Autor: Marijke Doemges

A new essay by Uta Brandes on gender & design

A new essay by Uta Brandes on gender & design (in German): „Erste Erkundungen im Dickicht des Gender-Diskurses in Design“; published in: Öffnungszeiten – Papiere zur Designwissenschaft, 28/2014, Design und Gesellschaft: Wandel der Lebensformen, p.25 ff

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 …

iGDN Germany at Scandinavian Conference „Gender-sensitive Design – Research, Curriculum and Practice“

After the first successful collaboration with the Scandinavian network for women in design research (WONDER) in October 2013, Prof. Dr. Uta Brandes and Marijke Doemges of iGDN Germany e.V. continue this collaboration with their contribution to the conference „Gender-sensitive Design – Research, Curriculum and Practice“ at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim in August 2014. Prof. Dr. Martina Keitsch gave insight into her work with women in Nepal, several PhD candidates from Sweden and Norway presented their practical as well as theoretical PhD theses. Furthermore, career strategies for and experiences of women in university structures were exchanged and discussed.  

iGDN Conference in Cologne

-German only- Die erste deutschsprachige Tagung des iGDN wird naheliegend unter dem Titel „Gender-Design-Network“ stattfinden! Freitag, 21.11.2104, Start: 10:30 Uhr in der Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Köln Anmeldung kostenfrei unter: ________________________________________ Schluss mit rosa – aber auch mit der Ideologie, Design sei geschlechtsneutral. Denn jede Gestaltung ist unabdingbar mit Gender verknüpft: sowohl in den Arbeitsweisen derer, die gestalten, als auch in den Manifestationen solcher Gestaltung, in Marketing und Werbung und schließlich im Gebrauch. Aber immer noch wird der Einfluss von Geschlecht im Design (im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen Bereichen) unterschätzt, gar nicht wahrgenommen oder sogar bewusst negiert. Darüber wird in dieser ersten deutschsprachigen Konferenz des international Gender Design Network/iGDN* diskutiert zu der wir hiermit herzlich einladen. Es werden wichtige Arbeitsfelder erörtert, neue Perspektiven vorgestellt und die gegenwärtige Wirklichkeit von Design kritisch betrachtet  – aber wir wollen auch einfach miteinander reden. Dies geschieht in dieser entspannten Tagung: 10:30   Registrierung 11:00   Prof. Dr. Uta Brandes, Vorsitzende iGDN und Professorin für Gender & Design an der KISD: Einführung 11:30   Marijke Doemges (Master-Studentin an der KISD) und …

Infantilisation and Sexualisation – About to become the same?

The use and abuse of the power of design has been the topic of my bachelor’s research proposal „Sexy Baby – Sexualisation of Girls in Return to Infantilisation of Women” and only scratched at the surface on how the Western/German society with its predominately male perspective of itself dominate this world. here, design is not only an indicator how this is done but also maintains and reproduces this hierarchy. The findings of the research proposal first were conflicting. The exploration revealed how children in the western world are exposed to sexualisation; and even worse, are getting sexualised themselves. Design Design, in all is blurred4 glory, is depending on the interaction with the subject. We could focus now on the general discourse of the subject and the object, which would lead directly to the issues of production -yes, french sociologist Jean Baudrillard claimed that subjects don’t exist, they are produced and this leads directly to famous feminist Simone de Beauvoir and her famos phrase “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” Baudrillard and later …