Performing Citizenship through Design

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In the face of global protests and conflicts over spatial rights, this
paper proposes another framework for participatory design. As
participation necessitates the question of participation in, what
and for whom, we wish to bring in perspectives from citizens studies
in which citizenship is something to be claimed, enacted and
performed, as a potential for decolonizing the universal claim of
participation in “participatory design” and reflecting on role of
the designer in current social struggles. Instead of creating neutral
participatory spaces for democratic dialogue, we argue that the
designer may recognize the productivity of affective relations. With
examples from a deportation camp in Denmark and a seminar in
marginalized spaces of São Paulo, we address to how designers
and activists turn the gaze from making minority groups participate
in design and instead work with embodied and mediatized
perspectives and the ethics of affect in the design process.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2020
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020
EventThe 16th biennial Conference on Participatory Design: Participation(s) otherwise - The Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia
Duration: 15 Jun 202019 Jun 2020


ConferenceThe 16th biennial Conference on Participatory Design
LocationThe Universidad de Caldas
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  • Participation
  • Decoloniality
  • Design
  • Participatory Design
  • Performance
  • Embodiment

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Samson, K., Haldrup, M., & Arruda, M. (Accepted/In press). Performing Citizenship through Design. Paper presented at The 16th biennial Conference on Participatory Design, Manizales, Colombia.