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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.





Scott Brown (Doctoral Fellow 2015-16) published Teaching the Next Generation of Transdisciplinary Thinkers and Practitioners of Design-Based Public and Social Innovation in the journal Design and CultureScott is also co-editor (with Eduardo Staszowski) of a special issue of The Journal of Design Strategies on (New) Public Goods. In addition, in summer 2016, he taught a week-long intensive graduate course at CENTRO University in Mexico City where he also gave a public lecture on "Anthropological Lessons for an Emerging Social Design."




Since completing her 2014-15 GIDEST Faculty Fellowship, Shannon Mattern has received a Visiting Scholarship at the Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, served as Visiting Critic/Curator in the Media Design Practices Program at ArtCenter College of Design, and as Invited Visiting Faculty and Senior Fellow at the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

Among her recent publications are Animated Aberrations, Rebellious Objects: Zoe Beloff’s The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff in Volume 49 (September 2016), Cloud and Field in Places (August 2016), Interview: Shannon Mattern in Information Professional (in Dutch, May 2016), Instrumental City in Places (April 2016), Indexing the World of Tomorrow in Places (February 2016 - reprinted as “Interfacing Urban Intelligence” in Rob Kitchin and Sung-Yueh Perng, eds., Code and the City, Routledge, 2016), Middlewhere: The Landscape of Library Logistics in Urban Omnibus (June 2015), and “Deep Time of Media Infrastructure” in Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski, eds., Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructure (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2015). 

Shannon’s new book, Ether/Ore: Archaeologies of Cities and Media will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2017.

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Maria Carrizosa (Doctoral Fellow 2016-17) co-edited the collection Hábitat en deuda: Veinte añosde politicas urbanas en América Latina (with Michael Cohen and Margarita Gutman). The book, launched at the 2016 United Nations Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador, also featured Maria's essay "Seis países y veinte años, una lectura transversal de la política urbana Latinoamericana."






Rachel Sherman (Faculty Fellow 2014-15) published Conflicted Cultivation: Parenting, Privilege, and Moral Worth in Wealthy New York Families in the American Journal of Cultural Sociology.

Rachel's new book, Uneasy Street: Ambivalence and Entitlement among Wealthy New Yorkers is forthcoming from Princeton University Press.








End of Life, the new film by Pawel Wojtasik and 2015-16 Faculty Fellow John Bruce was in a recent two-week run as an installation at Equitable Vitrines in Los Angeles.







Rit Premnath (Artist-in-Residence 2016-17) published the latest edition of Shifter magazine. Issue 22: Dictionary of the Possible is based on a year of public discussions at The New School, each of which concentrated on unraveling a keyword that carries a sense of urgency and agency for the political and cultural climate of our time.   





A Place for Us: West Side Story and New York by Julia Foulkes (Faculty Fellow 2016-17) has just been published by the University of Chicago Press. The musical and film of West Side Story reveal the dynamics of life in mid-20th century NYC; the book examines why its vision resonated so powerfully, with over 40,000 productions of the stage show alone worldwide. 

Julia has also been a lead faculty member in the Humanities Action Lab, which brings together design and the humanities to generate innovative curricula and public engagement on pressing social issues. States of Incarceration was the first exhibition built by this national consortium of universities.



Julie Beth Napolin (Faculty Fellow 2014-15) published The Politics of the Musical Situation: A Response to Marina Rosenfeld, an extended conversation in continent based on the discussion in Marina's spring 2016 GIDEST seminar.   




Democracy's Infrastructure: Techno-Politics and Protest after Apartheid by 2015-16 GIDEST Faculty Fellow Antina von Schnitzler was published by Princeton University Press. An investigation of democracy from the perspective of infrastructure, the book reframes the conventional story of South Africa's transition, foregrounding the less visible remainders of apartheid and challenging readers to think in more material terms about citizenship and activism in the postcolonial world. 

Antina's essay Ends, a critical contribution to current debates in the anthropology of infrastructure, appeared as part of The Infrastructure Toolbox series in Cultural Anthropology. 




Feasting Our Eyes: Food Films and Cultural Identity in the United States (Columbia University Press), the new book by Fabio Parasecoli (Faculty Fellow 2014-15) and Laura Lindenfield, looks at Hollywood, independent, and documentary film from the 1990s to today, exploring how it has shaped our sense of who belongs, who has a voice, and who has opportunities in American society.

Fabio's Al Dente: A History of Food in Italywhich was shortlisted for the 2015 Art of Eating Prize, was published in Italian and received wide media attention. Fabio was also featured in the series Mentor Minds produced for the USA Pavilion at the Milan EXPO 2015.





Mateusz Halawa (Doctoral Fellow 2014-15) has been appointed Head of Social Sciences and Humanities at the School of Form in Poznań, Poland. He recently published In New Warsaw: Mortgage Credit and the Unfolding of Space and Time in Cultural Studies (2015).