Lectures on Diversity and Inclusivity

Mon 3 Apr

WdKA presents a series of Inclusivity Lectures curated and hosted by Siba Sahabi, tutor Product Design and an interdisciplinary artist.

The series of four lectures aims to shed light on important topics related to diversity and inclusivity. These lectures will delve into different themes and offer insights on how to create an inclusive environment. The lectures provide an opportunity for students, staff and the wider community to engage in meaningful conversations an learn about the importance of diversity and inclusivity.

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Location: Auditorium Wijnhaven 61, Rotterdam.

  • Monday April 17, 2023 at 18.00 hrs | Lecture on engaging a diverse audience
Shay Raviv (she/her) is a social designer, design researcher and project developer. She graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2015 and subsequently worked at Studio Irene Fortuyn and STBY, among others. Raviv sees culture, design and creativity, as a means to bridge social gaps. She uses design research as a method to analyse systems or issues from different angles and to offer new perspectives on social issues. Raviv also works for the Embassy of Inclusive Society. The so called World Design Embassies (WDE) is a mission and design-driven programme in which stakeholders equally collaborate on complex, social issues such as inclusivity.

Her lecture will be about her vision and mission and her work at the Embassy of Inclusive Society.

  • Friday May 12, 2023 at 15.00 hrs  | Lecture on cultural diversity
Silvia Gaetti (she/her or no pronoun) is a curator for Asian art and transcultural projects at the GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Leipzig (Germany). Before taking her position in Leipzig, she was a researcher and assistant curator in the East and North Asian Collection of the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, worked in several contemporary art galleries and at the Venice and Berlin Biennales in the field of mediation. Silvia curated exhibitions within museums, festivals and galleries on transcultuality in art and design, materiality, gender and photography. She studied art history in a global context and Chinese studies in Venice and Leiden as well as in Berlin and Beijing.
Silvia will talk about her curated exhibition "CULTURAL AFFAIRS. Art without Borders" and the related topics of transculturality, migration, cultural appropriation and collective projects in the field of applied arts and design.
Elise Weegels (they/them) is a social and spatial designer. They work at social design agency Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken (A/BZ).
A/BZ clarifies complex societal issues and sets people in motion. One of the questions that keeps the team busy on a daily base: How can we design society in a better way? Design research is the method A/BZ uses to explore different topics, together with the target group and stakeholders. Working with the social environment as well as the system to ultimately fuel change.
Elise is specifically engaged with the different target groups and the participatory processes. The role of equity within the research is something they’re currently exploring further.
Their lecture will be about positionality as a (social) designer, developing an inclusive attitude as a studio and equity concerning the target group throughout the research.
Eddy Chouity (MSc) (he/him) is a junior lecturer at the bachelor and pre-master sociology programme at the University of Amsterdam and is the Associate Academic Director of Introduction to Sexuality Studies. In 2017, he graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a master of science in social sciences from the gender and sexuality track. His dissertation handled the situation of Arab LGBTQI refugees coming from the Middle East and North Africa to the Netherlands. His interest lies at the heart of gender theories and sexualities. And his ambition is to pursue a further in-depth exploration of sexuality, with a particular attention to the Arab world.
Eddy will continue the conversation with WdKA students on gender and sexuality that he started during his first lecture in September 2022.