Designs for Teaching Other Worlds

CHAIRS: LYON-CALLO, Vincent (W Michigan U) and SHEAR, Boone (UMass)

Session abstract: 

Design has long occupied anthropological practice. From research to writing and teaching to intervention, design is the bridge between matter and form, vision and reality. The term calls to mind the creative capacity of human beings to build and negotiate the diverse worlds. This panel belongs to the special track, “Designs for Turbulent Times,” that seeks to rethink the application of anthropology as less concerned with producing forms and things for the world as it is, and more with engaging worlds and world-making practices that may come to be. Topics include: development, the commons, pedagogy, activism, and “applied” anthropology. 

Listeners please be advised, the presentation "Despair, Desires, Distraught Students, and Design for Imagining/Enacting a Possible World" discusses suicide and self-harm of students. 


Session participants: 

SHEAR, Boone (UMass)

KAWA, Nick (Ohio State U)

LIPSCHITZ, Forbes (Ohio State U)

RANCE, Logan (Ohio State U)

LYON-CALLO, Vincent (W Michigan U)

HEALY, Stephen (W Sydney U) 

DISCUSSANT: HEALY, Stephen (W Sydney U) 

SHEAR, Boone (UMass) Indeterminacy and Networked Mess as a Design for Teaching Other Worlds

KAWA, Nick, LIPSCHITZ, Forbes, and RANCE, Logan (Ohio State U) Collaborative Design for Teaching about the Use of Human “Waste” as an Agricultural Resource in the American Midwest 

LYON-CALLO, Vincent (W Michigan U) Despair, Desires, Distraught Students, and Design for Imagining/Enacting a Possible World

Please note that the following audio discusses self-harm and suicide among students, which may be distressing to some listeners. If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, please reach out or encourage them to seek help. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255. 

HEALY, Stephen (W Sydney U) Diverse Economies, Design-Futures and Unmaking Unsustainability 

Session took place in 2019 in Portland, Oregon, at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology