Danah Abdulla's scientific contributions

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Design and Futures is a major collection of essays, manifestos, interviews and peer-reviewed articles, edited by Stuart Candy (Carnegie Mellon University) and Cher Potter (Victoria and Albert Museum), documenting 'design futures' discourse and practice around the world. First published as back-to-back volumes in the open access Journal of Futures S...
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This roundtable was conducted by the eight founding members of Decolonising Design Group in October 2017, using an online messaging platform. Each member approached design and decoloniality from different yet interrelating viewpoints, by threading their individual arguments with the preceding ones. The piece thus offers and travels through a variet...

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... Our initial conversations on Buen Vivir, and our previous work on decolonizing design, made the connections between our design research experiences and communities in the Global South evident. At the same time, we identified the shared interest of steering away from dominant design paradigms and looking into alternatives (Akama, 2021;Albarrán González, 2020b;Botero et al., 2018;St John & Akama, 2021), in order to avoid paradigms that can be instrumental in perpetuating modern imperialism and the continued marginalization and oppression of people in developed and developing countries (Abdulla et al., 2019;Campbell, 2013). ...
... This research concurs with some design scholars' concerns with the growing hegemonic paradigm of innovation in the Global South [7][8][9][10]; therefore, discussions on inclusive innovation cannot be separated from the debates within the decolonising design landscape. The works of these decolonial design scholars try to re-orient design studies and move away from the further practise of colonialism and centralising trends and instead promotes a plurality of practices and discourses [11][12]. ...
... This is a perspective that requires an integrated view that places importance on the matter of what thoughts to think and what "knowledges know knowledges" (Haraway, 2016, p35). Their stories remind us of our shared capacity for change, that is the capacity and capability in people, communities, and other natural systems to restore, renew or revitalise; this is in essence the complementary approach of designing otherwise (Schultz et al., 2018) oftentimes referred to in the emerging decolonising literatures. One way to further understand the notion of 'otherwise' is through de Sousa Santos's (2009, p104) term, learned ignorance, that he describes as a knowing that the epistemological diversity of the world is potentially infinite; thus, an ecology of design knowledges is an epistemological and political option for designers to ensure inclusion and the materialisation of decoloniality. ...