Decolonizing Design, Imagining Alternative Futures | A talk by Arturo Escobar


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Decolonizing Design, Imagining Alternative Futures lecture, April 18, 2019. 6:15 pm, Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum/Chace Center. Exploring Nature-Culture-Sustainability and design with author, anthropologist, and philosopher Arturo Escobar in conversation with RISD faculty, Namita Dharia, Jess Brown, Ramon Tejada, and Ijlal Muzaffar. This conversation is planned in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition, Repair and Design Futures.Co-sponsored by RISD’s Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies and Global Arts + Culture graduate programs and the RISD Museum’s exhibition, Repair & Design Futures.

Arturo Escobar is the Kenan Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Research Associate with the Culture, Memory, and Nation group at Universidad del Valle, Cali. His main interests are political ecology, ontological design, and the anthropology of development, social movements, and technoscience. Over the past twenty-five years, he has worked closely with several Afro-Colombian social movements, particular the Process of Black Communities (PCN). He is author of the well-known book Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995, 2011), and more recently, Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes (2008); Sentipensar con la Tierra. Nuevas lecturas sobre desarrollo, territorio y diferencia (2014); Otro possible es possible: Caminando hacia las transiciones desde Anya Yala/Afro/Latino-America (2017); and Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (forthcoming, 2018).


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