Anthropology & Design: Objects, Sites, Systems

New School for Social Research: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Anthropology & Design

Fall 2019

Taught By: Shannon Mattern

Section: A

CRN: 7199

Credits: 3

Many designers use ethnographic methods, and many social scientists have taken up design practices, economies, cultures, and artifacts as their subjects of study, focusing in particular on how design “translates values into tangible experiences,” as anthropologist Dori Tunstall puts it. The New School offers us a unique environment for studying the myriad ways in which these disciplines and practices can inform one another. We’ll begin by orienting ourselves in relation to the growing field of “design anthropology.” For each subsequent week, we’ll explore a different design domain -- urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, furniture design, product design, fashion, user experience design, service design, organizational design, experience design, etc. -- by reading ethnographies about those domains alongside studies of how anthropological methods have been, or could be, applied in design practice. In the process, we’ll see how design provides a window onto various critical conceptual issues and categories, including labor, environmental destruction, (dis)ability, indigeneity and post-colonial legacies, race, gender, class, and so forth. Throughout the semester we’ll host guest lectures and take field trips to see these methods in action, and students will have the opportunity to conduct a mini-ethnography of a design case study. While this seminar serves as the core course for the new Anthropology and Design track, graduate students from across the university are encouraged to enroll.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Anthropology (GANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:55am 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1106

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019