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Journeys of Displacement Between South and North: Decolonizing a Designer Imaginary
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7806-8150
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In a globalized world that promotes universal desires, southern epistemologies struggle to flourish against westernized notions of values, beauty and life goals. This manifestation of Coloniality (Grosfoguel, 2006) is strengthened by the mainstream systems of production and consumption of both goods and knowledge, where design is a driving force. Design, has been taught from generations in academy under the same Eurocentric canons that disseminate the values of capitalism and search for economic growth. Designers, have been worldwide trained to think, value and act according to the standards of aesthetics, progress and development set in the North. However, the current global unsustainability crises make more evident the global power dynamics, and the need to maintain diverse and contextualized forms of seeing and acting with the world.

Our own experience of being trained as designers in the south, and now relocated to the north is making us aware of our life desires imposed by contemporary coloniality. However, this relocation also builds on the advantages of coloniality, for instance, by being in contexts that have a stronger voice in international disciplinary communities. As others in our situation, we don’t want to be colonizers by being the “north in the south”. In this presentation we show journeys of deconstructing design, sustainability and their values and worldviews through transitioning between south and north. These journeys are motivated by the intention of creating mutual learning between south and north. We aim at supporting the transition of our discipline from Eurocentric worldview to more diverse worldviews and systems of values.

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Mexico City, 2018.
Keywords [en]
design for sustainability, coloniality, globa North, global South, Eurocentric design
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Design
Research subject
sustainability
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-151954OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-151954DiVA, id: diva2:1249539
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First North-South Conference on Degrowth-Descrecimiento, México City, 3–7 September, 2018
Available from: 2018-09-19 Created: 2018-09-19 Last updated: 2018-11-23Bibliographically approved

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