This workshop – framed in the context of the DESIS Philosophy Talks – aims to provide insight in and discuss collaboratively with the participants about ‘Participatory Design and Democracy’. It addresses and discusses how PD is currently regenerating the democratic discourse in local and international contexts.

The current discourse in design research and, particularly, PD research that has been working in a participatory way on common issues in given local contexts, has developed an enhanced focus on rethinking democracy. To reflect on the role of responsibility of designers in a time where democracy in its various forms is often put at risk in many ways – i.e. the topic of our workshop – seems to us an urgent matter. The workshop is intended for design researchers working in the field of design and democracy, willing to actively engage in a conversation on if and how their practices can be considered as activities regenerating democracy. We also will look into how Hannah Arendt’s philosophy can contribute to the discussion about ‘Participatory Design and Democracy’.

Speakers: Ezio Manzini, Virginia Tassinari, Liesbeth Huybrechts, Maurizio Teli, Ann Light and others (to be invited) open the debate via a series of short statements and then open the floor to an interactive session in which your experiences/practices around design and democracy are shared.

Tuesday 21 August 2018 (morning – half day), Genk


If you want to participate, just contact us before the 2nd of May: (Virginia Tassinari) or

Registration for half a day workshop is

Students (including PhD students): 42 early bird or 53 euro

Others: 53 euro early bird or 68 euro

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