Join SAR Press director Sarah Soliz along with editors of and contributors to our newest Advanced Seminar volume, Designs and Anthropologies (SAR Press / UNM Press, 2021), for a discussion of the book. The new publication explores the importance and power of design by focusing on the design-and-anthropology relationship. Contributors study anthropology for design, in which anthropological methods and concepts are mobilized in the design process; anthropology of design, in which design is positioned as an object of ethnographic inquiry and critique; and design for anthropology, in which anthropologists borrow concepts and practices from design to enhance traditional ethnographic forms. Altogether, the book argues that bringing design and anthropology together can transform both fields in more than one way and that to tease out the implications of using design to reimagine ethnography—and of using ethnography to reimagine design—we need to consider the historical specificity of their entanglements.
Keith M. Murphy is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include design, letterforms, language, and politics.
Eitan Wilf is an associate professor of anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He studies the institutional transformations of creativity in the United States.
Lucy Suchman is a professor emerita of sociology at Lancaster University. She works at the intersections of anthropology and the field of feminist science and technology studies, focused on cultural imaginaries and material practices of technology design.