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Reflexive Practices for the Future of Design Education: An Exercise in Ethno-Empathy

Lookup NU author(s): Angelika Strohmayer, Matt Marshall, Nataly Birbeck-Ansari



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This paper responds to the growing body of literature that calls for more candour in discussing practical, social, and ethical problems that inevitably arise throughout the lifespan of research projects. We begin by describing our use of critical and anarchist pedagogies to inform the design of a recent academic workshop.The workshop emerged iteratively and led to the core activity: our building of a totemic “city of ethical conundrums”. This collaborative artefact allowed us to discuss why and how we negotiate ethical issues in vivo, and how this matches up with the formal institutional ethics process. We uncovered what we called “ethno-empathy”: a concept that helped us understand, and give language to the circumstances, requirements and implications for our mutually shared experience of crafting a metaphorical city of ethical conundrums.

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Author(s): Brueggemann MJ, Strohmayer A, Marshall M, Birbeck N, Thomas V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Design Journal

Year: 2017

Volume: 20

Issue: Sup1

Pages: S1260-S1269

Online publication date: 06/09/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 21/05/2018

ISSN (print): 1460-6925

ISSN (electronic): 1756-3062

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2017.1352655


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