Seminar 3: Collaborative Formation of Issues (January 2015)

Seminar 3: Collaborative Formation of Issues took place at Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus University, January 22-23, 2015. Participation and collaboration among various stakeholders – most prominently users, citizens, and professional experts – have become a strong convergence point between design and anthropology, mainly due to the ability of ethnographers to mobilize and engage ‘ordinary people’ in professional design processes.

Recently, a particular concern with engaging people has emerged in the borderland between speculative design, participatory design, and the social sciences: How do social, material, temporal, and other factors influence how publics gather around an issue? From within design theory, the notion of “design things” is used to capture the spaces where people gather to discuss and form or break alliances around an emerging issue. These contributions seem to be important stepping stones towards making the process of collaborative formation of issues available for anthropological scrutiny, not after the fact but while it takes place.

Papers and Pecha Kuchas
The papers and Pecha Kuchas presented at the seminar will be made available here:

Alison Clarke: The New Ethnographers: Design Activism 1968-1974

Åsa Ståhl & Kristina Lindstrøm: The Politics of Inviting to Designerly Public Engagement

George E. Marcus: Jostling Ethnography Between Design and Participatory Art Practices… and The Collaborative Relations That It Engenders

Noémi Zajzon: Visualising Values Across Generations in Diaspora (Pecha Kucha)

Kelton Ray Minor: You Hold the Scissors and I'll Cut (Pecha Kucha)

Marie Stender: Architectural Anthropology – And why architects are afraid of involving users (Pecha Kucha)

Scott Brown: Reflections on Design for Social Innovation in the Public Sector (Pecha Kucha)

Nazli Cila: Thing-Centered Narratives: A study of object personas

Sarah E. Jackson: Past/present tensions in an archaeological design thing: Rethinking spaces of alliance and interaction at a Classic Maya site

Stephanie Bunn: Woven communities: design research through collaboration and practice in Scottish vernacular basketry

Melanie Levick-Parkin: Design Thinking Together (Pecha Kucha)

Kirstine Skov Hansen: Transforming disciplines (Pecha Kucha)

Monika Rosinska: Urban interventions as trials of sociability (Pecha Kucha) 

Kasper Tang Vangkilde & Morten Hulvej Rod: Para-Ethnography 2.0: An Experiment with the Distribution of Perspective in Collaborative Fieldwork

Mette Kjærsgaard: The speculative and the mundane in practices of future-making – Exploring relations between design anthropology and critical design

Bas Raijmakers & Danielle Arets: Thinking Through Making - An approach to orchestrating innovation between design and anthropology