School of Media Studies

New Course: Concept Work and Materialization

Concept Work and Materialization

UTNS 6450 Integrated Seminar

This class will be taught by Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby (Design) and Janet Roitman (Anthropology) as part of The New School’s Integrative PhD Fellowship Program. The seminar brings together two distinct but complementary modes of inquiry: 1) anthropological inquiry into forms of reasoning and 2) design practice that focuses on  experimentation with material forms. The premise of the collaborate on is that both modes of inquiry entail “concept work,” or aPenCon to the ways that concepts both shape material practice and can be given form through  material practice. The seminar will be project-centric. Students will be encouraged to bring a topic or theme to the class, which they will explore through a combination of lenses and approaches from the social sciences and design (i.e. text-based inquiry and inquiry through materialization). The structure will consist of three phases, based on an open-ended syllabus, to be developed with the members of the seminar depending on research interests and project proposals.

Please email if you would like to request special consideraCon to register for this


Mondays (4.00pm – 5.50 pm)

LocaCon: TBD

Open to to all Graduate Students (permission required)

Faculty: Fiona Raby, Anthony Dunne and Janet Roitman (Anthropology)

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