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Design Anthropology in Participatory Design: From Ethnography to Anthropological Critique?

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In this workshop we explore the opportunities of ethnography and design anthropology in Participatory Design (PD) as an approach to design in an increasingly global and digital world. Traditionally, ethnography has been used in PD to research real-life contexts and challenges, and as ways to involve people in defining user-needs and design opportunities. As the boundaries between physical, digital and hybrid spaces and experiences become increasingly blurred, so do conventional distinctions between research and design. This half-day workshop invites participant to discuss and explore opportunities of using design anthropology as a holistic and critical approach to societal challenges, and a way for anthropologists and designers to engage in design that extends beyond the empirical.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPDC '14 - Proceedings of the 13th Participatory Design Conference
Number of pages2
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication yearOct 2014
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-3214-9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014
EventParticipatory Design Conference (PDC) 2014 - Windhoek, Namibia
Duration: 6 Oct 201410 Oct 2014


ConferenceParticipatory Design Conference (PDC) 2014

    Research areas

  • Design Anthropology, ethnography, participatory design, critical theory

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