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What I do at UID
I teach and research in the areas of design history and design theory.
My main areas of teaching are design history and theory. My focus is on ideas on design and society, and how these have informed and shaped design practices from the 19th century until present day. I have taught design history and theory on basic and advanced levels at UID, and academic writing on our BFA and MFA programmes. I also teach on a PhD course at the Faculty of Arts at Umeå University.I have worked with the Centre for Teaching and Learning (UPL) at Umeå University in setting up course sections in pedagogical courses for university teachers, on gender perspectives and internationalisation, and have also with UPL developed pedagogical courses for teachers in design. In 2015, I was awarded recognition as qualified teacher in our university's pedagogical qualification model.
I hold a PhD in industrial design. In my dissertation, Transitional Design Histories, I argued for the need of activating a historical awareness in designing, through exploring how design histories that take a starting point in designing might contribute to opening up other conceptual spaces contemporary design practices. 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, and have been part of the school's leadership team since then. I was appointed Head of Department in 2013 and was Vice rector between 2015 and 2018.
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