Vice rector of Umeå Institute of Design. Lecturer in design history. PhD student.
What I do at UID
As Vice rector, I am part of the leadership and management of the school. My areas of work are mainly operational and administrative: Issues of staff, economy, safety, equal access, work environment and study environment are within my area of responsibility. I am also stand in as substitute for the Rector, when needed. These tasks consist the main part of my work, but I also occasionaly teach and conduct research as well, as one of UID's PhD students.
My main areas of teaching are design history and theory. My focus is on ideas and practices in 19th and 20th (and 21st) century design. I have taught design history and theory on the BFA programme and Industrial Design Intensive, and on single subject courses, and academic writing on our BFA and MFA programmes. I have worked with UPL at Umeå University in setting up course sections with gender perspective in pedagogical courses for university teachers, and have also with UPL developed pedagogical courses for design teachers. I also teach on a PhD course at the Faculty of Arts at Umeå University.
The theme for my ongoing dissertation work is to trace the early roots of Scandinavian user-centered design, by an idea-focused analysis of 20th century texts, and other materials, influential on Swedish design discourse and practice. Read more about my PhD-project here.
We are not many at Umeå Institute of Design who are actually from Umeå, but I am one of them. I was born here, grew up in Saudi Arabia, and have since then mostly lived in Umeå (with stints in Gothenburg and Italy). My educational background is in the History of Science and Ideas at Umeå University, and I have also studied semiotics and aesthetics at the University of Bologna, Italy. I have been a PhD student and teacher in the field of history of ideas, and started teaching as an external teacher at UID in 1995. I work here full time since 2008, was appointed Head of Department in 2013 and Vice rector in 2015.
Talk to me about:
How history matters for how we see and do things today and in the future:
- design studies
- design history
- history of technology
- history of ideas
How different perspectives allow us to see and understand things in different ways:
- gender perspectives
- design theory
- cultural and visual studies
Writing in relation to the design process:
- reflective writing
- writing reports
- different ways of writing
Then, you can of course talk to me about anything and everything that has to do with life and work at UID: How and what we educate, how we use our facilities, staff issues, things you think we do well, or that we would need to improve, or that we could try doing in a different wayClose