Arts & Design, Open Source & DIY Perspectives on Dis/ability (Online, 07 July 2022)

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Date: 7 July 2022      When: 6-7 pm CEST | 12-1 pm EST | 7-8 TRT  

  Interpretation in International Sign Language will be provided.


Thematic focus: In this panel we focus on the implications of DIY, Open Source and Design aspects as a way of self empowerment for people with disabilities - especially in West Asia. Considering ambivalent sides of self-empowerment and precarious aspects, like digital divide, digital literacy, etc. we shed light on which, e.g. socio-cultural, linguistic, geo-political dimensions have to be taken into account when providing and circulating technoscientific knowledge and designing DIY worldwide. The aim is to not only highlight DIY as a valuable alternative to standardized assistive technologies but also possible conflicting aspects of DIY for people with disabilities in West Asia and thus make a transcultural contribution to Disability Studies and Crip Technoscience.


  • Melike Şahinol
  • Robert Stock 


  • Eser Epözdemir (Visual Artist, Cultural producer, Accessibility in Turkey)
  • Assoc. Prof. Azam Naghavi & Ali Abbasi (University of Isfahan: Assistive Technology and DIY in Iran)
  • Zeynep Karagöz (Pro-Maker)



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Eser Epözdemir is an artist who studied Fine Arts at Valencia Polytechnic University and Painting at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, holds an MA degree in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from Sabancı University. She focuses on systemic change, mechanisms of functioning, inclusivity/equality/apathy, and the way things relate to each other. In addition to her artistic productions and research she worked in various areas of the art and culture industry such as publishing and radio (as the managing editor and broadcaster of the Açık Dergi (Açık Radyo 95.0) program between 2013-2015). Epözdemir is the Culture and Art Accessibility Consultant of Erişilebilir Her Şey; a start-up company that provides services for individuals with different physical characteristics. 

Dr. Azam Naghavi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Isfahan, Iran. She has finished her PhD in Psychology at Monash University, Australia, and in 2014 moved back to Iran and started her work at the University of Isfahan. Since 2015, she is appointed as the representative of internationalization of the Faculty of Education and Psychology and made efforts in expanding the University’s international relationships. she is responsible for running the Master’s degree program on Rehabilitation Counseling in the University of Isfahan. Her main research interests are empowerment of people with special needs including people with disability or chronic illness, traumatized, minority and marginalized people.

Ali Abbasi, is a young disability advocate in Isfahan, Iran. He has received his MA in Political Sciences and International Relationships from the University of Isfahan. He has a physical disability and had done considerable activities in the area of disability rights, such as being a member of youth consulting council in the City of Isfahan, director of the people with disability section in the Isfahan annual film festival, member of adaptability council. His books -Accessible tourism, Infographic of rights of people with disability, & How to treat people with disability- as well as his published papers are some other examples of his works as a disability advocate.      

Zeynep Karagöz graduated from Üsküdar American Academy for Girls and MSÜ – Architecture after attending an ordinary grade school with an extraordinary teacher. In 2001 she co-founded KOMA Architecture with Serdar Okumuş. In 2008 KOMA merged with 5 dakika and became an experience design service company. In 2014, they started making 3D printed mechanical hands for children with hand deformation who don’t have access to prosthetics in Robotel Türkiye. They also volunteered in the Maker Community. In 2017, Robotel became an NGO and the Maker projects turned into a social entrepreneurship business. They made programs on 21.Century & technology skills with Maker Çocuk & Maker Atölye. Today, Zeynep continues in Robotel as head of the Association. She also shares her expertise and experience in multidimensional & multidisciplinary projects as a speaker, consultant, trainer & mentor. She defines herself as a PROMAKER who is a civil society addict & a social entrepreneurship fan.