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Decolonising Participatory Design Practices: Towards Participations Otherwise

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  • Rachel Charlotte Smith
  • Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia
  • Doria Loi, Mozilla, United States
  • Asnath Paula Kambunga
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  • Marly Muudeni Samuel, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia
  • Rogerio Abreu de Paula, IMB Research, Brazil

Participatory Design (PD) approaches are particularly well-suited to contribute to contemporary debates of decolonisation in design due to PD's long-standing political traditions and values of democracy and empowerment. Decolonising discourses teach us that we need to move away from the universalising ĝ€grand narratives' of knowledge production and focus on contextualising diverse and situated experiences, epistemologies and narratives. Yet, few contributions actively demonstrate what a shift to decolonising PD means in practice. This interactive workshop will invigorate the gap in PD debates of decolonisation by bringing together and demonstrating how participatory designers in diverse global contexts are working with and adapting modes, concepts, methodologies and sensibilities of PD into decolonising practices. These practices not only create new shifts and worldviews, but have potential for developing truly transcultural and transdisciplinary PD approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploratory Papers and Workshops
EditorsChiara Del Gaudio, Leonardo Parra, Shana Agid, Cristhian Parra, Giacomo Poderi, Diana Duque, Liliana Villezcas, Andrea Botero, Felipe César Londoño, Paula Escandón
Number of pages3
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2020
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-7606-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventParticipatory Design Conference - Manizales, Colombia
Duration: 15 Jun 202019 Jun 2020
Conference number: 16


ConferenceParticipatory Design Conference

    Research areas

  • Decolonisation, epistemology, methodology, transdisciplinary, transcultural, Methodology, Transdisciplinary, Transcultural

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