Professor of Design, Culture and Society

Employer
Delft University of Technology
Location
Netherlands
Posted
July 11 2017
Discipline
Other
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Academia

The Professor of Design, Culture and Society will study both the role of the designer as a creative individual in his/her artistic and socio-cultural context, and how historical understanding of objects and processes can contribute to the design of the future.
The professorship unites three closely related theoretical areas: (1) design history, which includes history of production, transmission, and consumption of designed artefacts, iconic product designs, and iconic designers; (2) culture and society, which comprises how products shape our cultures and societies (cultural production), material culture, cultural values and practices (consumption), cultural representation and framing, social regulation and identity; and (3) design criticism, which includes the designers' responsibilities, taking a stance, public debating and understanding, and reflection on design and designing.
This interdisciplinary domain underscores the reciprocal nature of the relation between human artefacts and the social/cultural circumstances in which these are brought into being: designed artefacts - in the broadest sense of the word - reflect social and cultural practices inasmuch as they are shaped by the way we live and the values we adhere to in a certain period. Understanding the change processes underlying this system strongly determines our ability to reflect, foresee, and design for it.



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