Calls to have become more numerous, but the term itself is often stripped of its urgency: decolonising design requires thinking otherwise. This talk will discuss the meaning of the term decolonising and introduce the audience to how decolonial thinking enables us to think differently – otherwise. Specifically, it looks at who contributes to history and whose knowledge is valued. Participants are then invited to engage in a dialogue where they consider how their own histories (and knowledge of) and experiences contribute to their thinking and approach towards their practice.
Danah Abdulla is a designer, educator and researcher. Currently, she is Senior Lecturer in Communication Design at Brunel University London. Previous to this, she was a Lecturer in the Design School at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London). She obtained her PhD in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London (2018). Danah is a founding member of the Decolonising Design platform and the Founder, Creative Director and Editor of Kalimat Magazine, an independent, non-profit magazine about Arab thought and culture. Her research is particularly focused on decolonising design, possibilities of design education, design culture(s) with a focus on the Arab region, the politics of design, publishing, and critical views of social design practices.