Hybrid seminar on place making - connecting to place through social networks and more than human actors


Don´t miss our 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.

Date: Wednesday October 5

Time: 12:00-13:00 (CEST)

Physical location: University of Gothenburg – Academy of Design and Art, Kristinelundsgatan 6, room 310 (to your left after the main entrance)

Online location: zoom (link to be sent after registration, zoom-room opens five minutes before the seminar)

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Note that all participants are asked to register as there is a limit of how many people room 310 takes. Also, the registration provides you with a zoom link if you want to participate online.

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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  

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 Academy of Design and Art, 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.
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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.
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