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End seminar: Helena Kraff, doctoral student in design

PhD Seminar

The thesis Exploring the pitfalls of participation: abstractions and inequalities, is based on the belief that participatory design is inherently ambiguous, complex and vulnerable to non-genuine intentions. Inequalities are built in to projects through funding schemes, project set-up, prevailing value systems and notions of eurocentrism. Whilst an abstraction and anonymization of both participants and designers, and their relationship to each other, continue to hide unjust practices.

The thesis is a critical exploration of participatory design and participatory research. The purpose is to explore the pitfalls of participation, in regards to when, how and why participatory practices works against the principles of democracy, joint-knowledge production and partnership. The experience of being engaged as a Swedish researcher in a participatory project in a Kenyan context, and a critical reflection of this experience, serves as the foundation for the exploration. The aim is to contribute with methodological guidance in regards to how researchers can work against inequalities, and towards just participatory practices.

Titel: Exploring the pitfalls of participation
Opponent: Professor Stefan Holmlid, Linköpings universitet

Please contact Helena Kraff to get the text by email: Helena.Kraff@hdk.gu.se.

Date: 12/8/2017

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Categories: Art, Art History and Visual Studies

Organizer: HDK

Location: HDK, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8

Contact person: Helena Kraff

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