Internat 34, Stockholm


Disciplinarity in Transition
The last decades have seen an increasingly tangled knowledge landscape, implied in early framings of social and societal problems as 'wicked', or in other words, unruly, not easily submitted to systematization. Today’s environment is no less tricky, posing a fundamental challenge to the idea of 'disciplinary' knowing premised on the orderly pursuit of truth. Recent socio-materialand/or process-oriented research practices attend instead to composite ‘modes’ of knowing, to the social, methodological, and ethico-political aspects of credibility forming, value shaping, legitimizing, or learning.  And while problems are being re-framed in terms of potentials, new forms of association and awareness develop across disciplinary silos.
In this situation, design practice gains a new relevance as a cross-disciplinary, social and constructive practice, concerned as much with the systemic and conditional as with the transformative.  Yet, while it is possible to understand ‘design’ as a multifactorial kind of knowing carried out in a context of application, it is also necessary to scrutinize and carefully examine the conditions of research practice beyond disciplinary borders.
With this as a background, we are happy to invite you to the Swedish Design Faculty’s Internat #34, organised in collaboration with the recently (re-) launched Openlab in Stockholm. The lab, as its name indicates, is open for potentially  inter-, multi-, trans- or extra-disciplinary encounters, for unexpected meetings and challenge-driven experimentation, “across the lines between different disciplines and professions”. What can this mean, for us, today? Is this a new trend or a necessary shift? What is the role of design and designers? In order to facilitate a dynamic debate within a widely expanding field of disciplines and institutions, three leading researchers from different fields will give their views and together with you, point out new directions in the contemporary context of Disciplinarity in Transition.

Maria Hellström Reimer, Ramia Mazé, Ivar Björkman

Venue: Openlab, Valhallavägen 79, Stockholm (Day 2 still to be confirmed)
Wednesday 25 March
9.30-10                                 Arrival, coffee

10-10.05                               Welcome to Internat #34, Maria Hellström Reimer

10.05-10.15                          OPENLAB – transdisciplinarity in practice – challenge-   driven exploration,          Ivar Björkman

10.15-11.00                          On Time, Memory, Representation and Interdisciplinarity, Hans Ruin, professor in philosophy at Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education

11-11.45                               Hélène Frichot, Associate Professor and Docent in Critical Studies in Architecture, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH

11.45-12.30                          Follow-up discussions in relation to reading
12.30-13.30                          Lunch
13.30-14.30                          Walter Osika, Karolinska Institutet, Centre for Social
. Followed by Q&A                          
14.30-15                               Break
15-16                                    PhD projects in process: Eating Research, Zeenath Hasan, Malmö University, School of Arts and Communication 

Sketching for Interactions, Danwei Tran Luciani, Linköping University, Media and Information Technology

16-16.15                               Summing up + Introduction of workshop assignment

16-17.30                               Literature seminar in groups including afternoon coffee/tea)

18-21                                    Cross-boundary workshop – Issue Mapping (No coordinated evening meal – many food options nearby )

Thursday 26 March
9-12                                       Reassembly at OPENLAB – presentation of workshop outcome.    

Key contributors
Hans Ruin, Professor in Philosophy Södertörn University. President of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology. Co-editor for Nietzsche´s Collected Works in Swedish. Member of the Board of Nietzsche Studien, Sats and Jahrbuch für Hermeneutische Philosophie. Co-Editor for Södertörn Philosophical Studies. Currently Responsible for 6-year research program Time, Memory and Representation ( Published widely, mainly on phenomenology and hermeneutics, most recently Teknik, fenomenologi och medialitet , ed. together with L Dahlberg (2012) and Frihet, ändlighet, historicitet. Essäer om Heideggers filosofi (2013).
Dr Hélène Frichot is an Associate Professor and Docent in Critical Studies in Architecture, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm, Sweden. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture and Design RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Hélène’s research examines the transdisciplinary field between architecture and philosophy. Her recent research explores ficto-critical approaches to feminist ecologies of practice, and the role of the image of thought as well as exhaustion in the disciplining of architecture.
Med Dr Walter Osika, cardiologist and psychiatrist, Director at the Centre for Social Sustainablity, where he conducts trans-disciplinary research on health related issues such as stress and psycho-somatics and lately also aspects such as empathy, compassion and altruism and their importance for social sustainability.
Practical information
The internat is free of charge for PhD students enrolled in D!.
Lectures will also be open to the public.
Participants are supposed to arrange their travel and accommodation themselves.
Send a mail to Susanne [dot] helgeson [at] konstfack [dot] se, no later than 20 March.
Mandatory reading
Bean, Jonathan, and Daniela Rosner (2014) “Making: Movement or Brand?” Interactions, Jan-Feb 2014, pp. 26-27.

Bootcamp Bootleg, D School, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University.

Cuartelles, David, Jonathan Bean, Daniela Rosner (2015) “Conversations on Making”. Interactions, Jan-Feb 2015, pp. 22-24.

Gabrys, Jennifer & Kathryn Yusoff (2012) ”Arts, Sciences and Climate Change: Practices and Politics at the Threshold”. Science as Culture, 21:1, pp. 1-24.

Frichot, Hélène (2015) ”Söder Pops Island: My Own Personal Gentri-Fiction”. Candide-Journal for Architectural Knowledge, forthcoming,

Ricard, Matthew, Antoine Lutz and Richard J. Davidson (2014) ”Mind of the Meditator”. Scientific American, Nov. 2014.

Ruin, Hans (2015) ”Narrating Identities. The Stories of Who We Are”. 

Singer, Tania, and Olga M. Klimecki (2014) ”Empathy and Compassion”. Current Biology Vol 24 No 18. 

Stengers, Isabelle(2005) ”Deleuze and Guattari's Last Enigmatic Message”. Angelaki, 10: 2, pp. 151-167.


Deleuze, Gilles (1964/2000) ”The Image of Thought”. In Proust and Signs: The Complete text (Theory Out of Bounds), Buckley, S., Hardt, M. and Massumi, B. (eds.), pp. 95-102.

Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari (1991/1994) ”Conclusion: From Chaos to Brain”. In What is Philosophy? New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 201-219.


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