Black Design: History, Theory & Practice

Black Design

2019-2020 Faculty-Graduate Seminar

Black Design: History, Theory & Practice

We explore what it means to “do” Black Studies in practice-based fields.

As our media-saturated culture exhausts every possible angle of consuming race, a new generation of scholars, activists, and artists has turned to investigating the structuring conditions of how blackness is experienced in everyday life.

Their interest lies in highlighting how race has served as both an invisible subject and a necessary object of design. Bringing together some of the leading figures in the emerging field of Black Design studies, this seminar examines the construction and disruption of racial “commonsense” by those whose creative and technical labor often goes unnoticed. Our work will be geared toward recovering historical precedents for and theorizing contemporary applications of Black Design. In so doing, we will take seriously Teju Cole’s recent contention that design is “not [only] an intellectual exercise,” exploring what it means to “do” Black Studies in practice-based fields such as graphic design, illustration, book arts, game design, industrial design, fashion, museum curation, art installation, urban planning, and landscape architecture.

Next Session

2019-2020 Faculty-Graduate Seminar Featuring Tanisha C. Ford (University of Delaware)

Wed, Nov 13, 2019, 4:30 pm
Tanisha C. Ford is an award-winning writer, cultural critic, and historian, and a former Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Studies at Princeton...
Location: Barfield - Johnson Seminar Room (201) Stanhope Hall, Princeton University

 

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Upcoming Sessions

2019-2020 Faculty-Graduate Seminar Featuring Tanisha C. Ford (University of Delaware)

Wed, Nov 13, 2019, 4:30 pm
Location: Barfield - Johnson Seminar Room (201) Stanhope Hall, Princeton University

2019-2020 Faculty-Graduate Seminar Featuring Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

Wed, Dec 11, 2019, 4:30 pm
Location: Barfield - Johnson Seminar Room (201) Stanhope Hall, Princeton University

2019-2020 Faculty-Graduate Seminar Featuring Jomo Tariku (Designer)

Wed, Feb 12, 2020, 4:30 pm
Location: Barfield - Johnson Seminar Room (201) Stanhope Hall, Princeton University

2019-2020 Faculty-Graduate Seminar Featuring Toni L. Griffin (Harvard University)