Event, General

Recap of the Cologne Conference

On 21 November 2014, the iGDN hosted the first German conference at the Köln International School of Design in Cologne.

We were very happy to have a diverse, interested and engaged audience, as well as the speakers PhD candidate Michelle Christensen and Prof. Dr. Sigrid Metz-Göckel.

Participants from the most various backgrounds such as engineering, sociology, literature, education, gender studies and from many design fields including communication design, fashion design and product design. 

After a welcome and introduction by iGDN’s chair Prof. Dr. Uta Brandes, Tanja Godlewsky and Marijke Doemges presented a short summary of the iGDN conference in Hong Kong, including an impression of and comments on the recent political protest movement in the city, known as the “Umbrella Revolution”.

The panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Sigrid Metz-Göckel, Prof. Dr. Uta Brandes and Michelle Christensen inspired a highly interesting and complex discussion involving the whole audience. The discussion was indeed so lively that we spontaneously decided to postpone the afternoon workshops in order to make more time available for the exchange of perspectives and ideas.

After the three workshops had finished, the groups presented the workshops’ outcomes to the entire audience with topics covering different aspects of gender, design and general issues relating to the current gender discourse such as the recent populist attacks on gender researchers in Germany. 

Finally, we were very happy to welcome several new members to the iGDN e.V. and we discussed different events and approaches to shape the near future of the network.

And last but not least, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner and more relaxed, but nonetheless inspiring, conversations at a very nice restaurant located in the centre of Cologne. 

We want to thank everyone who participated with so much enthusiasm, as well as the KISD-Students who supported us with the organisation and the catering for the lunch.


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