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CRIPPING MODERN DESIGN
Using a “crip” or disability justice lens, this panel ponders how environmental design and technology can be construed as key aspects of modern disability experience. Ranging from architecture for hearing impairment to design for chemical sensitivities, this panel probes these complicities.
Kristoffer Whitney Department of Science, Technology, and Society, College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dr. Kristoffer Whitney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society. He holds a PhD in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania and is an expert on environmental policy, the built environmental, and environmental reform. His article “Domesticating Nature” won the distinguished 2016 David Edge Prize for the best essay on the Sociology of Science.
Debra Parr Department of Art & Design, Columbia College Chicago
Debra Riley Parr teaches in the Art and Art History Department at Columbia College. Her current research concerns olfactory art and design in contemporary culture. She is currently writing a book on scent in contemporary art and design practice. A chapter of the book, ”Indeterminate Ecologies of Scent,” has been published in Designing with Smell: Practices, Techniques and Challenges (Routledge 2018).
Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler Department of Art and Design, Purdue University
Professor Kaufmann-Buhler is a design historian whose research focuses on the history of the American open plan office. She is an Assistant Professor in the Rueff School Of Design, Art, and Performance at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Wanda Katja Liebermann School of Architecture, Florida Atlantic University
Wanda Katja Liebermann is an architectural and urban historian and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Architecture’s Problem with Disability (Routledge).
Greig Crysler College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley
Elizabeth Guffey State University of New York, Purchase College
Professor Elizabeth Guffey is the coordinator of the MA program in modern and contemporary art, criticism, and theory at Purchase College. Her most recent book is Designing Disability: Symbols, Spaces and Society (Bloomsbury, 2017). She was a founding editor of the journal Design and Culture, and is the author of books including Retro: The Culture of Revival (2013) and Posters: A Global History (2015).
Bess Williamson School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Dr. Bess Williamson is a historian of design and material culture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also author of Accessible America: A History of Design and Disability (2019), which traces the history of design responses to disability rights from 1945 to recent times. Her writing has appeared in Winterthur Portfolio and American Studies, with reviews in Design and Culture and Design Issues.
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