Ghosts of pasts and futures in Design Haunted by Progress

M.S. Patil, Maria Göransdotter

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterSocietal


The idea of ‘progress’ is deeply embedded in ways of doing and educating design, in design outcomes, and in the ways that ideals and norms that shape lives and societies. The values that are laid forth and that manifest in this understanding of ‘progress’ are legacies of Western Industrialization, propped up by the colonial project. While seldom explicitly articulated, these ideas and practices of ‘progress' take on a ghostly presence in design, haunting us as we try to find ways of doing, undoing, making, unmaking and thinking design otherwise. Through this poster we are searching for examples of how and where the ghosts of progress in design appear to haunt us, whether they show themselves clearly or whether we only can catch the faintest glimpse.
We are also hunting for other ghosts, that we wish to invite to better haunt us in design: the people and practices that have gone before us. In particular, we search for practices, places, designers, and design knowledge producers that have rarely been considered or given little or no attention in mainstream north European design history.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2023
EventSociety 5.0 - The Social Hub, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 31 Oct 20231 Nov 2023


ConferenceSociety 5.0
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