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#Design Educators* Unite!

Feminist Killjoy Design Pedagogy: On Emphasizing Joy

June 6, 2024 | 6 pm CEST | online | lecture within the Design Educators* Unite paid course | with Elizabeth Chin


Feminist Killjoy Design Pedagogy: On Emphasizing Joy

Drawing on Sarah Ahmed’s notions of the feminist killjoy and complaint to trace the workings of whiteness in the design school and explore pedagogies that confront it.

As someone whose pedagogy and politics are deeply shaped by Black feminism, working in a design school frequently compels Elizabeth Chin to name the whiteness of the institution and its culture. Institutional whiteness is political, and also problematic. Furthermore, naming the whiteness becomes political, and also creates problems.

Drawing on Sarah Ahmed’s notions of the feminist killjoy and complaint, this lecture embraces the killjoy. Rejecting the idea of seeking “solutions,” instead, it dives into the messy and long-lasting issues within design education.

Elizabeth Chin (she/her) is an anthropologist and ethnographer with a varied practice that includes performative scholarship, collaborative research, vernacular electronics, and experimental writing. Her work interrogates race and racism with fieldwork in the US and in Haiti. Currently, Elizabeth is Editor in Chief of American Anthropologist.

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This lecture is part of Design Educators* Unite!a lecture series for design teachers, researchers, and students that shares feminist practices from within.

The lecture series is accessible through a sliding-scale price structure:

  • Solidarity: CHF 280
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If you can afford it, please consider paying the solidarity price to support Futuress’ free learning and publishing program. For students with limited finances, particularly those self-identifying as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and majority world, we offer a BIPOC+ student price. We trust your honesty and do not require proof of self-identification for enrollment.

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