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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
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Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Mahmoud Keshavarz

Seminar

The GIDEST seminar is held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. All seminars take place in the GIDEST Lab at 63 Fifth Avenue, Room 411.


Sessions are devoted to discussion of pre-circulated papers that can be downloaded one week in advance by clicking on the presentation title below.

 

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Mahmoud Keshavarz

DESIGN ANTHROPOLOGY OF BORDERS

Mahmoud Keshavarz is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Engaging Vulnerability Research Program, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University, whose work sits at the intersection of design studies and the politics of movement and migration. Mahmoud has been a Visiting Scholar at Parsons School of Design and University of Gothenburg, and is the author of The Design Politics of the Passport: Materiality, Immobility and Dissent, co-founder of the Decolonizing Design collective and co-editor of Design and Culture Journal.

For his GIDEST presentation, Mahmoud will focus on a research program developed over the last eight years based on theoretical, practical and pedagogic experiments. By discussing some examples of his previous work on the design politics of im/mobility as well as his current work on "smuggling as a technical critique of borders", he will sketch out what a design anthropology of borders, as an experimental endeavor, can entail, offer and challenge, and further, place this within the wider political-collaborative project of decolonizing design. 

Earlier Event: February 8
Silvia Lindtner and Seyram Avle
Later Event: March 8
Wendy S. Walters

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