Diaspora, Globalization, and Design

Exploring the forces shaping contemporary
cross-cultural practices
The third international conference on diaspora and design

Friday, November 11 & Saturday, November 12, 2011

Organized by:
Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY
East Rock Institute, New Haven, CT
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

In collaboration with
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
Sungshin Women's University, Korea

The goal of this conference is to consider how artists, designers, and practitioners in a myriad of design disciplines are engaging and responding to the tensions and opportunities brought about by globalization and cross-cultural exchanges and how such changes are being preserved as a study of cultures around the world.

This third of three international and interdisciplinary conferences examines, documents, and preserves the influence of diaspora (or immigration) and diaspora culture on design due to globalization. This conference builds upon two prior conferences that explored the relationship between culture, especially power, privilege, wealth, identity and values, and design (especially fashion). This third conference expands the scope of this discussion to other design disciplines and also serves to further our long-term goal of developing a virtual diaspora museum.


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