"Forms of Resistance" master's thesis

2 June, 2011 - 15:30

Mahmoud Keshavarz' masters thesis in Experience Design has been successfully defended at Konstfack University College of Art, Crafts and Design! Entitled "Forms of Resistance", the thesis "develops an approach to design which is
both critical and investigative. Using both analytic frameworks and
practice-based research, this experiment is developed by indisciplinary
collaboration with groups of women activists in Iran and Sweden on the subject
of domestic, public, physical or state violence. Furthermore, through a ‘politics of translation’,
the project itself makes a personal resistance to expectations of how a
researcher should portray such subjects or make the research meaningful in
‘design aesthetics’, which may too often be complicit with societal mechanisms traditionally
excluding or repressing excluded ones."

Forms of Resistance is a collaboration with Change for
Equality campaign, Ain’t I A Woman campaign, and the Design Research Unit of
Interactive Institute (through the Forms of Sustainability project). 

Mahmoud's thesis committee included Jenny Althoff (Konstfack), Christina Zetterlund (Konstfack, and a collaborator in the Forms of Sustainability project), and Ramia Mazé (Interactive Institute). The presentation and evaluation was held on May 27, at Konstfack in the Mandelgren auditorium.

For more information, visit Mahmoud Keshavarz' website, where the thesis is available to download!