Professor of Design, Culture and Society
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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