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Circa Lunar: A conversation with Ted Hunt and Gemma Jones
School of Critical Design Co-founder and cultural semiotician Gemma Jones sat down for a long-distance chat with Fellow Ted Hunt to talk about his latest project, Circa Lunar
November 27, 2020
Semiotics of Disaster
Evening Lecture/ 28 April 2020
November 14, 2020

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Objectivity
The emergence of objectivity in the mid-nineteenth-century sciences, as revealed through images in scientific atlases-a story of how lofty epistemic ideals fuse with workaday practices. Objectivity has a history, and it is full of surprises. In Objectivity, Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison chart the emergence of objectivity in the mid-nineteenth-century sciences-and show how the concept differs from its alternatives, truth-to-nature and trained judgment.
October 30, 2020
Lo-Tek: Design by Radical Indigenism
With a foreword by anthropologist Wade Davis and four chapters spanning Mountains, Forests, Deserts, and Wetlands, this book explores thousands of years of human wisdom and ingenuity from 18 countries including Peru, the Philippines, Tanzania, Kenya, Iran, Iraq, India, and Indonesia. We rediscover an ancient mythology in a contemporary context, radicalizing the spirit of human nature.
October 30, 2020
Being Ecological
Don't care about ecology? This book is for you. Timothy Morton, who has been called 'Our most popular guide to the new epoch' (Guardian), sets out to show us that whether we know it or not, we already have the capacity and the will to change the way we understand the place of humans in the world, and our very understanding of the term 'ecology'.
October 30, 2020
The Future We Choose: Surviving The Climate Crisis
We can survive the climate crisis. This book shows us how.We have two choices for our future, which is still unwritten. It will be shaped by who we choose to be right now. So, how can we change the story of the world?
October 30, 2020
Manifestly Haraway: 37 (Posthumanities)
Electrifying, provocative, and controversial when first published thirty years ago, Donna Haraway’s “Cyborg Manifesto” is even more relevant today, when the divisions that she so eloquently challenges—of human and machine but also of gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and location—are increasingly complex. The subsequent “Companion Species Manifesto,” which further questions the human–nonhuman disjunction, is no less urgently needed in our time of environmental crisis and profound polarization.
October 30, 2020
Are Prisons Obsolete
Since the 1980s prison construction and incarceration rates in the U.S. have been rising exponentially, evoking huge public concern about their proliferation, their recent privatisation and their promise of enormous profits. But these prisons house hugely disproportionate numbers of people of colour, betraying the racism embedded in the system, while studies show that increasing prison sentences has had no effect on crime. Here, esteemed civil rights activist Angela Davis lays bare the situation and argues for a radical rethinking of our rehabilitation programmes.
November 2, 2020
Utopia as a Method
In this major new work by one of the leading writers on Utopian Studies, Ruth Levitas argues that a prospective future of ecological and economic crises poses a challenge to the utopian imaginary, to conceive a better world and alternative future. Utopia as Method does not construe utopia as goal or blueprint, but as a holistic, reflexive method for developing what those possible futures might be
November 2, 2020
Parable of the Sower
We are coming apart. We're a rope, breaking, a single strand at a time.America is a place of chaos, where violence rules and only the rich and powerful are safe. Lauren Olamina, a young woman with the extraordinary power to feel the pain of others as her own, records everything she sees of this broken world in her journal.Then, one terrible night, everything alters beyond recognition, and Lauren must make her voice heard for the sake of those she loves.Soon, her vision becomes reality and her dreams of a better way to live gain the power to change humanity forever.
November 2, 2020
Semiotics of Disaster
Evening Lecture/ 28 April 2020
November 14, 2020
Futures, Power & Privilege
Evening lecture/ 6 August 2020
November 14, 2020
New Kind of Design
Evening lecture/ 23 July 2019
October 9, 2018
Introducing our Institutional Partnerships
We have created an institutional partnership package for organisations looking to engage in next design and business practice as a part of their strategy and culture.
November 2, 2020
Optimizing Happiness: Me
Evening Lecture/ 22 August 2019
November 14, 2020
Reimagining Time
Evening Lecture/ 17 September 2019
November 14, 2020
Quantum Computing Futures
Evening Lecture/ 26 May 2020
November 14, 2020
Introducing our Studentship programme
Each year we take on 6 students in post-graduate education or early career stages. We’re committed to opening this opportunity to students from diverse global backgrounds. We welcome applicants from interdisciplinary backgrounds, anywhere that critical approaches to the future and to design in its broadest sense are important.
November 2, 2020
Exhalation
In Exhalation, Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth – What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human? – and ones that no one else has even imagined. And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion.
October 30, 2020
Thinking in Systems: A Primer
Thinking in Systems is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem-solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. This essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life.
October 30, 2020

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