Workshop Plan

Workshop Main Questions

The transdisciplinary and culturally situated approaches to knowledge production have potential for generating new understandings and practices in the decolonisation of PD. To identify and map decolonising practices in transcultural and transdisciplinary setting, four questions are addressed: 

  • What are state-of-the-art examples of decolonising practices and epistemologies in contemporary PD research and practice?
  • What can we learn from PD experiences of decolonising practices applied in diverse contexts; geographical, academic, corporate, not for profit, etc?
  • How are theoretical discourses of decolonisation integrated into concrete practices, methodologies, or modes of knowledge production in the research?
  • What are the future trajectories of decolonising PD practices for pluriversal approaches to design and technology?

Workshop Format

Building on the above arguments and directions for decolonisation, this full day workshop has different phases. Tentative structure:

Phase 1: PD of a social robot: Participants are pre-grouped in smaller groups (up to the number of organisers) and upon arrival immediately engaged in the codesign of a social robot for defined different contexts (be it organisational, community, private or public spaces). The design techniques will be “borrowed” from the suggested methods in the position papers and/or prescribed by the organisers such as using “consensus method” in one group, but also allowing the participants to negotiate design methods . Only once the groups share their design outputs with the rest of the group do they reveal who they are and position their research in relation to their created robots, their own personal values and views .

Phase 2: Embracing epistemologies dialogue: The plurality of epistemologies in the room are now made explicit triggered by the created artefacts and attached values. Each participant will position themselves and express how they create knowledge looking back at phase 1 having deployed a research through design approach.  Possible decolonisation of PD practices are presented inform of a Bohm dialogue. 

Phase 3: Prototype toolkit of methodsIn groups the participants will prototype a toolkit of methods, techniques, concepts and principles of a decolonised PD. The toolkit will be showcased to a wider PDC audience in an exchange event with other workshop participants.

Expected Outcomes

The workshop will produce a collection of demonstrated decolonising approaches and methods from a diverse PD global community. Multiple joint article(s) or a journal SI, are expected to be produced after the workshop that discuss and reflect upon this collection and collaborative decolonising toolkit.

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