The regimes of Whiteness, heteronormativity, androcentrism, able-bodiedness or Eurocentrism have for a long time constituted the frameworks of ‘proper’, ‘successful’ or expected social conduct, organising in a normative way social communication, relations and spaces. The regimes have been shaping social life, state policies and institutions, or fields of science and arts. Social practices are imbued with preconceptions concerning race, sexuality, gender, health or ethnicity which have become so commonsensical that it takes a lot of critical effort to go beyond the normative context.
Different academic and artistic disciplines have crafted their own spaces, often very exclusionary ones, designing their own landscapes of (post)modernity upon normative premises. In today’s world, however, it is difficult to keep this modern, positivist fantasy of equal but separate spaces of knowledge production. Researching and interpreting events and processes through a discipline- bound lenses is unlikely to produce any major social or cultural breakthrough. Interdisciplinarity and cross-pollination are emerging as productive research tools, and a change in perspective can build up a new landscape to explore.
No doubt, in the fields we work in, there are ‘inaudible’ voices, ‘invisible’ positionalities, minor perspectives or overlooked landscapes. For example, the conferences of Polish design studies are dominated by white, male speakers whereas for over a decade it has been women who have made up the majority of design studies students. Let us then take a critical look at fields of knowledge production we work within to see what kinds of voices have been difficult or impossible to hear so far.
We invite anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, linguists, business and management scholars, designers, as well as academics working in other areas, or activists, to share their observations. Both academics and activists are keen observers of social, cultural and political realities, and they all have been tracking, researching, or struggling with ‘invisible’ mechanisms of power that influence everyday life, maintain normative power relations and uphold prejudices, exclusions and inequalities.
We invite presentations that engage with the following or similar topics:
• the promise of horizontal networks,
• diversity management in organisations,
• intercultural communication and teamwork management,
• towards inclusive innovation systems,
• excluded groups in modern society,
• UX research for inclusion,
• designing social/ intercultural/ business communication,
• discursive production of irrelevance in public process of communication,
• new architecture of visibility and invisibility created by social media,
• invisibility of female designers,
• gender of/in design,
• accessible UX (1% matters, too),
• invisibility of indigenous knowledge systems,
• invisible work; systems that reproduce disadvantage for workers,
• challenging/strengthening power structures via technology,
• invisible social identities,
• processes of silencing and invisibilizing different social group,
• invisible problems and issues that are kept from the agenda.
We welcome papers, proposals for workshops and posters. Please send proposals (up to 500 words; for 15-minute papers, workshops or posters) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 July, 2020. Accepted speakers will be notified by 6 August, 2020.
Conference fee: 100 PLN.
Dr Rafał Majka
Mgr Anna Treska-Siwoń
Dr Monika Różalska
Dr Agata Anacik-Kryza
Dr Kinga Blaschke
place: Tischner European University, Aleja Jana Pawła II 39a, Kraków, Poland
time: 30th September—2nd October