We invite you to take part in the International Conference In/Visible: Designs of Social Experience which will take place from September 30th – October 2nd at the Tischner European University and online!
The regimes of Whiteness, heteronormativity, androcentrism, able-bodiedness or Eurocen-trism have for a long time constituted the frameworks of ‘proper’, ‘successful’ or expected social conduct, organising in a normative way social communication, relations and spaces. The regimes have been shaping social life, state policies and institutions, or fields of scien-ce and arts. Social practices are imbued with preconceptions concerning race, sexuality, gender, health or ethnicity which have become so commonsensical that it takes a lot of critical effort to go beyond the normative context.
Different academic and artistic disciplines have crafted their own spaces, often very exclusionary ones, designing their own landscapes of (post)modernity upon normative premises. In today’s world, however, it is difficult to keep this modern, positivist fantasy of equal but separate spaces of knowledge production. Researching and interpreting events and processes through a discipline- bound lenses is unlikely to produce any major social or cultural breakthrough. Interdisciplinarity and cross-pollination are emerging as produc-tive research tools, and a change in perspective can build up a new landscape to explore.
No doubt, in the fields we work in, there are ‘inaudible’ voices, ‘invisible’ positio-nalities, minor perspectives or overlooked landscapes. For example, the conferences of Polish design studies are dominated by white, male speakers whereas for over a decade it has been women who have made up the majority of design studies students. Let us then take a critical look at fields of knowledge production we work within to see what kinds of voices have been difficult or impossible to hear so far.
The conference is co-financed by the European Social Fund under the Operational Program Knowledge Edu-cation Development, non-competitive project “Enhancing the competences of academic staff and theinsti-tution’s potential in receiving people from abroad – Welcome to Poland” implemented as part of 3.3 POWER defined in the application for project co-financing No. POWR.03.03.00-00-PN14 / 18.