Making and Opening

Entangling Design and Social Science

24 September 2010, 9.00 – 5.30 | Ben Pimlott Building – Lecture Theatre | Goldsmiths, University of London

Design and social science disciplines intersect at a number of points. While there is excellent work exploring many of these points of contact, there is also a tendency for social science to treat design as a topic (eg what does design do and how might this be accounted for in sociological terms?), and for design to treat social science as a resource (eg what useful knowledge does sociology produce and how can this be deployed to model users or construct scenarios?).

This day conference will contribute to the move beyond this pattern. Collecting a group of leading practitioners in design and social science, the conference will present a series of dialogues and commentaries on a range of common, open issues:

Speculation/Anticipation;

Participation/Impact;

Discipline/Contamination;

Making/Method.

In the process, the conference will explore possible, emergent interrelations and synergies between design and social science, for example: how might the practices of speculative or critical designers furnish social science with new insights into the study and articulation of society? How might social science’s interest in complexity contribute to the iterative process of making in design? Speakers will include: Bill Gaver, Pelle Ehn, Mike Michael, Bill Moggridge, Harvey Molotch, Michelle Murphy, Lucy Suchman, Nina Wakeford.

This conference is limited to 60 delegates. To book a place please contact: Sociology@gold.ac.uk. £15.00 Full Price £10.00 Concessions. Sponsored by: Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process, Interaction Research Studio, Incubator for Critical Inquiry into Technology and Ethnography. This event is financially supported by the Economic and Social Research Council and is part of London Design Festival.

Making and Opening

Poster for the Making and Opening conference.

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