Alison Clarke with young experimental design anthropologists from countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Brazil, the UK, and the United States, the sixteen chapters offer an unparalleled breadth of theoretical reflections and rich empirical case studies.

Written by those at the forefront of the field, Design Anthropological Futures is destined to become a defining text for this growing discipline. A unique resource for students, scholars, and practitioners in design anthropology, design, architecture, material culture studies, and related fields. - See more at:

Conference: The Design Anthropological Futures

CLOSING CONFERENCE was held 13-14 August 2015:
Design Anthropological Futures explored future-making from a design anthropological perspective. The concept of futures relates both to the creation of visions and practices of the possible through transformative processes of anthropology and design, and to the exploration of new frontiers for the field of design anthropology. 

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About the Research Network for Design Anthropology

Representing an encounter between two distinct disciplines, the field of design anthropology is in the process of being established. The Research Network for Design Anthropology is a collaboration between The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Aarhus University, and the University of Southern Denmark, funded for two years by the Danish Research Council. We invite researchers from both Denmark and abroad to identify the potentials and challenges of this emerging field. The network explores important emerging modes of knowledge production within design anthropology, yet with constructive implications for both disciplines.

To this end the network has convened three open seminars:
1) Ethnographies of the Possible
2) Interventionist Speculation
3) Collaborative Formation of Issues
The closing conference brings together contributions from the seminars and from a broad international audience on August 13-14, 2015 in Copenhagen.The conference is sold out, and it's no longer possible to register. Keep an eye out for live streaming of the content on this website. Everyone are welcome to contribute via Twitter #designanthroresearch


Meet the Steering Group and the Participants of the Research Network for Design Anthropology