Category Archive: Writing

“‘…it’s your project, but it’s not necessarily your work…’: Infrastructuring, Situatedness, and Designing Relational Practice,” Participatory Design Conference 2016

ABSTRACT This paper builds on trajectories in PD that attend to designers’ situatedness within the broader systemic contexts in which they work. It proposes (re)considering infrastructuring, understood as a range of approaches to… Continue reading

“Finding ‘Community’ and other critical words” with Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani

Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani and I had the pleasure of writing about developing Working with People, a curriculum and online resource for design and pedagogy, for the latest issue of Urban Pamphleteer, published by the… Continue reading

World-Making: Working with Theory/Practice in Design

This article argues for an active role for theory in designing, especially feminist theory and cultural studies, both as a means of theorizing design through the work of designers and as a means… Continue reading

“How can we design something to transition people from a system that doesn’t want to let them go?”: Social Design and its Political Contexts

In fall 2010, I taught a course called Urban Services in which my students worked with students in the education program of a large non-profit organization in New York City that offers a range of… Continue reading

Beyond the Special Guest: Teaching “Trans” Now

Introduction: Beyond the Special Guest—Teaching “Trans” Now By Shana Agid and Erica Rand The theme of this issue of Radical Teacher, “Beyond the Special Guest: Teaching ‘Trans’ Now,” originated in a conversation between… Continue reading

Weston Teruya’s “The gracious city at its neighbor’s edge” at Pro Arts

  To be haunted and to write from that location, to take on the condition of what you study, is not a methodology or a consciousness you can simply adopt or adapt as… Continue reading

Teaching Against the Prison Industrial Complex

  Introduction By Shana Agid, Michael Bennett, and Kate Drabinski Angela Davis begins her influential book Are Prisons Obsolete? by pointing out how naturalized the system of mass incarceration has become in the United States.… Continue reading

Locked and Loaded: The Prison Industrial Complex and the Response to Hurricane Katrina

Within days of Hurricane Katrina’s historic and devastative landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States, New Orleans already had a new jail. Fashioned from the empty hulk of the bus depot,… Continue reading

Teaching Beyond “Tolerance”

  Introduction: Teaching Beyond “Tolerance” By Shana Agid and Erica Rand Love Is All Around? At the close of its 2007 summer session—just before we went to final copy on this issue—the U.S.… Continue reading

When We Became Normal: Transgender People in Pop Culture and the Politics of Normalcy

I am on a bus coasting along the Long Island Expressway. Because it’s a weekday morning, the bus is mostly empty. Just past Queens, I find myself watching glimpses of boy-on-boy sex on… Continue reading