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Nature Design Camp
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Lunch seminar: Place making - connecting to place through social networks and more than human actors

Sustainability and environment
Culture and languages

Don´t miss the upcoming hybrid seminar in the series on design, tourism and place development, this time with the theme of place making, and how we can connect to places through social networks and more than human actors. The seminar is in English.

5 Oct 2022
12:00 - 13:15
HYBRID. room 310, HDK-Valand, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8, Göteborg OR on Zoom (link will be sent when registered)

HDK-Valand, Center for Tourism and Business & Design Lab (BDL)


12:00-12:10 Introduction to the seminar series and this session by Helena Kraff, senior lecturer and researcher.

12:10-12:30 Sara Licata presents her research on Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) tourism in relation to migrant host's personal networks' influence on place participation dynamics

12:30-12:50 Christoph Matt, eco-social designer at Studio Matt presents the Design camp concept and its connection to post-humanistic perspectives. 

13:00 -13:15 Discussion with questions from seminar participants  

The seminar is in English.

Information about the presenters:

Studio Matt, founded by Christoph Matt, is inspired by adventures, explorations, and translations in the great outdoors and its vast ecosystems. Keeping a wary eye on the blue planet while working with the human and more-than-human around the world. Constantly facing emerging issues with a rock-solid rucksack principle, multi-species focus, progressive design practices and by embracing a positive failure culture. Christoph is also an alumni of the Embedded Design program at HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design, University of Gothenburg.

Sara Licata has a multidisciplinary background in foreign languages and cultural mediation, tourism management, and migration studies. With a passion for mobility, travels and intercultural communication, she sees valuing diversity, inclusion and participation as a creative process of social change and development through respectful interaction and reciprocal understanding. In her research internship in the project the Role of Tourism in Multicultural Societies (TiMS) she worked on an exploratory case on migrant hosts' personal networks' influence on place participation dynamics, feelings and perceptions during VFR (visiting friends and relatives) tourism experiences in Sweden.

About the seminar series

The seminar is organized by the Centre for tourism and Business & Design Lab, both at University of Gothenburg. The purpose of the series is to achieve increased knowledge of and collaboration between actors who are at the intersection of design, tourism and place development. The series also intends to lead to new projects and constellations where actors from private and public organizations as well as teachers, researchers and students collaborate.

Centre for tourism
A cross disciplinary research platform that works in close collaboration with the tourism industry, and which aims to initiate and support increased knowledge development and professionalization within the tourism field.
Centre for Tourism

Business & Design Lab
In Business and Design Lab, researchers with interest in interdisciplinary research in design, economics, artificial intelligence (AI) and technology meet. The aim is to foster dialogue between disciplines, and to understand and actively re-imagine the way we design our society and the economy.
Business & Design Lab