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April 5, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Category: Conference
Location: McGregor Memorial Conference Center BC | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

Theme: "Design: Intention, Creativity, Agency, Society"

In 2015, Detroit became the first U.S. city to be designated UNESCO “City of Design,” a testament to the region’s outsized influence in shaping the cultural and creative forces of the 21st century. By selecting “design” as the theme for the 2018 Faculty Fellowship conference, the Humanities Center solicits research proposals that emphasize the creative potential of humanity, both in terms of aesthetics and social utility. We encourage “design thinking” in every sense of the word—from its traditional bastions of art, architecture, and cultural studies to more contemporary interpretations in the hallways of science, engineering, and information technologies (among others). For instance, how do policymakers, scientists, artists, and everyday citizens design spaces and forums that enable the free flow of ideas? How might interdisciplinary teams engage in design thinking to create models, prototypes, and final products that move society forward? What are the complex forces of individualism and collectivism, intention and unforeseen circumstances, and agency and passivity, which go into designing sustainable solutions and structures? Even as we strive to design better systems of human existence, what are the ethical issues and questions that we should be considering? Finally, what are the potential limitations or even dangers of design thinking, and the values it inspires? The Humanities Center welcomes interdisciplinary contributions that speak to these and other aspects of design.

Conference date: April 5, 2019 in room BC of the McGregor Memorial Conference Center


For more information about this event, please contact Humanities Center at 3135775471 or