The Design Politics of the Passport: A Conversation between Mahmoud Keshavarz and Stefan Jonsson

  • Date: –19:30
  • Location: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The Project Room Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Lecturer: Stefan Jonsson is a writer, critic and professor at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), Linköping University. He has written widely on European modernism and modernity, as well as on racism and on colonial and postcolonial cultures and aesthetics. His recent books include Crowds and Democracy (2013) and Eurafrica: The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism (2015, with Peo Hansen). He worked with Pia Arke on Stories from Scoresbysund: Photography, Colonisation and Mapping. Mahmoud Keshavarz is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Engaging Vulnerability Research Program, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University. His work sits at the intersection of design studies and politics of movement and migration. He is the co-founder of Decolonizing Design Group and since 2019, co-editor-in-chief of the journal Design and Culture.
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  • Organiser: Critical Border Studies Initiativ - CEMFOR
  • Contact person: Shahram Khosravi
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The Design Politics of the Passport: Materiality, Immobility, and Dissent is a recently published book by design scholar Mahmoud Keshavarz. It’s an innovative study of the passport and its associated social, political and material practices as a means of uncovering the workings of ‘design politics’. It traces the histories, technologies, power relations and contestations around this small but powerful artefact to establish a framework for understanding how design is always enmeshed in the political, and how politics can be understood in terms of material objects.

Combining design studies with critical border studies, alongside ethnographic work among undocumented migrants, border transgressors and passport forgers, this book shows how a world made and designed as open and hospitable to some is strictly enclosed, confined and demarcated for many others – and how those affected by such injustices dissent from the immobilities imposed on them through the same capacity of design and artifice.

Date: Thursday 7 March 2019
Time: 5.30 pm
Place: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The Project Room
Address: Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm, Sweden
Language: English