Feminist Curricula

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Maya Ober

Feminist Curricula is an open online directory of educational design initiatives that uses feminist perspectives to explore alternative ways of learning and teaching. It is a sister project of depatriarchise design, an intersectional, feminist design research platform.

What will you be working on during the fellowship?

Feminist Curricula is currently in beta version. During the fellowship, we would like to increase the number of educational initiatives listed on the site, improve the site’s functionality and prepare its Spanish version for reaching out to communities in Latin America. We will also publish in-depth articles on design and technology education on depatriarchise design.

To what future do you aspire?

We strive for design to be a diverse, socially responsible and just discipline. Through Feminist Curricula we aim to connect practitioners who don’t yet know each other, motivate international transdisciplinary collaborations and facilitate the creation of new knowledge.

Tell us about yourselves. What motivates you?

We are a group of activists, design educators and researchers who are united in seeing an urgent need for change in design as a discipline. In 2017, we founded depatriarchise design, a non-profit research platform rooted in intersectional feminism.

We work with educators from the Global South, immigrants, womxn and BIPOC to make space for their voices in design education. Through texts, workshops and film we examine the complicity of design in the reproduction of oppressive systems. By using digital technologies, we aim to build community, make socially-relevant topics public, and disseminate feminist pedagogies. We believe in education’s transformative potential and see design as an activist tool for making long-silenced stories public.

We set up Feminist Curricula as a complementary project to document educational initiatives that use feminist perspectives and pedagogies. With it, we aim to encourage people to explore new ways of learning, teaching and practising design, and facilitate exchange and collaboration between designers, students, educators and researchers.