Taking care of issues of concern: Feminist Possibilities and speculative design

Pennington, Sarah. 2018. 'Taking care of issues of concern: Feminist Possibilities and speculative design'. In: Design as a catalyst for change - DRS International Conference 2018 (DRS2018: Catalyst). Limerick, Ireland 25 - 28 June 2018. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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What are the possibilities for taking a feminist approach on ‘an ethos of care’ to the settings of engagement with Speculative and Critical Design? In this paper, I explore the intersection between the curation of Speculative and Critical Design (SCD) and the notion of ‘care’ as a question that has arisen in the work of feminist scholarship in technoscience. Feminist voices in SCD and related design disciplines have drawn attention to ‘neglected things’ within certain works of Speculative Design research. I expand this consideration to the settings of encounter with SCD. Through a short case study of curatorial practice, I focus through literature, in particular from Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, to speculate on how qualities of care raised through enquiries in feminist technoscience are useful to consider in the care or curation of speculative enquiries around issues of concern.

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Care; feminisms; technoscience; speculative design

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2 February 2018Accepted
27 June 2018Published

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Limerick, Ireland

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25 - 28 June 2018

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