Understanding feminist anticipation through ‘Back-talk’: 3 narratives of willful, deviant, and care-full co-design practices

Korsmeyer, Hannah, Light, Ann and Grocott, Lisa (2022) Understanding feminist anticipation through ‘Back-talk’: 3 narratives of willful, deviant, and care-full co-design practices. Futures, 136. a102874 1-15. ISSN 0016-3287

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Abstract

This article explores how co-design workshops might engage with the conditions that constrain our anticipation of more just futures. We discuss how practitioner commitments to feminisms might contribute to more critical exploration. Rather than exploring what practitioners should be doing in feminist futures-focused co-design, we seek a better understanding of how this practice unfolds and evolves. Therefore, the article discusses feminist anticipation from the perspective of three, first-person narratives. These accounts explore how practitioner ‘feminist tendencies’ become manifested in co-design materials. We also explore how the multi-directional ‘back-talk’ of workshop materials mediates how stakeholders, participants and the designers themselves co-anticipate contested, deviant, and plural futures. Borrowing the words from feminist scholar Sara Ahmed, these stories from practice seek to both answer and provoke the question: how are we unmaking how hard it is to deviate from what is expected?

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Co-design practice, feminist anticipation, willfulness, plurality, material back-talk, deviation, care
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2021 08:54
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2022 12:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/103335

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