Course in Theories of practical knowing

PhD course

De praktiska kunskapernas teorier/Theories of practical knowing (7,5 hp)

Kursansvariga: Maria Hellström Reimer, Mats Rosengren

Overall theme

As research and innovation gain in societal and political importance – or even appear as our one and only fate – questions concerning different forms of knowing practices and/or practical knowing, gain in importance. In the field of design often addressed through the vague terms of “design thinking”, this is a shift with far-reaching consequences for research practice in general and design research in particular. What used to be considered methodological issues are now approached also from an ontological point of view, consequently allocating to the idea of “practice” a new role.  

The course aims to provide a platform for the studying and discussing of knowing practices from a philosophical point of view. This entails a problematizing of both “research by design” and the “design of research” from three different perspectives, with a special focus on the social production of meaning and processes of emergence and change. The course welcomes doctoral students from the different fields of design research and research in the arts, with the students’ ongoing projects as an important point of departure.



I. V 37 (11-12 Sep Södertörn)

Symbolic practices

11 Sep

10-12 Mats Rosengren on doxology and the production of social meaning in art, philosophy and other creative practices

13-15 Orla Vigsø on visual rhetoric

15-17 literature seminar

12 Sep

09-12 Irina Sandomirskaja: Walter Benjamin/Objects of affection

13-15 literature seminar

15-17 presentations


II. v 45 (15-16 Nov Göteborg)

Action and Process

15 Nov

10-12 Pragmatist versus process-oriented views on creative agency – lecture yet to be confirmed

13-15 Christopher Kullenberg – net politics, process philosophy and Deleuze

15-17 literature seminar

16 Nov

9-12  Martin Avila – Emergent materialities, hospitality and hostility in design

13-15 literature seminar

15-17 presentations


III. v. 50 (13-14 Dec Malmö)

Embodiment and Empowerment

13 Dec

10-12 Susan Kozel on performance, technology and phenomenology

13-15 Marcia Sa Cavalcante Schuback on the sketch

15-17 literature seminar

14 Dec

9-12  Maria Hellström Reimer on politics of the aesthetic/Certeau and Rancière

13-15 presentations

15-17 presentations


IV. v 3 (date not yet fixed)

Final seminar with students’ presentation of essays


Sign up by contacting maria [dot] hellstrom [dot] reimer [at] mah [dot] se (Maria Hellström Reimer.)

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Designfakulteten grundades i december 2007 med finansiering från Vetenskapsrådet och KTH. Dess främsta verksamhet är att driva en nationell forskarskola i design i samarbete med ett 20-tal institutioner runt om i Sverige.

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Föreståndare maria [dot] hellstrom [dot] reimer [at] mah [dot] se (Maria Hellström)
Informationsansvarig sushel [at] kth [dot] se (Susanne Helgeson)

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