PhD in industrial design with focus on emerging practices and gender studies at UID Sweden

Umea Institute of Design, Sweden
Apply by March 4, 2019

We are searching for a PhD student in industrial design with focus on emerging practices and gender studies, to join us at the Umeå Institute of Design.

This is a joint PhD position with Umeå Centre for Gender Studies that is time-limited; 4 years full time, in practice 5 years since it includes 20% teaching. Last day to apply is 2019-03-04.

About the employment

We are now looking for a PhD student to join us in this inquiry, integrating perspectives of (post)industrial design and gender studies. A number of concerns for industrial design connect to those of gender studies, particularly around issues of politics and power that are implicated in the flows of resources and influences of which industrial design is a part. These range from established designer / client / stakeholder relations to matters of participation in collaborative design processes. There are also many connections between the concerns of gender studies and design research around methodological issues of alternative and feminist forms of knowledge production from particular located standpoints and concern for everyday life, in all its diversity. This includes attention to (gender-inflected) social practices which must now be transitioned to more socially and ecologically sustainable futures. Other emerging matters of concern regard questions of how to design and care for posthuman futures in a sociotechnical landscape now marked by pronounced breakdowns in traditional relations of production and consumption, where ‘use’ of things now entails production of data about everyday life that goes on to generate economic value for other actors in massively interconnected and dynamic networks.

With this position we aim to strengthen a critical dimension in teaching in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, and thus part of this position is also dedicated to participating in teaching in our programmes and courses at UID. We believe that critical and gender perspectives are necessary components in the development of the conceptual foundations and future practices of industrial design. This PhD position is a key part of our ongoing efforts to contribute to furthering the development of such critical and inclusive perspectives.

Read the whole ad with requirements and application guidelines at
http://uid.umu.se/en/about-us/job-opportunities/phd-in-industrial-design-with-focus-on-emerging-practices-and-gender-studies/

The position is scheduled to start September 1, 2019. For further information about the PhD position and Umeå Institute of Design, contact Director of PhD Studies at Umeå Institute of Design, Brendon Clark, +46 90-786 63 54, brendon.clark@umu.se.

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