Speculative and Critical Design in Education: Practice and Perspectives

June 8, 2020

Partners in the SpeculativeEdu project are organising an online workshop as part of the Designing Interactive Systems (ACM DIS) 2020 conference in July.

Titled Speculative and Critical Design in Education: Practice and Perspectives, the interdisciplinary workshop invites contributions and participation from people working in varied educational settings. The event will address the use of Speculative and Critical Design (SCD), Design Fiction, and related practices, including those that use provocation, ambiguity and activism, within undergraduate, postgraduate and professional educational contexts. The two half-day sessions on the 8th and 9th July will include the sharing of experiences of working with these methods within the classroom, and discussions around the perspectives and motivations underpinning the choice of approaches.

The aims of the workshop organizers are to share and support effective practices in education, and to further the debate on the future of Speculative and Critical Design within educational curricula. Two types of participation in the workshop are possible, either to be selected as a presenter of a case study, or as an interested participant. More details are available on the workshop website.

Workshop Website (CALL)
DIS Conference Website

The workshop was to have taken place in Eindhoven, but the full conference and workshops will now be held online, opening participation to more people. The ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) is the premier, international arena where designers, artists, psychologists, user experience researchers, systems engineers and many more come together to debate and shape the future of interactive systems design and practice.

The theme for DIS 2020 is “More than Human-Centred Design”. The aim of the theme is to rethink the research and contributions we make in design and HCI, by investigating non-humanist or posthumanist alternatives. These approaches displace the human at the centre of thought and action with humans and non-humans bound together materially, ethically, and existentially. The theme is intended to encourage contributions toward new methodological or theoretical approaches that build on, and extend, existing research in order to go beyond human-centred design towards more complex understandings of our future coexistence with other kinds of materials and intelligences that blur the boundaries between humans, non-humans, and technology.