Confronting legacies of oppression in systemic design
Systemic design is often complicit in the reproduction of oppression, contributing to structural inequities being designed into our systems. A growing group of scholars and practitioners are confronting legacies of oppression in this domain, such as through explorations into decolonizing systems thinking (Goodchild, 2021), and abolitionist design (Fathallah & Lewis, 2021), and design justice (Costanza-Chock, 2020). To grapple with the systemic nature of oppression, a greater commitment to equity, self-determination and liberation in, through and beyond systemic design is needed.
This focus invites contributions exploring any of the following questions or related points of inquiry:
- How is oppression enacted in systemic design theory and/or practice?
- What relevant thinking and doing related to systemic design can aid in confronting the systemic nature of oppression and inform a more equitable approach?
- What does a liberatory approach to systemic design mean in practice?
- What is needed for systemic design to meaningfully reduce structural inequalities in the outcomes of our social systems?
Confronting legacies of oppression
O. Fred Preston
Sam Singh and Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse
Abhishek Ranjan, Ayur Gillurkar, Dhruvin Bhuva, Praveen Nahar, and Sahil Thappa
Andrea Barros, Sylvia MacSpadyen, Aisha Simpson, Hannah Karunakar and Umar Shaikh
Nikita Jaiswal and Tanishka Kacru
The Hip Hop Xpress Double Dutch Boom Bus: Remixing the university and co-designing futures with Black youth in the United States -18
William Patterson and Sharon Irish
Global Elephants in the Room: A reflexive prospective following 50 years of the Global Problematique -89
Towards Relational Design Practices: De-centering design through lessons from community organising -162
Erica Dorn and Tara Dickman
A Case Study of Theories of Systemic Change and Action: The Ecotrust Canada Home-Lands initiative -144
Lewis Muirhead, Anthony Persaud and Ryan Murphy
Lynn Murray-Chandler, Danielle Lake and David Humphreys
Nikita Jaiswal and Tanishka Kachru
RSD11 Keynote: Dr Lesley-Ann Noel practices design through emancipatory, critical and anti-hegemonic lenses, focusing on equity, social justice and the experiences of people who are often excluded from design research.
RSD11 Keynote. Dr Tony Fry is a Tasmanian-based award-winning designer, cultural theorist, educator and writer. For this talk, his context: seeing the event’s seven foci relationally.
Absence, Ignorance, Presence (AIP) – An Exformative Approach to Confronting Legacies of Oppression in Education
In-person. Francis Laleman
In-person. Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse
Online. Palak Dudani
OCT 3 Panel: Shana Agid, Ahmed Ansari, Frederick van Amstel, and Melanie Goodchild. Organised by: Alberto Soriano, Josina Vink and Shivani Prakash
Goodchild, M. (2021). Relational systems thinking: That’s how change is going to come, from our Earth mother. Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change, 1(1), 75-103.
Costanza-Chock, S. (2020). Design justice: Community-led practices to build the worlds we need. MIT Press.
Fathallah, S. and Lewis, A. D. S. (2021). Abolish the cop inside your (designer’s) head. Design Museum Magazine, (018). https://designmuseumfoundation.org/abolish-the-cop-inside-your-designers-head/
Jacobs, J. and Carey, H. (2021). Designing against oppression: A conceptual framework for an anti-oppressive design praxis. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD10) 2021 Symposium. https://rsdsymposium.org/designing-against-oppression-a-conceptual-framework-for-an-anti-oppressive-design-praxis/
Thanks to those who have proposed and developed the focuses: Gareth Owen Lloyd, Christopher Daniel, Dulmini Perera, Sally Sutherland, Ben Sweeting, James Tooze, Jeffrey P. Turko, and Josina Vink.