critical design lab

The Critical Design Lab draws on the methods of critical and interrogative design, intersectional feminist design theory, and crip technoscience to address thorny questions about embodiment, technology, space, and power. The lab, which houses Mapping Access, is open to undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline. You do not have to be a Vanderbilt student to apply.

Five stipended positions are available for the 2017-2018 school year. Members of the lab will have the opportunity to work on their own projects, as well as to contribute to the lab’s broader work. They will receive mentorship in the area of critical design and socio-spatial practice. The lab will also work toward collaborative publications. Attendance at bi-weekly meetings is mandatory. Applicants who do not attend Vanderbilt or are not based in Nashville should be able to attend meetings via video conferencing.

To apply, please email the following to Aimi Hamraie with the subject line “Critical Design Lab Application”:

  • CV or resume
  • A one-page statement of what you hope to contribute and learn from the lab, including any experience that you have with design and/or justice-based work
  • Name and contact information for one professional reference, preferably another professor with whom you have worked.

Applications will be reviewed through October 15, 2017.

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