RISD Global, in collaboration with Academic Affairs, is delighted to announce the recipients of the RISD Global Faculty Fellowship and the Global Engagement for Curricular Development grants for AY2017-2018.
RISD Global Faculty Fellowship:
In AY2017-2018, Paolo Cardini (Associate Professor, Industrial Design) will extend his current fellowship with RISD Global into a second year. In the current academic year, Cardini is developing, in collaboration with faculty at four universities around the world the “Global Futures Lab.”
For the Lab, Cardini is collaborating with faculty at the Art University of Isfahan in Iran; that National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India; Universidad Pontificia Catolica del Peru in Lima, and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. The lab is realized through a week-long workshop at each school, which is co-taught with faculty there and the participants are students. In each lab, students work with Cardini and the local faculty to de-center western notions of the future and to instead speculate about futures from their particular socio-economic and cultural perspectives. Engaging with local artisans, students craft and create “souvenirs” for those speculative futures. A goal of the project is to question the western-centricity of the discourses around futures in design and speculative design fields, and to de-center the canons in order to propose culturally diverse and particular visions of futures.
In year two of the fellowship, Cardini will focus on sharing the project and work more broadly with the RISD community as well as the fields represented and the local communities engaged with for each workshops through a symposium on Global Futures at RISD, an exhibition of the “Souvenirs for the Future,” and the preparation for a publication on this topic.
In AY2017-2018, this fellowship program will grow to engage a second RISD faculty member who is doing critical work (research, practice, and engagement) on the intersections of globalization and their discipline/s that seek to disrupt canons and canonicity. As such, we are delighted to announce that Emanuel Admassu (Assistant Professor, Architecture) at RISD will be the next Global Faculty Fellow along with Cardini.
For his fellowship year, Admassu has proposed a year-long practice-based research project to map contemporary design and architecture practices across the continent of Africa in anticipation for two conferences –one at RISD in Providence and one in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania– on the topic “Where is Africa?” The goal for the research project and conference is to frame a discussion with contemporary artists, designers and academics who are actively engaged in representing Africa –both within and beyond its geographic boundaries. The conferences will then frame a dialogue around three questions central to Admassu’s research, i.e. “Where is Africa?” “What is Africa?” and “Who is African?” Taking a closer look at the recent past, Admassu will establish transdisciplinary groupings of participants to explore the future of creative practices while also reviewing recent practices.
Global Engagement for Curriculum Development:
RISD Global and Academic Affairs are delighted to announce that Mary Anne Friel (Assistant Professor, Textiles) was awarded the a Global Engagement for Curricular Development grant to research a potential future curriculum for a studio course in collaboration with a colleague, Azra Aksamija, Associate Professor at MIT program in Art, Culture and Technology and colleagues at the German-Jordanian University in Amman, Jordan.
Through research for curriculum development, Mary Anne will travel to Amman, Jordan to explore ways in which RISD can engage in Aksamija’s ongoing project, Lightweaver, that explores –among other things– the various ways that light can be integrated into textiles from artistic, technical, cultural, and design perspectives to address emotional and cultural needs of communities affected by conflict and crisis. In particular, the project will focus on the lived experience of Syrian refugees in Amman.
Please join RISD Global and Academic Affairs in congratulating Professors, Cardini, Admassu and Friel.