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PhD course: Criticality Beyond Disciplinarity - Oslo, September 2019

Published: 12 February 2019

Working knowledge(s) in, of and for design

Criticality does not belong to any one discipline. Rather, it helps us observe how different disciplines operate – and to take a position on what we learn from these observations about disciplinary constraints and affordances. Each field defines and deploys its own „working knowledges”; this course aims to mobilize the power of critical thinking to enrich and help evolve those epistemological norms and inherited practices towards new forms of knowledge production.

The ‘Criticality beyond disciplinarity’ course offers participants the chance to engage with theoretical texts exploring notions of disciplinarity and working knowledge; analyze critical publications; and undertake an exercise in critical writing. Presented from a landscape architectural perspective, it welcomes researchers from multiple disciplines, in order to rehearse inter and transdisciplinary work modes. It is open to participants who are looking to sharpen understanding of their own research aims within broader disciplinary contexts, and to strengthen their capacity as researchers to contribute to the evolution of transdisciplinary practices.


The phD course 'Criticality beyond disciplinarity' is organized by SLU professors Andrea Kahn (founder of designCONTENT) and Lisa Diedrich (director of the research platform SLU Urban Futures). It offers a 2-day intensive core seminar in Oslo during the week of 16-20 September [exact dates TBD]. The course takes place in conjunction with the 2019 ECLAS and IFLA conferences, making use of conference events to enrich the course experience. 


Lisa Diedrich, Professor

The Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, SLU, +46 40-41 54 24