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Maria Göransdotter

Lecturer in design history and theory at Umeå Institute of Design. PhD in industrial design.

Works at

Östra Strandgatan 30 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

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

Umeå Institute of Design Research Publications, 8
Göransdotter, Maria
Design Issues, MIT Press 2018, Vol. 34, (2) : 20-30
Göransdotter, Maria; Redström, Johan
Design and Time. Design History Society Conference. Middlesex University, London.
Göransdotter, Maria; Redström, Johan
Conference Proceedings: Volume 2. Design Research Society 2012: Bangkok: Research: Uncertainty Contradiction Value, Bangkok: Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University 2012 : 526-541
Göransdotter, Maria
NU2010: Dialog för lärande
Göransdotter, Maria; Erhardsson, Margareta
NU2010: Dialog för lärande
Göransdotter, Maria; Erhardsson, Margareta; Lindh-Karlsson, Monica
Historiska studier: skrifter från Umeå universitet, 1
Utsikter, insikter, avsikter: universitetspedagogisk konferens i Umeå 27 – 28 februari 2007, Umeå: Universitetspedagogiskt Centrum, Umeå universitet 2007 : 11-23
Andersson, Åsa; Göransdotter, Maria
Tänk efter, tänk nytt, tänk om: den sjunde universitetspedagogiska konferensen 2–3 mars 2005, Umeå: Umeå universitet 2006 : 175-191
Gelfgren, Stefan; Göransdotter, Maria
Årsbok om folkbildning 2004, Stockholm: Föreningen för folkbildningsforsking 2005 : 49-65
Göransdotter, Maria
Vidgade vyer: Globalt perspektiv på idéhistoria, Lund: Studentlitteratur 2000 : 214-232
Göransdotter, Maria
Historisk Tidskrift (S), (3) : 449-478
Göransdotter, Maria
Nordisk arkitekturforskning, Göteborg: 1999, Vol. 2 : 45-54
Göransdotter, Maria
Kultur och konsumtion i Norden 1750-1950, Helsingfors: Finska Historiska Samfundet 1997 : 253-274
Göransdotter, Maria
Kollektive identiteter, ting og betydninger, Oslo: Senter for teknologi og menneskelige verdier 1997 : 49-62
Göransdotter, Maria