A conference for design practitioners, researchers, educators, students, scholars, and activists, who engage in a political reprogramming of design!

The conference ATTENDING [TO] FUTURES examines the ambivalent role and responsibility of design as world-making. Acknowledging the ways in which design (as practices, forms of knowledge, and sets of objects) is accountable for social and environmental injustice, the conference invites critical perspectives that scrutinize unchallenged disciplinary norms and dominant ways of knowing, being, doing, and imagining in design education, research, and practice.

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Three panels will frame practical and theoretical positions and projects that critically examine the socio-political and ecological consequences of dominant ways of knowing, being, and doing in design and explore the possibilities of subversive practices and alternative teaching-learning scenarios. Lectures, workshops, urban walks, live performances, film screenings, and discussions invite interdisciplinary exchange among designers, activists, researchers, and educators from the fields of design, art, architecture, cultural studies, and anthropology.

Join out conference and become a speaker! We accept and encourage submissions of different formats and diverse approaches. Apply until April 05, 2021.

Download the Call for Submissions here.
Contact the conference team: info@attendingtofutures.de


  • Address Ubierring 40
  • City Köln
  • State / Province NRW
  • Post Code 50678
  • Country Deutschland

Date 18. November 2021 - 20. November 2021