Designs for the Pluriverse | A book discussion with Arturo Escobar
Friday, April 19, 2019
Join members of the RISD community and author, anthropologist, and philosopher Arturo Escobar to examine the concepts outlined in his book Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and Making of Worlds. Escobar deeply considers how refiguring current design practices could lead to the creation of more just and sustainable social orders.
Co-sponsored by RISD's Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies and Global Arts + Culture graduate programs and the RISD Museum's exhibition, Repair & Design Futures.
Arturo Escobar is the Kenan Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Research Associate with the Culture, Memory, and Nation group at Universidad del Valle, Cali. His main interests are political ecology, ontological design, and the anthropology of development, social movements, and technoscience. Over the past twenty-five years, he has worked closely with several Afro-Colombian social movements, particular the Process of Black Communities (PCN). He is author of the well-known book Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995, 2011), and more recently, Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes (2008); Sentipensar con la Tierra. Nuevas lecturas sobre desarrollo, territorio y diferencia (2014); Otro possible es possible: Caminando hacia las transiciones desde Anya Yala/Afro/Latino-America (2017); and Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (forthcoming, 2018).