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Decolonizing Futures

Bisht, Pupul (2020) Decolonizing Futures. In: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD9) 2020 Symposium., 9-17 Oct 2020, Ahmedabad, India.

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What does the future look like? Who owns/shapes these images of the future? Whose identity, knowledge, needs, and desires are not represented in these futures?

Making room for non-western ways of knowing, being, and doing in and through design

In this talk, designer-futurist Pupul Bisht discusses the glaring lack of culturally inclusive methods in design and foresight that inspired her Decolonizing Futures Initiative. She argues that as we work towards building a better world for everyone, we need tools to facilitate the process of challenging and re-articulation of hegemonic ideas in favour of more collaborative and place-based approaches. She shares her exploration of potential ways of bringing epistemic plurality to the methods in practice, designed by recovering modes of knowledge-sharing from previously colonized cultures and presents a novel method for imagining plural futures, inspired by the Kaavad folk-storytelling tradition of Rajasthan, India.

By engaging in a conversation about their unique histories and challenges of their immediate environment, this method encourages participants from historically marginalized communities to create visions of their preferred futures that reflect their distinct ideas of progress and are informed by their cultural ways of knowing, being, and doing. In this talk, she will also share insights, reflections, and anecdotes from the field of doing this work with communities in Canada, USA, and India.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Lecture)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
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Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2022 19:08
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2022 19:08
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3597

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